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The Documented Life Project - 8/30 (Week 36)...

The Documented Life Project

August 30, 2014 - Week 36 Challenge:  Black & White

Visit the Art to the 5th blog for more inspiration. 



You can find us HERE: The Art to the 5th Academy and Flickr - Instagram: #documentedlife  

Our Blogs: Lorraine Bell, Rae Missigman, Sandi Keene and Barbara Moore


Alaska Highlights...


My husband's mom and sister's family moved to Alaska a couple of years ago so we made the visit out there last month to visit.  We also stopped in Seattle along the way and loved it!!  Come along as I share some highlights!

Have a  blessed day!


The afternoon view from the room in our B&B in Denali.

We saw this beauty on the side of the road in Denali.

View from one of our hikes in Denali National Park.

I was so happy to finally get to meet Eleaca Young in person...a fellow artist.  She and her state trooper hubby joined us for dinner.

Inside Denali National Park...was surprised that most of the park is tundra.

I was amazed at how heavy these were.

How cool to get to see this momma and baby in the park!

The view from our room in Denali at 11:30PM - crazy, eh?!


Highlights: •It was still daylight at 2:30AM

•We visited the North Pole and the Alaska Pipeline.

•I had one of the best Falafel Pitas I have ever tasted at the Pita Place.

We visited the Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge and got to see hundreds of Sandhill Cranes.

Birch trees are one of my favorites and they were everywhere.


In Seward, we took a whale watching dinner cruise and I had the best lentil quinoa burger at a cool place called Sip N Spin. The cafe was inside a laundry!




If you are ever in Homer, AK be sure to dine at Cafe Cups!  The atmosphere is very quirky and artsy and the food is flavorful and unique!

I was pleasantly surprised at the number of beautiful flowers all over Alaksa.  These are called Fireweed and grow wild everywhere!

While in Homer we dined at a cute place called The Little Mermaid.  Once again, I got lucky and they had a wonderful vegan dish called Falafel Tapa Plate.  Isn't it pretty!!?

I loved this door on the mud room of our little cottage. The little room smelled like lavendar and fresh cut wood. It was a nice little space!

I saw artist Drew Michael's Spaces Within exhibit at the Bunnell Street Arts Center.


I was especially drawn to this mask.  The circled wording: "Why can't journals be on masks?"


On the most beautiful day of our visit, we decided to do something spontaneous on our way back to Anchorage and rafted down the Kenai River.

Cooper Landing was one of the most beautiful places we visited!

Our rafting guide, Kristi.  I thought it was funny the contrast between how we were dressed and this was the warmest day we had in Alaska!




Gelli Plate Printing...

Have you heard about the new Gelli Plate Printing: Mixed Media Monoprinting Without a Press book by Joan Bess...the inventor of the concept for the Gelli plate?  It is due out September 12 and I am so excited to have a piece of my work included in the gallery!



The Documented Life Project - 8/23 (Week 35)...

The Documented Life Project

August 23, 2014 - Week 35 Challenge:  Draw, sketch, paint, doodle a face or cut and alter one from a book or magazine.

Visit the Art to the 5th blog for more inspiration. 



You can find us HERE: The Art to the 5th Academy and Flickr - Instagram: #documentedlife  

Our Blogs: Lorraine Bell, Rae Missigman, Sandi Keene and Barbara Moore


Nestled Near Seattle... a place called Bainbridge Island and just a short distance from Colman Dock is a beautiful garden called The Bloedel Reserve. Our visit to Bloedel was the highlight of our recent trip to Seattle.  This beautiful public garden is one of the most tranquil places I have ever visited. 

We spent over two hours wandering the grounds, taking in the garden's beauty.  If I lived nearby, I would get a season pass and visit on a regular basis.  There is now a shuttle running from the dock, making it easier to visit.  Don't miss it if you live in the area or are visiting!

Have a  blessed day!




Favorite Art Supplies...

Some years ago, I was introduced to the Ohto Fudeball 1.5 Pen by Dina Wakley!  She has such a knack for discovering the best art journal pens.  This pen is pretty amazing and it will remain my favorite, at least for the moment, until I find another I like better.  

Which pen is your favorite and why?

If you missed any of my past Favorite Art Supplies posts, check them out HERE and HERE!

Have a  blessed day!



Printmaking Unleashed - Part II...


In Part II of my journey through Traci Bautista's new book called Printmaking Unleashed, I scanned several backgrounds created using techniques in her book.  I printed them and used them to create the background of my journal page.  I am offering these papers as free downloads for you to enjoy!

Have a  blessed day!



I followed several of Traci's technique ideas and in the early stages, I scanned the backgrounds into my computer. See Part I where I created the top two backgrounds.

I layered the backgrounds in PhotoShop, using a variety of layer styles.  I added doodles and parts of my own stamps to add some extra pattern.

I printed them onto paper, cut them and layered them to my journal page to create the base background.

I added doodles, painted shapes and handcarved stamps (leaf by Sandi Keene) to finish my journal page.








*Downloads are for personal use only.  Download to your computer and open with a software application that will open JPGS.  Adjust your printer settings so the page will print onto an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper.  I am sorry, but I won't be able to offer technical support for downloads.

See Traci's book Printmaking Unleashed for lots of creative inspiration!





Blog Rewind...A Precarious Balance


Balance Daily Journal Prompt:

I've been thinking about this quote I read recently and thought it would make a great jumping off point for a journal entry:

"You can never really know someone completely. That's why it's the most terrifying thing in the world, really--taking someone on faith, hoping they'll take you on faith too. It's such a precarious balance, it's a wonder we do it at all."

~A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray


Printmaking Unleashed - Part I...


When I was asked by Traci Bautista to give her new book Printmaking Unleashed a test drive, I knew I would be inspired and had to say yes!  This book is filled with dozens of step-by-step printmaking ideas and I especially like that most include project ideas using the techniques. The ideas are inspiring and the pages are filled with colorful samples of Traci's artwork.

I chose to begin with the Fusion-Dyed Collage Skins.  I opted to keep mine fused with the page protector where I stitched it and added journal pages and a sari ribbon closure.  If you would like a chance to win the finished piece I created, see the drawing details at the bottom of the post.  For more detailed directions, see Traci's book or join her for Printmaking Unleashed LIVE Workshop.

I also created other backgrounds using a variety of techniques in this book and chose to scan them into my computer.  See my Part II post coming soon for details and an offering of free digital paper downloads.

Have a  blessed day!


Finished Journal

Dyed paper towels.

Paper towels glued to page protector.

Once dry, I stitched shapes with black thread.

Colorful sari ribbon was the perfect addition for trim around the journal and its closure.

I wrapped the sari around the edge of the journal and used a straight stitch to attach.

I chose several colors of sari to add more color to the finished journal.

I added little flower charms to the ends of the ribbon closure.

I used white paper with a combination of drafting paper for the inside pages.




Please leave a comment on this blog post to be entered to win.  One entry per person.
Eligibility: US and International entrants welcome.
I am not responsible for item once it is shipped.
No dollar value is attached to this prize.
Giveaway ends on 8/14/14 at 5:00PM EST.
Winner will be announced on this blog post on 8/14/14 by 8:00PM EST.


The Documented Life Project - 8/9 (Week 33)...

The Documented Life Project

August 9, 2014 - Week 33 Challenge - Use your "under paper" in a creative way.

Visit the Art to the 5th blog for more inspiration. 






I gathered a piece of my painted "under paper" and an Instagram photo to start.


Next, I cut the "under paper" into strips and pleated them while I stitched them with black thread.

I found this old book paper sheet that I used when I was making stencil prints and liked that it would contrast with the bright colors in the "under paper" so I glued it to my main page with a glue stick.

I used a white pen to make doodle marks on the base page.

To finish, I used a glue stick to attach the paper strips and words!


My Instagram photo was printed via Groovebook.  Have you heard about it?  For $2.99 a month, you get a photobook filled with 100 photos you upload from your phone.  The quality isn't "super" but for 100 photos at $2.99 it is a bargain!  Use my code to receive your first book free: SMITH14268



You can find us HERE: The Art to the 5th Academy and Flickr - Instagram: #documentedlife  

Our Blogs: Lorraine Bell, Rae Missigman, Sandi Keene and Barbara Moore


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The Documented Life Project - 8/2 (Week 32)...


Art Journal Peek...


The Documented Life Project - 7/26 (Week 31)...

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