DLP8 – It’s Worth Repeating

The Documented Life Project — Journal
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February 21st Challenge, Week 8

Art Challenge: Repeating elements
Prompt: It’s Worth Repeating

Since I am behind with these challenges I have the benefit of seeing what others come up with first. Many people used basic shapes as their repeating element; circles, squares, etc. I saw one journal page that used cogs as the repeating element. Obviously, I loved this since I am a fan of the Steampunk look. That page inspired me to go beyond basic shapes and use something that I actually enjoy repeating…cupcakes!! Anyone who knows me, knows I love cupcakes. Hubby’s pet name for me is even “Cupcake”, lol. Anyway, cupcakes are worth repeating. I always find two are better than one! 😉

This time, I tried to seal the binding of my art journal. Paint keeps seeping through the binding onto pages that I’ve already done. I covered the binding with pink polka dot washi tape and then painted the pages with gesso. The tape appeared to have done its job. Next, I used gel medium to stick in magazine cut-outs of cupcakes. I also used a rose stencil to draw various shades of pink roses onto the page. I used Sharpies to do this. The regular Sharpies stopped working on the gesso pretty quickly. To my surprise, even the Sharpie paint markers didn’t hold up on the gesso. I switched to gel pens. They went on smoothly. I knew they were going to smudge when I went over them in paint though.

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I went over the roses and magazine cupcakes in light pink craft paint. Sure enough, the gel pen roses smudged. Oh well. I did the lettering with a Signo Uniball pen on some paper cut outs I got in my stash from Creative thINKing. At this point, I put the journal away because I didn’t need it to make the paper cupcakes. Maybe that was a mistake. When I opened it again, the tape I used to seal the binding was all messed up and stuck to itself. I don’t know if that’s just what washi does when you bend it, or if the paint was still wet… any ideas?

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The cupcakes were really fun to make, but they took a really long time. I used cardstock for the icing tops. I doodled two different types of icing and used them as templates to cut out all the tops. I decorated with Sharpies and gel pens. I made a template for the cupcake wrappers and used it to cut out bottoms from different patterned papers. Some of the paper was from my Creative thINKing stash and some was from my aunt’s collection. I drew lines on the cupcake wrappers that weren’t already textured. Finally I went to town with a fun little cupcake stamp I found in a $1 bin at a craft store.

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14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. trentpmcd
    Mar 09, 2015 @ 10:41:25

    Actually the softer, smudged look on the roses seems right.


  2. Inspiration Indulgence
    Mar 09, 2015 @ 12:12:30

    Cake addict. YES!!! Now I Know we can be friends. 😀


  3. Mental Mama
    Mar 09, 2015 @ 12:32:05

    Two of my favorite things – roses and cupcakes. 🙂


  4. Samantha Jane
    Mar 09, 2015 @ 14:32:39

    cupcakes!!! Love it :d
    The gesso was probably what caused your tape in the center to stick together. If it was at all damp or not totally dry, it sticks to itself. I use Dorland’s wax medium to keep my acrylic stuff from sticking together. Just a really thin layer and stuff comes apart 🙂


    • somberscribbler
      Mar 09, 2015 @ 17:34:12

      I’ll give it a try. Do you know if is smudges media like pastels or gel pens?


      • Samantha Jane
        Mar 09, 2015 @ 19:29:57

        Yeah, it smudges anything that water would if its not sealed with something. You can always use a matte fixative over that stuff first. I use one made for charcoal and chalk over anything that smudges. I use matte for most of my journals because I’m just not a “glossy” kinda chick, lol. But the matte also is easier to work on top of.

      • somberscribbler
        Mar 10, 2015 @ 07:52:19

        I usually use matte too. Mine still smudges stuff sometimes though. Maybe I bought a crap brand. I’ll go with one of the well-known ones next time.

  5. therabbitholez
    Mar 09, 2015 @ 15:13:19

    Having baked 3 cakes today I can relate..I really like your illustrations, they really bring your blog alive.


  6. Carrie Lynn
    Mar 11, 2015 @ 04:50:14

    your cupcakes looks so yummy! im not so much of a cupcake person but these are so cute, and so colorful. have you tried using masking tape to seal the middle part of your book tape instead of washi?


    • somberscribbler
      Mar 11, 2015 @ 08:30:36

      I have tried masking tape and it worked better…but it was green and you could see it through the paint. I thought washi would look prettier, but it just doesn’t work as well.


      • Carrie Lynn
        Mar 11, 2015 @ 08:54:57

        maybe the regular masking tape will do and blend with your book 🙂 How about kraft tape? I found some in one of the hardware stores last weekend and covered soup cans and decorated with acrylic paint. They are now happily filled with colored pencils. Maybe it will work for your book too. 🙂

      • somberscribbler
        Mar 11, 2015 @ 10:38:31

        Thanks, I’ll give it a try 🙂

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