Last year at this time, I set a goal for myself, I do that a lot! But this one was completely different than most of them. My goal was to complete the Documented Life Project 2015. DLP is an art journal prompt, one each week for a year. Art, really? What do I know about art?
Turns out, I know a lot more now than I did a year ago. I have always been a crafter, I can copy what others do pretty easily, but designing things myself is a whole other story. Fortunately, the Art to the 5th ladies and their guest artists provided a ton of inspiration each week. Each week, they gave a prompt, some photos and a theme. My job was to incorporate these things in to a double page each week.
There were times during the year that I was severely behind, up to 10 weeks, quite often due to our schedule. But I never gave up. I would choose a day and tell Rich, “I’m going to art today.” And break out my supplies. A little paint here, some colored pencils, stencils, stamps, inks and paper. It all came together to record my year. I documented my life. Each page includes a little bit of a planner, some recording as to where we were, what we were doing, who we were doing it with. And now that I’ve come to the end of the year, I added some photos to the back. It truly is a representation of what we did all year long. My daughter has asked that I pass it down to her when I’m done with it. It’s kind of like a scrapbook of our year. I always had good intentions of scrapbooking, but could never pull it off. It feels good to have this done.
So here it is, a good representation of the art I created. I learned a lot this year, but these were the most important lessons:
- Color is my friend
- Anything can inspire you
- Pages don’t have to be perfect
- That if I commit, I can do anything
- Just because I get behind, I can catch up
- That I am thankful for all the communities I belong to
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