Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Creating UNITY with Repetition

Hi! Today I'm talking about how to create unity in your art journal pages by repeating your favorite elements. If you follow The Documented Life Project, you'll know that our May challenge is all about my fave techniques...Touchy Feely (Texture) using modeling paste. Let's pLaY!!

Here's my supply list overview:
Gelli Arts - Gel Printing Plate
Art journal
Modeling paste
Yummy colors to play with: 
Media Fluid Acrylics from DecoArt Media:
  • Pyrrole Orange
  • Quinacridone Red
  • Cobalt Teal Hue
  • Banana Cream (this one is by Americana)
+ small dot of Titanium White
+ small dot of Dark Grey Value 3

Stencils to hoard (oops! I mean to 'use'):
Alphabet Spaghetti
Snake skin
Deconstructed Floral Bouquet

Creating UNITY with Repetition

Repetition, one of the Principles of Design, is helpful when you're layering. Repeating elements (shapes, lines, colors, textures, etc.) creates unity within a work of art + helps you keep control as you build up layers.

Here are 3 tips on making this work:

1// Limit yourself to 3 or 4 stencils + colors, repeating them as you go.

2// Play with a variety of sizes.

3// Overlap elements. (Use deli or tracing paper add extra dimension.)

Remember, once you master the rules, you can break them mugs like a #BOSS!

My process: 
First, I decoupaged a yellow + orange gelli scrap onto my journal page.

Then stamped with the Alphabet stencil; outlined certain areas with pencil.

Glued a piece of deli paper tagged with my graffiti writing - making sure to overlap some of the Alphabet stencil + pencil marks.

Add handmade washi tape.

Finally, I applied paint with my fingers into the Deconstructed Floral Bouquet stencil. Wipe away some paint with baby wipe.

MarticeSmithART-Creating UNITY with Repetition
Creating UNITY with Repetition | collage by Martice Smith II

Oh look, there's more!

Here, I spread a very thin layer of modeling paste through my snake skin stencil. I played around with the ratio of modeling paste + water vs. modeling paste + glazing medium.  
My goal was to experiment to produce a translucent effect.

I discovered that I like the mixture of glazing medium the best. (The texture of the modeling paste softens up compared to the mixture of modeling paste + water, which produced teeny tiny air bubbles with no raised areas.)

See how the magenta peeks through the gray? That's because I used glazing medium!
Don'tcha just wanna touch it? Go ahead, I know you do!

MarticeSmithART-Creating UNITY with Repetition; detail

...and of course, more hand-lettering ;-)...

Notice that I incorporated THREE variations of my hand-lettering:

variation #1: I wrote directly on surface of the page with a black ink pen

variation #2: using the handle end of my paintbrush, I wrote into the acrylic paint while it was still wet (gray area)

variation #3: I used a black Sharpie to write chunky letterforms onto a scrap piece of deli paper.

Great way to repeat the same element, in different ways!
MarticeSmithART-Creating UNITY with Repetition; lettering details

What elements do you intentionally repeat in your mixed-media collage works? If you're not sure, take another look at a few of your journal pages to find them!


Monday, May 18, 2015

SOUL reminders, continued

Your goal is simple: you want to share your artwork online, without feeling so intimidated.

...but insecurity stands in your way...I get it.

You're all giddy to share your cool art photos, so you go to the computer, upload your photos…

you get distracted, start browsing social media + you see the mass of gorgeous artworks flooding your newsfeed, scroll after scroll…the more you look, the more depressed you become.


BOOM!! You stop, dead-in-your-tracks.

You think to yourself: "My friends + family are gonna wonder why I'm suddenly calling myself an ARTIST",Or, "What if they don't 'get' me"?

You start imagining people's facial expressions when they look at your art…you wonder if they are gonna turn up their nostrils like it's some 3-day old tomato + onion sandwich, topped with Uncle Anthony's 'specialty' sauce packed with unknown ingredients.

You cancel your upload, deciding to put sharing on hold - maybe even say something like "Oh, I'll just post it later, when I have the time".

You + I both know good 'n well that ain't happenin'.

Do you ever feel like sharing YOUR work online is just like this?

Well, I use to! Heck yeah, I'll be the first to admit it.

That Mr. Nasty Doubt still tries to lurk but ever since I started writing down my SOUL reminders, he gets a K.O. (knockout). Every time.

I believe these insecure thoughts come from a place of being ungrounded within ourselves.

Truth is, not everyone will like every single piece of artwork you share…and that's OK!

However, there is always someone that will. Just give it time for them to arrive. There is no artwork that's wasted - especially if you put your heart into it.

Here's one quick trick to end your insecurity nightmares:

Write a list of things that makes YOU shine.

Simply, write down things you admire about yourself.

*need ideas? you can read mines, here*

SOUL reminders - Collage freebie
This freebie is 8.5" x 11"; contains (1) journaling list (1) journaling card + (2) sticker labels.
Designed using my own hand-carved stamps, brushwork + hand-lettering. Enjoy!

Because sharing should be fun + you should like sharing your art YOUR WAY.

My special request…
My goal is to empower creatives, like you, to build up with positive, internal language. The best way I can do that is by knowing more about YOU. And the way you speak to yourself.

Besides, that's what friends do, right?

Please share your #1 SOUL reminder in the comments section of this blog post.

Hey, we all should talk to ourselves a little more often. Let's make those words positive!


Friday, May 15, 2015

SOUL reminders

Here is a quote that has rung so loud for me today...I hope it inspires you, too!

"Whatever you can do or dream, BEGIN it. 

BOLDNESS has genius, 

POWER + MAGIC in it." {Goethe

writing down sweet, SOUL reminders

I am relaxing this afternoon to write down sweet soul reminders for myself. It's always good to have these messages of support...all the things I need to hear.

I plan on revisiting these soul reminders thru out the year for extra boosts of encouragement. I really like the idea that I will be able to look back on this to feel all the LOVE + SOUL all over again!

::>> ENTER: warm, tingling feelings <<::

You should write your own soul reminders - I promise it'll bring a smile to your face :)

Here are my soul reminders:
1// embrace POSSIBILITY

2// your boldness is electrifying!

3// your smile is contagious

4// my tribe "gets" me + we HONOR each other


6// be a VISIONARY. My well is full of wisdom...TRUTH-SEEKING is my super power.

What are some of YOUR soul reminders?

have an amazing, light filled weekend


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