The Documented Life Project: Week 1
It’s been such a busy couple of weeks that I haven’t had a chance to post photos of my first week’s Documented Life Project and we’re almost through week two! As I wrote last week, Documented Life is a year-long project where – using a day planner – I capture bits of my weekly life and art journal at the same time.
To be perfectly honest, it’s a little scary posting my actual journal pages. I’ve never done that before. It’s not only that you would see the words I write but that you will see – and might judge me on my art … the colors I combine … the doodling … the experimentation …. Exhale. There I’ve said it.
Once, on the golf course, when I was having a particularly bad round, a very wise women said to me “We all have good days and bad days. But you know, Vicki, I refuse to allow my golf game to define the quality of my character or the boundaries of my life.”
How deep is that??? My art skills don’t define me. Hmmm.
Each week the Documented Life Project hosts issue a challenge to be incorporated into our journals. The first week’s challenge was to draw/paint/sketch a picture of the front door of our homes and what it means to us. My drawing skills are …. (ahem) sketchy to say the least. So I took a photo and then used Photoshop (I use CC) to turn it into a watercolor color sketch. I printed out the finished piece, tore it from the page, then collaged it onto a piece of watercolor paper I had taped into the journal. I added a watercolor wash around the edges, to blend it into the page and inked in the fame. I love how it turned out!
BTW, the Photoshop techniques I used, I learned from Cilenia Curtis. She was kind enough to give me a preview of her class “Digital Artistry: Painted Fine Art” which she is teaching at Scrapaneers as part of the Allstars 2, Digital Scrapbooking Techniques series. The series is available in both PSE and Photoshop versions, and all the classes look amazing. If you’re interested, you’ll want to sign up by Monday the 13th to take advantage of the discounted early-bird registration. Full access to series begins February 4th.
It’s been such a busy couple of weeks that I haven’t had a chance to post photos of my first week’s Documented Life Project and we’re almost through week two!