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Welcome to Life Documented - Week 31 with Claire Leggett

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Hi all,  Claire here this week.  I have finished work/school now for for summer - yippee - so I have been enjoying family time.  With the whirlwind birth of my new baby niece, I have spent a lot more time with my sister and mum.  There is a reason to me telling you all of this - we have spent a lot of time wandering around the shops in the pretty village of Tutbury.  We looked around a little dynamic shop called Suki Art.  It is full of quirky art pieces and crafty makes. We came across a fabulous piece of art and that was it, my inspiration for this week!  The piece of art was created by a local artist D. Vaughan.
Technique: Paper/fabric collage

Prompt: Use a variety of coloured papers and fabrics to recreate a collage of a pretty scene or object

Quote:  A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not in the branch but on its wings.  Always believe in yourself. ~ Unknown

Step 1:

So first things first, I collected a variety of scraps of paper …

Welcome to Life Documented - Week 30 with Paula Hardesty

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“Traveling to the beach with paint, stenciling and stamping.”  A Vacation To Remember.

Technique: Multiple Layering
Prompt: Add colorful strips of paper to your layout
Quote: Every time I stand before a beautiful beach, its waves seem to whisper to me: If you choose the simple things and find joy in nature’s simple treasures, life and living need not be so hard. Psyche Roxas-Mendoza
Hello my beautiful creative souls.  My name is Paula Hardesty and I am thrilled and honored to be your guest teacher this week.   

I hope you enjoy this little project and you can use this process for so much more.   All that we do in mixed media is about layering.  This definitely does the process justice.   One of my most favorite things to do right now is stenciling. I am offering 20 free sets of the two different flower sizes, fish, fern and seahorse to the first 20 creative souls who leave a message below with the words - “YES to Traveling.”  
First up supplies.  I will show you exactly what I have used b…

Welcome to Life Documented-Week 29 with Beth Forenz

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This is the page we will be doing.

Technique: Use up your excess acrylic paint with the best tool you own... your fingers!

Quote: "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone." Neale Donald

I was excited to be asked as the guest artist this week. The "road less traveled/traveling through life" theme excites me because my love of art journaling began while traveling!  Several years ago, because of extremely stressful circumstances in my life, I did nothing artistic or creative for about three years. Thankfully a very wise friend knew me well enough to see that I needed art as a release and therapy. So, just before boarding a plane to Africa, she gave me a small water color set and said "You're going to be traveling for 30 plus hours, paint! " I had always journaled and always liked to paint, but had never combined the two. I came home from that trip with a journal full of art and a passion to learn more.

For my background I used  Tim Holtz distress ink to…

Welcome to Life Documented - Week 28 with Chris Gromann

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Hello fantastic artists! It's Chris Gromann here!! I'm truly honored to be the guest for this week!
Theme: The road less traveled-traveling through life

Quote: "Wherever you go, go with all your love" Confucius

Prompt: light and dark - creating dimension

Technique: using color in different ways, getting loose - acrylic paint

Materials I used:


I started covering all the page with orange, it will show up at the end of the painting giving a bit of drama. After dried, I sketched what I had in mind.
Now it's time to play with colors!!

As orange, the background, was my middle tone, I started to define my scene using light and dark colors (ultramar blue, magenta, yellow and white) at this stage the paints has more water, so you can see through them. (I love this effect) 
Also, I tried to get loose, so I did quick strokes, without thinking so much.


As you can see, I didn't like the tree and also change a bit the tones, added a bit more white in the color, but not much to…