Sunday, March 29, 2015

March 28 Challenge - The Original Documented Life Project™ 2015

March Theme
Making Your Mark (Doodles & Mark Making)
March 28
Art Challenge: Make a Custom Element
Journal Prompt: "Ride the energy of your own unique spirit." - Gabrielle Roth

Spotlight Artist for DLP!

Hi Everyone! 
It's me, Martha, in my favorite hat. 

I just can't express my excitement for being a
Documented Life Project Spotlight Artist
for this week!

This month's theme has been "Making Your Mark"  (Doodles and Mark Making). Goodness, how can you not love that one!!
The art challenge this week is "Create a Custom Element" and the prompt is a great quote by Gabrielle Roth--
"Ride the Energy of your own unique spirit."

As I thought about making my custom element within the mark making month I got to thinking about what a custom mark or element could be. I first thought I would make a rubber stamp and go with that which would have been fun. I love making custom rubber stamps! Then I thought that I really wanted to try and make a unique mark that I hadn't done in a while.  So I rummaged through all my ancient supplies in search of this soda pop folded pen that I made at a calligraphy conference many many years ago.  I hadn't used it since then so I decided that the marks this pen would make would be my unique calligraphic marks.  By the way---ANY mark that YOU make whether made by a brush, a pencil, a marker or whatever is your own unique mark.

I love the quote so I decided I just had to make some word marks.
So I just started marking while still thinking about where my quote would go.
Sometimes trying to figure out the layout with lettering can be quite challenging.

I also added some water to make the ink flow and run a bit to add some unexpected excitement!

As you see in this one I did use a regular calligraphy pen and a Tombow marker brush pen.
I was thinking about what type of layout would go into my journal so I decided to try and find some interesting 3x3 squares to cut out that might work.

Pretty cool!
So I guess it's time to show you how I made the marks. I used different colors
of fountain pen ink. Did I mention that I LOVE fountain pens?
So, here goes!

Here is what finally came out. I had so many marks that I loved it was hard to choose so I did two layouts.  The one on the right was rather "energetic" so I decided to just write the quote
out on the left using the Italic calligraphy hand with a Speedball C-4 nib with red gouache.  
The paper has gesso on it to make for a better writing surface. 

It was so much fun to make my own unique marks for this week. 
Just remember--you are unique so every mark you make will be uniquely your own.

On your mark,
 get set,
(I just couldn't resist that one! :))

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Making a Focal Point


By Rae Missigman
March 21, 2015

Creating a focal point in a piece is something that is achieved differently for each artist. 
 I don't always sit down and think "focal point" when I start creating. Usually, if my journal page or canvas has one dominant area of focus, it morphed into the piece on it's own. On other occasions I add something in that will help bring the piece together, a large sketched element or a bold colorful word.
Mark making and focal points. It is an interesting concept.

I am drawn to marks and the way they present themselves in art. I tend to "love" pieces of a piece, rather than entire work sometimes. These are usually the details drawing me in.
To help create a true focal point using marks I centered my art on the page and built up from there, not allowing the elements to stray too far from the original center. I think this helps illustrate to the viewer the intended heart of the art journal page.

March Theme
Making Your Mark (Doodles & Mark Making)
March 21
Art Challenge:  As a Focal Point
Journal Prompt:  Coming into Focus


As I built on the center layers, paint and color played a big role. Because I did not want to extend too far beyond my original color block, I had to build with balance. I am used to taking things to the edge and working within these bounds was a challenge. The more detail marks I added along the way the more the center came into focus. At the same time, it became clear to me the importance of doing what you love. Exploring a new idea or technique is exciting and interesting but you have to love it in order to find yourself re-discovering it over and over. When it comes to creating, I  know I need to keep a clear mind about what works for me, because when I do, it all comes into focus.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Project Life Meeting Friday March 20th 12-3 and 6-9 PM

Our next group meeting is on 

Next dates are Friday March 20th 12-3 and 6-9 PM

You can join our group meetings at any time, but you do need to call us to get your name on the list.
 I want to be sure we have room for everyone.  

When you come to the group meetings, please bring your paper towels, heat guns, paint brushes, adhesives and color mediums of choice.

 March Theme
Making Your Mark (Doodles & Mark Making)

March 7
Art Challenge:  As A Layer Element
Journal Prompt:  Surviving the Elements

March 14
Art Challenge:  Borders
Journal Prompt "Borderline feels like I'm going to lose my mind."

Leaving white space isn't always easy, but sometimes it helps define where a piece is going.
It doesn't mean you will finish with the white space, but it is a great way to help you lay out where certain elements will go as you work through your journal page. Another trick that helps me is to turn my work as I go. I don't overwork one area this way.

I used areas of white space to position where my border would go. Filling in the space inside first gave me insight as to where I wanted to go with my marked outer edge later in the process. I love marks and marking making. They are a great way to place meaning into a piece. Using them in, and as a border puts a new twist on fringing your piece too.


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Documented Faith

Hi Everyone,

I loved this weeks email from Stephanie Ackerman from Documented Faith. Her approach is similar but different from Documented Life.  I encourage you to sign up for both because if one doesn't inspire you, try the other challenge or combine them

WELCOME to Documented Faith.  
This is an update for many and a welcome for others.  Please be sure to read through this for updates and new information.

We are now headed into our 8th week and I continue to be in awe of what GOD is doing here. Thank you for your kind comments, emails, sharing of your testimonies and art.  I am moved by all of this and want to remind you that although I am "encouraging, sharing and reminding" through this journey, it is not me, but GOD that should be given all of the glory.  
I don't have the right words to explain what is happening but by seeing the art, reading your posts, journaling and witnessing the kindness and compassion you are all showing to each other, I do not need words. I am pretty sure that you understand what I mean.  

As I mention each week, I look forward to getting to know you better, excited to be able to share how my faith and creativity have collided and am committed to encouraging you spiritually, relationally and creatively. 

Here is a recap of what we have done so far (2/14/2015):
IMPORTANT : I Need Your Help, please.
If you know of someone who jumped into the FB group WITHOUT subscribing to this newsletter (that you are reading right now) and you see them saying that they have not received any emails, please suggest that they go to this link and sign up for the DOCUMENTED FAITH 2015 Monthly/Weekly Newsletter. 

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY - I have decided to continue to offer my online doodle/lettering workshop "A Whole New Doodle" to this community.  

I am no longer selling it online to the general public.  Just like all of my online workshops, once you purchase the workshop, the content is yours forrreevvvveeerrrr.  I just ask that you DO NOT pin/post/tweet or share any of the content from inside the classroom (this results in giving everyone the class for ffrreeee)  To read more about the workshop and to register for $29.00, please go here.

If this is your first email from me, start here: 
Getting Ready
At the beginning of the year, I shared how I prepared my Moleskine Journal. Click here to get the info.
Here is a little on what to expect and how this all works:
  • Please remember that everything I do is simply inspiration and encouragement for you.  
  • There are no rules, no real instructions and no charge for this.  
  • How and why you do this is personal and I believe that as long as you are in the Word and are focussed on the purpose, then everything will fall into place just the way you do it.  
  • I am here for you.  If you have questions, please ask me.  I may not always have the answer immediately but I sure know where to look and I will do my best to help you, answer your questions and encourage you.  
Each Month - You will receive a word that will be the focus for that month.  You can print out the picture and adhere it to your journal page or simply reflect on it.   Typically I printed out a "wallet sized" photo of the word and taped it onto a page
(example: CLIMB in photo below)

Every Sunday Evening - You will be sent a verse for the week that pertains to the monthly word.  Again, you can print it out and use it on your page or however you wish.   All of the information that I send in an email will also be posted to theDocumented Faith 2015 Site as well as being posted in the "files" area in theFacebook Group.

Facebook Group Basics
There is a closed Facebook Group that I have set up where we can have conversations, share our work and encourage one another.  The reason it is closed is simply to keep out the crud (spammers).  All you have to do is request to be added. Some of you have already been added so please check your "groups" list on your Facebook Page.  The name of our group is "Documented Faith"
Here is the link:
Please feel free to introduce yourself and get to know one another.  Always keep in mind that there are general rules for the group. We are all in this together BUT we are all at different places in our walk and we are here to encourage and support. Any comments that are found to be unkind, inconsiderate or negative will be removed. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email me at
I encourage you to invite others.  We are building a community and we are all better together. If you have friends that would like to join us, please tell them about what we are doing, encourage them to JOIN THE NEWSLETTER (so they can catch up and not miss any info) 
Again, I am so excited to be on this journey with you and look forward to an amazing 2015. 

Stephanie Ackerman
Stephanie Ackerman Designs