15 minutes of mixed media

This week my 15 minutes seemed to fly by, but the page flowed along with the ticking timer so it was okay. I liked the color palette of this page, and that usually makes things easier when I am racing against the clock. This is by no means an in depth or crazy awesome layout, but it continues to be that creative exercise that helps me stretch as an artist, pushing me to use those supplies that are within arms reach, forcing me to grow and think on the fly. It isn't always easy. And these pages aren't always ones that I would like to show off as my best work, but they are useful tools when it comes to learning what I can do.

I have weeks at a time where I really am not happy with my end results, but that's okay too. As long as we are following through with the exercise we are learning, whether we feel like we are or not. 

Supplies Used This Week: Paintbrush, paint pens in Basics, Sharpie Oil Based Paint Pen in this Purple and this Purple, a glue stick, Dylusions inks in pinkwater brushes,  white gel pen,  white gloss paint, heat embosser similar to this one, pencil, Martha Stewart Paints in Pink and Green, Golden Paint in Brown and Orange, Collage Papers, washi tape, Brown Stabilo Marker, and a hand cut stencil. 

So just set the timer and go for it!  ENJOY!

The Documented Life Project - Week 40

Welcome to week 40 of The Documented Life Project !

September 27 - Paint or color with three colors you never use.

When I first read what this week's challenge was I had a mini panic attack. What? Use three colors you never use? There is a reason I never use them. I can't make them work! But I have done everything in my power to stay on top of this project and do every. single. challenge. and so here I am. 

I chose dark purples because I really struggle with using purple. I don't know why. I grew up thinking and telling everyone that would listen that purple was my favorite color. Um. No. Maybe when unicorns were my best friend, but no longer. I have moved onto a much more mature color palette. PINK. haha! 

I began by sketching a flower on water color paper. I chose to use a medium I rarely grab too, alcohol inks. A double challenge for me this week! Alcohol inks are so super cool when you know how to use them and they have no business being asked to move around on water color paper, but I liked the deep and immediate pools of bleeding color I got when I dripped them on the page. 

From there I just started filling in my sketch and the border with shades of purples in watercolors. Most of these I mixed (don't ask- it was not pretty) until I thought they resembled the colors of alcohol ink I was mimicking. I don't hate it. I honestly would go to these colors again and so I am happy I said yes to this challenge!

This week's supplies: Paintbrush,  Dylusions inks in Fresh Limewater brush, red lace washi tape similar to this, this washi tape too, Alcohol Ink in Slate, Cranberry, and Currant, Watercolors, Hand Carved Arrow stamp,  seedless preserves ink pad, and a Sketching Pencil

Enjoy this week's challenge and I can't wait to see what you create!

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15 minutes of mixed media

I am sorry I was absent last week. I was busy having fun making art and taking a breather, both in hopes of coming home refreshed and ready to work hard and move forward. I think it helped. Thank you for all the kind words in my absence. I received some really sweet comments and very heartfelt emails and not one of those went unappreciated. So thank you. They all made me smile!

I felt rushed this week for some reason. This happens from time to time. I know that clock is ticking. It always is, and yet this week felt different. Maybe because I played hookie last week. Maybe the creative juices weren't really flowing at the exact moment I had 15 minutes to work in my journal. Or maybe because I have been stretching myself even more by purposefully choosing colors that I don't always reach for.

I think it is important to move outside of our safe zones when it comes to creating from time to time. It really helps us grow as artists and people. We don't always have to be in love with the end result. That will come later. And so I keep reaching. 

Supplies Used This Week: Paintbrush,  Dina Wakley acrylic paint in Blackberry Violet and Ruby, paint pens in Neons, and Basics, Sharpie Oil Based Paint Pens in Orange and Pink, a glue stick, scissor, black ink joy pen, Dylusions inks in purple, red, yellow and pinkwater brushes, kraft notes paper, white gel pen, this cool color of black paint, white gloss paint, mini brayer, heat embosser similar to this one, and an old gift card

So just set the timer and go for it!  ENJOY!

The Documented Life Project - Week 39

Welcome to week 39 of The Documented Life Project !

September 20 - Splatters and Drips.

This week was fun. And easy. It is rare that we get to take something, even our art, and give it that messy tweak, with little thought for where the piece is going or what it will become. I loved that about this challenge.

I opted out of using a tip in this week. You will find I do that frequently these days, mostly because my book is getting so chunky! I adhered some tissue wrap to the page with gel medium and layered over that with some collage papers and glue stick. Once dry, I just started spraying inks and splattering paints. I even spritzed my page with water once or twice and let things roll around. I love the colorful patterns that randomness creates. This is one of my favorite pages so far!  

This week's supplies: Paintbrush,  Dylusions inks in purplegreen yellow, blue and pink, water, this washi tape, gel medium, tissue wrap, collage papers, a glue stick and white paint.

Enjoy this week's challenge and I can't wait to see what you create!

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