DLP Journal Pages - February

Memory, journal page, gallery juana, February 2015
Memory, journal page, February 23, 2015

“A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that's unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push.” ― Ludwig Wittgenstein

February 14th art challenge for the documented life project journal: "cover up good stuff"

wip one
wip two
The wip on the left (wip one) shows the pen drawing I completed on top of the gesso. I started out with drawing a stained glass window which morphed into doodling circles, squares and lines. Drawing all the circles and lines with sumi ink and a dip pen took me awhile and became its own meditation. I then added color with acrylic paints.

Once that was dry, I adhered some painted tissue paper to cover the entire page. The wip on the right, wip two, shows the page with the adhered tissue paper.

As it dried over a day's time, I kept going back to the page looking for inspiration on what to do next.

I wanted to keep the word, memory, which I'd left unpainted from the book's text, and interweave that word into the page's story.

top of journal page, detail

The underdrawing was still visible in some parts. I added random shapes with acrylics and my homemade stencils and built up the colors using the top layer of tissue paper as a guide.

Once I added the skeleton and face, the idea I wanted to convey about memory started to come into view. I redrew parts of the underdrawing and traced the shapes of the stenciled acylics. Lastly, I added color to the face and background with charcoal, colored pencils and acrylics.

I've got sunny days for the weekend in my part of the world and will be out and about by bicycle. Wishing everyone a good weekend!

joining Documented Life Project and sunday sketches


  1. Beautiful piece. My mother is losing her memories and somehow adding the the tissue paper to your art made me think how delicate and precious our memories are to us.

  2. Great pages, thanks for sharing!
    Saskia :)

  3. Very cool journal entry ~ and meaningful. I appreciate seeing your process, too ~ thanks for sharing that!

  4. It's wonderful to see the process of how you have created your remarkable artwork. And I also like the colors so much how they turned out on the finished piece.

  5. I always enjoy visiting your page to see what you've been doing in your creative world. I love your WIPs and look forward to seeing the completed process. I really like the first illustration - the mix of of the blues and yellows with the orange is great! :)


  6. Love the details that come out the longer and longer that you look at this piece!

  7. wonderful to see what you have been up to. i also enjoyed hearing how you went about them. they are interesting to see and i bet a bit meditative to create. hope you had a good ride.

  8. Karen, Watching a loved one slowly losing memories is a tough experience and I wish you strength.

    Saskia, Rose, Stephanie, Michellem, thanks for stopping by.

    Alexandra and Tammie Lee, I'm glad you enjoyed seeing the process.

  9. WOW--what a transformation! It was exciting to see/read of the steps along the way. The finished piece has such a nice softness. And great mix of materials use. All the yellow and orange feels like sunshine... guess maybe you were inspired by your sunny weekend?! Happy Days ((HUGS)) P.S. A little something is one it's way to you via snail mail... ;o)


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