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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Documented Life Project Week 15 - Cry Me A River....


Week 15: This week the journal prompt is: "Cry Me A River" and the challenge is "Acrylics". I found a magazine page with this woman embracing a pillow and thought this could be my starting point for my page this week. I started as always with gesso on my page and then glued the magazine picture on the left side. Then I painted the rest with acrylics and made some marks with pencils.












Sunday, April 12, 2015

Documented Life Project Week 14

The first April challenge was: "Watercolors -  It's Water Under The Bridge". The April theme is: "Color Safari - Exploring Inks and Paints".
It's the second week I am up with all the others because I started the Documented Life Project later in March. So I had the hole week to think about and to work on my page. I used two different qualities of papers a really rough one for the water and a plane one for the sky. But my papers are not special watercolor papers. The plane one is form a sketch - block for drawing and the rough one is the back side of an old wallpaper. First I painted on my papers with watercolors - I tried three or for versions for my water until I was happy with one version. Than I stitched the paper together and did some stitching on the water. My pages was to small for my journal so I framed it with another sort of paper - some hand made very rough one in green. I painted the frame with acrylics and gesso and stamped with a sponge paint on my watercolor painting. Then I painted my "Bridge" - It's just a symbolic bridge - over the waters......


the completed page


my first papers

bridge first stitching

more stitching



glued in my journal

the green frame

first paint on the frame

frame completed and stamping done

with a very rough sponge and gesso and acrylic paint I got these structures


the bridge is filled with white and black marks

detail of the water 


here you can see the roughness of the wallpaper

finished page




Saturday, April 11, 2015

Sketching With My Son

As some of you already know my youngest son, David, and I sharing the passion of patchwork and quilting but he also likes to sketch and to paint with me. I am a happy mother of three talented boys and the youngest of them are the one who love the same things than I do. So every now and then we had a cool day or some hours together sharing our passion. Yesterday we made a trip to a very big art supply shop - about 70 km or 45 miles from our home. It's called boesner and has a lot of establishments in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France and a great online shop. Take a look in this shop they have all what the heart of an artist is longing for....... We peered long through the whole shop and bought some pastells and watercolor pencils. After that we drove to the nearby river Inn and took a little walk to find a place of our own to draw and sketch together......
Here are some pictures of our adventures in sketching...

David trying his new watercolor pencils

river Inn nearby the beautiful town Wasserburg


that's me sketching and old tree trunk


this was our original tree trunk

our sketches

David's tree trunk

and here is mine - done with new water soluble graphite pencils

the tree trunk is part of a sculpture path along the river




 Two weeks ago we did some sketching in our dining room. We sketched some red peppers.



highly concentrated

that's mine sketch

Davids peppers


he is proud of his first red peppers!


I did mine with watercolors


Friday, April 3, 2015

Week 13 - The Documented Life Project

This weeks theme was: "Make a costume element" and "Ride the energy of your own unique spirit. (Gabrielle Roth)".
My costume elements are the prints with the bubble wrap, I use them often in my Art Journal. I love it when all the page is bubbled.... The leg with the high heel pumps is a symbol for me for movement and advancement. I think I forge ahead with my art journaling.....




I started the hole page with collaging magazine elements

then I scratched matte medium mixed with acrylic paint over the elements

I stamped with bubble wrap over it

used a Sharpie fine point marker to line out the elements

and colored the page with my Polycromos colored pencils

I added the band for the text

and here I decided to take elements from left side over on the right side to link the sides

again stamping with bubble wrap

after more color and doodling around the circles: finished!