I thought step #4 would be the easiest since I had done all my fussy cutting before I started gluing. I had seen other people in videos about this challenge have their images picked out, cut, and words chosen, before they started, so I decided to do it that way. I thought that would ensure that I would not be frantic at the end of the 15 minutes. Boy was I wrong.
I noticed that the people I had watched just barely glued the pieces down. Just using enough glue that it would stay put, and then go back and finish gluing after the 15 minutes is over. I didn't start out that way, but by the last 5 or 6 pages I was just slapping some glue on and putting the image down. Trust me on this, 45 seconds is not enough time to do a neat gluing job, and that is how much time you have per page. Below is a group shot taken after step 4.
Step 5 was not nearly enough time to do all the pen/marker and pencil doodling that you want to do. It makes you realize why some people do all the steps again and others just do "free play" after step 5.
You definitely do not have a finished page when you finish step 5, but you are well on the way. I have not decided if I will do the second round method or the free play method to finish my pages, right now I am leaning toward the free play method and focusing on 1 page at a time. I am not going to make this decision now because I am tired. I will decide tomorrow.
However I decide to do it as I work on these pages some more I will post updates. In the pictures below I grouped the pages in smaller groups to make it easier to see each page.
I couldn't wait until tomorrow like I planned, to do the stamping and stenciling step. I decided to limit my supplies to a black ink pad, black and white paint, a few stamps, and only 3 stencils. I was afraid that with the lack of space for me to lay out the stamps and stencils, I would get too frustrated trying to dig through and decide. I know I would not have been able to stencil and stamp on all of them if I hadn't limited my self, so I am happy with what I got done even if they are all similar at this point. I am sure I will have a lot left to do once I hit the freeplay time after step #5, but I am having fun.
Now I have to go cut out a bunch of words and images from magazines. That may be all I get done tomorrow. We will see.
The instructions below are from Shannon Green's Blog. Please go there and look at her video, and you will want to do this too. She has inspired me in other ways too. Her YouTube channel is on my links page.
5 sessions--all in one day or just one a week...your choice.
10 prompts--2 per session, feel free to make substitutions.
15 minutes--that gives you 45 seconds per page so don't mess around!
20 pages--just one side of a sheet of paper, not both sides.
These are the recommended prompts for each session. You may make substitutions to fit what you have on hand:
Session 1-Background: Paint, Ink
Session 2-Texture: Collage, Recycle
Session 3-Pattern: Stamps, Stencils
Session 4-Focal Point: Words, Images
Session 5-Details: Pen, Pencil
Watch the video to see how it's done. The rules are loose but don't cheat on the time limit or number of pages...those are the important parts. Being a little bit rushed keeps you from over thinking every little detail and forces you to just run on instinct. Don't think, just do.
A note from me--- This is stressful, but after you finish each round you are happy with the result. At least that is how it has been for me so far. Below are the pictures from the first two rounds. I had a lot of dry time after each of these. So I will post the others as I finish them. In the first picture I had 21 pages and didn't know it, so I took out the shiny silver one and gave it to Hannah (she loved it, especially since I had added some of the red paper stencil to it in the second round).
Now on to round 3, wish me luck.