The Documented Life Project 2016 started a new theme last week with the arrival of April. It is: Reaching for rainbows; creating outside the border lines. I'm combining both week 14 and 15's art challenges. Week 14 was: use black and white, and week 15: add a face. I also seem to have incorporated a fair amount of white space to make the rainbow stand out.
The background is white gesso with a little bit of blue paint mixed in. The rainbow was made using water soluble oil crayons (I used Caran d'Ache Neocolours II).
I frequently doodle faces while reading magazines or newspapers. Most of them don't amount to much but occasionally I like one and cut it out to add it to my stash of collage images and I fished one out to add to this spread (done in the 8 x 8" art journal).
I found a Native American saying about rainbows that I really liked and wrote it down. It reads as follows: "The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears". To represent the soul I stencilled on the black birds which are from the Osprey Wings stencil by Stencilgirl Products. They were outlined with a black pen.
For the black and white part of the challenge I added a wavy border line by hand and then added the black and white stripes. This is an unusually simple spread for me but I liked how it came together. And it is also very satisfying to be able to combine two weeks into these pages so that I'm up to date with The Documented Life Project 2016.