Friday, 9 January 2015

Art Journal Page - The Documented Life

Hello all,

I have a number of art journal books. They are all empty, full of blank pages that every now and again, I have the thought of making a mark on one of them. But it doesn't happen. That is, until now. In the past, the few pages I have done are all on pages I have torn from a paper pad. But I came across this art journal project via Roben Marie Smith: The Documented Life Project - The Journal, by Art to the 5th Academy.  It's a year long project, with prompts being released every week and loads of inspiration from the collaborative group that heads it. As a bonus for me, they are using the Dylusions Journal, one of the journals I've had sitting on my bookshelf for many months. YAY!

So for the first week, the Art Challenge was to use book paper, and the Journal Prompt, 'Be Your Own Goal Keeper'. The challenge and details are posted HERE.

This is what I did:

To be honest, I had no idea what I was doing.

I took a few snaps of my beginning process, I added some die-cut pieces from my stash on top of my book paper:

As you can see, I made a number of layers, using gesso after each layer of paint. I was just playing and getting comfortable with making marks in my blank journal which is the only reason I happened to do a number of layers - procrastinating about doing something more definitive.

Some of the paper for collage I used was from Roben Marie Smith and Rae Missigman, downloadable from their respective Etsy stores. The other paper, was left over Gelli printing bits in my stash that I had done.

I didn't list my goals, but just wrote some words around the page that I want to be conscious of during the year. Reminders.

The next journal prompt comes out on January 10. Be sure to go HERE for more info.

Thank you for coming by, and lasting this long on my unusually long and wordy post.

I'll leave you with some close-ups:

Hoping you are all having a wonderful day!


  1. I love your page: all the colors, all the details! Thanks for sharing your process.

  2. You never fail to inspire me! Looooove looking at all the super duper details in here.....& the layers! I have no patience......wish I did. Good on you for starting on this project ----- looking forward to seeing where it takes you:):) and I hope 2015 is a GREAT year:):))

  3. These pages look amazing, and it is all about learning and trying stuff and seeing what happens with art journalling. I want to get more into it as well, and I think the best way is to just start and see what happens! I look forward to seeing your pages as you create them this year!

  4. Really marvelous! love those blk & white circles! thanks for the photos of the process...that's a lot of layers!


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