The Beginning Is Always Today - Documented Life Project - Week 2

The Beginning Is Always Today | Mixed Media Art Journal | Documented Life Project Week 2

I decided to be a little brave today and use some bold colors. Bold bright colors bring me JOY and that's my One Little Word, right?! Ever since I got the email from Art to the 5th about the new week's prompts for the Documented Life Project, it's been on my mind. I thought the quote was just perfect for some bright wake up of color.

It's another week that I'm totally in LOVE with the prompts and couldn't wait to get to creating and playing! Art Challenge: Gesso | Journal Prompt: "The beginning is always today" -Mary Shelley


The Beginning Is Always Today | Mixed Media Art Journal | Documented Life Project Week 2

First I put down some masking tape along the seam. I totally didn't need to do that since I had decided to do some collage. I took a 6x6 paper pad and tore out one of each paper in it. I then tore the papers up and started collaging them.

I totally didn't need to collage papers, since I totally ended up covering it all with all the layers of paint. It's still fun and there are a few spots you can see. After I had collaged the papers, I added some tissue paper over the top to give it some texture. I then used gesso to soften it up. I brushed it over the top and then wiped away some of it so you could still see it.


The Beginning Is Always Today | Mixed Media Art Journal | Documented Life Project Week 2

Then I grabbed my paints and an old gift card and started scraping paint in sections. I started with Lime and then Turquoise. Normally I would stop here because I like to keep my background colors close to each other on the color wheel. I got brave!

The papers had a pretty rose color, so I mixed some gesso with Magenta and spread the light pink. I then realized that I pretty much covered the papers so I went to town with the Magenta and Tangerine. It was BRIGHT!

After it had dried I took some gesso and rolled it onto my chevron texture and stamped that in sections all over the top. I still felt like it needed more texture, so I added some tissue paper over the top. To help embed that into the rest of the page I took my gesso and gift card and scraped it over the top.  I totally love it!


The Beginning Is Always Today | Mixed Media Art Journal | Documented Life Project Week 2

I used alphabet stamps and my Faber-Castell marker to stamp the quote across the spread. I then went over the letters again with my marker or my pen to fill out the letters better. Since it's the beginning of the journal, it's really hard to stamp across the seam.

I'll probably add some more journaling later and maybe some more texture stamping, that's what I love about an art journal. It's never really done, you can always go back and work on it some more by adding more details or journaling.


The Beginning Is Always Today | Mixed Media Art Journal | Documented Life Project Week 2


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