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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: 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: Sing Your Song #art #ink #markers

Everyday brings its own set of challenges that defines us. Some of these challenges can make us strong, make us wiser, and teach us to be okay with ourselves. Some days we are awesome at conquering these challenges, while other challenges can tear us down. Yet even though we can be brought down, we can rise again stronger than ever because we have learned that by falling, we can still survive.

If you haven’t guessed by now, I am having one of those challenging weeks. Yet I am still here. I am surviving.  I have learned this week that even though someone can pass from your life onto the next, that the loved ones that are left behind can come together to remember them, to share in grief, sorrow and memories. What comes from these times is knowledge that we affect the people in our lives in such a way that we can never truly understand until their gone or about to leave.

This week brought me the news that my great aunt Mae passed away in the night. She was a bright spot in this world and I was so saddened to hear her light is no longer shining in this life. I will miss her dearly and wish I had a chance to tell her so. But this sad news was accompanied by even sadder news that our beloved Grandma Noe’s health is failing and that it may be a matter of days before she leaves us too.

My mind and heart have been slow to come to grips with these heartbreaking events. I wasn’t even sure if I would post this entry today. The cheery little bird I drew last year seemed to be mocking me. Yet here I am writing this post, still breathing, still surviving in the only way I know how – being myself. So today’s life lesson is this: “Be true to yourself, sing your own song and live life to it’s fullest.” If you do, the legacy you leave behind will be the thing that binds your loved ones together in the face of sadness.

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I dedicate this in loving tribute to my great aunt Mae who left a wonderful legacy in this life by the family and friends her life touched. And to grandma Jean Noe, though while her song has yet to end I hope and pray she finds peace in her final hours. 

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Flashback Friday: Concert with Colin Hay #art #pastel #colinhay

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I had so much fun creating this particular entry. Almost as much fun as I had attending the concert this is in tribute to. Colin Hay is a wonderful singer and song writer. If you have been following my blog for a while you will know that my husband and I love to attend concerts together. Colin Hay by far puts out one of the best concerts we attend to date. By this entry, this would be the third time we have see Colin Hay. The event took place at the City Winery in Chicago. The venue featured dine-in style seating pairing you with mystery table guests.

While this could be off-putting for some, my husband and I got along very well with our table mates; enjoying wine, appetizers and lovely conversation. The main event though was our entertainer of the evening, Colin Hay. He delighted us with music, storytelling and even humor. The man is “very” funny and engaging. His new album was the focal point of his set but still incorporated some favorites from his other independent albums and music from his time with “Men at Work”.

This was a wonderful evening that I will never forget and look forward to seeing if he visits Chicago again soon.

Until next post…

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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 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: 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.

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Flashback Friday: September 13th 2014

Ah…. September 13th. What a lovely day this was last year. The weather was that beautiful kind of warm that you just wanted to bask in. It was also the perfect kind of day to experience a wedding.
This entry pays homage to one of the most sacred events that a man and women can take together. The day they say “I do”. This was the much anticipated wedding day of our cousin Beth and now husband Mark.

The location of their wedding was the secluded beach front area in Zion, Illinois with a glorious view of Lake Michigan. Surrounded by family and friends we watched as they exchanged vows and professed their love to the world.

This was one day that contained very special moments and was filled with heart warming memories. I for one was very glad to be witnessed to the beginning of their journey together. Even now as I write this, our dear cousins are now expecting their first baby boy. I am so happy for them both and wish them the best of luck as the move forward onto the next stage in the path of life…

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Forgotten Flashbacks: August 31, 2014

Sorry Dear Readers,

My bad, I totally forgot to post my Flashback Fridays these past two weeks! Like most people, life at times can be very hectic and get in the way of our dreams and goals no matter what our intentions.

Well to get back on track, I decided to create a new section to my Journal Corner called “Forgotten Flashbacks”. Since I am trying to post my entries weekly, at times, like during these past two Fridays, I may not be able to post them or just plain forget to. Instead of forgetting them and moving on, I will post any forgotten entries in this new section.

So without further ado, here is my forgotten entry from August 31st.

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This entry depicts my day at Great America at the end of August. In the land of Illinois, going to Great America can be a really fun thing to do. If you have not heard of Great America, it is a really big amusement park located in Gurnee. In August last year, my husband Chris and I decided it was time to get Season passes that would last all the way until this October. Our only downfall was picking the busiest day of the year to visit the park. Lots of people = less fun 😦

Despite the super crowds, we obtained our season passes and managed to ride several classic roller coasters and other thrilling rides. I remember the day was warm but had a beautiful breeze as the sun began to set. I hope you enjoy my little illustration of this memorable day.

Until next post…

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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 Kickoff Week!: August 2-3, 2014

Welcome to the third day of my Flashback Friday Kickoff Week!

ArtJournal 5Ahh…this was a wonderful memory! Running for chocolate! My niece and I participated in a 5K Chocolate run that was held in Chicago. I remember the day was warm but had a beautiful cool breeze that swept off the lakefront. The route was nicely laid out with lots of chocolate stops along the way. Yum! This was the first time that both her and I ran together in a 5K. She did a wonderful job keeping up with everyone who ran the course. I was so proud of her and was glad to have made the journey together. It was so much fun!

This time around last year my husband was on aArtJournal 6n activity kick with running, swimming and biking. You name it! A sprint triathlon! While I did not participate in the triathlon myself, I have very fond memories of training with my husband so he can compete in this event which was ironically held the day after my Chocolate 5K in Chicago. The name of his event was “I Tried a Tri” in Oswego, IL. Similar to my event, it was a gorgeous weather day and plenty of cool breezes and sunshine. Even though my husband was not a top finisher, he was a top finisher in my heart! Here was my tribute to my guy and how very proud I was of his accomplishment.

That’s all I have for today. Thanks again for visiting my memories with me today. Until next post…