2015AP: Hindsight

This page gets me completely caught up with the 2015 Art Project. For Week 7 there were two options. The first was to do something representing your journey so far and how you are now looking towards the future. The second was to do something about hindsight. I went with the latter. It reminded me of an Irish Proverb I really like…

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I drew a girl looking over her shoulder to represent hindsight. It has to do with looking back and understanding an event after it has happened. I used Neocolor II on the girl and outlined her with gel pens. I decided I wanted to use one of my Steampunk gelatos in the background. Gelatos spread a lot better over gesso than over plain paper so I gesso’d around the figure before applying my gelato.

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I got a little stuck here. I tried to do border since I hadn’t tried that yet. I used a stencil and a brown Neocolor II crayon. I activated the pigment with water afterwards to smooth it out. It just ended up kind of messy looking. I filled the background using a “Once Upon A Time..” stamp and steampunk stamps; cogs, binoculars and a compass. I did a layer with brown ink to make the background less plain. I did a few of those in black in addition to a few feathers and a butterfly.

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At the end, I put some washi tape strips in to occupy empty space. I used some lacy ones and some steampunk ones with cogs and clocks on them.

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Here is the whole thing…

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30 Day Colouring Challenge — Day 3

I joined Tumblr and Instagram recently and I have been discovering all sort of interesting people and accounts. One of them was The Daily Marker. It is run by a crafter/artist named Kathy. She is hosting a 30 Day Colouring Challenge. She is encouraging you to colour for just 5 or 10 minutes a day. I think its a really great idea because colouring reduces stress. I’ve decided to give the challenge a try. We are on Day 3 already.

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For this challenge, I decided to dig out some old colouring books. I can’t do an entire art journal page in 5 to 10 minutes a day, so I needed something simpler. So far, I have ended up colouring for longer, but I worry less about time when I am not comitting myself to a whole art journal spread.

The challenge is a great idea. Now, pardon the silliness of my entry. 😀

I have this strange little colouring book from Claire Fountaine. It is meant for kids, but whatever, I like it. There are two figures on each page and you have to design their look and colour them in. Super girly, but fun. Here is the book and what a blank page looks like.

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This is my entry for today, Day 3, done with good old fashioned pencil crayon. Yay Steampunk!

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DLP4: Friendship

The Original Documented Life Project – Journal (2015)
For more details on this week’s challenge, visit the gals at Art to the 5th.

Week 4:
Art Challenge – Writing
Prompt – Words with friends

It was nice to be able to think about my friends this week. Being an introvert, I don’t have huge amounts of friends. Also, I do best one-on-one. None of them really know each other. My friends are forever friends. It doesn’t matter how far apart we are or how long it’s been since we’ve seen each other. We just pick up right where we left off, like nothing has changed. It’s really great. This was my line of thinking for my art journal page this week. Also, I had just gotten the Steampunk set of gelatos and wanted to go with a time theme.

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I started with a white gesso background. Gelatos move around your surface better when it is gesso’d. I scribbled the gelatos on and left them dry. I smudged them all over the page with my finger. I don’t recommend this, my finger was kind of sore afterwards.

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I added some steampunk washi tape. One of them was gears and the other clocks. I also added a magazine cut out of a friendship tattoo. I stenciled some gears in using a MIX-ables stencil and brown acrylic paint.

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This spread was a lesson in layering. I used distressed ink from Tim Holtz to stamp in some gears and clocks which just smudged off, even after drying. Note to self: Ink and gesso don’t work together. I later found out gesso is used as a resist when working with distress inks…woops. To remedy this, I painted the whole spread with gel medium, dried it and tried stamping again. This time the ink took.

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The challenge was to use writing, so I wrote a couple sentences on what I thought true friendship was about. I wanted the words to be in elongated cursive. This didn’t work out very well. My handwriting is naturally quite backhand, so trying to stretch it out was difficult. I used a Fude pen for this.

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At this point, I still had a lot of empty space. I decided to add a compass. I had lots of clocks and gears to represent time, but needed something for distance. A compass did the job. I used a silver Sharpie paint pen and a distress ink pen. I used the same Sharpie paint pen to colour in some stenciled gears too. There is still a lot of empty space, but I’m out of ideas for now.

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Questions, Questions, Questions!

As you’ve probably noticed, I’m a sucker for blog challenges and….I have found a new one! I found this one through the same bloggers who always have fun features, namely Not A Punk Rocker and Part-Time Monster (Thanks ladies!!) It’s put on by Suzie81 Speaks who asks you to answer seven questions. Apparently Suzie did this last December, before my blogging time, and it was a big hit in the WordPress community. The idea is to meet new bloggers and get to know each other better. Sounds like fun to me. If you want to join in, visit Suzie81 to see the rules.

And now, the questions…..

1. How did you create the title for your blog?

I wanted to remain anonymous (most real life people don’t know I have depression), so I needed an alias, but I also wanted it to tell you a bit about myself at the same time. I made a list of possible names and then tried to find one that wasn’t taken on all the social media stuff. I have since thrown out the list of possibilities…the only one I can remember is Disenchanted Doctorate. I went with Somber Scribbler because it tells you what I blog about, living with depression and my doodles. I decided not to include the doctorate stuff because I wanted to connect with a variety of people, not just other students.

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2. What’s the one bit of blogging advice you would give to new bloggers?

I am a new blogger, so I’m the one that needs advice! lol. I would say interact. Blog often and reply to comments. Also, have an “About” page…somewhere where I can go to learn who you are and what you are about so I can decide if I want to follow you or not. Twitter helps too.

3. What is the strangest experience you’ve ever had?

Strange doesn’t really happen to me…stupid, yes, all the time, but not strange so much. The strangest thing that’s happened might be my mother picking out my husband nearly a decade before we got married. If you want to hear that story, check out this post.

4. What is the best thing that anybody has ever said to you?

Hubby randomly saying he loves me or calling me his “pretty cupcake” are right up there!

5. When presented with a time machine, which one place and time would you visit?

This one is hard. Maybe I’d like to go back to Europe in the Victorian Era. I’m into Steampunk, so I’d love to steal some of the fashions from back then 🙂

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6. If you had to pick a new first name, what would you choose?

I like my name just fine, but if I had to pick a new one, it would be something short and easy to spell and pronounce. It was so annoying to have all the kids snicker as the supply teachers butchered my name. My name has also been spelled wrong in my yearbooks, on art show pamphlets and on contracts. Grrr!! I’d go with Ava. I think it’s pretty and it is unique (among my age group at least).

7. If you were a B Movie, what would it be called?

I have no idea…..um…..Somber Scribbler? How original.

 

What would your answers be?

Self-esteem Challenge: Day 19

This blog challenge was developed by betterthandarkchocolate.tumblr.com. If you missed the introduction or want to see a summary of all the questions, go here.

Day 19:
Is there a particular outfit/article of clothing/accessory you like on yourself? Why or why not?
Do you have an activity that makes you feel alive and good within yourself?

There is definitely some repetition going on here. I already talked about how new clothes make me feel good and I posted a pic of the shirt I currently like, so I’m going to try to come up with something different here. I like when I get a chance to wear my Steampunk jewelry. What is Steampunk? It’s basically Victorian science fiction. It’s a combination of the classy and frilly from the Victorian era with the mechanical, bad ass, futuristic cyborg type stuff. I like wearing this stuff because it’s unique. Since I’m shy, starting small talk is often difficult and anxiety-provoking. When at conferences I try to wear something steampunk because it’s a conversation starter. Someone always asks about it and once I get talking, I focus on the conversation and I’m ok.

As for an activity that makes me feel good…..I’m not sure. Hiking maybe? There are aspects I don’t like about it….like the bugs, bug spray, sunscreen, sweat and lack of bathrooms, but I’m outside and it’s good exercise. Getting exercise makes me feel good because I know I am doing something good for myself. The problem is, most exercise is torture, or just feels like a real chore. Hiking is neither. It’s nice to be outside, away from the city and crowds of people. It also brings back good memories. The hiking I’ve done has usually been while I’m on vacation, so times of less stress. Also, Hubby and I got engaged on a hiking trip. This is the card Hubby gave me on our hiking trip. I thought it was cute, he really REALLY likes french fries.

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What activity makes you feel good?

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