Friday, January 16, 2015

New Art Journal for 2015 - DLP

And on to this year's Documented Life Project! I'm a little behind on blogging, as the third prompt will be revealed tomorrow. I'm actually ready for it! :)

To join this project, go to Art to the 5th Academy

You MUST register there first, and then join DLP 2015 in order to see the weekly prompts. PLEASE read the information, the FAQs, and watch the videos posted. It will help you greatly with any questions you may have, and how to navigate the site. 

And if you are not too shy, please share at the Academy. The Art5 ladies will love you for it! :)

So for this year, I decided to go with the recommended Dylusions Journal. It takes some getting used to. The size doesn't bother me, as it is very similar to what I worked in all of last year. It's the paper! I now know I will work with acrylics more than watercolors, as it takes a lot of applications to get bold color to stay on this bristol-like paper.Or maybe it's me not knowing how to work it!

I jot down birthdays and appointments in this portion of my calendar. Maybe I'll add some doodles as well in the empty spots, like I did last year. We'll see.

I started the page off with awful brown acrylic paint. It was UGLY! So I covered the whole thing in a few layers of white gesso to cover the ugly brown.

Next, I punched circles out of cardstock and adhered them to the page. Then I started coloring around with my go-to supply: Neocolors II watersoluable wax crayons. I layered and layered and layered color to get it right. Really loving that you can see the textures underneath.

Next, I drew lines with a ruler to frame the calendar, and to mark where to write in the days of the week. I just used a fine-line black Sharpie.

Lastly, the title: I created the month names in my FotoFusion software, with the California Rad font from, printed them out, and cut out the letters. Added some black edges with the General's Sketch and Wash pencil to give it some dimension.

Ahem, after I filled up the first two-page spread in my journal, I decided to plan out my pages. So here it is: 

Well, that's it so far. See you next time where I will share the first prompt, Week One.

Thanks for stopping by! I welcome any comments, even just a "hello", I was here. :)


  1. Just love this! Your style, all your circles, are so great. I love checking in with your blog. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Thank you Laurel! :)