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Entries in the documented life project (69)

Saturday
Feb142015

Covering Up Good Stuff in Art Journaling...

Hello!

Sometimes it is necessary to cover up good stuff when art journaling.  In creating layers, I will often cover up elements that I really like.  I don't worry about "ruining" my page or not liking the end result.  The freedom I give myself to cover up things makes the process more enjoyable and more often than not I end up more pleased with the results.  Give yourself permission this week to cover up some good stuff and see what happens!

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

 

 

February Theme
Layers You Will Love!
February 14
Art Challenge:  Covering up good stuff
Journal Prompt:  Going undercover

My first layer is an inky piece of newsprint that I glued to my page.  I used the Stones Divided stencil with molding paste to create the half circle shapes.  I outlined them with a black stabilo pencil and added water with a water brush to spread the color.  I also painted an oval shape with watered down black gesso.

Next, I added some white circles with a Sharpie Poster Paint Pen to the black oval and used a handmade mark making tool and white acrylic paint to create the rings.  I journaled at the bottom of the page with a black pen (this is the good stuff I plan to cover up)!

To finish my page, I stitched a tag and other elements to an inky piece of paper, added a circle sticker, stamped a feather from Rae Missigman's Natural Elements rubber stamp set to book paper, trimmed and stitched to the top.  I stitched a scrap piece of paper and glued it to the top of the black painted oval. 

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You can find us HERE: The Art to the 5th Academy - Instagram: #documentedlife  

Our Blogs: Lorraine Bell, Rae Missigman and Sandi Keene.

Saturday
Jan172015

Finding Solitude...

Hello!

I am not quite sure where the first two weeks of 2105 have gone but among the chaos I have made it a priority to be still at least once a day and I don't count the time before falling asleep at night. 

 
Why is this important?  Life is hurried and busy and if we don't take time to slow down ideas will elude us. It amazes me how my thoughts will "string together" these amazing ideas when I take the time to focus on nothing in particular.  Just the other day I plopped myself down in front of the large window overlooking the canal in my backyard. It was a colder than usual day and the wind was blowing through our oak trees; I love that! I saw a couple of ducks swim by and an otter skimming the banks of the far side of the canal.  Sitting still in this way is hard for me but I committed to it and not only did I come away feeling calmer but I was rewarded with a new creative idea.  That short break was the catalyst for a productive and fun day in the studio. Give yourself a chance to find some quiet time this weekend and enjoy the benefits!

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

 

 

Friday
Jan162015

An Amazing Line-up of Artists...

If you have been keeping up with the buzz then you know The Original Documented Life Project™ kicked off the new year with a bang!  Today, the Art to the 5th™ team has announced its line-up of featured artists.  These amazing creatives will join in during the year, taking on a weekly challenge with their own unqiue styles.  Be sure to visit the Art to the 5th™ website to see the AMAZING LINE-UP!

 

Thursday
Jan012015

Let's Kick off the Year With Some Journaling...

Hello and welcome to The Original Documented Life Project™  The Journal!  Today kicks off the first of many artsy challenges being presented by Art to the 5th in 2015.  The project is free so if you have not joined be sure to check out the details HERE

I hope you enjoy my latest Watch the Process art journaling video as I take on today's challenge!

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

January Theme
The Blank Page and How to Face It!
January 1
Art Challenge: Book Paper
Journal Prompt: Be Your Own Goal Keeper

 

 

 

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You can find us HERE: The Art to the 5th Academy - Instagram: #documentedlife  

Our Blogs: Lorraine Bell, Rae Missigman and Sandi Keene.

 

Don't miss the new Art to the 5th workshop called Cover Story and learn how we decorated our journal covers!!

Saturday
Dec272014

The Original Documented Life Project: The Last 2014 Challenge

The "Original" Documented Life Project

December 27, 2014 - The Last 2014 Challenge:  Draw or collage something that begins with the first letter of your name.

Visit the Art to the 5th blog for more inspiration.  

 

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You can find us HERE: The Art to the 5th Academy and Flickr - Instagram: #documentedlife  

Our Blogs: Lorraine Bell, Rae Missigman, Sandi Keene and Barbara Moore

Saturday
Dec132014

The Documented Life Project - 12/13 (Week 51)...

Saturday
Dec062014

The Documented Life Project - 12/6 (Week 50)...

The Documented Life Project

December 6, 2014 - Week 50 Challenge:  Pick a fantasy vacation spot and make a packing list - money is NO object.

Visit the Art to the 5th blog for more inspiration.  

 

Yep!  Bora Bora is one of the most expensive vacation spots in the world!  I can see myself paddleboarding in those clear, beautiful waters now!

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You can find us HERE: The Art to the 5th Academy and Flickr - Instagram: #documentedlife  

Our Blogs: Lorraine Bell, Rae Missigman, Sandi Keene and Barbara Moore

Saturday
Nov292014

The Documented Life Project - 11/29 (Week 49)...

The Documented Life Project

November 29, 2014 - Week 49 Challenge:  Trace a hand on your page.

Visit the Art to the 5th blog for more inspiration.  

I found tracing or drawing a hand most challenging so I dediced to draw something more abstract and quirky.

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You can find us HERE: The Art to the 5th Academy and Flickr - Instagram: #documentedlife  

Our Blogs: Lorraine Bell, Rae Missigman, Sandi Keene and Barbara Moore

Saturday
Nov152014

The Documented Life Project - 11/15 (Week 47)...

The Documented Life Project

November 15, 2014 - Week 47 Challenge:  Attach a map of your state/country or the world  - document something about that map.

Visit the Art to the 5th blog for more inspiration. 

I approached mine a little differently.  I added a map from our summer vacation to document the best place we visited - Bainbridge Island, WA and Bloedel Reserve.

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You can find us HERE: The Art to the 5th Academy and Flickr - Instagram: #documentedlife  

Our Blogs: Lorraine Bell, Rae Missigman, Sandi Keene and Barbara Moore

Saturday
Nov082014

The Documented Life Project - 11/8 (Week 46)...

The Documented Life Project

November 8, 2014 - Week 46 Challenge:  Incorporate Fabric onto your page.

Visit the Art to the 5th blog for more inspiration.  

I stitched a pocket out of fabric onto an inky piece of card stock and then added into my book.

 

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You can find us HERE: The Art to the 5th Academy and Flickr - Instagram: #documentedlife  

Our Blogs: Lorraine Bell, Rae Missigman, Sandi Keene and Barbara Moore

Saturday
Nov012014

Art to the 5th™ Reveals Plans for Project and a New Workshop...

Hello!

Have you heard?  Art to the 5th™ has revealed its plans for The Documented Life Project™ 2015 and it is bold and exciting!   I am thrilled to be a part of this group of talented and inspiring artists.  Won't you join us in 2015 for this new adventure?

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

 

 

 

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Welcome to our bold new adventure! You have amazed us with your art and courage which has inspired us to celebrate the artist within each of us with more art and more techniques. Documenting our lives this year will mean telling our stories through art and words.

We are so excited to share our vision of storytelling through color, texture and technique. Working our way through 52 prompts, we will build our confidence and fill our tool chest with elements that we will reach for over and over again.

To add to the excitement, we have gathered an amazing line up of superstars including Dyan Reaveley, Dina Wakley, Gina Lee Kim and Stephanie Ackerman to inspire us with their documenting art styles. The project is FREE and perfect for both the beginner and experienced art journaler.

Join us as we begin a transformative year filling the blank page before us…
the rest is still unwritten.

Join us on The A5 Academy Today!!

 

Every adventure deserves a well chosen vehicle. For our journey, we have chosen:

Dylusions Journal by Dyan Reaveley - (11.3" x 8.75”)

We love 'it’s just right size,' sturdy pages, affordability and the envelope inside to store goodies. It is available HERE. We have been in contact with Ranger and Dyan so they could prepare for us.

Note: as always you may use what journal/planner or notebook you might prefer.

Once we had our journals in our hands, we wanted to create a new OPTIONAL paid workshop, Cover Story, to share how we developed our covers into pieces of art we can’t stop touching.

 

Anticipation, apprehension, excitement…

A new journal equals blank pages filled with unlimited possibility, of personal challenges and of achieving new levels. It deserves a cover you can’t stop touching!

Instructors Lorraine Bell, Sandi Keene, Rae Missigman and Roben-Marie Smith share their distinct technique filled cover designs. 4 artists, 4 classes, 4+ hours of step by step video instruction on how to collage, doodle, grunge, gelli plate, sketch, paint and watercolor your way to a cover that you will love. Choose one design or collect your favorite techniques from each artist and blend them into a style all your own.

Use these designs on art journal covers, journal pages, cards and gifts. These designs are not limited to an art journal cover.  Each instructor has condensed hours of video into one hour of techniques, insights and products that make facing the blank page exhilarating.

*Created for DLP 2015: The Journal but suitable for any journal cover.

 

Friday
Oct312014

The Documented Life Project - 10/31 (Week 45)...

The Documented Life Project

October 31, 2014 - Week 45 Challenge:  Add a tab

Visit the Art to the 5th blog for more inspiration.  

I made tabs with a hand punch (shaped like a tab) and then attached to a variety of papers I like to call "page stacks."  I layered them so they will lift up so I can write on them or attach ephemera or photos.  I stiched the whole stack at the top of my page with a sewing machine.

 

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You can find us HERE: The Art to the 5th Academy and Flickr - Instagram: #documentedlife  

Our Blogs: Lorraine Bell, Rae Missigman, Sandi Keene and Barbara Moore

Saturday
Oct252014

The Documented Life Project - 10/25 (Week 44)...

The Documented Life Project

October 25, 2014 - Week 44 Challenge:  Incorporate leaves (real or drawn/painted) onto your page in a creative way.

Visit the Art to the 5th blog for more inspiration.  

 

I grabbed a few leaves from the bushes in my front yard and painted them with acrylic paint.

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You can find us HERE: The Art to the 5th Academy and Flickr - Instagram: #documentedlife  

Our Blogs: Lorraine Bell, Rae Missigman, Sandi Keene and Barbara Moore

Saturday
Oct112014

The Documented Life Project - 10/11 (Week 42)...

The Documented Life Project

October 11, 2014 - Week 42 Challenge:  Stars

Visit the Art to the 5th blog for more inspiration.  

 

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You can find us HERE: The Art to the 5th Academy and Flickr - Instagram: #documentedlife  

Our Blogs: Lorraine Bell, Rae Missigman, Sandi Keene and Barbara Moore

Saturday
Oct042014

The Documented Life Project - 10/4 (Week 41)...