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Forgotten Flashback: A Love Letter #art #ink #love

ArtJournal044It’s Valentines Day 2015 and I can only think of one thing – how much I love my husband Chris. He is the one person that lights up my world with a single smile, the one who holds me when I am scared, the one the that can chase my darkest fears away.

This entry is a simple love letter I have wrote to him on a day that reminds me how much I am still in love with him…

Materials used: Distress Ink, Micron Pen

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Forgotten Flashback: Roses from my guy! #art #markers

ArtJournal043I have the best husband! I know all the wives who have awesome husbands say this, but I really do believe it! My guy remembers dates and events even when I forget. He cooks, he is a super neat freak, passionate and sensitive. He always puts my needs before his own and he gives me flowers.

I LOVE this MAN!

So there, I said it for all the world to witness. I can’t imagine a life without him. So without further ado, I present the entry I created to help remind me how awesome my guy really is!

Until next post…

Materials used: TomBow markers, Koi Water Brush, Sakura Micron Pen

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Forgotten Flashback: Blizzards are fun! Not… #art #ink #snow

ArtJournal041Who doesn’t love never ending snow? In yet another lovely day in the beginning of February last year we experienced yet again another blizzard. What fun! Not…

This time around, instead of focusing on how much I loathe the cold wet stuff, I decided to focus on the positives that snowfall brings. Imagine that?

Curling up under the blankets. Cuddling up close to a warm fire. Snuggling on the couch with a hot cup of cocoa. The theme here? Lots of lazy time inside. 🙂

Plus two days of blizzard like conditions gave me plenty of time to catch up in my art journal. Thus this entry was born!

So even though this March is proving to be very unpredictable (will spring ever get here?), just remember that snow reminds us there is more to the cold if we can turn our thoughts towards the positive and remember the good times it can bring.

Until next post… and hopefully warmer weather…

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Flashback Friday: Dec 14th 2014 #art #ink #mixedmedia #dnartcorner

Here we are with only 7 days until Christmas and not a snowflake in sight – at least here in the Midwest. While I do not treasure shoveling snow like most folks, I do enjoy the beauty and wonder those crystalline flakes add to the season. They especially look most wondrous against the ‘twinkling of lights and a thousand other delights’ that only take place around the holidays. (quote is inspired from John Denver Muppet Christmas song…)

While we are practically devoid of snow so far this December, this was NOT the case last year (or the year before for that matter). On December 14th 2014 I experienced our time-honored tradition of driving to-and-fro looking at all the glorious Christmas light displays that happened last year. My husband is quite dedicated to finding all the best the Chicago suburbs have to offer in their lighted holiday displays. We saw many jaw-dropping sights as we cruised the suburbs that night. To document our journey I tried to capture the essence of the evening in my journal. Here is the results:

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Materials used:  Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks, Derwent Graphik Line Painters, Derwent Inktense Pencil, Sakura Gelly Roll White Pen, Niji Waterbrush

The process: I had the most fun working on this entry. I loved the way the inks blended together that made up the night sky. To start, I lightly sketched out what I wanted this page to look like. Next, using my Distress inks, starting with the lightest colors I began blending them together one layer at a time (first with yellow, then light blue, working my way to the deeper shades like purple and black). With my Derwent Graphik Line Painters, I started outlining the penciled details and ornaments. For a final touch, I used my Derwent Inktense pencils to color in the houses and added blue shadows under the snowbanks; I used a Niji waterbrush to activate the pencil colors.

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Flashback Friday: Dec. 2, 2014 #art # ink #mixed media #dnartcorner

Hello readers,

I can’t believe it is already December! My how time flies! Amongst the Christmas craziness and commercialism that surrounds the holidays, I take great solace in drawing in my journal. There is something special about putting pen to paper creating lines, words and adding a splash of color. It’s very meditative and calming. Just what the doctor ordered!

Last year was no expectation in my need to escape the holiday rush. This entry highlights the day I spent with my husband Chris who surprised me with concert tickets to attend a St. Vincent concert. St. Vincent is one of my absolute favorite bands and Annie Clark, their lead singer is simply sensational.

Annie Clark is a wonderful music artist in her own right who writes inspiring music. One of my favorite songs is “Digital Witnesses” which is the theme I choose when drawing this journal page. I love how the song exposes our over obsessive behavior with digital technology as we walk through life. I wanted to visually encapsulate the song with explosive bursts of color and splashes of ink. Throwing ink around a page can be very cathartic- let me tell you!

I think I captured the mood of the song and my own personal feelings about our society’s mind-numbing compulsive behavior about our digital oppressors.

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Materials used: Derwent Graphik Line Painter, Sakura Micron Pens

The process: I began with a light pencil sketch with the main drawing of the eye and adding song lyrics leading from the center and circling around the eye. I pix-elate the center of the eye using Derwent’s Graphik Line Painters. I moved to the words next by outlining them with my Micron pen, making lines thicker as I moved over each word. Next, using the line painters again, I began dropping paint around the page and blowing areas to spread the ink and turn the journal page in different directions to get paint drips down the eye like tear drops. As a final step, with my line painters once again, I sketched in geometric style lines to unify the colors. This was the first time I used Derwent’s Graphik Line painters. While they were totally messy, I had an absolute blast using them. They definitely allowed me to let go and have fun with creating this entry.

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Bonus Flashback Friday: St. Joseph, October 5th 2014

Earlier this evening I posted a journal entry that remembered our concert with Warpaint which was part 2 of a wonderful day my husband spent together as we traveled back from our trip in Michigan. As we made our way home from our annual ‘fall color tour’ of Michigan, this year we unexpectedly stopped in the quaint lakeside town of St. Joseph for lunch. We were pleasantly surprised to discover how absolutely gorgeous this town is as it is nestled on top of Lake Michigan.

On this particular day we were experiencing a small Indian summer with temperatures near 70 degrees. It was just warm enough for us to explore the quiet streets of St. Joseph and all the lovely shops that lined the street. It was very picturesque as couples walked down the avenue arm-in-arm as maple leaves slowly dropped from passing trees. The sunlight glistened ever so gently through the afternoon air.

We ending up walking past all of the shops down to the pier that lead out to the lake. The lake was so beautiful in the setting sun as seagulls gently floated upon the breeze. This sketch (while not one of my best) captures the mood I felt that day.

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Until next post…

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Flashback Friday: August 23rd 2014

So here we are again for our last Friday in August. The weather in midwest is starting to cool off and fall is right around the corner. But summer is not over yet. There is a plethora of festivals and events celebrating the end of summer. Even Starbucks rolled out two new fruit frappuccino blends to close out the season. What are you planning for last days of summer? Maybe you are attending a festival, music concert, or fitness event. Or maybe you are just trying to squeeze in one more swim at the local pool before they close Labor Day weekend. Whatever it is you do to celebrate be sure enjoy every moment before the cold sets in!

ArtJournal 14Speaking of celebrating the end of summer, that’s exactly what I was doing around this time last year. First up in this memory trip was a very fun fitness event my husband Chris attended on August 23rd, 2014. The MS Muck Fest! Oh boy did my husband get dirty! He ran, climbed and dodged his way through inventive obstacles. Afterwards, his team had to hide out in a tent as a torrential storm swept it’s way through the area. Muddy and wet, my sweet Chris made his way home to me with a smile on his face and full of stories of the time he spent at the event. Suffice to say he had a blast for a good cause.

ArtJournal 15Ironically my second journal entry occurred that very same evening. To celebrate my husband’s victory of conquering the muddy obstacle course, we spent the evening with our then soon to be married friends Allison and Ian. We attended a Naper Nights music concert which is located right in the heart of Naperville at the Naperville Settlement. First up was a cool Rolling Stones tribute band named ‘Tumbling Dice’. I will say the the lead singer of this tribute band definitely had “Moves like Mick Jagger”- totally hot!

While Tumbling Dice definitely rocked the park, by far my favorite musically act of the night was an 80’s tribute band called ‘Sixteen Candles’. This band had it all! They played nothing but my favorite tunes from the 1980″s all while maintaining a frenzied synchronized dance pace. They were so lively and energetic; they had the entire settlement grooving to their beats! I had so much fun. I even got up to dance right in front of the stage. They were simply an amazing band who didn’t miss a step. I would so “totally” see them again.

Well, this wraps up this week’s memories of August last year. I hope you enjoyed my little trip down memory lane.

Until next post!

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Black Hills Majesty, Part 3

South_Dakota_Tangle_3Talk about a super-long time to wait for a conclusion of a story! As I talked about in the proceeding post, I was MIA for over six months. I hid myself away from the world and took a very long hiatus from all things digital.

Now that I am back, I thought I shouldn’t leave this story unfinished and finally unveil the last chapter of our South Dakota trip we took this past May. So here it is the final chapter of our trip! At least this story will inspire images of what spring can look like once it gets here…

In Part 2 of our South Dakota trip I spoke about bees, trees and other things. Now we come to the final day of our trip.

We spent our last morning packing up and preparing breakfast when we discovered the bees were not done with us yet! (cue ominous music)

While eating our little farewell breakfast in our cabin, lo-and-behold, a little bugger came buzzing on by. By now, I was completely paranoid about getting stung, so I promptly told my husband, “Good Luck” and dashed into the bathroom to take a shower.

While happily showering away my husband announces through the door that he can’t find the bee. As I peaked my head out the shower, I discover much to my horror, that the bee followed me right inside the bathroom! WTF!@!@!!!

PS. My fear of bees are not completely unfounded since I happen to be allergic to them…

So, as I cowered in the shower with the curtain shut tight,  my husband took care of the the little peeping tom.

So without further ado, I dressed quickly, while my husband rapidly finished packing the car, we took one last look at our little cabin from outside and spirited away before another bee could rear it’s ugly head.

I will say that once we started driving away, I started feeling blue that it was our last day in such a beautiful area.

As the sun began to fully rise, we took one last look and photo moment at Mt. Rushmore. It was simply breath-taking as the sun glinted off the trees just striking our national monument.

We continued on our way through South Dakota on the road home. On our way, we visited Fort Hayes which is the reconstructed movie site from the film “Dances with Wolves”. There we were treated to a old-fashioned pancake breakfast served in tin plates with an old-time piano man playing western style tunes in the background. It was quaint and peaceful. We took plenty of photos before leaving the movie site.

We couldn’t leave South Dakota without one more trip through the Bad Lands. Even in the harsh afternoon light it is one of the most awesome sites to behold. I definitely shed a tear or two before leaving this area.

From that point forward, we jetted down the highway to make up the miles before we stayed overnight at hotel before making the last leg of our trip. It was here that I created the last tangle for the trip. I think by then I was at peace so my tile reflects the mood I was in.

We left the hotel int he morning with only one destination in mind – home. The miles and states seem to blur together before we finally pulled up to our little abode. “No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home.” ― L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

BTW – unpacking sucks.

Before I part ways from this story I thought I share some last photos from our trip:

In conclusion, this was by far one of the most magical trips we have taken together. We created wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.

Thanks for sharing in our adventure.

Until next post.

Tangles Used: Flux, Tat, Lazy Eights, Fescu, Mooka, and Tipple.

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Still Here

imageI find it ironic that every couple of months I fall off the face of the planet only come back to apologize and vow never do it again. LOL

Life is never that simple.

I realize this is one of my longest breaks ever since starting this blog and I feel bad that I have not been true to myself. Being true to myself means I realize how much I actually get out of blogging. It’s not about sharing my artwork or my little journeys. It’s about taking the time to write. It’s therapeutic in a way that I can’t get from anything else in my life. Including creating art.

My absence is mostly due to the break-in that happened to us in early November. While I am very grateful we didn’t lose everything, we did lose one thing that was very important to us – our computer. It may not seem like much, but I stored everything on there- photos, memories, writings, my art. The thief took all of it. We had no back up, the only the things we still have is what we shared online.

I hate the fact that we were violated this way and had our lives turned upside down for a period of time. But that is how it goes sometimes. We have to cry, get mad, get over it and move on. I will admit, I pouted over our loss for quite some time. I didn’t want to have anything to do with any computer; including blogging. But I realize now, how much I miss it. I started finally blogging yesterday on my knitting-spinning blog. And you know what? It felt really good to start sharing again. So good in fact that I wanted to start blogging on my art blog too.

So here I am finally, ready to post and share again. Life moves on and I am still here.

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Black Hills Majesty, Part 2

 

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As promised, I am continuing from my last blog post which regale’s the time we spent in South Dakota this past May.

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Harney’s Peak

Our trip through the Black Hills of South Dakota was extremely memorable. On my husband’s birthday, we climbed to the top of the highest peaks in the hills known has Harney Peak.

Harney’s Peak entails 7 miles round-trip of gorgeous trails with stunning vistas and furry creatures of all sorts. The peak stands at 7,242 in elevation with a structure built at the top of the summit where you can witness the glory of the hills for miles on end.

During the first half of our trip the weather was quite cool and rainy. There was even point in time during our hike we experienced raw nature as it hailed on us! There is nothing like bolting down a trail through rain and hail – let me tell you!

Another part of our trip included winding roads through the hills and forests where you can see many unique rock formations and man-made ones like Mount Rushmore. One of our most treasured National monuments is certainly something to behold as the sun rises over the hills in the morning; simply breath-taking!

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Mount Rushmore

Unfortunately,our trip wasn’t all fun and games though.

As the days began to heat up, a most un-welcomed surprise waited for us back at the cabin – bees! We swatted and ran around our cabin like crazy people. The bees apparently just loved us city-folk, they just wouldn’t leave us alone. Our cabin neighbors must have laughed at our silliness as we ran in and out of our cabin waving our hands above our heads. What a sight we must have made!

We eventually managed to get things under control where we could somewhat relax through the evening. To calm down from the bee invasion, I managed to create another Zentangle tile. Upon reflection, I think the bees had an influence on what tangles I chose for my drawing that day. There definitely seems to be a buzz-like theme to my tile – what do you think?

Well, this concludes part 2 of my South Dakota Trip. Stay tuned once again tomorrow as I unveil the last leg of our trip.

Until next post…

Tangles Used: Crescent Moon Variation, Yincut, Knightsbridge, Beeline, Florz, and Rain.

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Quick Update and a promise…

Okay readers. Enough is enough. I need to stop knitting and start creating more art!

I know I am tough on myself, and I logically know I have been truly up to my ears in knitting projects since April. I just haven’t made my other passion important enough. If you are curious about what I have been doing since April, feel free to visit  my other blog dnknits.wordpress.com.

A couple of posts ago, I alluded to needing more balance between my two passions so the moment has finally arrived… my vacation starts tomorrow!

Yeah!

This may be a lofty goal during my vacation, but I really want to get back to finishing the last day of my One Zentangle a Day challenge that I keep  putting off, creating more Zentangle tiles…daily, and draw more in my visual journal. Lofty again, I know…

So it is my hope that this vacation brings relaxation and art focus back into my life. It is a great time to re-charge my batteries and reflect what is truly important in life.

So before I go, I wanted to leave you with the one and only journal entry I have made since April…

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Until next post…

 

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She’s Crafty

My niece is so talented. Take a look at what she has done!

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What you are looking at is some really talented clay art that my oldest niece, Amanda, made recently. I am especially proud of her crafts. She and her sisters love the new game out there called minecraft. Personally, it’s not for me. But what I have gathered is that it is the LEGOS for our new generation of virtual, iPhone and computer using kids nowadays. Everything is techno. It’s basically a sandbox without getting dirty. It inspires creativity and a way to feel proud of something you can build or invent for others to check out and enjoy. What else can I say? Whether I like a game or not….I can appreciate the idea and ways to escape the burdens of school, stress and to simply have fun!

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