Documenting Collage

Several weeks behind in
The Documented Life Project~
The Journal...
Week 13 was to create
your own design element.
I used some of my 
handmade painted papers
and graph paper to do profiles
of a woman's head, reversing
the position of the papers
in the second layout.
your unique spirit."

My Fake Journal 2015
is over half done!  You can
see it unfold at
Considered Truths...

Mad Tea Party

Art Journal Pages:
Sharpie pen and watercolor on
drawing paper in black hardbound
sketchbook, 8 1/2 inches x 11 inches.
It's not designed for water media, but
I use it anyway. A little warping of
the pages doesn't bother me.

Above, one of the pages I drew in March 
during our road trip: random
road signs that made me smile.  The
original Sharpie pen drawing needed
some color...

so a few additions of watercolor
seemed in order.

April is International Fake Journal Month.
If you'd like to see my 2015 Fake Journal, 
and see what my Fake character is doing,
It's an experiment in trying to create
art in a different ways that I
don't normally work...with a personality
that isn't my own...different characteristics
and ways of working. It's harder than
it sounds!  My own biases and
preferences keep creeping in...

Linking up with Elizabeth and Bleubeard for
their T Tuesday blog party, in which we 
share 'what we're up to,' what beverage we
are drinking (it doesn't have to be tea, but it is
a prominent theme) and general shenanigans.
My morning beverage is usually coffee with
chocolate added. But wouldn't a 
Mad Tea Party be fun!?

Some days I think
"We're all mad here."
And that's just fine...
it's not boring.
What are you up to?

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Coming Into Focus

Week 12 of the Documented Life Project-
the Journal.  Focal Point was the
challenge for the week. The dictionary defines
the Focal Point as the center of attention.
I tried to create the most detail in the
lily bloom, and high contrast between 
the background and the lily, in order to
 lead your eye to focus on it. 

Theoretically, the other shapes
 and spaces in the picture plane should
lead your eye around and back to the
focal point.  That's the definition I 
remember from art class. But most 
of the time I am not thinking about
those technical details when I make
a drawing. I just realize when the
drawing 'needs something.'
I also 'filtered out' extra details, as 
there were other stems in this 
potted lily, but I chose to draw 
just one plant.

The facing page, above.  You can always
use your own hand for a model! I have
rather small hands and short fingers,
but this does seem a bit distorted.

Linking up with Elizabeth for 
T Tuesday, and sharing my favorite
coffee cup.  I really need to do some
more cup drawings, and have been
thinking of comparing shapes of
coffee cup handles. I wonder how
long it will take for me to get 
'round to it?!

International Fake Journal Month
began on April 1, and I would love to 
have you visit my fake journal blog:
I pretend to be someone else, who
 makes an art journal that is different
from the art I would normally create.
 Stop by and see if you can guess
what my character is like, and
what he/she does for a living.

"An artist paints with his brains
and not with his hands."

April Fool!

Have some fun today
and enjoy a good laugh ~
Happy April Fool's Day!

The first post for my 2015
Fake Journal is up over at
Stop in for a visit...

WorTh RepeaTing: DocumenTing Life Journal

The Documented Life Project, Week 8:
"It's Worth Repeating."  In the
collage above, I repeated shapes, (cloud-
shapes, flame-shapes, circles)
types of lines -thick and thin, and colors.
The diagonal lines create movement.
Below, a reference to the Periodic
Table of Elements...

Below, Week 10: Mark-Making as a
Layer Element. The shape, thickness,
and direction of the marks (or lines)
on the page will lead your eye
around the composition.

I keep in mind that in Western Art, we 
"read" things from left to right, top
 to bottom, and I place the elements 
of the composition in a way
 that leads the eye over the page
without getting "stuck" in one spot.

There are two pages for each
week's spread, and I've chosen to
do them separately, rather than one
large composition, but with an effort
to make them work together.

Above, Week 11: Borders...
"Borderline, feels like I'm going to
lose my mind..."  

I decided to create a brain diagram
inspired by early drawings/theories.
This is not scientifically researched on
my part...I just wrote in some characteristics!

Linking up with Elizabeth for
T Tuesday, and offering this 
Pumpkin Pie~Apple Muffin recipe...

to go along with whatever
beverage you are having today.
Of course, mine is coffee, rather
than tea. Join the T Tuesday 
gang for coffee, tea, art, or
whatever is going on!

Tomorrow begins my adventure into
Fake Journaling for the month of April.  
You can click on the pink (dog) icon
in the sidebar to read more about
International Fake Journal Month,
or visit me at
to see my real journal, by a 
fake character! No foolin'.
You might even decide
to try an alternate
reality and join us
in making a
Fake Journal!
Considered Truths...

Trip to Eden Gardens

Eden Gardens State Park,
Mount Washington, Florida, USA.  
This wonderful Live Oak tree is called
"The Wedding Tree,"  because of
the numerous outdoor weddings that have
been conducted beneath its stately branches.
This tree is over 300 years old!

There were quite a number of 
impressive Live Oaks on
the property.  The home originally 
belonged to a family that ran a sawmill.
  Later it was purchased by a wealthy
woman who called it 'her Eden,'  
hence the name of this State Park.  

The grounds had some lovely bronze 
sculptures of children...

and blooming flowers.  In February we don't see
this in Ohio!  I believe these are camellias?

The front entrance of the home shows that
 the windows actually reach clear to the
 floor, so when open on hot summer
 days the air could circulate.  I loved that
the porch completely encircled the home.

Unfortunately, photos were not allowed
inside the mansion, but it was fun to 'step
back in time' and see the treasures
of days gone by.  Above, 
one last shot of these gorgeous flowers.

Our trip to Eden Gardens was one of
 the last activities we did during our 
recent trip to the Florida Panhandle. 
 A marvelous way to end our stay!

Linking up with Elizabeth today,
and joining her T Tuesday link party.
Stop by her blog for a visit, there is 
always something interesting going on.
As part of our (tea) T Tuesday post,
we are encouraged to share something
 beverage (tea, T?) related...

'Fake Journal' entry, 2014
Since we visited a Southern mansion,
perhaps we should have tea and cakes?

Where have you been lately?

Layers of Documented Life

The Documented Life Project~the Journal,
is focusing on Layers this month.  Above,
the art journal spread for pages that were
to have five layers (or more) built up to
create the final art piece.

1.) I began by adhering different types
 of paper to the pages, including 
vintage book text and illustrations, 
ledger paper, and 
security envelope designs.

2.) A thin layer of gesso paint went on
next. I left the illustrations 'as-is' 
 just because I liked them that way.

3.) Now some fabric bits, more book text,
and a scrap of painted paper.

4.) Acrylic and watercolor paint were
added, and some small bits of embroidery.
The colors contrast with
 the black and white illustrations

The final layer is Sharpie pen.  I try to
repeat motifs from elsewhere in the 
composition into the pen work. The flower
drawings are repeated from 
the fabric scraps.

The words that came out
onto the page point up the
difference from the 'sweet' colors
and vintage illustrations.  

"In 2015 it seems that there is nothing left
to privacy any more...from television
commercials discussing our most
intimate bodily functions, to Tweets and
internet posts--nothing seems to be
off limits or Too Much Information!?
When did we trade our Dignity for money
and a consuming desire for attention?
(she said as she prepared to 
post her art work on-line)"

Linking up with Elizabeth's
T Tuesday party, and sharing yet 
another coffee cup drawing...

Wishing you a lovely St. Patrick's Day
with lots of Irish Luck, shades of
green, and sunshine!

Documenting Life in Layers

"Words with art friends."
I recorded phrases that I've heard from
art friends when we get together, from
blogger friends, and 
things I've said to them as well...
Let's face it. Friends make life a
lot more fun! This is a spread in my
Documented Life Project journal, and the
challenge was 'Writing -- Words with friends.'

"What lies beneath?"
The challenge was to use 'under-paper' from
your work table. Since I was away on vacation,
I used some paper that I had painted on
with my granddaughter, in addition to
other elements.

"When not to stop."
The month of February is all about layering.
Don't stop 'til you get enough...I liked this quote:
"A painting is never finished, it simply stops 
in interesting places."
This collage was influenced by the colors and
textures of the beach.

"Going undercover 1."
Sometimes you have to cover up portions of
an art piece that you like. Maybe it doesn't 
work with the rest of the piece, or maybe 
you are looking for the depth created by
many layers.  In this case, I decided to do
two separate pages instead of one spread.
Above, materials include origami paper,
painted paper, watercolor and Sharpie pen,
Asian calendar illustration, white gel pen,
and a hand-colored photocopy.

"Going undercover 2."  Layers:
1. Watercolor background
2.  highlighters and colored pen
3. cream acrylic paint 
4. book text and assorted design/painted papers
5. more watercolor (black ovals and shading)
 and Sharpie pen
I admit that vacation put me a bit behind on
the challenges, but I will take time this week
to get caught up on the three that are
--Repeating elements
--Use at least 5 layers
--Mark Making as a layer element

Linking up with Elizabeth for T Tuesday, 
and posting a sketch from several years ago
 of my white nondescript coffee mug and
 thin bagel. Visit E. to see 
what the other participants are
sharing today, and what
 beverage they're drinking!

I'm also thinking about the annual
International Fake Journal Month
project coming up in April.  You can
see my Fake Journal from 2014 here.
I'm thinking about who my character 
should be, and how much time I will be
able to spend on a journal page each day.
So far, I've been a student of Japanese art,
a Shaman, and a cake decorator/event planner.
What should I be next?

If you think you might be interested in doing
a Fake Journal this year, click on the 
pink bulldog logo in the sidebar to go to
Roz Stendahl's IFJM blog.  It's a lot of fun
and you can pretend to be anyone you want to!