The Original Documented Life Project™ - February 28 Challenge

February Theme
Layers You Will Love!
February 28
Art Challenge:  Using at Least Five Layers
Journal Prompt:  Give Me a  High Five


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


Rae Missigman: Watch the process this week on HER BLOG.


Sandi Keene: See More HERE


Lorraine Bell:  See how she approaches this challenge HERE


This week our featured artist is: Kristin Peterson!

Kristin's take on this challenge can be found 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™ - February 21 Challenge

February Theme
Layers You Will Love!
February 21
Art Challenge:  Repeating Elements
Journal Prompt:  It's Worth Repeating


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


Rae Missigman: See the details on HER BLOG HERE.


Sandi Keene: Don't miss my Special Guest on my Blog HERE!!


Lorraine Bell:  See how she created her challenge piece HERE

This week our featured artists are: Erin Stahl and Avery Stahl!

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Erin shares her process:

The Challenge: Layering is one of my favorite techniques, so this week was right up my alley! For the repeating elements/"it's worth repeating" portion of the challenge, I went literal (Circles! Lots of circles!) and also thought about repeating elements in my creative process. I grew up doing art projects alongside my mom, an experience "worth repeating" as I draw and paint with my 9 year old daughter, Avery.

Making the page: I began by filling a page of tissue paper with my handwritten thoughts on the challenge, written with a permanent felt tip pen, and collaged it onto the gessoed page with matte medium. Next I laid down a thin layer of white paint to partially obscure the writing (I wanted the texture of those words more than I wanted legibility), then used acrylic paint to fill in some establishing color. Next I added decorative paper in a few areas to add some textural interest. With the background well on it's way, I got out my drawing supplies. I began working on my circle pattern with a sketch & wash pencil, loosely inspired by a quilt pattern. My other main element is a lily, a flower I grow in my garden and fell in love with sketching years ago as a student. Last, I went back in with some final touches of gelatos and acrylic paint to unify the layout. I used a date stamp to mark my spaces on the journal portion, which I like to use as a gratitude journal each week. Thanks for looking!

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Avery's shares her process:

My page fits the challenge because I used a bunch of dots representing snowballs on it.  I also repeated puzzle pieces. I painted a puzzle with acrylic paints and added roses and rose petals and snowflakes to it.  I made a snowman in the corner to make a wintery and fun page.

How lucky are we to get a peek into the Mother/Daughter Art team in the Stahl family! Thank you both for participating!



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™ - February 14 Challenge

February Theme
Layers You Will Love!
February 14
Art Challenge:  Cover Up Good Stuff
Journal Prompt:  Going Undercover


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


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


Sandi Keene: Process and Images HERE


Lorraine Bell:  See how she approaches this week's challenge HERE


This week's Featured Artist is: Jane Keeling!

Here is a summary of Jane's process:

 I started my challenge by applying gesso to my page and  collaged old love letters, envelopes and romantic music sheets on top. I applied a thin layer of light pink paint mixed with gesso over the top of the collaged papers.
 While this dried a sketched a daisy design onto some pelmet vilenne , which I stitched with black thread . I painted inside the design with acrylic paint and cut it out .
Next I went back to my journal and went around the border with a magenta paint, to darken the edges slightly .
I collaged groups of old stamps that I have been collecting over the years . I applied pink sheer ribbon and cream lace along the bottom edge and left hand side.
Searching through all my old photos,I found just the picture that I wanted of a pretty lady with daisy's in her hair ,  and glued her on with strong matte medium. Using the same matte medium, applied my machine stitcheddaisy and falling petals!!
I added my lettering and finish off with some pearlescent inked hearts.
Have a wonderful Valentine's Day 😃❤️!!!


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


Cardboard Crush - A New Workshop!

READY FOR A PROJECT YOU CAN "CRUSH" ON?!

Straight from our personal retreat, we are bringing you Cardboard Crush, the project we loved so much we had to share! This thick and abundant journal is jammed with color, design and stitching. The perfect place to stash your treasures, love notes, inspirations, photos or mail art. 

We provide 4 entirely different takes on the body of the journal so you are sure to find just the right one to “crush” on. With 16 videos, we will take you step by step through the process with tips and favorite tools. The interior can be completed using our instructions or completely customized to meet your needs.

Whatever you heart desires - It is CARDBOARD CRUSH!

(We highly recommend a sewing machine for this project.)

Fine Print: Videos are not downloadable, no instructional PDF’s provided, once you have purchased the videos there will be no refunds.  One student per purchase. No splitting/sharing classes.  See HERE for more Q&A regarding our workshops.

Price: $35 - Workshop is now open!


Workshop Details

•Open Registration - Take the workshop anytime!  There is no close date!

•This class is self-paced, so join in when you want and finish on your schedule! 

•A private site has been set up for all class attendees. FREE registration with the site is required in order to attend workshop.

•NOTE: Once payment has been made directions will be e-mailed to you with directions for access.  Please allow from 24-36 hours for information to be sent.

•Videos are not available for download.

•The tuition is non-refundable once access has been given to registrants.

The Original Documented Life Project™ - February 7

February Theme
Layers You Will Love!
February 7
Art Challenge:  When Not To Stop
Journal Prompt:  "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough!" (Ooh)


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


Sandi Keene: Images and Thoughts HERE


Rae Missigman: See more details on HER BLOG HERE.


Lorraine Bell:  See her process HERE


This week's Featured Artist is Lois Stoneking!

See details about Lois' take on the 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