Saturday, January 31, 2015

Documented Life Project - Week Five | January 31st


Hello everyone and thanks so much for stopping by to see what I have created for this weeks challenge of UNDERPAPER! I am completely and utterly honored with every bone in my body that I was asked to be a featured artist for this week. God truly does know how to bless a person! I'm also glad you are here and I hope you continue to visit as much as you can here at Clare Plantation.
So lets get started...

January Theme
The Blank Page and How to Face It!
January 31
Art Challenge:  Under Paper
Journal Prompt: What lies beneath...




 I had a visual in my head and I was going by a few images for inspiration. One was my favorite artist EVER, Vincent Van Gogh. I choose to look at this painting here called "The Olive Trees"

I liked how Van Gogh used line to create that sense of movement and I wanted to use that idea for the background of this weeks page spread.

I also looked at another painting that has that same Van Gogh / Impressionistic style to it. This painting is by Eric Hanson and you can check out more of his AMAZING work HERE. I like Van Gogh's movement and I like Hanson's use of color and collectively I love both their impressionistic style.


So I started off with a simple sketch and mapped out where I wanted objects to go in my page spread as you see here below.


I pulled out my ice cube tray palette and went to town in choosing bright and bold colors just as Hanson used in his painting.


And I painted the background. My art professor always said that we learn by practicing from other artists. It is also very important to me that I don't copy everything from what I am using as a reference because I want the piece to be my own. That's when I used artistic license and created my own thing.



I scratched and smeared the paint everywhere. It made me feel good to paint quickly and with a lot of energy. I feel accomplished as well when the painting gives off that feeling of energy and movement. WHAOOOO! 




Your probably thinking...okay when does the under paper come in? Well its riiiiiiiiiight abooooooooout.....NOW! 


I just fished through all the under paper I had stashed away and looked at the design, the colors and shapes offered on the paper. When I found what I liked and thought it best for the project I moved onto the next step.


Next I drew on the back of the under paper the outlines of tree bark. Then when I cut out the trees that I drew, on the flip side was a neat design of the painted under paper already splashed with color, shapes and line. Cool huh?

I kinda cut out too many but I will for sure be using them for other projects.


Then I pasted them all over my page spread. I also cut out a deer that has yet to brought out to be noticeable in the bottom right hand corner. Can you see it? It looks kinda like one of those "I Spy" books. LOVED those books!


Not only did my page spread remind me of "I Spy" books. The look of my spread above was a concept I was going for when I used Kate Shaw's paintings (seen below) as a reference as well! You have got to check out her work HERE, it's AMAZING!



Then came the detail! I took my journal and black pen with me to the couch and watched "Say Yes to the Dress" while I drew branches like a mad woman! I was up till about 2 in the morning working on this page because I just got so into it! I just couldn't stop.






Then of course the little fawn came to life as well!


So I wrote in the bottom left hand corner shown above,
 in reference to the prompt "What Lies Beneath"

"What lies beneath is a quiet soul who wants nothing but a simple life because what lies above will last forever more!"

With a few additions here and there.


All I want to do in life is live small and comfortable. I don't need much but God, a plant to watch grow, my ability to make Art, Jane Austen Movies and a family of my own in a small house deep in the woods. It's a life that might be thought little of but it's a life that I desire the most!

I hope you have enjoyed this page spread I have shown you today and I hope you can come back to check out more Documented Life Project page spreads that I post every week here on my blog.
I post content five days a week and I do my best to offer inspiration to you and to share God's Amazing Grace and Love to you all!

This piece is also available in my Etsy shop as five different art prints and you can check it out HERE!

God Bless and May We Bless God!

109 comments:

  1. Clare, you are such an inspiration. Love your page and all your DLP pages. Keep it up xx

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    1. I would have responded last week but I realized I posted this weeks challenge too early. I'm sorry! Thank you so much though for your comments and you can call me Miranda or Clare, it doesn't matter! I just named my business after my middle name!

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  2. Sorry, Miranda not Clare!!!! xx

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  3. Miranda- Your piece is SO beautiful! I love everything about it. Clever, colorful and inspiring. Thank you so much for being a featured artist and being a joy to work with! It is icing on the cake that you are an Austen fan as well. Love me some Pride & Prejudice though truth be told - Roben-Marie is a bigger fan than me. Thank you for all that you do to keep DLP 2015 running smoothly.

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    1. Awwwww Thank You so much Sandi! You are so kind! I'm glad I can be of help!

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  4. I really love your choices of inspiration - but more than that I love how you made them your own - not only creating a beautiful page but a great lesson on how to take inspiration from others and make it our own - thank you so much

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    1. I'm so glad you understand that and found that through this post! That's exactly what I wanted to accomplish! How to make your own work by studying of people's artwork! Whaoooo! Thanks so much!

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  5. Thanks for sharing your process, your work is gorgeous. Just thinking about using trees before the challenge was posted. Amazing. Inspiring. Beautiful.

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  6. Wow c'est beau et inspirant, toutes ces couleurs m'émerveillent, elles sont pleines de vie....Wow je suis "in love" de votre travail.
    Je vais essayer de suite !!!!

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    1. Vous êtes trop gentil ! Merci beaucoup!

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  7. Your page is VERY inspiring and how you created it is wonderful to read. Thanks for your step outs and instructions and especially for the "quiet soul" blessing I received. Your use of color is so exciting to see. I immediately thought of a woven paper piece being made with those extra strips and can't wait to see what you do with them.

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    1. Thank you very much! I have no idea what to do with the extra strips! I've got them hanging up ready to be used so I can't wait to see myself! Thanks again!

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  8. This is so beautiful! I'm so glad to have found your blog and am a new follower.

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    1. So glad you stopped by! Thank you so much!

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  9. This page is past amazing and your instructions are perfect. I love the colors you used and how your painting grew and evolved in such an "easy" feeling manner. You have given me thoughts and inspiration on how to proceed and really enjoy this week's journal entry. Thank you so much

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm so happy to have given inspiration! Have fun!

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  10. Thank you for sharing this stunning page, your FUN process, how you referenced other artists, and your supplies! I so enjoyed your commentary. You are truly an inspiration. Haven't seen your work before, and I love it!!

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    1. Thank you so much, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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  11. Thank you for sharing your process. I love your work and have signed up to follow you. May God bless your work as you reach others for Him.

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  12. This is so beautiful .... You are right "God does know how to bless a person" This was A blessing inspiration to me!

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you so much!

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  13. I really love your page...it's amazing! What's more is I appreciated your process of turning to a few others master's art to study before beginning your own artistic journey! Thankx for sharing your vision with us, you're very talented!

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    1. Thank you so much! I really enjoyed showing you all who inspires me! Look and studying artwork is a major part in my creative process! Thanks again so much!

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  14. I am so happy DLP used you as a feature artist or I probably would not have found your beautiful work. Thank you so much for the inspiration both artistically and spiritually.

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    1. I'm so glad you stopped by. It's been really nice to get to meet so many new people this way!

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  15. WOW!! Love what you did with the challenge!! GORGEOUS!! (Love everything nature!!) Off to look at more of your STUNNING ART! So glad you were the guest ARTist this week...because I've never seen your ART before :) LOVE!!

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    1. WOW, what comments! Thanks so much! I hope you stick around!

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  16. Thank you for introducing your "inspiration" artists to me! (Van Gogh was familiar, but not the other two) Your page is beautiful....and yes, I love I Spy books...still!

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    1. The other two artists came from Pinterest browsing! I couldn't resist the colors in their work! As for Van Gogh, well I've ALWAYS loved his work! Thanks for stopping by!

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  17. Miranda - this is such a great piece, thank you for sharing your prices with us!

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  18. Love, love, love! Wonderful inspiration. The simple overall design shines through the beautiful colors. Your quote so fits me at this point in my life. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  19. I never use under paper, now I wish I did. I did get ideas and inspirations, now to the drawing board. Thanks.

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    1. I love under paper because of the different patterns and shapes that you get when you cut it up in pieces! Have Fun and enjoy yourself!

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  20. I never use under paper, now I wish I did. I did get ideas and inspirations, now to the drawing board. Thanks.

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  21. Miranda-
    What a beautiful lady you are, inside and outside!! Your ART IS such a delightful Expression of God, in you as you! Thank you for sharing this beauty (and technique) with us!
    Namaste!
    Barbaree

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    1. Awww well thank you but God deserves all the glory! Give him the Praise!

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  22. WOWZA. So happy to "meet" you! I don't even know where to start...literally, I've typed three sentences and then started over. LOL. You've certainly achieved your goal...the movement and colors are fantastic...I could look at this for hours. It's so light and airy but dense at the same time. Wait. That doesn't make much sense, but that may be the coolest thing about this. And I have been working on trees lately. Let's just say I will be copying yours for a while as I continue to hone my own style. And the deer is just the perfect element to tie it all together. Thank you for sharing so much of your creative process; it's enlightening. Can't wait to go look at more of your work!

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  23. Wow, thank you so much for your wonderful comments! No I understand the juxtaposition of airy and dense! There is a mixture of both, I get it! Thanks again for your sweet compliments! I'm glad you are here!

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  24. Miranda, thank you so much for your wonderful piece and the walk through as well as your blessing what a great way to start my day. I don't have any under paper and was wondering what I would do but seeing what you did I think I can go with all the gellie print pages I have. Blessings to you.
    Sandra

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm glad I can be of inspiration!

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  25. It's fabulous, Miranda! Loved seeing your process too! Beautiful work, and it's uniquely your own! ♥♥

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    1. Thank you so much Anna! I really wanted my style to shine though and I'm glad you can tell! Thanks again!

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  26. Beautiful and such a neat idea. I love the way you shared your process from beginning to end. Lovely!

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  27. Miranda this is AMAZING ! love it (also the fact you stay up - 2 am...a night owl like myself :)

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    1. Hahaha! Thanks, yeah sometimes there is just no stopping me!

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  29. Hi Again..Im re commenting..So I just wanted you to know that I was viewing this on my phone this morning and loved it..but coming here to see it on my computer screen is just amazing..The colors..the layers..the composition and the whole process..I just love your meaning and your thoughts behind it all..!I feel the same way..I love the simple quiet life..we just downsized and moved to Georgia from NY..and I live in the country where I see the deer everyday, everywhere...Yours is just amazing..the whole piece is breathtaking..I may just try this myself..Oh and your photos are fantastic..thanks for sharing..what an inspiration..!!

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    1. I don't know what happened to your first comment, the Internet can do some strange things! Thank you so much for your compliments and sweet words! This is what keeps me going!

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  30. I love how you pulled together those two impressionists to make your own beautiful work. Thank you.

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    1. The impressionistic art movement is my favorite. It's always been something I gravitate too! The colors and the idea of making an impression of something instead of the reality, makes me happy! Thank you so much!

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  31. Beautiful! Thanks so much for walking us through your process. I love the way it all came together!

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  32. wow, this is a page, I would not get bored looking at. Not that I get bored looking at art. I just meant that there is such depth and interest to this page there would be new things to discover each time I looked at it :)

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    1. That's what I like best about artwork, discovering new things everytime you look at it! I'm glad I can allow that to happen! Thanks so much!

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  33. This is a beautiful piece of work. I also love all the other pieces that you posted that inspired your piece. All I could say was, "WOW!"

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  34. This is absolutely amazing and so inspirational. I'm going to do my page right now. Although, I don't have any under pages, because I always put them away, but I know where they are!

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    1. Thanks so much and I hope you enjoy yourself!

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  35. Beautiful work. Enjoyed reading about your process and how you incorporated your under pages. Thank you for sharing.

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  36. Oh my goodness! This is amazing! I love your under paper idea and never thought of that before!! Fantastic!! You have certainly inspired me!!!

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    1. Aaaahhhhh it makes me want to do jigs and make up dances when I hear I've been inspiring! Nothing but an artists dream come true! Thanks so much!

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  37. I love your under paper idea and is so inspiring to me. Always love new ideas for using what I have

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    1. I'm glad you found it inspiring! Thank you!

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  38. Awesome page - so inspired by what you've done :-)

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  39. I love your pages. The colors and movement are awesome... and the deer just brings it all together. Thanks for sharing with us all.

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  40. Thank you, Claire, for your step by step breakdown of this exercise. I haven't saved much under paper, except a very little bit of stamping under pages. I certainly will now! This is a new creativity source for me. My idea for this prompt is still sizzling and brewing. You've inspired me with courage to JUST DO IT! Bless you.

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    1. Awww thanks so much and I'm glad to have allowed some ideas come to you! Have fun!

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  41. Welcome to the DLP spotlight! I love your inspirations. Your background to this page is amazing with the two different styles. Just looking at the page you would not be able to tell the trees were your under papers. They look great! I love it when you can't stop creating art and stay up to the wee hours. Amazing page you've made! Ill be back to check out your future pages.

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    1. Awww thanks so much! I'm glad you don't see under paper immediatly...that's what I was going for!

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  42. Just found your site on Art to the 5th. Love, love, love your painting.
    Dorothy

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  43. Such an awesome page and inspiration! Love it! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

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    1. I'm glad to have been given the opportunity to share and thank you so much!

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  44. love your pages!! the dear is amazing....and loved your use of the underpages! Just fabulous!

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  45. Absolutely wonderful and inspiring. I have such a time with collage... I want to do layers so much but I get lost with how and what to do next. This helps immensely. Thanks for sharing. I love all the artists you shared as well.

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  46. I am so jazzed about your techniques and colors, great inspiration, thank you!!!

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  47. What started as a hot mess ended up absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing your process. This piece is lovely, and your process is encouraging to newbies like me. Wonderful colors and movement! I would say mission accomplished!

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    1. Yeah, I know it's hard to believe under paper can be made to look pretty. Thanks so much!

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  48. I love trees. I love deer. I really love under paper. So your painting? PERFECTION!!! It's totally sings to me.... right up my ally. I just love it! Thanks for sharing!

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  49. Miranda, you work is awesome!!!!! Brilliant and inspiring!!! Glad you loved the paper!!!!

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  50. Oh Miranda - what an incredible job you did on the challenge - you have inspired so many with your gorgeous use of colors and textures! Thank you for being our featured artist this week and especially thank you for everything else you do for us! You are such a love!

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  51. Loved everything about this page and the information on the other artists.

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