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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 🙂

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

 

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Flashback Friday: Spring is Here! #art #ink #spring

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Looking back at this past week it does feel like spring – doesn’t it? Apparently I felt the same way this time last year OR maybe it was wishful thing at the time… Regardless, spring always feel like a welcome change after staying cooped up in our houses all winter long.

Like many critters that roam the earth, we start to come out of our little holes and spread our wings as we emerge from our winter hibernation. Some people go for long walks, while others run. I myself love doing both. Just breathing in that fresh air can do wonders to your mood, lift your spirits and place a pleasant smile on your face.

Springtime is also synonymous with the blooming season. Even now where I work, little stray wild flowers are beginning to poke through the ground with small bursts of color. It is wonderful! I love watching things bloom all around me. I adore even seeing simple grass makes its transition to dull brown to a lush green. With all the color coming alive around me, I can’t help but admire this season!

This entry pays tribute to all things spring; the color, the flowers, the lovey green fields and all the people I see enjoying it. My sketch is inspired by artist Lisa Congdon from her drawing class hosted by CreativebugSketchbook Exploration” . While my drawing is inspired by her class, I infused my own flavor into this sketch by using my own preferred art material, namely my favorite Derwent Inktense Blocks, and added my own twist to some of the hand-drawn flowers. I hope you take some time this upcoming week to look all around and experience the wonder of season. You may become inspired enough to draw or write about it.

Until next post…

Materials Used: Derwent Inktense Blocks, Sakura Pigma Micron Pen, Pilot Parallels Pen, Koi Water brush

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Forgotten Flashback: Jan 18th 2015 #art #ink #summer #dnartcorner

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In the bleakness of a January winter all you want is to feel a summer breeze and the warmth of the sun on your face. This is how I felt last January in the midst of all that snow and cold winds that whipped around me.  Its those long winter days that make me dream of warmer weather and the wish for it to come sooner rather than later. 

On the bright side, even now as I am writing this, spring is around the corner and warmer times are just around the bend. I can almost feel it!  So let’s bring on the good cheer cause spring is almost here!

Till next post…

Materials used: Derwent Inktense, Koi Water Brush,  and accidental splatter from another page 🙂

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Flashback Friday Comeback: Feb 18th #art #mixedmedia #dnartcorner

Long time no see… It’s been awhile since my last post. Alas, I have been plagued with cold-tArtJournal045hen-flu which had me out of the loop for a long while. I am been slowly starting to feel human again. While I have been away the weeks have been zipping on by. Many Fridays have come and gone without a single post. But I am here to say today. No more! I will get back on track and I will resume my Flashback Friday postings.

In this upcoming week I will begin posting all the Flashback Friday posts I have missed. First up I will start this week’s post before I get further behind. Without further ado…

This was a very fun and inspiration entry that came from a webinar workshop I attended from Cloth-Paper-Scissors last year. This particular webinar featured special guest mixed-media artist Dina Wakley best known for her books “Art Journal Courage” series.

I really loved attending this session and gained much inspiration from the included video tutorials. This entry is my version of one of the tutorials that using some of her suggestions and some of my own favorite art tools like Derwent’s Graphik liners and Dylusions ink sprays. I encourage you to check out this article that shows how to re-create your own version of this piece.

Stay tuned as I unveil all of my “Forgotten” Flashbacks over the next week or so. Thanks for sticking with me!

Until next post…

🙂

 

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Flashback Friday: Dec 25th 2014 #art #mixedmedia #dnartcorner

“It came without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes or bags!… Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! “Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more!” ~Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

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Merry Christmas to everyone who has every supported me in my life. You mean more to me than you’ll ever know. May you and yours find something a little bit more this Christmas than just packages and bows. All my best- Denielle

Materials used: Derwent Colorsoft Pencils, Derwent Graphik Line Painter

The process: As I typically do, I start with a very light pencil sketch to layout the design. For this one, I used a photo reference of a real poinsettia. I began filling in the background with a bright but soft yellow. Next I worked on the poinsettia blooms, starting with the lightest red shade and working in layers I applied pressure to create the richer red shaded areas. I used the same technique for the green leaves and the vines. Along the vines I journaled my feelings of the season with a recorded date. As a final touch, I used my red line painter to say “Merry Christmas” which made the wording pop from the page. I don’t often work with colored pencils, but working on this entry made me appreciate this flexible and fun art medium.

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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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Flashback Friday: August 17, 2014

Greetings readers!

I almost totally forgot to post my journal entries today! Well, the day is not over and we have plenty of sunshine left to the evening. For this post, I have two journal entries to share that happened around this time last year in August. First up is my little drawing of our favorite vacation spot in Michigan.

ArtJournal 12My father-in-law has a lovely cottage nestled in the heart of Bass Lake near Greenville, Michigan that we loving call “The Coasts of Gowen”. I remember that while the day was warm you could sense the oncoming of the fall season. This particular scene was drawn after a late afternoon of relaxing by the beach near the brand new fire pit that my father-in-law just put in. My father-in-law is a DIY whiz in case you were wondering…

I love that I have a nice way to remember our time spent at the cottage in Michigan. Our memories of our vacations here are always wonderful because of the quality time spent with our family. I look forward to going back real soon.

On a completely different note, the next entry shows off the more humorous side of my art. This particular drawing was done to prove to my husband that we watched the movie ‘Twister” on August 17, 2014. You see, my husband didn’t believe me when I said that it has been a while that we watched the film. At the time, I really wanted to watch it again but he was on the fence because we watched it ‘recently’. While I admit that we have watched the movie together several times, it had been a couple of years since we watched it last, but I had no way to prove it. So this time I decided I would record the event for ‘posterity’ a.k.a. prove my husband wrong the next time I want to watch the film.

So here is my little humorous drawing that pays homage to on of my favorite films.

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Flashback Friday Kick-off Week!: July 28-30th

Welcome back to my Flashback Friday Kick-off Week!

Now we are starting to get into the heart of my journal with the very start of my year – my birthday!ArtJournal 3 The first entry highlights in an abstract way the elated feelings I have around my birthday. The drawing technique is a Zentangle inspired pattern “Tumbleweed” brought to you by my favorite artist Helen Williams from ‘a little lime‘ blog site. The drawing was colored using my favorite medium from Derwent – Inktense blocks and pencils!

ArtJournal 4My second journal entry for July 30th is also inspired by Helen’s amazing artwork is my version of her patterned flower found in her ebook “Flips, Folds, Ribbon and String“. Her book is amazing with very clear instructions on how to re-create the drawings within her book which also includes links to step-by-step videos.

While both entries are from inspirations rather than original artwork. They both allowed be to break the “blank page syndrome” that plagues the start of my journals. In general the journal is more about exploration of different techniques and found inspiration then trying to capture something original on my pages. This way I stop procrastinating and just practice having fun creating art. That is what art is all about – having fun!

Thanks for stopping by! Until tomorrow…

 

Posted in One Zentangle A Day, Pen & Ink

Day Thirty Seven, Creation Thirty Seven

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I will say up front starting from day thirty six, and including today’s creation, that all of these current challenges required some minor research and purchasing some materials. With that said, what an awesome challenge this was!

Day Thirty Seven’s challenge asked us to gather some material together to create a mono Zentangle print. Now I will admit, I was put-off from this challenge because of the suggested method and materials required to create a mono print. I knew there were easier methods out there back from my college days, so I took at brief cruise around the internet to find the perfect method for me.

I stumbled across a mono printing demo from Derwent Pencils using their awesome Inktense blocks. After watching the brief demo, I was immediately hooked on the method. The demo they showed was using their Print Making set, but unfortunately all the art stores around me were sold out of the kit. To work around this problem, I took another look at what was in their kit and found that I could replicate most everything in the kit with what I had at home. Here is a list of supplies I gathered:

1. Gray Foam Craft Sheet
2. Set of Inktense Blocks
3. Embossing tool
4. Brayer
5. Water bottle spritzer

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Since I knew I would be printing on 3.5″ square tiles, I made sure I cut down my gray foam sheet into a 3″ square. With my embossing tool, I drew a simple tangle patterns using a new tangle called “Warmth” and an old standby “Florz”. Mono printing requires you to use very simple design, so I kept to just two tangles for this creation.

The rest of the process is very similar to the one you see in this Derwent Pencils demo:

This was such a great experience that I am totally in love with process. After creating my first print, I still had so much color still left on the gray foam block that I was able to reprint two more tiles:

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As you can see, each tile is different from the next one. I guess that is what I love most about this process. You just don’t know what you will get once you remove paper from your printing block. I had some much fun with this process and this was incredibly easy to do. I may post a video tutorial in the near future on my exact process, but I hope I explained this well enough that you can try this method for yourselves.

Well, it’s time to go for now. I hope you enjoyed this post and mini tutorial.

Until next tomorrow…

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Day Thirty Five, Creation Thirty Five

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What an awesome Zendala challenge this was! The last two Zendala creations focused on two very different template styles. The first one had an organic style and the second one was very geometric in nature. Today’s creation  incorporated both organic curves and geometric shapes for one awesome combination.

To start this tile, I knew I wanted to use color, so I brought out my relatively new Gelly Roll Sakura pens and started tangling away. I began with a favorite tangle call Isochor and added Tipple to the smaller open areas. I then used my absolute favorite tangle Betweed for the center area. For shading I used my Derwent Inktense pencils and added water to each area to awaken the ink.

The colors I choose was in hopes that spring is around the corner and that this perpetual winter will soon end. I encourage you to create your own creation in honor of spring. Together we will put an end to winter! YAH!

Until next post…

Posted in One Zentangle A Day, Pen & Ink

Day Thirty, Creation Thirty

The day has finally arrived. Today I will be posting my very first tangle I ever created! Without further ado…I would like to introduce my new tangle called “Lazy Eights”!

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This fun new tangle was inspired by my One Zentangle a Day, Day Thirty challenge. For this day, I was asked to use my practice journal and start doodling different patterns and designs to come up with a new tangle. After a couple of weeks and several attempts, I finally came up with one that I am proud to call my own. By the way, I did research prior to posting this that my tangle does not duplicate any existing tangles already created that I am aware of. With that said, with all the numerous sites and creative tanglers out on the web, there is always a chance that someone else came up with a similar tangle. Please feel free to gently burst my bubble if you are aware of a similar tangle.

How did I go about creating this tangle you ask?

Lazy Eights is a very simple tangle that uses a simple figure eight drawn line repeated in two directions; one vertical and one horizontal. Doing this creates a little flower-like bloom. Lines are drawn from the center outward as an added flair to each of the open petals. As a final touch I added a dot in the center of each bloom to complete the look of a flower. Once you complete one bloom, you just simply keep repeating the Lazy Eights pattern to fill in the empty spaces. As you can see you can create very small blooms to very big blooms which gives a nice variation to this tangle. As the name implies I was inspired to create this tangle using the most basic number I learned as a child – the number eight! Hope you enjoy using this new tangle as much as I do.

Here is my day thirty creation that features my new tangle Lazy Eights! Accompanying my new tangle are some old favorites; Betweed and Tipple.

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The tile background was created using a watercolor wash using yellow and greens. After the tile completely dried, I added my string and started filling in the spaces with my chosen tangles.

For the shadows I used a deep-green Derwent Inktense pencil followed by a light water brush to awaken the ink. I really ended up liking my new tangle a lot and look forward to using it again in future tiles. If you like this pattern as much as I do and would like to download the pattern card, please follow this link Lazy Eights Tangle Pattern which will take you to a new section of my site were I will begin posting any new patterns I create.

Thanks for waiting patiently while I worked on creating this tangle. Hope it was worth the wait!

Until next post…