Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Let's Face It

The August theme on The Documented Life Project reamins: Faces, Human Form & Characters and it is perhaps time to admit that I'm not mad about faces in my art journal. They are not my strongest point and I also simply don't like them staring me in the face! But needs must and I'm doing my best. Can't say that I will be sorry when we get to September though! Our art challenge this week is: Painted, and the journalling prompt: How do I face my biggest challenge?

As per usual I started with the background on which I used acrylic paints and a variety of Stencilgirl stencils (S172 Runes Stencil, and stencils from March 2015 as well as one from March 2014 Stencilgirl Club). I also rubber stamped some text as well as a fossil image(from Stampotique, designed by France Papillon).

I then added collage in matching colours using paper from the Flow Book for Paper Lovers. I have to tell you Flow is my newest discovery and I have fallen head over heels in love with it. I think I found out about the Paper Book they publish somewhere on Instagram and it sounded fun, so I clicked through and arrived at the Flow website to order it. And it wasn't till I was paying for it using Paypal that it dawned on me I was paying in Euros rather than dollars (my only excuse is that the exchange rate is rather similar). A bit more investigation revealed that this gorgeous and adorable magazine is published in the country of my birth. Don't worry though, they have an international edition in English, published 4 times a year. Of course I can also read the original Dutch version, and my mother brought me the latest issue when she came over recently.

Despite the fact that I'm cutting back on my magazine subscriptions (as I just don't have the time to read them all, more than anything) I simply couldn't help myself and subscribed, as well as giving myself a treat by ordering some of the back issues. And yesterday I had a wonderful time reading some of them sitting in the sunshine. I don't often endorse products here but I recommend the Flow Magazine unreservedly. It's subtitle (translated) reads: a magazine that's not in a hurry, about finding happiness in small things, different choices and a simpler life. It is produced beautifully, full of the most stunning graphics and illustrations as well as hidden surprises such as little cards in envelopes. Simply having it in my hands makes my heart sing and in itself is a small piece of happiness! Go and look for yourself on their website here.

Continuing with the page, I added the face (painted with a mix of acrylics as well as water soluble oil pastels and pencils) and with tears added(using dripping down acrylic ink). The page is deeply personal to me at the moment so least said the better. The letters all came from that same Flow Book for Paper Lovers and the reason that the last T is different is due to the fact that there was only one T available in the flower alphabet. The 3 faces too came from that book.

Strangely, although I'm not keen on faces I do love eyes as regular readers of this blog will probably have realized by now, and the above image shows the part of the face I'm most happy with. The final touch is a butterfly postage stamp.

 

1 comment:

Lenna Young Andrews said...

I think you do very well with faces, Frieda. I have not even attempted this month's theme!! I like the sound of your new magazine too :0)

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