Thursday, October 20, 2016

More October Pages in my Unplanner

Still having a great time in my unPlanner. I haven't completed all the prompts, but I always enjoy creating my daily pages, so that's what I'm sharing today. To see what this project is all about, check it out below! 

My calendar took on a slightly different look this month. Instead of doodling every day, I am documenting a momentous occasion: our very first trip out of North America! Cancun, we'll see you in 2017! Whoot! :)

I used a few stencils here, with layering, and I still am not happy with how it looks, so I will add more elements around the circle yet. Not happy with my lettering! I keep on killing all my black markers, as I'm so impatient to write, that I don't wait for the paint to cure. grrrr I need to get out my fountain pen and India ink and try writing with that!

After I had finished this first layout in this style, I thought of Mary Brack's art journals! And here are her posts in the Facebook group. She regularly posted her DLP pages back in 2014, and I enjoyed each one. 

I decided to do a free write for each day of October. You might be wondering what is a free write. It simply is jotting down what you're thinking about, so off-the-cuff, not worrying too much about perfect sentence structure, grammar or spelling. I refer back to my notes in my Foxydori daily planner that I keep if I have to. It is in this style of writing I am capturing some thoughts from each day.

I included the introduction to a devotional bible study I am taking at the moment, as the words rang so true for me. Make it meaningful by including things that are close to your heart. I see so much of the treasures included from many of the members of the DLP Facebook group. I am always inspired by what you all include in your journals! Thank you! 

For the first few circle dates, I used leftover paper from the PAC I made, pictured further down. (See my previous post to see the paper if you're interested.)


For these rest of the circles, I created two more backgrounds in coordinating colours with lots of stenciling. My fave stencils for this project are the reverse grids and the August 2013 Club stencils! Dots are always good to add to, of course. ;) I have this thing about dots lately...

With the spines on this one, I used Carolyn Dube's fun Circles Layer Me stencils, then added more doodling with paint pens. I am reminded of Grandma's old vinyl flooring when I look at this.

Washi tape edges is always fun to do! The book text edges are actually just strips of book paper that I cut to the right size and glued on.

I've got each day ready to be journaled, but a little behind with the journaling part. I'm running out of the white gel pens! (I like to buy them in a pack. They aren't available here, so I always order them online.)

Thanks for stopping by to visit! I appreciate it! :0

♥♥♥  Anna  ♥♥♥

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

October Musings and some unPlanner Pics

unPlanner pages for October

October weather is here in full swing, and that means I need to use those colours in my art journal! They are NOT my go-to colours, but since The Documented Life Project's October theme is a new palette, I thought I better. ;)

So here goes. 

Using the same brayering technique I discovered on the PaperArtsy Youtube Channel, I covered four pieces of cardstock with paint in oranges, yellows, reds and greens.

Note: see my own videos of this technique HERE.

I put aside those backgrounds and just started playing with my new club stencils from StencilGirl and the reverse grid stencils as well. And paint pens. To make dots. I make lots of dots at the moment.

To finish, I added the circles towards the bottom, as it needed grounding visually.

September 2016 Club Stencils (for the flowers in middle of the circles)

For Calligraphy letters with the Zig Clean Color brush markers, in the style of Random Olive. Want to learn how to write in this style? Do check out her Instagram, as she uploads mini tutorial videos that shows you how, and you can buy her printables so you can practice too. I found it very helpful!

I kept on adding more and more layers, just for fun. Until it looked more pleasing.

See the reinforcement edge with the flowers? This is where I started using the brayered backgrounds. It's nice and handy to have four backgrounds to work with as I create my unPlanner pages for October.

Still need to decorate my calendar.

I have made one PAC recently, and it's a September prompt, but I'm adding it to my October, as the challenge was to add an organic element. I had these leaves I gathered from our yard, and this leaf got all painty in October's colour scheme. :) I sewed the edges and the stem down on the card. 

The background is from an old art journal page in my junque journal. I cut out a portion for the background of my PAC. The dots reminded me of seed heads, so it goes with the leaf, right? :)

October Musings

We took a road trip to neighboring Saskatchewan for my nephew's wedding. Here are my two oldest, all purty. Love them!!

On the way home, I stepped into a gopher hole, spraining my ankle badly. I couldn't walk without crutches a few days. As part of the road trip, we explored the area where my hubby's mother was born, and since I couldn't explore with them, I had to stay in vehicle. Junia, my daughter picked this beautiful flower for me.

Hours and hours of driving on the Saskatchewan prairies.

Days later, we drove through Canada's Rocky Mountain range, and we missed a turn, landing in British Columbia. LOL. We stopped beside the Bow River, and I was able to take the time to play with the aperture on my phone camera. I'm pleased with how it turned out!

Another perspective.

Who says dead grasses and flowers have no beauty??

Eight days of road trip left us a little tired of each other, but what a time we had.

♥♥♥  Anna  ♥♥♥

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Art Journal Video for StencilGirl Team Tuesday

Hello, creatives! Just want to quickly pop in and let you know I have a new post up on StencilGirl Talk. See my video of creating this piece with Gwen Lafleur's beautiful stencils. :)

See here: 

Thanks for visiting! 

♥♥♥  Anna  ♥♥♥

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

unPlanner Pages Process Video on Youtube

I'm one of four artists on the StencilGirl Talk blog today! :)

 Each of us are sharing projects featuring great older stencils. Sometimes the older designs get lost and forgotten, as many new ones are always coming out.

See what my talented fellow team members have made HERE! :)

My post here has three parts:

1. A video of me creating two more weekly views pages and photo step-outs in my unPlanner.

2. Aug 18-20 weekly view pages

3. August 21-24 weekly view pages.

1.  unPlanner Background Prep for a Weekly View and Process Video

See HERE for information about The Documented Life Project 2016: The unPlanner! :)

Multi-layered background with finger painting, stenciling, paint brushes, etc. This is ready for my weekly view entries. I will add the dates to it with the same foam alpha stamps I used in the next pages shown.

Painting around the stitched edge was a fun departure from my usual method of my stitching designs. Loving the lines created with the stencil. Perfect to add journaling too! :)

Some of you have been asking me to record me working in my art journal, so for the first time ever, I have done so!
This is very new to me, so it's nothing fantastic. lol!
Part of being new at this, I have had some hiccups in editing my video. I included captions with explanations throughout the video, but you can't see them if you watch it on your smart phone, so if you want to see the captions, watch on a  desktop, laptop or tablet.

 I'd love to hear from you, letting me know you've watched it, as uploading, editing, even the preparation -  is a lot of work! If you enjoyed it, affirmation would be very encouraging to me!
 Thank you! ♥

I have been trying to catch up with my unPlanner pages, and I find using stencils is a fast way of creating something beautiful.

2. Aug 18-20 Weekly View Pages

 For this month, I am going with watercolour paper by Canson for my pages. I've missed using watercolours lately. So for the weekly views (left side on above page), I sewed around the edges, then added the watercolouring with the cute fat little Stabilo Woody crayons. 

Stamped the numbers with the same foam stamp set as the above pages.

Added white dots to echo page on right. 

Loving the funky stitching!
And the textures of facing page! #lovemesomecloseups

Going In Circles Art Journal page

And here is the step-out: 

Remember these brayered backgrounds from this post? Well, I had an extra one left over, so I used it as the start for the above page.

The colours used are the same ones as the first journal page, demonstrated in the video:

Americana acrylic craft: Bahama Blue, Sunny Day and Vivid Violet
Martha Stewart satin: Fuchsia, Snow Pea, Granny Smith and Purple Yam
Deco Art white

The backgrounds are double-sided, so I chose my favourite side.

I used the Spinners stencil by Terri Stegmiller.

White through the stencil, then various colours just in the middle. I placed the stencil down randomly, instead of just leaving the stencil in it's grid-like pattern.

White dots with paint pen in all the open areas.

Vivid Violet paint around the outside of each "circle".

Bahama Blue and Fuchsia next.

Magnetic Poetry foam letter stamps with black ink for the title.

Journaling my thoughts in pencil in all the open areas. The exercise of writing down my thoughts clarifies issues I had on my brain and in my heart. I wrote illegibly, so it remains private.

Stitched around the whole page, choosing three areas where I did some funky stitching.

Black Stabilo All pencil for some very light shadowing around the circles and in the "pie" centers.

3. August 21-24 Weekly View Pages.

I mentioned earlier that the brayered backgrounds are double-sided. I used the same stenciling techniques on this page, except I left the stencil design down, not picking it up to move it, so the circles form a grid pattern. I added a few more layers in the middles on this one, and with a slight different focus of colours, but still the same ones as above.

Pink dots on this one with same brand of paint pen. (Daler Rowney)

For the daily view on right, I used acrylic paint watered down as the watercolour crayons looked too pastel.

I outlined the black stamped numbers with a black gel roller pen.

And there are some August pages in my unPlanner. I hope to post the early August pages when I get them finished.

Thank you so much for visiting!

♥♥♥  Anna  ♥♥♥