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the documented life project: weekly challenge 11

Welcome to Week 11 of The Documented Life Project!

March 8 - Draw, Photograph or Collage a Bird onto your Page.

I don't mind admitting that this week's challenge scared me a little bit. If there is one thing I have not mastered, it would drawing. I could have photographed a bird, but I have said from the get go that I would push myself with this project... I sketched a little bird out onto a gelli print tip in page. I started with a pencil. Once I was happy with her shape I sketched in a quick scratchy fashion over the pencil with my favorite fine tip black pen. I like how the pen and pencil combined to give the feathers some definition. I added some hand written text - "hallelejuha-sing a new song unto the Lord today."

Next I grabbed some colorful painted papers and began tearing them into small pieces to collage my bird. I also used painted deli paper and inked ultra thin brown kraft paper. I love how she blends with the gelli print.

I love all the texture this process lends to the page. The gelli print I chose was the perfect foundation- using the gelli plate I added more layers of paint than I normally would, using several different stencils, giving it a cool nubbly texture.

I collaged a funky sun at the top of the page and called it done. I have a hard time walking away from a page. Well, I do walk away, but I keep coming back. Again and again and again. This time I liked the simplicity of this chubby little bird and her sun and so I closed the book.

I can't wait to finish filling in the calendar side of my planner this week! Look for a peek soon!


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Reader Comments (8)

What a wonderful thing to wake up to!! So joyous!!

March 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSara J

You are awesone! Great page. Yummy colors.

March 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSandi Keene

Your bird is fantastic! Love the colors the textures and the style!

March 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne Bouchard

The bird is ADORABLE! Look at it with its little head raised as if indeed singing a new song. Love it! <3

March 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterlynn roberts

oh Sara - this is such a nice comment to read! Thank you sweetie! I hope you are enjoying the project!

March 9, 2014 | Registered CommenterRae Missigman

Thank you Sandi! Birds and Feathers - love em both...EVEN IF sketching isn't my thing youSketchqueen! xo

March 9, 2014 | Registered CommenterRae Missigman

Thanks Suzanne! I am glad I used the gelli print as my tip in - I thought it might be too busy, but it gave the page a ton of texture and that makes me happy!

March 9, 2014 | Registered CommenterRae Missigman

Thank you sweet Lynn! Some days we just want to sing! xo

March 9, 2014 | Registered CommenterRae Missigman

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