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the documented life project- weekly challenge 5

Welcome to Week 5 of the THE DOCUMENTED LIFE PROJECT.

January 25 - Add a Doodle Border to your page.

This week I chose a piece of vintage ledger paper as my tip in. I added large swipes of translucent watercolor and two large colorful collaged circles.

I doodled a large feather as my border, then decided it needed more.  I added lots of scallops and circles with a permanent pen. Then I began to fill in with color. I even added another piece of bright washi tape. I added some doodled circles and dots to my collage shapes.

Doodling is so fun, but truthfully it is not the easiest thing for me. I am better with a more sketchy approach and so my doodling always apprears a little shaky when I try to make it pretty and symmetrical. I try to compensate for this with color.

I filled in my scallops with dylusions inks. I knew the colors would bleed out on the old paper but wanted them to appear more fluid like and less like zentangle.  I love how the bright hues all popped together. Once the inks were dry I added little dots of white to make the bold colors stand out even more.

It is very difficult for me to confine a layout to one layer. This week was the perfect challenge for me for that reason. All of  the doodles helped make my tip in appear as if it were more than one dimension, so I was happy with my page in the end.

Looking forward to seeing your interpretations of this week's challenge and I can't wait to meet you back here next week for some more exciting fun!

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Reader Comments (19)

Doodle borders is one of my favorites to do, esp in my diary. Yours is so yummy!

January 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenteriHanna

Takes my breath away - I especially LOVE the bleed! You never cease to surprise me!

January 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLorraine

Oh, Rae! This is so beautiful!! :)

January 25, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterroben-marie

Thank you iHanna- I had a lot of fun doing this! I have a feeling I will be using this technique again! xx

January 25, 2014 | Registered CommenterRae Missigman

Thank you Sweet Lorraine! I learned from the best PAINTER I know! xo

January 25, 2014 | Registered CommenterRae Missigman

Thank you Roben-Marie! I had fun with all of the color! xo

January 25, 2014 | Registered CommenterRae Missigman

Gorgeous - I love the feather simplicity juxtaposed next to all that glorious colour :-)

January 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLynette (NZ)

Clarification please: do you do your tip ins ahead of time then tape them in your book? Or do you have a tip in already taped in for each week and then "add" the ledger paper, etc.? I've been wanting to ask this question of all of you fab 5. Thanks so much.

January 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarrianna Dougherty

Thank You Lynette! I am getting used to using a wide range of bold colors! Thanks for stopping by!

January 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRae

Hi Marrianna! I actually went ahead and filled my planner with tip in pages before I started the project. I chose to do this because I work in my book on the go a lot and I wanted to have all of my pages ready. You could easily go ahead and create the challenges as you go and add them in your planner after, if it is easier for you to work this way. The other admins are also working with planners that have most, if not all, of their tip in pages in place. There is no right or wrong answer- it is just a matter of preference when it comes to working in your book! I hope this helps. Please do not hesitate to ask questions at any time!
Hugs, Rae

January 25, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterrae

I love the vibrancy of your page! and it certainly lloks layered to me!

January 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterIrma

I think your work looks brilliant. You wouldn't know that this was a challenge for you. I have the same thought approaching this type of artistic challenge. You made it look super easy. Your colors are bright and happy. I love how you used a ledger paper as your substrate. The one thing I have going for me with this type challenge is there is no right or wrong. I have some sheets of old ledger paper that I've been looking for the right project, this is it. Thanks for the beautiful inspiration. I'll be sure to post mine when I finish. Hoping this finds you well. ((((HUGS))))

January 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKimmie Hogan

Love, love, love these doodles, Rae! I think it came out splendid!!! I can't wait to start this week's challenge.... just finishing up last weeks. WONDERFUL WORK!!

January 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGlimmerbug

Fabulous pages! I am new to all this..what is a tip in page ? Is there I link to learn more about them? Thanks

January 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

Love the colors, love the dots, love the feather!!

January 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSandi Keene

oh thank you Irma! I LOVE layers, and so I always try to go for that look- even if I have to keep it one dimensional! Thanks for stopping by and reading! xx

January 27, 2014 | Registered CommenterRae Missigman

This makes me so happy Kimmie! I really wanted to see people try to get out of their comfort zones for this project, myself included! Can't wait to see what you create! Ledger paper is one of my favorite things to use as a substrate. It is often thin and old, but oh so lovely! xx

January 27, 2014 | Registered CommenterRae Missigman

Thanks so much Jill! So glad you are giving all the challenges a whirl - it has been so much fun seeing what everyone is creating!

January 27, 2014 | Registered CommenterRae Missigman

Hi Nancy! Thank you! YES! I would love to see you document alongside of us each week. You can read all the info here! ------>
If you have an inkling to play along, this is what you should read next ------>
You can find answers to frequently asked questions here ------>
And last but not least, you can read all about the five us who created the project- ART TO THE 5th here and see a list of weekly archived challenges! ----->
Hope this helps! Information overload, I know- but so worth it!
xx Rae

January 27, 2014 | Registered CommenterRae Missigman

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