Friday, January 18, 2013

A Year In the Life of an Art Journal | one

I am happy to be taking part in A Year in the Life of an Art Journal challenge again.
This year the prompts are for photographers as well as art journalers. 
The challenges are given out on the 15th and 30th of every month.
Here is the challenge for January 15, 2013:

PROMPT: New Year's resolutions or ONE WORD. 
Do you make New Year's resolutions, or take part in the ONE WORD project? 
SHOOTERS: Shoot your mug with your word or something that symbolizes your word.
(Sharing on Monday Mugshots on fb also)
BOOKERS: Use watercolors on your page to emulate your word... (if you don't have water colors, watered down acrylic paint will do just fine.) use color to convey that word and what it means to you. While your paint is WET, sprinkle salt on it, and let it sit. When your paint is dry, brush off the salt.  (people taking part in the creative prompt can put their mugshot for this prompt on this page.) 
 I have been choosing a word for my year for the last five years.
I tend to over-burden myself about unnecessary things 
and this year, I've decided it's time to MINIMIZE.
 For these pages I used a double spread in my almost complete (YAY) journal that was already gesso'd and started covering it with a layer of mod podge and then random pages of vintage text from dictionaries, old scouting book, vintage hymnal, worn copy of Pride and Prejudice, etc.
I just mod podge'd away and didn't worry if there were wrinkles or anything.
Then I started painting on a water color wash of orange...my favorite.
(Make sure your page dries in between each thing you do.)
I added two pictures that I printed off quickly on my regular printer.  One is of my coffee mug that I wrote my One Little Word on.  I used a Sharpie Marker and free-handed on the mug. Then I placed it directly on the oven rack at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or so.  Won't wash off now. :)
The other picture is a little setting I made with some Scrabble tiles to spell out MINIMIZE.
   I added scribbles of oil pastels and gelato here and there.  Did some smudging.  Then I took some Bahama Blue acrylic and just let it drip down my page.  Just anything that made me smile and broke up the orange a bit.
 I began to write random words that represented things I wanted to minimize.  I used a Sharpie marker for the bold words.  Then around the word I used a Glaze gel pen to write how I would MINIMIZE those areas. 
I have found that the Glaze pens work great on top of any type of medium - even the waxy oil pastels.
 I may continue to add things to the pages that I want to MINIMIZE as I think of them, but this is it for now.  
To MINIMIZE fear:
Psalm 56:3~But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.
Colossians 3:15a.~Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,

Do you art journal or like taking photos? You can join in on the fun twice a month too!  Just head over to Rachel Whetzel's page to play! 

11 comments:

  1. LOVE you page Sherry! What gorgeous colors & textures! Can't wait to see more of your work!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! I'd love to see your blog too if you have one to share your art. =) Please share a link!

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  2. WOW. First of all. LOVE your page, and the way you laid it out. I love reading the explanations about the reasons for why things are placed where, etc. Second. THANK YOU!! Thank you for all the link love!! I'm so excited about this coming year. Glad to have you playing with me!

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    1. Thanks Rachel! I'm especially thankful for you hosting this every year. =)

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  3. I love you page. There are lots of areas I too could minimize. I'm so glad you included fear. That was one I worked on for several years. Your cup is very cool.

    Can't wait to see what you do next.

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  4. Hi Sherry,

    I like how you brainstormed from your word "minimize" and incorporated that into the pages. The colors are beautiful too.
    I look forward to seeing more through the year!

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    1. Thank you Juana! I appreciate your comment!

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  5. Sherry, I love your page and love that you are playing along with us over at A Year in the Life of an Art Jouranl. I'm a Guest Host there this year. Thanks for leaving blog love on my blog (www.Art-Journal-Love.com). Looking forward to seeing your pages this year!

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    1. I am really looking forward to the next prompt. I had so much fun with this. I would have made a journal page for my word anyway, but this helped to get me going. Thanks YOU!

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  6. Love your layout and colors for this double spread! The Bahama Blue adds great contrast and is in itself just gorgeous! :-)))

    Here is mine:
    http://naturesprintshop.blogspot.no/2013/01/one-year-one-word.html

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