As some of you may already know, I’m participating in The Documented Life Project again this year. I attempted last year, but ended up spectating more than participating. I tried to complete many of the challenges, but life (and myself….more myself….I admit wholeheartedly that I’m using life as an excuse here) got in the way. I’m not letting that happen again this year.
Last year, the Art to the 5th girls decided to start this project (it was the first year ever launching this creative venture) using Moleskin planning journals, but they encouraged every participant to work in blank books or planners they felt comfortable using. So, the group really felt liberated and the creative juices flowed well. The work shared within the Facebook.com project group, simply put, is AMAZING and inspired many to continue forward week after week. The group, in fact, is who encouraged me (not in words written to me, but through actions and their own creations) to participate this year.
This leads me to the presentation of my cover. I’m not *completing* my cover because, knowing me as a “creative,” I’ll want to add more and more throughout the year. That’s how I’ve always been in previous years with other covers for other projects, so I don’t want to place any limitations on this one. Here is the process I used for creating this one:
The Art to the 5th girls decided on a Dylusions journal this year. Participants could choose between a large or a small one. I decided to go with a large one because I don’t like using small art journals. I’ve tried working in them in the past and it’s never worked out well. Rather than trying to do that again (already knowing it’s “not my style), I decided to go with what I already know works.
I went with a neutral back drop so, later on, I could add any color to this cover and it wouldn’t clash. I knew, initially, I would be working with muted and subtle tones and that this first layer of color would work well for what I had in mind. Plus, this first layer wouldn’t require a layer of gesso, which I’m currently out of. So, it’s a win-win.
It’s a little bit difficult to see, but in this shot I penciled in a rectangle where that beige-ish bone-type colored paint is going to go. (Like how technical I am with my paint color names?)
Once the paint was dry, I tried inking on a rubber stamped image. The ink pad I have is too small for the stamp, so it wouldn’t load the ink. So, I painted on some black paint. As you can see from the blotchy results, the image DID NOT come out as I intended. That’s okay, though, because I still like it and I’m still going to work with it as best as I can.
This is the finished journal cover! After the black paint dried, I used “Distress Ink” markers to color in the area. I found a piece of card stock in the supplies I received for Christmas that read, “Our Life Documented” while the paint was drying and thought it was the PERFECT addition to this project. The stamped letters and image were also a gift I received for Christmas, so it was nice to be able to use these gifts for this project.
I’m looking forward to the first prompt of the year to be released – it should be any moment now!