This week’s Documented Life Project challenge was layering and “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough!” (free earworm) so clearly the idea was to layer a page to the maximum. Layering is something I have struggled with. Finding that balance between creating interest and it tipping over into visually chaotic mess, between colours that chime and sing together and making mud, has been a steep learning curve for me and one where I have yet to reach the summit. Regardless, I decided to amp up the level of difficulty even more by deciding to work with a colour palette I would find difficult to keep from turning into grungy sludge: flamingo pink, bright yellow, turquoise and lime. Alas, my lime acrylic is not quite limey enough so it did get a bit muddy.
I couldn’t embark on a page without having an end goal in mind. I know a lot of art journallers and mixed media artists can just playfully develop a page or piece without having any level of intention in mind but I need to have something I am working towards from the get-go otherwise I stall. Since this week is Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be appropriate to make that the focus. My favourite love song – and one of my very favourite songs generally – is ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’ by The Smiths so that was my inspiration.
Not that I imagine anyone can learn anything from my process but here are the layers involved in creating my page:
- Turquoise and lime acrylic scraped on the page with a gift card
- Scraps of yellow and pink tissue paper glued onto the page
- Strips of washi tape stuck in rows to the page
- Yellow paint through a dot / small circle stencil
- Large yellow circles stamped on the page with a cork
- Turquoise circles stamped onto the page using the end of a wooden utensil
- Pink paint through a love heart stencil
- Stamped pink circles using the end of a pencil top eraser
- Spatter of pink, yellow and turquoise paint
- Small dots of lime paint
- Dots of white acrylic paint around the edges of the pink love hearts to emphasise the hearts on the page
- Stamped the chorus of the song lyrics onto deli paper and adhered that deli paper to the page using gel matte medium
Twelve layers! That’s an all-time record for me.