A Life Document, Weeks 3 & 4

I am back today with two more weeks of my Life Documented Art Journal. Again, I’ll let you know that I am feeling really rusty, but yet motivated to just keep getting messy.


The prompt for week 3 was to up cycle and play. There was a suggestion to make your own quill using recycled objects, but seeing that I own several different types of quills and calligraphy pens, I figured I would just pulled them out and blow off the dust. There was also a suggest quote, which I scripted onto the page at the end.

Step One: I blended distress stain over my journal pages. I blended them in an ombre attempt using Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron, and Forrest Moss.

Step Two: Using a stencil and Picket Fence Distress Stain, I added blobs (not well stenciled areas) of white. I was able to push it back a little with the wet medium under it.

Step Three: Using second stencil, I blended distress oxide in Peacock Feather around the edges.

Step Four: Using dylusions ink in Calypos Teal and a dylusions stamp, I added background stamping.

Step Five: I pulled out hot pink acrylic ink and my fountain pen with a thick nib and drew several dragon flies in different sized.

Step Five: Using a fine nib, I drew on tiny dragon flies in black acrylic ink and splattered the whole journal page. I finished by adding the suggested quote with the same fine nib.

I don’t love how the white blobs distract from the whole project….

….but I do really like how the big dragon flies turned out.


Week’s four prompt was paper dolls with a collage technique. This wasn’t quite the suggestion for the technique, but I wasn’t feeling the original suggestion, so I simply pulled out some already paper dolls and collaged them with other ephemera into my art journal.

Step One: I pulled three Tim Holtz paper dolls (and an extra dog) out and a few other pieces of ephemera that I felt coordinated well.

Step Two: To create the background of the journal pages, I scribbled gelatos over the pages in Iced Chai, Iced Coffee, Gold Champagne, and Chocolate.

Step Three: Using both water and acrylic gel medium, I blended the gelatos.

Step Four: Using heavy acrylic gel medium, I adhered the ephemera onto the pages. The gel medium was my cheap stuff, and I forgot it is a lot shinier than I like.

Step Five: Using both gelatos in melon and Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen in Solar Red, I colored the cloths of the little dancer (wished I had colored her shoes now looking back). I also added a little pale pink around her image.

Step Six: Using archival ink in Tree Branch and a dylusions stamp, I added the lines in the background. I also stamped with another dylusions stamp covered in gelato as well as an alphabet stamp over the whole image with more gelato.

Step Seven: Using some magno gelato and a dot stamp, I stamped faintly around the dancer.

Step Eight: Finally, I added one last piece of ephemeral and did a little line work around it. I think the sentiment is perfect for the whole image.

I love how stiff and formal the first side is, looking all respectable and void of color…

….while the other side has a full personality with pops of bright color.

Let me know in the comments which of the two week is your favorite. Until then, happy crafting.

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