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30 May 2015

Featured Artist for The Documented Life Project 2015

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Hi! I was asked to be a Featured Artist for this weekend's art journal challenge for The Documented Life Project 2015 group (you can click on the above badge for further details).  I actually joined The Documented Life Project 2014 group for a year-long documentation project where I bought a thin Moleskine planner and turned it into a humongous book with six-inches thick spine. I even made a slipcase for this book (photo below). The next photo shows all of the challenge pages that I created for the year 2014. The spreads behind these pages were not shown, though.



But this year (2015) is different - I had to scale down and simplified my documentation process due to time constraint. I am now using a bound sketchbook, and I am not documenting as much as 2014 as I have other commitments. Instead of the usual collage techniques, I have been using paper-cutting methods, thus keeping the book from expanding too much. The theme for this month of May 2015 was Touchy Feely (Texture). For this weekend of May 30th, the art challenge is Textured Paper and the journal prompt is I'm so not feeling it! The whole spread sums up the general feeling that I often experienced from the museum visits - historical, cultural, natural life, sculptural and art. Most of the museums that I went do not allow the public to touch, and since I'm crazy about textures and love to touch them, I had to remind myself not to touch them at all. It indeed does take a lot of effort for me to resist the temptation to touch them. 


To create the art for this spread, I used several textured paper that I pulled out from my own collection of decorative paper that I bought from various stores. With a circle compass, I cut out rounds from these textured paper in different sizes and framed them with painted circles. For the background, I created the paste paper a while ago using brown paper. They were glued to the journal pages using adhesive spray, and the lettering was done with a white-out pen. It was a fun page to create!

16 comments:

Jeanette House said...

Love your take on this, Andrew. :)

Kathy said...

Great art! Love all those layered and framed circles, and cool quote!

Autumn Hathaway said...

Nice work Andrew. Your work has truly transformed.

Claudia said...

Andrew, I've so missed seeing your pages this year. Doing DLP via Facebook last year made it so easy to see your work. Guess I'm lazy, have not searched your individual page out via the website. I will now. So glad you were the featured artist this week. I hope your life has been rich with creativity this year. I'm pretty certain, if last year was any indication, that it has been. Take care.

Hartslove said...

I experienced the "do not even wave your piece of paper toward the artwork" last week when visiting the national gallery of art in Washington, DC. Considering that some paintings dated back to the 1200's I understand. Thanks for sharing your approach and your past works too. Alexine

Monica said...

Your journal was incredible and I am so impressed by your plethora of skills. Thanks.

Michele Unger said...

I so agree about museums! I practically have to tie my hands to my sides to keep from reaching out to fondle some forbidden object!

Nice spread, Andrew. Nice to see you as a featured artist.

Nancy Allingham said...

Great Page Andrew. Love the simplicity of it!

Mary W said...

I feel the same way about access. I used to think that if I ever was a great artist, it would be a type of art that was seen and touched. I could image all kinds of textures that would be appealing or alarming, etc. I know there are parks made for blind people that allowed them to smell and touch the plants and thought that was such a great idea. My daughter always wondered why libraries didn't loan prints of art for people to hang for awhile then return. Another great idea especially for kids that didn't have a lot of art available. Thanks for sharing your art for this week - love to see what you do.

&rew said...

Thank you so much everyone for leaving your comments. It was so fun to read interesting comments about the museum experiences, and thank you again for sharing your stories!

JKW said...

Congrats on being featured artist. I enjoyed your work so much last year. I too had joined at the beginning of 2014. I haven't done as much either this year, but I do enjoy seeing all of it and doing some of the experiments and trying most of the new products I hadn't known about. Blessings, Janet

Susan B-J said...

I used to tell the visiting kids a story about the acid monsters who loved art and came to the museum to visit. They loved everything soooo much and touched it al. But alas they left drippy lemon drop acid behind and the next day...

Roben-Marie said...

Once again it has been a pleasure having you as a guest artist! Thanks so much for all your hard work and lovely contribution. Hope all is well in your world these days and hope to see you on a visit sooner than later. Blessings!! RM

Rae Missigman said...

Amazing work as always Andrew! I had to pop over to look again, and realized my comment had not posted the first time :( - oh well... here I am again and wanted you to know we love your art and were thrilled to have you as a guest artist again this year! Happy Creating and hope to see you again one day!
Warm Regards,
Rae

Sandi Keene said...

Hey Andrew! So happy to see your name again and to see your wonderful work! Love all the textures that you put together and you are oh so right about the museum hands off rule! I loved seeing your 2014 DLP planner again because it was so awe inspiring. I know my husband misses you (as we all do!) because he loved to see how you engineered your pages! Any time you want to play with us please pop in. What a treasure you are. Hugs!

ellen said...

I loved seeing this in person. This piece of artwork is truly amazing!