Thursday, June 19, 2014

Documented Life Project

 I love to art journal and I don't always make the time to work in one of the several art journals I have going.  As a goal for 2014 I wanted something to keep me focused on "making time" for art; to make my time more productive so I can do art and to help keep me organized so I don't forget important dates.  With all this said, I also wanted this process not to be work but to be fun!  That is when I stumbled on the  Documented Life Project.  After researching this group for a couple of weeks I decided I'd give it a try.

A little late to the party as usual - I always find out about these great things after they start - I joined [in March] the group, ordered a moleskin planner from Amazon and got busy.   There are five artists, living in Florida, who started this group.  There is a dedicated Facebook group for this project where you can share your pages with the more than 7,000  [that's right, MORE THAN 7,000] members - not all are artists, believe me you do not have to be an artist to be part of the challenge.

I have become totally addicted to this project.  As I said I would share some photos in my previous post,  the following is a sample of a few of my pages:

My Cover - which I painted
Inside Pages

This challenge was to open one of your Pinterest
boards and be inspired - I was "inspired"by a Christy Tomlinson pin
of one of her boot girls….I drew the girl then water colored her -
week 6 
Circles… the challenge was to draw a shape - repeat it and add color 
Circles, cont. - week 7
Challenge - have someone draw in your journal and you finish it -
I asked my grandchildren for help with this one - week 13
Challenge - Monochromatic, use shades, tints & hues of one color…
I used 'crimson lake'  Koi watercolor - week 15
Challenge - add a bird to your page - this is actually the
week I jumped into this group - week 11

Challenge - Random Act of Kindness - week 19

Photograph or draw your favorite shoes week week 17

Challenge - Add a quote - week 18

These are a few random pages. The project is in week 25, as I mentioned I started late and haven't 'caught-up' with all the previous weeks [ I have done three or four] but I'm not stressing over it.  I do, however, make time to do the challenge every week.  I may just add whatever I want to the previous weeks and not follow the challenges….we'll see.  I am having so much fun with this.  When I showed my journal to a couple of my friends not too long ago they were as excited as I and jumped aboard, too.  I haven't seen their journal/planners yet but I am about to tonight - I can't wait!  I will share a few more pages with you soon.

Good wishes and I appreciate your stopping by!


  1. I love seeing the photos of your journal pages here. I can tell how much you love this project. WOWSA! I am in awe of how you are keeping up with it so beautifully.

    Mine, on the other hand, is a huge embarrassment! I will not be bringing it, tonight, I haven't done a thing, in it, other than writing in my appointments - went kind of flat with it. It's a fantastic project and my intent is to start one from the beginning if offered in 2015. I guess I felt like I was too behind. Oh well.

    Can't wait to see yours, in person, and live through yours vicariously.

    Love you! M

    1. Yes, my friend, I do love this project….and I am more than confident your's is not an embarrassment. OK, so maybe you didn't "keep up" but I am sure you have created wonderful pages in your many other journals and from the various online workshops you have been taking!

  2. I just love love love your journal. Your pen & ink work is just so charming. These photos do not do justice to seeing the real thing. Thank you for the inspiration!!

  3. Wow, these are really great! I'm so mad at myself. I started Documented Life and then let it fall by the wayside. Kudos to you for keeping up with it!