For the Documented Life Project this week the challenge was using your under-papers in your page. You know, those scrappy pieces you lay under your project or between your pages to wipe brushes on and write on to get your pens going. Well, I confess, I am a paper hoarder! I had a lot of these types of papers laying around as I love collage! These types of 'trash' can make great layers in any paper collage.
The prompt for the week was 'what lies beneath. After thinking about that phrase for awhile it came to me that every person we know has something going on under their smile. I think we have been trained to spend most of our time faking it. Even as tiny kids we are told to walk it off we get injured in a sport. We are taught that people don't care about our problems so keep it to ourselves. Men are told it isn't manly to cry. So then I thought of a quote I pinned on pinterest about just remembering to be kind to everyone, because we don't know what lies beneath their smile.
To start off, I cut out some hearts from some under-paper I had. I would love to say it was neatly purtaway in a organized fashion..but the truth is it was laying on the floor under my desk.
Next I added the quote to my page using a black paint marker. I seem to be getting more confident with writing in my own hand writing on my pages.
Next I wanted to add some dark colors to represent the pain underneath. I picked grape, metallic grape, blueberry, metallic blueberry. and a neutral gray in the gelatos and scribbled them on my pages. Then I blended with a wet finger. Something funny..as I was reading the names of the colors for the blog...I noticed the grey is labeled 'red cherry" LOL' ....
My next step was to use some different stencils to make some lighter marks on the background. I did this by laying the stencil down and rubbing a baby wipe through the holes to remove some color. I wanted only images with hard edges like diamonds, squares and hexagons to represent how brittle an emotion can be.
My next layer I wanted to represent the constant thoughts grinding through a person's mind when they are thinking about all they things they don't say out loud. I used a gears mask type stencil and sponged over it with black gesso with a make up sponge.
This was still looking to bright in areas, so I brayered over it with some blue metallic paint for more unity.
Then I added on my hearts. I cut them in half and matched them up for more interest.
My final steps to finish off my pages was to add doodles and scribbles with a white paint marker. Then to add some words to remind me to be kind always. I also journaled in black around the hearts. Finally I added white acrylic paint splatters.
I hope you enjoyed my pages for The Documented Life Project this week.