I'm completely honored to be the featured artist this month for The Documented Life Project! When they asked me, I felt unworthy... I mean - "artist?" I've seen many great works by artists from around the world in the museums of France and Italy - and I am not one of THEM! Then I had to look it up in a dictionary... Webster's says an artist is - a person who creates art : a person who is skilled at drawing, painting, etc. : a skilled performer. : a person who is very good at something - Yes, I'm very good at some things - but to me, I'm just playing and experimenting in my DLP planner/journal. I am having a blast doing it and trying some things - like painting - for the very first time!
You can read the feature about me HERE... how fun is that!
Just in case you don't know what The Documented Life Project is you can read more about it HERE. It's a group on Facebook with over 7,700 people following along! I'm using my Moleskine weekly planner as both my calendar, my inspirational journal, and an art journal where I attach the weekly challenge pages as a "tip in" (or a fold out as I've always called it) with washi tape. Some people go ahead and tape papers into their journals for each week of the whole year, but I do the pages and then tape them in since I want to be able to choose the paper that I'll work on to go with the specific challenge.
The challenge for this week was to embroider or use embroidery on your page. Here's my finished page...
I started out sewing around three sides of the paper from a sketchbook with my sewing machine with no thread in the machine. I just wanted to pierce evenly spaced holes in the paper so that I could embroider around the edges.
Then I painted the page with pink acrylic paint that I watered down a little so that it was more transparent.
Next I got out my stash of embroidery floss from my old cross-stitching days and used 6 strands of floss to do a simple slip stitch around the edges, going from the top to the back and back around to the front again and again.
I tied off the ends and taped them to the back with washi tape...
I have some scraps of vintage handkerchiefs from years ago when I cut them up to make Christmas ornaments, so I sewed a scrap of one on my page...
and then sewed a corner from another one with some dainty embroidery on it on the page and trimmed the edge.
I found this scrap from an old hymnal and thought it was perfect because it pretty much sums up what I do: I love to tell stories! (and make books to tell stories in and to encourage other people to tell their stories!)
I glued that on and then sewed on an old game card with my initial on it and added piece of vintage pink ric rac for the finishing touch.
Pretty simple but totally ME and that's what I love most about this project... you can do anything you want and it's all GOOD! So many of the pages that are shared in the group on Facebook are amazing, but I won't let myself be intimidated - I'll just keep playing and doing my thing (lots of NEW things!)
Thanks for stopping by! If you'd like to see the classes that I teach around the country, you can check out my Upcoming Classes HERE and see my schedule on the right hand side. I'm super excited to be teaching in Rome, Italy, this coming Sunday! How cool is that! I know the stores in Illinois, Buffalo, and Oklahoma City are all taking sign-ups now for my upcoming classes - I'd love to see you there - and if you're doing The Documented Life Project, be sure to bring your journal with you!
Thank you so much to the Art to the 5th girls! Love you all!! :)