Monday, March 30, 2015

Documented Life and Documented Faith

Documented Life Week 13 challenge: Make a Custom Element, Prompt: Ride the Energy of Your Own Unique Spirit
Documented Faith week 14 "Forgive" Colossians 3:13 "Make allowance for each other's faults and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember the Lord forgave you so you must forgive others."

This week I decided to glue my test runs off my gelli plate that I pulled onto deli paper right into my art journal pages. I did this mainly because I really liked the pulls on the deli paper and with the gelli plate you are never sure of getting the same prints a second time. 
I used matte medium to glue the deli paper down and then used a credit card to smooth it all out and remove the bubbles. 
I had some washi tape that I thought matched well so I applied them around the edges. 
I then selected some of my scraps I had from previous projects and glued them down. I added a little extra color with my yellow gelatos and some marks with a pen. 
I tied everything together with a wash of gesso and outlined in various places with my watercolor pencils. I found some leftover stickers and rub ones to add a few more elements. My custom element is my silhouette that was created when I did my gelli print with a stencil. I applied some gesso on the area, dried it with my heat gun and then did a black watercolor wash to the whole image. Some of the lettering from the gelli print shows through which I love and then I applied two rub on words to her neck. The butterfly signifies the fact that when you offer forgiveness to others it releases you to be yourself. Holding on to grudges creates a black cloud within yourself. 
I like to incorporate Documented Life and Faith into the same double page layout and so far it has worked out well for me with the prompts. 
I have found that it can be hard to forgive others but the rewards for doing so is very liberating. Holding onto to those grudges and then living with that dark cloud creates a dark dismal outlook to life. Once you let go that dark cloud brightens and you can lead the life God wants for you. We are to love one another and that can not be done if you are living in that dark space. In our study we learn that forgiveness is not: minimizing the seriousness of the offense, instant restoration of trust, resuming a relationship without any changes. Reasons to forgive are: because God has forgiven us, because resentment does not work, because we are all going to need more forgiveness in the future, because it is unhealthy.
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Monday, March 9, 2015

Documented Faith Romans 8:38,39

I did not have intentions on writing a blog for this entry in my Bible but after I got it done I thought maybe you would all like a little information on how I did it. With that being said I do not have pictures of my progress, sorry.
If you are not familiar with a gelli plate or how to use it there are many informative videos on you tube, be aware it is a addictive process before you know it you will have a table full of papers laying around.( who am I kidding they will be all over the room) I applied some paint to my gelli plate and added some stencils and took the first print off on a piece of deli paper, then the second print was applied to the edge of my Bible page. I did my journaling on my Bible page and added a couple rub ons. Then I edged my verse with a water color pencil. I applied some washi tape on the top and bottom of my Bible page. I taped my deli paper down on a piece of cardstock so I could run it through the printer. I found some subway art of my verse on Paper Craft Memories Word ARt by Karen. Thank you Karen, I just love it. I put some of the same washi tape on the two edges of my deli paper and then I used my very thin red liner tape to add my word art print to my Bible.
I love that this was our verse for our prompt for Documented Faith this week. I remember a long time ago when I first read this verse how it spoke to me and still does each time I re-read it. The love that God has for us is unconditional and that just blows my mind. I certainly am not deserving of it but am very thankful for it. I can only begin to comprehend that kind of love, I feel as a mom somewhat of how it might be but even at that there are times as a parent we get discouraged. I think about all the times I am sure that God has been discouraged with me and it breaks my heart that I let him down. I think each time I read this verse it is an incentive for me to keep trying to grow and become a more mature christian. These online Bible studies with the art incorporated in with the study is surely a positive influence on my time with God. I have spent more time  reading the Bible and  praying over the word then I have in a very long time. I have become more structured and for me that is not an easy thing. I rebel against structure. If you would like to know more about our group you can just click on the link and check us out. Its not to late, ever for you to pick up your Bible and spend time with God in His word. Hope to see you there and I am anxious to see how you interpret God's word into Bible Art.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Documented Life Project: Week 10 March 7, 2015

Our theme for March is "Making Your Mark" Week 1 prompt is "Surviving the Elements" and the Art Challenge is "As a layer element"
I have created this page using several marks that are a usual for me. I started with using my gelli plate to lay some color on my pages. I used craftsmart light green and ceramcoat pale lilac with a harlequin and dot stencil.
I always heat set in between each layer with my heat gun. As I go though all of these layers I am loving each one and had a hard time continuing, usually for me its the other way around. I need to add more layers until I like it.
For my next step I used guava and lemon gelatoes to add a little more color.
Now for some marks as an element.... I used my lyra light orange water color crayon and drew around some of the triangles created by the stencil. Then I used a paint brush and a little water to blend it out.
I love to use my rubber stamps in my projects and this one by renaissance art is one of my favorites. I used lime pastel color box chalk ink pad and stamped on both sides next to the center fold.
I had some labels and deli paper that I had made previously with my gelli plate and the colors were a good fit so I used them. The deli prints are on the outside borders.

I used a brown watercolor pencil for more marks and highlighted my labels, some of the diamonds and a little on the outside edges of both pages.
I used my credit card to apply a little white gesso to tie everything together. This stamp by cc rubber stamps makes a very subtle border but I thought it was just enough for this project. I also used my empty tape roll and color box chalk rouge ink pad to add a few circles.
I had some tape from a long time ago and I don't even remember where I got it from or what company made it but it works here so I added it.
For my final marks I drew these flowers and this cute little bunny. I used watercolor pencils to color them all in. I then added some sketchy marks to the flowers and bunny.
To finish it off I had just found these letters and journaling blocks by American Crafts while I treated myself to a trip to Hobby Lobby today. I put the prompt inside the journaling block. This prompt is saying to me to not be of the world but to focus on what is of God. In surviving the elements of the world and keeping focused I will have what my heart desires and that is to someday walk through that garden with God, to feel his presence and love. A love that is true and holy, unlike anything this sinful world has to offer.
The other side of this project will be used for my Documented Faith prompt which I will receive tomorrow. Until next time, hugs.
check out the link to the Art5 ladies, they are so inspiring I am sure you will enjoy their site and you may even decide to join us.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Glory Art: Wisdom

I did it....I was so wrapped up in my project that I forgot to take pictures. I initially took a couple pictures and then....well I will give you the idea.
I started with covering my pages with guava and lavender gelatoes, spritz them and blended the color with my fingers. I love finger painting. I always heat set in between each layer with my heat gun.
For the flower on the bottom right I used a magenta stamp #08079-M. I colored directly on the stamp with my blueberry, dk purple and mango gelatoes, then I spritz the stamp lightly. I stamped it once on my project then once on scrap paper, I cut the one on scrap paper out to use as a mask. These was still some color on the stamp so I spritzed it again and stamped all over both pages, appling more water as necessary to use up the color.  I put the mask on top of the project and then stamped Hero Art's poetic aspin print stamp with versafine olympia green around the flower.

I then stamped the aspin print on scrap paper 7 times for masks. I put these masks over top of the flower mask and then stamped all around both pages with Renaissance Art stamp # 9995 with warm violet color box chalk ink pad.
Here is where I forgot to take more pictures, lol. I'm sorry. I stamped Stampa Rosa's "Wisdom" Stamp with olympia green ink pad all over both pages. Then I swiped a layer of gesso over everything but the flower.
All around the outside of both pages I rubbed on some lavender gelato and blended it with my finger. Then I took a white paint marker and put some rectangles around the outside edge on top of the gelato. My next stamp I used is called "Love You to Bits" and I stamped that all around the edge with olympia green then I colored the little leaves with my green gel pen.
For my Bible verses I typed them in text boxes in microsoft word and then added a border around each of them. I taped a piece of deli paper to a piece of cardstock and used that to print out my verses on. I applied a little gesso and gelato to the back of the verses because as I laid it down on my page I felt it was just a little to opaque and that it was getting lost. I cut them all out and glued them down to my page. Then I took a gel pen and added some color to the borders on the verses.
For my "Wisdom" word I free handed it and then used my gel pens to doodle it. I then used a gel pen to write the meaning of Wisdom and some synonyms.
My word for the year for Logo's 365 is "Wisdom". So I was thrilled to have it repeated in Glory Art. To know God's word I need wisdom, to have wisdom I need to be transformed. Our word for Take Me Deeper was "Transformed" and the whole study for January was on being transformed. I am amazed how all of these seperate online sudies are wrapping around each other. I know God has his hand in all this and I am so thankful for that. Our God is a creative God and doing all these studies along with art and journaling is bringing me closer to my God.
until next time, Hugs.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Documented Life the Journal and Documented Faith February 22, 2015

Our Art Technique for Documented Life the Journal week 8 is "Repeating Elements" and thc Scripture for Documented Faith Week 9 is 2 Corinthians 4:18. I decided to use these two projects today for my layout in my Art Journal.
I don't know why these pictures decided to turn this way, they are not like this on my computer. Oh well we will go with it. I decided to stray away from my gelatoes today and use acrylic paint. Shown are delta ceramacoat persimmon and craftsmart yellow. I just swiped some color on my page with the credit card.
My first repeating elements are the scrappy cat flower sketch stamp.  I stamped with versafine onyx black ink pad and then colored with a blue water color pencil. The art impressions Q2310 stamped was stamped with color box chalk blue lagoon ink pad.
I applied a layer of gesso over the whole page. I had some flowers I had cut out a while ago for another project with my cricut and I used them as a mask. I sprayed luminarte shimmering mist irish mist over all the flowers. In between each of my layers I heated with my heat gun to dry it.
This created some beautiful flowers, I will use some for this project and save the rest for another project down the road.
While my flowers were still on the page I used a piece of paper I had previously cleaned a stencil off with and layer it on top of the flowers to soak up the excess ink.
These flowers create another repeating element. I outlined my flowers with the blue watercolor pencil. I also went around the outside of each flower with a watercolored pencil that matched the persimmon paint I originally used. At this point I applied another layered of gesso. The paper that I used to soak up the extra ink is going to be torn into strips to use as my border. I adhered my border with matte medium.
I decided to make some tags to put my message on so that it would stand out. My message will be another repeating element. I applied my blue lagoon ink over the tags and then sprayed them with irish mist. I took a piece of copy paper and swiped some of the persimmon acrylic paint on it and dried it. Then I printed out my verse on this paper so it would match my project.
I used some of my flowers that I had used as my mask here on my tags. I outlined my tags with a watercolor pencil. Oh and I also stamped the art impressions stamp again after applying the last coat of gesso.
For the right hand side I wrote my verse 4 times and this creates another repeating element. I had stamps I used for my letter for "its worth repeating" and I outlined again with my pencil.
Do you see the eyes? I thought it made a cute whimsical touch. Did you count how many repeating elements there art?
until next time, hugs.
check out the link to the Art5 ladies....what an awesome group they are.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Documented Life and Bible Art Journaling

Our prompt for The Documented Life Project: The Journal February 21, 2015 was "Cover Up Good Stuff" and the prompt for Bible Art Journaling was "Perfect Love" inspired by scripture 1 John 4:18. I like to incorporate two prompts into one of these layouts and these are the two I decided to join together here.

I began using my usual technique by applying tangerine and lemon gelatoes directly to my journal and then adding water to blend them. I then stamped a Tin Can Mail stamp by Inkadinkado with versafine black ink and then heat set it with my heat gun.
I selected a piece of my already made deli paper that I created using my gelli plate.
I applied white gesso over the whole piece with a credit card and then attached my deli paper strips to the sides with matte medium.
I searched though my stash for more elements to add to my piece and found some happy mail I received a while ago from Renee Robertson and the colors were perfect fit for this. I also incorporated the envelope she mailed it to me in. I stamped some flowers using my Scrappy Cat flower sketch flower stamp set on the envelope and cut them out. I also cut out the girl that Renee had stamped on the envelope.
The arrow stamps were from a set I found in Michael's sorry I do not know the company that made them.
Here is how it all came together. I appied all my elements with matte medium and then put a layer of gesso over the whole piece.
Part of the covering up process for me was to use a piece of vellum in the center of the page and put my message on that. The next step in my covering up was to put black gesso all over the border around my vellum.
Well I accomplished covering the border up and I am thinking I really do not like this. So I toned it all down with more gesso. I can live with this. Every technique is not for everyone and I have decided that for today this is not my favorite. Maybe for another page sometime I will love it, but I will settle for today that I was successful with the technique.
Until next time, hugs.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Mixed Media Bible Cover

I have been wanting to make  mixed media Bible cover but was not sure where to begin. Today I decided that to begin I just needed to begin. So I went to my storage room and got out my sewing machine and a piece of tyvek material I had. Now I have begun and things just started to roll. I cut a piece of material to the size of my bible adding on length so it could be a slip cover.
I wanted to make a background in the same way I have been making my faith art journal pages. I began with pink grapefruit and Irish Mist LuminArte Shimmering mists sprays.

The tyvek has a plastic coating on one side and I am working on the opposite side. Next I used versafine onyx black ink and stamped Stamping Up's Irish Blessing background  all over the material.
I dry in between every step with my heat gun.
My next step was to tone down the black a little with gesso.

I rubbed on the gesso with a used gift card and then I put a piece of decorative washi tape across the whole piece. Next I created some circles with Faber-Castell Guava Gelato by appling it directly to the material and then using a little water with my finger to blend the color. I tried to outline my circles with a black marker and I tried every kind of black marker I had and it just did not want to work. Maybe the whole piece was not dry enough. 

I swiped on a little more gesso to tie the layers together.
 I selected two of my hero arts circle stamps, dot design and dot circle. First I stamped the dot design with Color Box rose coral chalk ink then I stamped over each of those with the dot circle stamp and versfine ink.
I had some decorative washi tape that has some crowns and keys on it. The crowns to me represent that Jesus is king and the keys represent that Jesus holds the key to my heart. I applied this to both sides of the wider tape I added earlier. I also went through my stash of previously made labels and applied them to both ends of the cover.
 Now if that wasn't all fun enough, I knew I wanted to add lace and ribbons. So I went though my stash and pulled out pieces that would coordinate with what I had already designed.

Now it was time for the sewing machine. I did sew down the tapes and labels to make sure they did not come off. Then I started laying down my ribbons and sewing them down. My lace is a doily I cut in half and the lace flowers are cut from a scrap of curtain I had.
My final step was to sew the ends to make them neater and then to sew along both long edges which creates the pocket for both flaps of the Bible. This is the back and the front and back inside flaps.


 I am planning on adding a book mark with some ribbons and attach it to the top middle of my Bible cover. If I find a nice little Christian pin I will attach that on the front of my cover just above the lace doily.
I hope you enjoyed the process and that I have inspired you to create your own Mixed Media Bible Cover.
till next time...hugs


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