Prints available soon on Etsy!
Prints available soon on Etsy!
Acrylics and charcoal, a Labor Day labor of love! ❤
…for that is all our hearts were made for.” – St. Therese of Lisieux
Upcycled a vintage book cover from a Florida foliage guide. The Library just throws some of these old donations away. This one didn’t make it by me. Brought it home. Brought it to life. Book angel, I love you! ❤
Collage is great because you can use pretty leftover ephemera you hate to toss away. Here I added some journaling, rubber stamps and gel sticks through a stencil to create a pleasing scene. Even the canvas is leftover – an old sturdy book cover in need of a facelift. I love the result and will keep going until I have a complete journal cover; front, back and binding. Stay tuned!
“To live by love is to go through life sowing peace and joy in hearts.” – St. Therese of Lisieux
…and lots of sunshine, new in my Etsy shop tonight!
…because you are loved.
“For God so loved the world
that he gave his only Son,
that whoever believes in Him
should not perish
have eternal life”
Crinkled vellum paper is wonderful to use as a drip pad for your art when you recycle it as background material for your journal pages.
Here I applied a large piece of it to the entire two pages of my journal with matte medium, then trimmed the edges. Easy peasy…half done!
More matte medium…I randomly applied pieces of ephemera from my stash, then decoupaged over them for posterity. Next, I used a plastic paint spatula to apply heavy body turquoise acrylic through a sheet of stencil “waste.”
With a popsicle stick, I transferred today’s date, “ten 17 15,” using rub-ons.
To finish, I scratched the words from today’s journal prompt, “Sheer Genius” with the tip of an India Ink dropper, then tapped the excess droplets about both pages.
It was a rough week that continued through today, but this week’s Challenge arrived just in time to help put some art back into my heart. Thanks once again, DLP friends…love having you in my life! E.
This week’s DLP challenge prompted me to use a few of the messy drip and blot papers in my trash stash.
This is a 12″x12″ thin linen canvas that I started with a coat of gesso then a soft layer of burnt umber. After both layers dried, I began adding the paper scraps with matte medium. With a mini flat brush, I added a white flower, some leaves and a vine, which is barely visible after giving the whole piece a good paper towel rub to bring it all together.
At the last moment, I used black India ink to journal on a scrap of printer paper that was splattered with acrylic paint. I tore it out then applied it to the top of the canvas with matte medium.
I think this piece has an Oriental flair and I’m happy with it, so it’s now hanging in my Etsy shop, waiting for a new home. Konbanwa!
The Documented Life Project’s February Theme was, “Layers You Will Love!” and the February 7 Challenge was, “When Not to Stop.”
…July – hey, it’s never too late to start! So in the wee hours of this morning I finished mine, and it’s apparent I knew when not to stop! HOW FUN WAS THAT?
This week’s DLP Art Challenge is to use old maps, letters, tickets “& more,” and the journal prompt is, Life…with a history.
When I hear “ephemera,” I think of magazine clippings, junk mail envelopes, cancelled postage stamps, artsy product labels and bits and pieces of receipts.
I enjoyed this so much, I added a second page, which well documents the days following my July 4th holiday. A cancelled postage stamp of the Madonna, cascading roses (her favorite!) from the latest Real Simple magazine, a Mix & Mingle stationery box label and pink acrylic painted hearts made for a bright page, which perfectly reflects my week of happy surprises! To tie this all together, I used a cosmetic sponge to blend the same shade of pink onto the roses to make them mine.
A peek at the second page reveals part of an emptied brown kraft Fresh Market package of espresso beans, which I painted and journaled over. A piece of an Anthropologie receipt will later remind me of a drive to Palm Beach Gardens to spend a generous gift card from a friend who always brings joy to my heart.
I’m passionate about these journal prompts and look forward to seeing what other members create as they inspire me with each weekly challenge!
I love the Saints, especially Catherine of Siena. This is an excerpt from one of her writings in Volume 3 of “Sermon in a Sentence.”
St. Catherine was so graced; she inspired me to create this joyful herald! I’m not quite finished with her, but the message is clear: taking time for God brings us to the present where He resides, allowing us to experience a bit of His amazing Heaven. e.
“Ephemera” was one of the first art journaling words I learned, and it’s really just anything you come across that you’d love to add to your journal page. It can be bought, found, cut out, torn out, unpeeled, unglued, unstapled (you get the idea), then saved and stashed for later. At the moment, I have three folders full.
Inside one of the folders are mail remnants. To me, there’s nothing worse than seeing a trash bag filled with paper sitting next to an empty recycle bin. So, I do my little part and save the security envelopes inside the junk mail that comes to our house. I never realized how many great patterns there are, mostly in black or baby blue – I love them all. Here’s one that I glue-sticked down and lined over for journaling later.
You might never look at your mail the same again! Have a closer look at tomorrow’s to see what’s interesting…
REUSE, RECYCLE, REJOICE!