Flashback Friday: New Year, New Day #art #ink #birthday

ArtJournal_4-2Did you ever have that moment of when you finally have to time to sit down and write when this happens…. Nothing.

It can be frustrating to look forward to something all day and not think of a single thing to say when the moment arrives. Obviously even as I am writing this I am certainly saying something but not what I originally intended.

Now where was I? Oh, right- I am supposed to be writing up this blog post šŸ™‚

This is my first Flashback Friday post since April. As I indicated in my previous entry it has been a very rough couple of months. But today I am focusing on the “new”. Just last week I celebrated my birthday and wouldn’t you know it another year has come and gone in a blink of an eye. I traditionally close out the year with finishing the last entry in my art journal before cracking open a new one.  Today I am unveiling the first entry in a year long journey of self art discovery, precious moments, celebrations, losses and even grief. 

For me my year always starts on my birthday. After all, our birthday is just a way to mark the year that has already gone by. Each year I start my journal with optimistic hope for the year ahead not knowing what lays before me. My first entry is just that – a page full of hope for the coming year and the excitement it can bring. The title of this entry still rings true to me today as it did a year ago.. Today indeed is a New Day and New Year. I look forward to showing you my past year on each Friday

Until next post…

Materials used: Dylusions Ink sprays and Derwent Graphik Paint Liners



Flashback Friday: Nov. 2nd, 2014 #art #ink #mixedmedia #dnartcorner

Hello readers!

Thanks for continuing to follow me and my antics over the past year. Historically, I am terrible at posting my entries regularly, but I feel for now that I am on the right track in posting ‘almost’ weekly. At least I am not waiting several months between posts like I was šŸ™‚

Anywho – today’s entry is something I put together toĀ help remember the day we celebrated my sister’s birthday. It was a small butĀ delightfulĀ surprise party that was held at a local family restaurant. What’s there not to love about a surprise party? Food, family and love was plentiful and my sister certainly seemed to enjoy the event. As I look at this entry, I adoreĀ being able to capture events in my journal. It’s a lovely way to remember the events of the past year and gives me an excuse to create something creative and special to share.

Art Journal 27

In the spirit of sharing, I thought I would start givingĀ a brief overview on my process of creating each journal entry and the materials I use. I am not one to keep ideas secret, so If you are ever curious about a particular technique or material I used, please feel free to comment and ask.

Materials used: Ranger Mini Distress Inks, Sakura Gelly Roll Pens, Derwent Inktense Pencils, Sakura Pigma Micron Pen

The process: This journal page began with a simple sketch of an opened present and the words ‘surprise’ drawn lightly in pencil. Using mini Distress inks, I began applying color using a circular blender in the background starting with light yellows and then moving to robust oranges. I used a stencil to create the sun light raysĀ coming out of the box and used paint dabbers to stamp theĀ pink, red and orange Ā dots. I then outlined the present and words with my Sakura Pigma pen. The present was colored using Derwent Inktense pencils, and Sakura Gelly Roll Pens. As a final touch I used a Sakura Pigma pen to scribble my thoughts about the day’s events.

Flashback Friday: July 28th 2012

Hey! What’s going on here? Two blog posts in one day? Wow!

Welcome to my new weekly event I have self titled as “Flashback Fridays”. Starting this week, I will begin posting entries from my visual journal that happened in the past.

My first post documents a very special day for me- my birthday! As you can see from my journal page, a lot took place in one day. Breakfast with my husband, special gifts received, unique moments that all led up to a surprise party!

I love remembering all the great events that took place. I hope you enjoy this special post.

Until next time…