The Original Documented Life Project™ - January 24 Challenge

January Theme
The Blank Page and How to Face It!
January 24
Art Challenge:  Writing
Journal Prompt:  Words with Friends

Lorraine Bell - To see her approach to this challenge, go HERE


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Sandi Keene: See her challenge pages HERE


Rae Missigman: See more details on HER BLOG HERE.


Meet Stephanie Ackerman, our first Guest Artist!

See Stephanie's interpretation of this challenge HERE


NOTE: The Art to the 5th Artists are rotating months this year so not every artists will be participating every week.

Looking for previous challenges? click HERE.

Join us on The Art to the 5th™ Academy™ - a thriving "community" and classroom for "The Original" Documented Life Project™!  Find us on Instagram: #documentedlife


The Original Documented Life Project™ - January 17 Challenge

January Theme
The Blank Page and How to Face It!
January 17
Art Challenge:  The Color Wheel
Journal Prompt:  "I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way . . . “    - Georgia O’Keeffe


Sandi Keene: More on her page HERE


Rae Missigman: See all the details on HER BLOG HERE.


Lorraine Bell:  See her approach to this challenge HERE

NOTE: The Art to the 5th Artists are rotating months this year so not every artists will be participating every week.

Looking for previous challenges? click HERE.

Join us on The Art to the 5th™ Academy™ - a thriving "community" and classroom for "The Original" Documented Life Project™!  Find us on Instagram: #documentedlife

Amazing Line-up of Artists Joining Us!

We have been working behind the scenes with the biggest smiles on our faces. Imagine closing your eyes and thinking of your most favorite artists who have inspired you in many ways. Make a list. Now imagine emailing them and asking them to be a part of this amazing project.

And then...

Imagine them saying YES.

A gasp, a cheer and running to text the rest of the A5 artists with the words "He/She is IN!" The emoticons are flying.

Now we can share the list with you. Get ready to cheer.

In alphabetical order and with overwhelming gratitude-

The Original Documented Life Project: The Journal - January 10

January Theme
The Blank Page and How to Face It!
January 10
Art Challenge:  Gesso
Journal Prompt:  “The beginning is always today.” -Mary Shelley


Sandi Keene: follow her process HERE


Lorraine Bell:  Follow her process HERE


Rae Missigman: See the details on HER BLOG HERE.


Looking for previous challenges? click HERE.

Join us on The Art to the 5th™ Academy™ - a thriving "community" and classroom for "The Original" Documented Life Project™!  Find us on Instagram: #documentedlife


The Original Documented Life Project: The Journal - January 1

Hello and welcome to The Original Documented Life Project™  The Journal!  We are excited to kick off the beginning of the year!

First, we want to share a little bit about how this will work. Each month we will have a "theme" and each week we will issue an art related challenge as well as a fun and creative journal prompt.  Feel free to interpret both however you wish.  The A5 artists will rotate throughout the year, bringing you creative and inspirational ideas with each month.  Each week on Saturday we will post the new week's details here on our blog.  Be sure to join us on The Art to the 5th™ Academy™ - a thriving "community" and classroom for "The Original" Documented Life Project™!  Details will also be posted in the DLP classroom. We will not be posting to Facebook so be sure to join us on The Academy.

Be sure to visit The Academy today for a Welcome Video and more project details!!

Ready? Let's get started!!

January Theme
The Blank Page and How to Face It!
January 1
Art Challenge: Book Paper
Journal Prompt: Be Your Own Goal Keeper


Looking for previous challenges? click HERE.

Join us on The Art to the 5th™ Academy™ - a thriving "community" and classroom for "The Original" Documented Life Project™!  Find us on Instagram: #documentedlife


Roben-Marie Smith: Visit her Blog HERE for a video of the process and more details.


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Rae Missigman: See the video process and details on HER BLOG.


Lorraine Bell:  Watch her video process on HER BLOG HERE

Sandi Keene: See her process here

The Original Documented Life Project: The Last Challenge of 2014

December 27, 2014 - The Last Challenge of 2014 (Week 53):  Draw or collage something that begins with the first letter of your first name

Looking for previous challenges? click HERE.

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Sandi Keene: Come celebrate the final challenge HERE


Roben-Marie Smith - My final challenge for 2014 HERE!


Rae Missigman: See all the details on HER BLOG HERE.


Lorraine Bell:  See the details on her blog HERE

Spotlight Artist - Martha Lever

Spotlight Artist -

Martha Lever

Martha's distinctive style and lettering has caught the eye of many DLP: The Planner members. We are thrilled to feature her beautiful art!

Martha Lever is a painter, calligrapher, and teacher.  Her works of art have been displayed in various galleries in Jacksonville, Florida including Reddi-Arts and the JCA. She has been an artist for 32 years.

Artist statement: My art journey has taken me through many exciting areas of art. My first love will always be lettering and calligraphy and I try to combine this lettering with backgrounds and images that I paint. My goal is to never stop learning, experimenting and asking myself  “what if” and to keep moving forward with my art.  I love to have a paintbrush in my hand and if I go too many days without painting I get very antsy. I love to create and teach others to create and realize that there is an artist and a creative spirit within everyone.

1. Where do you live?
Jacksonville, FL

2a. What kinds of art do you do?
Calligraphy/Lettering, Watercolor, Oils
 b.What medium or craft did you start with?
Calligraphy, Watercolor and Gouache

3. You are packing an art travel bag with your Top Five go-to items. Tell us what you choose.
    1.  Journal—Stillman and Birn or Strathmore Visual
    2.  Papermate black marker-water soluble pen razor point.
    3.  Faber Castel watercolor pencils, regular pencil
    3.  Small travel watercolor set with travel brushes
    4.  Parallel Pen in size 3.8
    5.  Lamy Joy Fountain pen with waterproof De Atramentis black ink
 (I LOVE fountain pens---I am a junkie—it’s an expensive habit!)

4. What is your latest product discovery?
Lamy fountain pens with De Artrementis archival inks for sketching. Completely waterproof and won’t clog your fountain pens (I love fountain pens---did I mention that??)

5. Tell us about your work space.
My work spaces throughout the years have been various. I recently had a whole house which was a precious little bungalow I called the Red Door. I have given the house to my son for his new business. (We would cut off both arms for our children wouldn’t we!?)
Now I am back in my house with one large room dedicated to my art but it spills out into about every closet in the house!  My husband calls it “Studio Lux” because he thinks it is so luxurious. Well, I do too and I love it even though it is not even half the space I had before. But really did I need all that space?---hmmmmm…. 

6. What is one thing you MUST have when you create?
I must have a clean workspace, and music from my Bose speaker. I actually don’t like to listen to classical music (though I love classical music) because it is just too soothing. I like my rockin’ music and sometimes I have to get up and dance. I am of course loving Taylor’s new album. I do hope no one is watching me through the window. They would have to get their iPhone and film me for Youtube’s, “Funny Old People Dancing.”

7. What do you wish you were better at?
I wish I were better at sketching and drawing on location straight with a pen.  I know that there is only one reason why I am not better at this---I don’t practice often enough!

8. What color(s) are you loving right now?
Usually I tend to lean toward colors that are seasonal ---
Spring I lean toward leaf green, turquoises and light blues
Summer—yellows, greens—light, pastel colors
Fall I go to oranges, browns, siennas and dark cranberry reds
It’s getting towards Christmas so I migrate to reds (alizarin, cranberry, bright reds) and greens (Christmas greens of all values) and some blues too!
In January it will probably be anything goes!


9. What is your favorite pen?
I have two:
Pilot Parallel  pen for calligraphy and Lamy Fountain pens for sketching –did I mention I LOVE fountain pens??) I have many others but we won’t go there now. ☺


10. Photograph your favorite pair of shoes.
Oh my goodness, I am a pen junkie and Keds Junkie. Saying which pair of Keds are my favorite would be like saying one of your children is your favorite. But I will try.

Week 52 Challenge: Document your family holiday traditions.  Martha's take:

You can find more of Martha's work at:

www.marthalever.blogspot.com
www.marthalever.com

Please stop by her website and blog and share the love!



The Original Documented Life Project: Week 52

December 20, 2014 - Week 52 Challenge: Document your family holiday tradition.  If you do not celebrate Christmas or a holiday this time of year then choose a holiday that you do celebrate with your family and document that.

Looking for previous challenges? click HERE.

Join us on The Art to the 5th™ Academy™ - a thriving "community" and classroom for "The Original" Documented Life Project™!


Sandi Keene: See her family tradition HERE

Rae Missigman: See the details on HER BLOG HERE.


Lorraine Bell:  See more on her blog HERE

The Original Documented Life Project: Week 51

December 13, 2014 - Week 51 Challenge:  Arrows

Looking for previous challenges? click HERE.

Join us on The Art to the 5th™ Academy™ - a thriving "community" and classroom for "The Original" Documented Life Project™!


Sandi Keene: See her challenge HERE


Roben-Marie Smith - See more on her blog HERE!

Rae Missigman: See all the details on HER BLOG HERE.


Lorraine Bell:  Find out more on her BLOG

The Original Documented Life Project: Week 50

Week 50: Pick a fantasy vacation spot and create a packing list.  Money is NO object.

Looking for previous challenges? click HERE.

Join us on The Art to the 5th™ Academy™ - a thriving "community" and classroom for "The Original" Documented Life Project™!


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Sandi Keene: See her packing list HERE


Roben-Marie Smith - See her challenge page HERE!


Rae Missigman: See the details on her BLOG HERE.


Lorraine Bell - See her interpretation of the challenge HERE