The Documented Life Project: 10/31 (Week 45) Challenge

December 31, 2014 - Week 45 Challenge:  Add a tab of some kind to your page.  What is a tab?  Visit our blogs to see all the ways we interpreted "tabs" onto our pages.

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


Rae Missigman: See the details on HER BLOG HERE


Lorraine Bell - Details are on her blog HERE:


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Sandi Keene: See details on her blog HERE


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

Spotlight Artist: April Cole

We are so excited to be featuring April Cole front and center this month, in the spotlight where she belongs! 

You will love reading more about what this amazing gal has to share! Here are her answers to our Spotlight Artist questions.

1. Name and state (city or region if desired) - 

 I am currently living on Whidbey Island, nestled deep within the forest. Tho my heart belongs to "SUNNY" Southern California where I grew up. After college, I've spent most my art career teaching, as an Art Instructor. Teaching throughout the Los Angeles School Discrict, Private Schools, Neighborhood Charter Programs, Religious Educationl Programs and at Local Art Community Centers.Students ranging from K-12 grade level, were given the basic concepts of art. My curriculum consisted of The Seven Elements of Art and The Priniciples of Design. To this day, I hold strong to the belief, that each creator of their craft utilizes at least one of these elements when it comes art. 

2. What kinds of art do you do? What medium or craft did you start with?

Mixed media. 

I enjoy it all. I don't try to limit myself to just one style, product, or technique. I try to be open minded, have the wiliness to explore, except improvement as a learning tool, and have a strong passion towards the skill- this allows for achievement or simply having fun! I took up an interest with ART by drawing, crafting, and hand-sewing at a very young age. It stuck to my soul, has been my best friend when I've needed company, and I carry it along with me everywhere I go. ART and I have a very long history together, my companion for life. Both intellectually and spiritually. 

3. You are packing an art travel bag with your Top Five go-to items. Tell us what you choose.

    Moleskine journal

    Durwent watercolor pencils

    Several stamps & ink pad 

    Water-fill paintbrush 

    Charcoal pencil 

My pages in my journals are usually prepped with paint, stencils designs, or pasted collage elements... Ready to go!! 

4. What is your latest product discovery?

It isn't really a product discovery, My latest discovery is realizing how much I enjoy cutting out my own stencil patterns. 

5. Tell us about your work space.

My art studio is literally wall to wall with everything that inspires me. I don't think there is an inch of space that doesn't serve a purpose, hold order to art supplies, or give sentimental meaning to me. 

6. What is one thing you MUST have when you create? (drink, snack, music, lighting, etc)

Natural lighting, painter's paper roll, and a few rags for spills. Things can get messy and I choose never to worry about the mess during the process of creating.

7. What do you wish you were better at?

Disciplining myself to stick to the task at hand. I will literally have anywhere between 4 to 6 art projects going at the same time.  Each has their own little station, draft/project tutorial, a supply list, and due date.    

8. What color(s) are you loving right now?

Colors that I am drawn towards are neon pink, turquoise, golden yellow and black- (which we all know is not a color to the color spectrum of art) 

9. What is your favorite pen?

My go to pen is the uni-ball signo retractable pen (black) 

10. Photograph your favorite pair of shoes.

Boots!! Got to have my boots. I will wear them year around. Do or die... Battle to the end. I will admit, sometimes the sun will win and that is allowed. 

We want you to read even more about this talented artist, so head over to her blog HERE where you can find all sorts of inspiration and artsy stuff! 

The Documented Life Project: 10/25 (Week 44) Challenge

October 25, 2014 - Week 44 Challenge:  Incorporate leaves (real or drawn/painted) onto your page in a creative way.

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


Sandi Keene: See More HERE


Rae Missigman: See the details on HER BLOG HERE.


Roben-Marie Smith - See the details on her blog HERE!


Lorraine Bell - Read about it on her blog HERE

The Documented Life Project: 10/18 (Week 43) Challenge

October 18, 2014 - Week 43 Challenge:  Sketch what you see right now.

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Lorraine Bell:  See more details on her blog HERE.


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Sandi Keene: See More HERE


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


The Documented Life Project: 10/11 (Week 42) Challenge

October 11, 2014 - Week 42 Challenge:  Stars.

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


Rae Missigman: See the details on HER BLOG HERE.


Lorraine Bell:  See more about this challenge on her blog HERE.


Sandi Keene: See more HERE


Roben-Marie Smith - See full page HERE!


The Documented Life Project: 10/4 (Week 41) Challenge

October 4, 2014 - Week 41 Challenge:  Polka dots

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


Sandi Keene: See more HERE


Rae Missigman: See all the details on HER BLOG HERE


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Lorraine Bell:  Check out her blog for more details HERE.


Roben-Marie Smith - See detailed page HERE.


Barbara Moore:  follow her on Instagram HERE

The Documented Life Project - 9/27 (Week 40) Challenge

September 27, 2014 - Week 40 Challenge:  Paint or color with three colors you never use.

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


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


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Lorraine Bell:  See the details on her blog HERE.


Barbara Moore:  Follow her on Instagram HERE

Spotlight Artist: Lori Vliegen

Art to the 5th is thrilled to shine the spotlight on our talented member, Lori Vliegen!

Ladies...and gents...meet Lori!  Here are her answers to our Spotlight Artist questions.

1. Name and state

My name is Lori Vliegen, and I'd like to thank the Art to the 5th gals for this opportunity to introduce myself!  I'm married to my little-Dutch-sweetie, and we currently travel back and forth between the northeast coast of Florida and the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina for his work.  

2. What kinds of art do you do? What medium or craft did you start with?  

I've been in love with letterforms since I was a little girl when my mom taught me how to write my name.  I can still remember the excitement I felt in school when it came time to practice our handwriting….other kids moaned, but I was giddy!  I've had wonderful opportunities to study with fabulous calligraphers over the past twenty years, and I still get that giddy feeling every time I put pen to paper.  Just like everything else, lettering requires a good foundation and lots of practice, so these days my art journals, along with my growing collection of favorite quotes, are a terrific lettering playground! 

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3. You are packing an art travel bag with your Top Five go-to items. Tell us what you choose.

1. moleskine watercolor journal 

2. derwent inktense pencils + waterbrush   

3. graphite pencils + eraser

4. micron and pitt artist pens  

5. houndstooth reading glasses + chocolate stash

 

4. What is your latest product discovery?

I've been loving the white Sakura gelly roll pen.  It's been in my stash for a while, but it really came in handy when my uniball signo pen "developed a bad attitude" and decided not to work during the week 36 black-and-white challenge….gelly roll to the rescue!

5. Tell us about your work space.   

I'm very blessed to have a large studio space above the garage at our house in Florida.  The natural light and sunshine streams through the windows every morning, and there's inspiration everywhere……it's one of my all-time favorite places to be!

6. What is one thing you MUST have when you create?

A {relatively} organized space, and a bar of good Belgian dark chocolate.  

7. What do you wish you were better at?  

oooh, boy…..that's a long list!  I feel like there's SO much yet to learn, but I'd love to be further along with my italic letterforms, my watercolor skills, and keeping Belgian chocolate smudges off of my journal pages.

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8. What color(s) are you loving right now?  

turquoise + sap green = love!

9. What is your favorite pen?  

For journaling, I go back and forth between Sakura Micron pens and Faber-Castell Pitt pens…..I love the extra-fine tips for detailing!   For calligraphy, my Eagle Falcon nib is always my first choice. 

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10. Photograph your favorite pair of shoes.  

I absolutely LOVE my mary janes!  you can read more about them HERE:

Here is Lori's interpretation of the Week 39 Challenge (Splatters & Drips)

Learn more about Lori and be inspired by her lovely lettering, illustrations and quotes--here's where to stay connected:

blog:  elviestudio.blogspot.com  HERE

you tube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/ElvieStudio 

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lori-Vliegenelviestudio/209748142556378

Pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com/lorivliegen/  

Flickr:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/elviestudio/ 

The Documented Life Project - 9/20 (Week 39) Challenge

September 20, 2014 - Week 39 Challenge:  Splatters & Drips

Looking for previous challenges? click HERE.

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


Sandi Keene: See more HERE


Rae Missigman: See the details on HER BLOG HERE.


Lorraine Bell:  See the process on her BLOG HERE.


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Roben-Marie Smith - See full page on her blog HERE!


Barbara Moore--follow her on Instagram HERE