This week just flew by, and I spent a lot of time working on assignments for my online drawing classes. I spent one morning, though, determined to finish up some of my DLP pages.
Although I got stalled on one of these pages for well over a week, I'm enjoying my foray into mixed media. I try to create the backgrounds and the calendar pages a few days ahead, so for this first spread I anticipated a road trip, and knew that the challenge was to create a Smash Book-type page of things you collected from the week. Our week turned out very differently that I expected. We did end up taking a very fast road trip to Chicago to get Sarah, Caleb, and Sadie, but there wasn't any sightseeing. There was, however, quite a bit of eating out, and time for a little shopping the day we were in Chicago, so I focused on the eating out, and filled the envelope I'd already created with receipts. That's something I've never included in my Project Life spreads, and even a few years from now, they may be interesting. Here's the spread with the envelope tucked in. I started a list this week of the different media I'm trying, but I'm not 100% sure what I used here. Pretty sure it was watercolors again, which look a bit different applied over gesso.
I really liked the way the collage from the restaurants came out. The large kraft piece in the middle was torn from the bag of subs I brought home for dinner one night. The little stamp in the upper right-hand corner is an old one from Hero Arts. I wrote some notes about each place as well.
The next spread caused all kinds of problems. I used some red Dylusion ink to create the calendar page, but hadn't applied a coat of Gesso. It leaked through everywhere so if you look at the page above, you can see I've added a piece over the top of the previous spread. Fortunately, since I was anticipating being away two weeks, the spread above was blank at the time. Then I used Faber-Castell's blackboard paint on the right-hand page, and automatically drew a blank about what to do next. The prompt was to create a pocket. I used Distress Inks, the "Mini Picture Perfect" stencil by Ronda Palazzari and some black gesso to create the pocket. After thinking about it for nearly two weeks, I went back and doodled a border, wrote some of the places we went with Caleb while he was here, and put in five cute photos from those events.
I'm linking this page to the Moxie Fab challenge: "Clicking Cameras," to use camera images on a paper-crafted project. The challenge ends tomorow. I'd love to get time today to create a couple cards since I have multiple camera images to play with! Here are the photos that I tucked into the pocket. My favorites are the ones with Caleb and the broom, and the one of Sarah and Caleb in front of the Sesame Street exhibit at the Strong Museum of Play.
The last spread was done with acrylics, and the prompt was to use a fortune from a fortune cookie. I picked up a small package of fortune cookies at the grocery store, and this is the one that I pulled out first. It seemed so appropriate since I was enrolled in an online drawing class and feeling very inept, but forging ahead nonetheless. It gave me an opportunity to use another very old stamp from Alice in Rubberland. I'll bet I've had that for nearly 20 years. I think I bought it on our first trip to San Francisco when Sarah was 16. I also used the dictionary I bought at the Avon Flea Market and tore out the definition for fortune, added the cellophane from the cookie, and some more doodles. I tried using a Pitt brush pen, but don't find I have as much control as I'd like with it. The little tab on the calendar page is from "Tabbed," by Papertrey Ink, and I used some old number stickers from my stash for the dates.
Hopefully, I'll be back this weekend with a few posts for cards for the Online Card Class: Stretch Your Stamps 2. All the lessons have been posted, and I have a list of many things to try.