Monday, 4 January 2016


The Documented Life Project 2016 is now under way and reading about it before hand I thought it was going to concentrate more on making and decorating a planner. I have a gorgeous diary (Michel Designs Garden Diary) and wasn't really that interested. So I looked for alternatives to continue working in art journals and I found it in the shape of Colour Me Positive, a year long project with weekly themes. You can find it here (the website is based in Australia). It has now been revealed that DLP16 will also have themes which I can use to art journal. Not sure I have the time to do both each week, but I will simply do what I can and what inspires me. The first spread I have done in my new large Dylusions journal is for Colour Me Positive's first theme of Gratitude. You will be able to see all my contributions for CMP by clicking on the new label (underneath this post, and in the sidebar) of Colour Me Positive.
I used a different Gratitude quotation than the one we were given as I wanted to use a flowery theme on the page to lift the greyness of the weather outside.  It reads: "Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul" (Henry Ward Beecher). The background colours are garden inspired and I used Stencilgirl's August 2015 stencils.
I added images of pot plants by glueing on paper napkins (using only the top layer). The circular flower images on the right came from photographs I took last summer and which were featured on Instagram. I had them printed by Social Print Studio and punched out the circles. They also fulfil the challenge set on Colour Me Positive this week of using something from 2015.
 The stamped flowers and flower texts come from the Full Bloom 2 stamp set by Darkroom Door.
I added a self-portrait from 2015 as well and then added just some of the things I'm grateful for in the shape of words cut from a variety of magazines. Washi tape was added in various places as shown. The quotation was hand written on a fragment of a page removed from that old ledger I mentioned recently. I used Distress Ink to vintage it up.

It felt great to have that first spread in the journal. Can't wait to fill them all up over the course of 2016.


KarenB said...

Hi Frieda, I linked across from the Colour Me Postive FB page so I could see your work in more detail. So glad I did!! As a garden lover, I was drawn to your page straight away, and I love how you've shared your creative process. Thank you!

Jo said...

The plants are made from paper napkins? You are so creative and they look so realistic, with a lovely texture. :)

Linda Kunsman said...

what a gorgeous spread and a super start to a new journal too! Love your gratitude tree of words.

Terri said...

Oh my! Wonderful Frieda! Gratitude is such a powerful thing!
I am wishing you a creative and joyful New Year!
I am thankful for you : )

anja said...

thank you for the link to colour me positive...I think that I'm going to like that a lot...I'm not so in the structured idea of the unplanner of this year's DLP either. Your pages are as always great!


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