Monday, 23 June 2014

DLP WK 26: Favourite Verse - On Eagle's Wings

This year's Summer Solstice saw us in Campbell River saying goodbye to Mr Bear's cousin: Laurel Delgatty.
This was the verse on the back of Laurel's Memorial Card.
It was very fitting as she took these incredible eagle photos while as a member of the Mountainaire Avion Rescue Society.

Monday, 16 June 2014

Now that we are all caught up...DLP WK 25 Hearts

I am going to start posting my DLP efforts a weekly post at a time.
This should make it easier on the ol eyeballs and avoid all that scrollllllling.
Here is this week's challenge: DLP wk25: Hearts.
I had done another challenge using the Fox's secret from the Little Prince and since the quote was very apt decided to bring it out once more into the sunshine and use it.
" Now here is my secret, a very simple secret. 
Only with the heart can one see rightly. 
What is essential is invisible to the eye."
For this challenge these are my ingredients:
Background was deli paper with acrylic paint smeared on it by a credit card (works really well)
The fox is mine  (c) LadyNorth 2013
The quote is from the Little Prince written by Saint-Exupery
The Heart tag has a dried James Mason rose petal on it from my rose bush (it gives the most perfect heart shaped petals)
The woven heart is made from our California map courtesy of BCAA  (which we never used since we now have GPS Marriage Saver!)
And the peacock duct tape is from ye old wallyworld's automotive department (go figure)
The funky typewriter font is from Tangie Baxter: tweedledee
Until next week: Toodles and stay Creative!

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Hello and welcome to my DLP Blog!

June 11/2014
Well now!
It has been almost half a year (can you believe January 13?!) since I wrote my first post about my new artful journey, the Documented Life Project now shortened to DLP.
I have finished with Effy Wild's BOD (Book of Days) and after a brief fling with No Excuses Art Journaling, I finally settled on doing DLP only. I even managed to keep up with it on holidays (a first for me). I have discovered that I am happiest when my hands are busy making, creating, doing, even to the point of typing away in my online diary on my Galaxy tablet while we are driving (as a passenger I hasten to add!). The diary keeping was made possible by a neat app called A Day In Life which works fairly well with Android. To add to my creative journey this year, I started doing small sketches as we went along during our holidays. (that boxy looking birdhouse is one of my efforts, lol)
To keep it all in one place, I have 'smunched' (technical term) together what works for me:
1> a 5x9 inch spiral bound day planner (with spiral binding removed)
2> 2 binder rings to hold my current months that I am working on with my version of the tip in page: an envelope washi taped to the bottom so it flips down - my archived months are held together with paperclip rubber band brilliant idea courtesy of Rhomany's Realm.(hello Rho!)
3> my homemade sketchbook
all craftily inserted into my BMWDori (a fauxdori made from a BMW leather owner's manual which has rubber elastics looped around the spine).
The Midori system is simple: you insert your book under the elastic and when filled remove it and insert another. You can add up to 5 books at one time using three elastics. Youtube has scads of helpful vids on 'how to'.(as they say in our neck o the woods: 'fill yer boots')

Check out the Midori Traveler's Notebook group on Facebook for more fantastic photos and hacks!
Should you feel that the 'boat may have sailed without ye' and you wanted to take part: never fear, just go onto the DLP facebook page and join. As you can see, I did not use the 'official' DLP Moleskine for my project but that doesn't matter one whit. Use what you have and come play!
Hope to see you on there!

Friday, February 28, 2014 Spring all of a Sudden! and DLP Weeks 5-9

Dear Perusers:
Today was a wonderfully warm day - about 20C or more in the bright sunshine and above all -
The Snow is Melting! 
My Diane Witch Hazel withstood a good couple of feet of snow dumped on top of her and today showed me she still had life and a bit of colour, though her party dress is now fading.
When we went downtown for breakfast brunch at the Doghouse Restaurant this morning, people were wandering around in shirt sleeves and light jackets and I saw them pausing at corners and letting the sun soak into their bones.
We go here for my favourite: french toast with either blueberries or apple cinnamon slices.
This brunch was a specal treat as it was a 'thank you for helping me get a tax return' from our friend Mr B.  He said if he got money back he would treat us to breakfast and he did and he did.
The Documented Life Project  (you can find link on sidebar if interested in details)
I know I am also a bit behind in posting my DLP pictures, so to 'catch you up' here is -
DLP WK 5 - Doodle Border
DLP WK 6 - Pinterest Inspiration: (in this case - Brighid)
DLP WK 7 - Repeat Pattern:
DLP WK 8 - Add a flap to your  flap
DLP WK 9 - Collaged recycled items: envelope and earbud tube:
And now that we have thankfully come through an unusually heavy snowfall with no power outage and plenty of wood, we are truly grateful.
Blessings to all those who shared this Island Snowfall with us

Sunday, January 19, 2014 1/18 Documented Life Project: Secret Message or..

The Quill is Mightier than the Sword!
This week's DLP Challenge was 'secret message'.
Write it down, then cover it up except for one word.
Frankly, I was not prepared for the cathartic effect of doing something which on the outset seemed so childishly simple.
Since my hands seem to cramp up in the mornings when I am at my most 'artive', I chose to type out my thoughts and wow!
Two events came to mind immediately and the words flowed from my fingers as I wrote in what would probably be called a 'white heat'!
Once the words were down in black and white, it was a joy to rip it up into pieces and gesso it to my water colour paper. I carefully saved the word 'decision' from the forest of words and using my newly bought Derwent Inktense Pencils (hooray) and a bit of collage, cobbled something together.
Two miraculous things happened on the day I was doing this:
1 - the gesso I used to glue down my pieces did a wonderful thing 'on it's own'  - it created a perfect rendition of a quill (complete with feather!)  - which I carefully dried to in order to keep it's shape then outlined it with a black fine tip sharpie.
2 - On our way to town, a cloud formation over top of a local mountain was a perfect 'quill' shape!
There was no way I could have planned this if I had tried.
3 - Then in my mailbox: a wonderful quote from Rumi which perfectly capsulated my thoughts regarding that secret message I had written!.
 * If you are seeking, seek us with joy
    For we live in the kingdom of joy.
    Do not give your heart to anything else
    But to the love of those who are clear joy,
    Do not stray into the neighborhood of despair.
    For there are hopes: they are real, they exist -
    Do not go in the direction of darkness -
    I tell you: suns exist.
    - Jalal-ud-Din Rumi
    (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)

 I put the poem into the collage mix and taped my two photos from the day: Divine Quill, and Sundog (which I think goes splendidly with the last phrase: ' I tell you: suns exist.')
Blessings to all those who find solace in doing a spate of arting in the morning 'Before Anything Else'