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Flashback Friday: Fall Color Tour 2015 #art #ink #fall #calligraphy #robertfrost

Every year we visit Michigan to experience Autumn in all of its glory. Last year was no exception to the abundance of fall colors all around. Similar to years past we took our time driving through the Michigan area stopping frequently to take photos. There is nothing like lovely long drives amidst the beautiful fall color with apple cider donuts, tea, coffee and family for company.artjournal_4_10

I am reminded of a poem by Robert Frost that speaks perfectly of this time of year:

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October
BY ROBERT FROST
O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.

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Let us be still and take this poem in.

Until next post…

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Flashback Friday: A Beautiful Life #art #ink #quote

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For once, my art journal entry says it all for me. Beautiful is Life.

Until next post…

PS. Page was created using Dylusions Ink, Dylusions stencil, Sakura Micron Pens and Derwent Graphik Paint Liner in black.

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Flashback Friday: Art, Music and fun #art #music# ink #collage #NapervilleIL

September is that wonderful time of year that merges the warmth of summer with the promise of fall. It is the time of year where the last of the warm weather festivals take place. Around this time last year we attended Naperville’s annual art walk. It is one of my favorite festivals to attend. There is so much to se see and do. Live orchestrated music floats through the air as passerby’s comment on their favorite artwork. The weather was beautiful that day similar to to years past. I enjoyed walking the stretches along the Riverwalk seeing all the wonderful art.

To capture this event, I did something a little different for my art journal. Instead of drawing out a scene like I normally do, this time I decided I would take small photocopies of some of the favorite pieces I saw in the art guide and make a collage out of them. For the back ground I used Dylusions ink spray and my micron pen I used for the title.  Overall this was a wonderful way to capture the day and I will forever have fond memories associated with the event.

Till next post…

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Flashback Friday: A Canary Song brings Joy #art # ink #canary #pets

ArtJournal_4_4It’s the simplest things in life that are worth celebrating the most. This Flashback Friday post is proof that the smallest things can bring us the most joy. It’s hard to believe that our little pet canary, who we lovingly named Kernel Sanders, has been with us for a year. Who knew such a small creature could bring so much joy and life to our home? For the past year we have listened to our little guy fill our home with his cheery little songs, watched his funny antics as he splashed in his bath, and hop around his cage like a mad birdie while music played in the background which I think this is his way of dancing.

Kernel has watched us from his cage during the happiest of times and some of our saddest moments this year. Regardless of the moments we had, he happily chirped away in his cage often bringing comfort and companionship during those heart-wrenching moments.

I am so appreciative of our per canary and the smiles he continues to invoke in us. Sure he can be messy and get water all over the place when he is taking a bath, but these are such minor annoyances compared what he has given us. So I dedicate this entry to our smallest companion best little pal – Kernel Sanders.

A LITTLE ABOUT THIS ART JOURNAL PAGE

This journal page came together very quickly for me. I started out using Dylusions ink sprays for the background and used both white and black Stabilo’s All Pencil to sketch our new addition on the page. I loved the distressed look of the ink and pencil so much, I decided that once I added the wording that I was done. It just felt right.This journal page came together very quickly for me. I started out using Dylusions ink sprays for the background and used both white and black Stabilo’s All Pencil to sketch our new addition on the page. I loved the distressed look of the ink and pencil so much, I decided that once I added the wording that I was done. It just felt right.

So this concludes another FlashBack Friday. Until nex post…

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Flashback Friday: Day at the beach #art #pastel #beach

ArtJournal_4_3I think I love reminiscing. One of the best things about my weekly journal is the fact that I have a permanent record of the activities and memories I have made throughout my life. I have something tangible that I can hold and look through. Not only am I remember the times that I am depicting, but I am also remembering the time I spent creating each entry – it’s magical.

Today’s entry takes me back to a time in my life that I didn’t have many worries. Around this time last year we decide to take a mini vacation to Zion IL to the lovely beach area that awaited there. Zion’s Illinois Beach Resort sits right along the beach that allows it’s visitor’s glorious views of Lake Michigan.

I remember that we had a wonderful dinner at the lakeside restaurant followed by a night walk along the beach. The following morning we took a long hike through the beach along the boardwalk seeing such sites as old abandoned stone beach houses, birds in flight and a glowing sunrise. On our way back we had a near-scare when we came across a very poisonous looking snake that clearly did not want us around. I practically ran back to the hotel and away from the slithering danger that was hissing at us.

Once we checked out of the hotel we headed over to Great America for another fun-filled day of coasters, food and other delights. By the evening we were exhausted but fully satisfied from our wonderful little getaway. While our trip to Zion was only one small part in our mini vacation it was the one event that stuck out most in my memory.

At home when it was time to journal about our adventures I decided to crack open my rarely used pastel set. The soft hues and colors lent itself well to the beach environment that I wanted to grace the page. Before applying the pastel, I had some Dylusions Ink Spray on the page that was leftover as an accident form my previous entry.  I wasn’t sure of what the pastel would look like over the ink, but I decided to go with it anyway.  More often then not, I am not always happy with the results of the art that I am working on and complete but in this circumstance I loved the resulting effect when I combined the ink spray with pastel.

All in all, this was a fun entry for me and a nice walk down memory lane.

Until next time…

 

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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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