The Documented Life Project
First… A HaPpY BiRtHdAY to Lorraine Conte Bell..!!
Hi everyone..I just want to say how grateful I feel to be a part of this amazing group, and honored to have been asked to participate as a featured artist.. Thank you Art to the 5th and all of you wonderful artists and journalers’ who light up my Facebook feed daily..!
This months theme is MAKING YOUR MARK (MARKS & DOODLES).
The art challenge for this week is AS A LAYER ELEMENT
and the prompt is SURVIVING THE ELEMENTS.
…so as many of you know..I would not survive without my doodles, lines and shapes..I think they become a part of every piece I create..either with with pen, marker, handmade stamps or a paintbrush. Using your doodles and personal marks adds interest, detail and another layer to build upon. Making marks is just a way to calm my mind, empty my thoughts and begin a creation.. I love doodles, lines and shapes so much that I created an online workshop called Make Your Mark in March 2014 that focuses on line, shape, color..and doodles.
First I doodled with permanent ink all over the page..it can be anything..handwriting, faces, houses..whatever your favorite mark making consists of..it could also be scribble or just line designs as well. I usually choose flowers as my main theme for making marks. I just love how you can design your own or work from nature…and there is just so much you can do with floral or garden themes. When I’m done filling the page with marks..I cover with a light layer of gesso..to cover up a little of the ink and to add a nice texture to the pages.
Here I just took some watercolor and added some blocks of color and marks with my brush, just to add some color and to give a little detail and texture..
Next I turned the journal upside down and added very dense watercolor (using a brush filled with color and water) and went along the top of the page pressing very hard with the brush so the excess water and color would start to run and drip down the pages. If it didn’t drip as I wanted it to..I spritzed with a little water from a spray bottle. I used some greens and blues to portray vines in a wild garden.
..then I let it sit for a bit until it dried.
Next I took some mixed media paper that I had added marks on with handmade eraser stamps, doodles and other papers where I used a brayer to add colors…..and cut the paper into leaves, pods, petals and flowers for collage elements and as another layer…because marks, doodles and layers are a necessity..!:)
Turning the journal right side up….I added some of the shapes to create a wild garden scene…
..I just used a glue stick to glue pieces down, but you can use any medium you like…notice the ethereal feel of the dripped watercolor after it has dried…
I randomly cut out shapes and added where I liked..mostly looking for contrast in color..but also to cover up a spot I may not like..or just to add interest..Of course one of my favorite parts is how the drips have dried over the doodles beneath and the contrast of the colorful papers..
Next I took my brush and paint markers and added in details to form some ferns, vines, and other marks to add to the garden feel. It definitely needed some black as well to distract from all of the colors…and to add some definition and detail to the page.
and I used a light wash of pale yellow to the sky portion…and actually after seeing the before pics..decided I liked it white rather than yellow..but for now I am leaving it..
..and added paint to create some ferns and leaves..
..and details of flowers and buds..As you can see, I really did’nt use any fine drawing skills here..but more of a collection of some of my favorite marks and shapes to create a garden feel. When you have a bunch of favorite shapes or doodles… you can really practice them and become very good at recalling them in a moment..and use them to create all sorts of scenes, images, designs and backgrounds that are made primarily of simple lines and shapes..
…a few up close pics as well as where I added my journaling about layers and making marks..here is what I wrote….
“My elements are lines, marks, and special shapes that Ive created myself…that I enjoy making and that calm me… How and where I gather them together is unique to me and fills some need when I make them..for me it is an emotional thing..but also provides a physical experience..It satisfies a need to create, a need to control, a need to design, a need to grow..For me every time I pick up a pen..I come to life..inside I feel that there is nothing I cant make ..or create..”
Thank you all so much for looking and visiting here..
I try to update at least weekly, so feel free to come and visit any time..! (below is a tutorial on how I created my DLP Cityscape as well ..if you would like to see..)
Have a wonderful day and Ill see you all at DLP 2015