Just Keep Layering

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.

Week 6 - Layers

Not that I imagine anyone can learn anything from my process but here are the layers involved in creating my page:

  1. Turquoise and lime acrylic scraped on the page with a gift card
  2. Scraps of yellow and pink tissue paper glued onto the page
  3. Strips of washi tape stuck in rows to the page
  4. Yellow paint through a dot / small circle stencil
  5. Large yellow circles stamped on the page with a cork
  6. Turquoise circles stamped onto the page using the end of a wooden utensil
  7. Pink paint through a love heart stencil
  8. Stamped pink circles using the end of a pencil top eraser
  9. Spatter of pink, yellow and turquoise paint
  10. Small dots of lime paint
  11. Dots of white acrylic paint around the edges of the pink love hearts to emphasise the hearts on the page
  12. 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.