Flashback Friday: Festival of the Vine #art #ink #wine #GenevaIL

artjournal_4_6Nothing could be more beautiful than a sunny day, wine and good company. That’s exactly what happened last year on September 12th. I remember the day had a slight chill to the air with the promise of fall just around the corner. I finally decided I would use my spa gift certificate I received for my birthday. With a new color on my nails and wonderful new haircut I was well on my way to awesome day. This was also the first day I wore my hand-knitted t-shirt sweater I worked on all-summer-long. It was a gorgeous orange cantaloupe color. I even had a matching silk scarf with a hint of teal that I picked up in Galena, IL the previous week. Everything was coming together; it was just one of those perfect days.

With my new look in place, my husband and I made our way to Geneva, IL to experience the “Festival of the Vine” that they hold every year. All the shops in Geneva partake in this event by offering either food or their own wine tastings. We headed to our favorite destination “The Little Traveller” located off of 3rd St in the downtown district. While there were plenty of people, the atmosphere was pleasant since most everyone was relaxed from all the wine tastings.

I remember experiencing many different wines and had most fun picking out the “one” that we would take home to enjoy. Walking hand-in-hand we strolled down the streets and took in all the sights and sounds of the festival. Later, we had a lovely dinner at home that evening which rounded out the perfect day we had together.

To celebrate this event, I wanted to make sure I captured the day in my journal to chronicle our time together. It is amazing what a simple visual journal entry can offer to me over a year later. I simply just look at an entry a recall all the wonderful moments that inspired the creation of the page. I even remember taking the time to pick out certain distress inks that would give the background of the page an aged fresco look that spoke of wine and song. To round out the journal I drew in a wine bottle and grapes that I colored in using Derwent Inktense pencils. I also choose to use my newfound faux calligraphy skills that I was practicing on around that time to place as a focal point on the page.

I can’t think of a better way to memorialize a moment in time that stays as a perfect day in my memory. I hope this post inspires you to start journaling your life and memories too.

Until next post…


Bonus Flashback Friday: Sept 13 Break-in! #art #ink #dnartcorner

Not sure if I would entirely call this post a bonus, but after all the birthday celebrations were said and done last year a terrible thing happened to us on the evening of November, 13th that same week. After a wonderful dinner in Sycamore, we came home to discover our apartment was broken into.

I cannot fully express the chills that went through me as we saw our front door frame shattered in pieces with light spilling out onto the front lawn. We called the police who were there in no time. After they gave us the all clear, we were allowed to survey the damage. In many respects were very fortunate. Most of our possessions were untouched with one exception – our computer.

While this may not seem like a big deal, in an unfortunate twist of events we were in the process of researching a backup for our computer. The thief took all of our photos, videos and memories with the computer with no way of getting any of it back. Suffice to say I was devastated by the loss and still at times today feel very sad of what we cannot get back. My mom said something very wise at the time, while we cannot get back the memories we have lost we can only go forward and create new ones.

It took many weeks of staring at a blank journal page before I created this entry. I knew I wanted to get my feelings of the event on paper but I wasn’t sure how until my husband posted a JK Rowling’s quote on Facebook. It was then that I knew what I wanted to do for my journal page and I think it says it all:

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

The process: I started with a light pencil sketch of the treasure chest and sandy floor. For the background I used Ranger Mini Distress inks in hues of brown, gold and purple. Using a soft makeup sponge, I blended the inks in a circular motion starting with the darkest colors then shifting subtly to the lighter ones. With my Sakura black and sepia micron pens, I went over the pencil sketched lines and added chocolate shadows to the treasure chest. With a white Sakura white Gelly Roll pen I wrote out the JK Rowling’s quote. Since the distress inks are water-based and reactive, the Gelly Roll pen picked up subtle colors from the background for a ghost-like appearance. While the subject of the journal page saddened me, I ended up liking the way this entry came together and perfectly depicts how I felt at the time.

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 🙂

Anywho – today’s entry is something I put together to help remember the day we celebrated my sister’s birthday. It was a small but delightful 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 adore 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.

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In the spirit of sharing, I thought I would start giving 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 rays coming out of the box and used paint dabbers to stamp the pink, red and orange  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.