Welcome to Life Documented 2018 (30th June) Week 26 with Anna Friesen

Theme: Zentangles
Prompt: Create a week-at-a-glance page with markers, paint markers and acrylic paint.
Techniques: Create a background of a simple zentangle pattern, add seven circles for each day of the week, then paint swirls around each circle.
Quote: I believe the target of anything in life should be to do it so well that it becomes an art. - Arsene Wenger. 

Note: My thought about the quote: Just focus on a few things. To try to do everything well is not achievable and will only bring chaos. My perfectionist tendencies want to kick in often, and so I have to have a little talk with myself. ha ha! )

5 parts to my project: 

1. background
2. journaling circles
3. fingerpainting
4. days of the week
5. spine


Start with background paper that will be home to your week-at-a-glance pages. I am using two 7x8.25" sheets of mixed media paper. This is the size of the pages in my unPlanner, which is home to my Life Documented project. You don't need very heavy paper for this technique, as you're only adding small amounts of paint.

For the background design, we'll make a zentangle pattern. Let's make a grid: Decide what scale of zentangles you want to do. I like to use varying proportions in my design whenever I work with multiple patterns. So one pattern should be a "gallon", next a "quart", and the third a "pint". So, looking at the small patterned washi tape on the spine of the two pages that I will add at the end, I want to make the zentangles fairly large, so I'll measure out 1.5" squares. I used a pencil for this step, but you could go straight to a black Sharpie. I left a 3/4" vertical space for the spine. 

Now, much of the grid will be covered up with my journaling spots, so let's cut out circles that will be our little journaling spots for each day of the week. (No need to draw zentangles in the area that will be covered up.) First I quickly cut out two wonky circles from scrap paper, one approximately measuring 4" across, and the other 3 1/4. 

I pencil in the circles with the stencils in a random order, making sure there is sufficient room to write on each circle. Some overlap more than others. I don't want these to line up. We'll get back to the circles later. 

Now for the fun part starts: drawing. I chose a fun circle design from Teachers Pay Teachers called Moving Target by Expressive Monkey.  Using a black Sharpie marker (I am using an extra-fine-tip) start with a small circle in one spot on each square. Be sure not line them up in lines horizontally and vertically. No need to put any circles in the pencilled in large circles, as those will be covered. Have some of the circles go out of the square, but don't draw into the next square.

Next, draw three circles around each one. Be sure to stop where the grid lines intersect. Don't worry about being super-precise, as we'll go in later, and tidy up the lines. 

Now colour in the circles in every other square.

Oops, see where I added two small circles in one square? (lower right side of left page) We'll pretend I did that on purpose.

Now go in with a larger-tipped acrylic paint marker, filling in alternating lines.  See photo. I am using Daler-Rowny pens I found at WalMart. As seen below, don't go right to the edge, as you want to stay in the lines as much as possible. We'll go in with a fine-tipped Sharpie later to fix everything.




Now find some plain, lined or graph paper from your stash. Let's cut out 7circles matching the ones you pencilled in on the background.

Arrange them on the paper, and glue down with a glue stick. I avoid decoupage or matte medium, as I want to write on this paper with ease.


Now for the even more fun part! Fingerpainting! Choose your favourite colour combination. I chose my go-to: black, deep purple, white, neon pink and aqua blue.

Lightly swoosh black on to the edges of each circle, not using too much paint. Don't be scared to paint over some of the zentangle design. Let dry.

Then add your darkest colour, working to the lighter, alternating with white in-between, adding lighter values to each colour. This helps keep things bright and gives dimension.

Use a light hand, not using too much paint.

Now go in with a white paint pen and add some dots. I don't like to line them up, I like them arranged in a random way.


Write in the days next.

Step 5 - THE SPINE:

Now time to decorate the spine. I am using washi tape (which is my own product, designed by me!) called Roses Dreaming.

Then I re-punch the holes and add white reinforcement stickers.


I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did! If you have any questions, don't be scared to ask. I'll gladly help. :) Thanks for having me, lovely admins! 

♥♥♥  Anna  ♥♥♥

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  1. I love the resulting journal pages and I love your note on the quote! Perfection is killing my baby steps into art...! I have to follow your tip and focus on just a few things...πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

    1. Awww, that's great to hear, Elena! I try to be good at too many things too, and then I'm hard on myself when everything falls to pieces around me. πŸ˜˜πŸŒΊπŸ’œ

  2. This is very cool. The colors are great. I can’t wait to give it a try.


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