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:


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.


Flashback Fridays: Nov 27, 2014 #art #ink # mixed media #dnartcorner

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on those in our lives and blessings that we have. We we gather, we eat, we give thanks. Giving thanks and showing appreciation for what I have in my life is what insprired my journal entry last November. I cannot imaginve my life without the people that have graced my life. Especially the ones that have stayed by my side through thick and thin. They mean the world to me. This journal page is in dedication to them.


Materials used: Tombow Markers, Sakura Gelly Roll Pens, Sakura Micron Pen

The process: I cannot take credit for this very cool technique. The technique was created by artist and designer, Lisa Congdon as demonstrated in her Creativebug class “Sketchbook Explorations”. The technique basically involves laying down in geometric shapes using Tombow colored makers and then layering one solid color over the top leaving circular windows. Using a silver Gelly roll pen, you outline each window to make them pop-out.  My own personal touch was adding collaged basic shapes with “Give Thanks” in circles and a thankful quote in rectangles to the page. I choose to keep the collage shapes primarily in white with subtle hints of color to make the standout from an already busy background. Overall I like outcome of this journal page and hope this inspires you to create your thanksgiving inspired themed page.


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: Sept 12-13 Birthdays! #art #ink #mixedmedia #dnartcorner

It’s always fun to celebrate birthdays and what better way to celebrate a birthday is with cupcakes! This journal entry highlights not one but two birthdays we participated in last year.

First up, my niece Samantha turned lucky thirteen last November and celebrated her special day in a unique way. Instead of asking for gifts and other delights, my niece requested that all of her friends and family give her bags of can goods and dry food to be donated to a local shelter. My niece is such and kind and considerate person and her good nature shone brightly on her birthday. My niece was even featured in a local newspaper showcasing her thoughtfulness with a picture of her and a carload of food. Now tell me, how many thirteen year olds do you know who put others before themselves?

Next up we celebrated my mother-in-laws birthday the very next day. My mother-in-law is also a very kind and generous person who is always thinking of others in very thoughtful ways. There must be something special about November birthdays that bring out the best in people born in the month of November. Both of these ladies exemplify the Thanksgiving spirit and I am super grateful to have two wonderful people like them in my life that leave legacies that inspire all those whose lives they touch.

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Materials used: Sakura Gelly Roll Pens, Derwent Inktense Blocks, Sakura Pigma Micron Pen, Brayer, Grey Foam Sheet, Embossing Stylus.

The process: This particular journal entry uses a simple foam transfer printing process using Derwent’s Inktense blocks. To create the printed backdrop, I started with cutting out a grey foam sheet similar in size to my journal page.

Next, I used embossing stylus to sketch out the cupcake design and words (keep in mind words need to be drawn in reverse if you try this process yourself). Then I used a water spritzer to spray the foam sheet. Next I carefully applied Inktense color in different areas, coloring the foam sheet directly using the block as a paintbrush (tip – if you are try this be sure to fully saturate the foam sheet with Inktense color.)

Onto the tricky part – flipping the grey sheet with your design and Inktense colors onto the journal page! As you can see the embossed lines create a negative white space allowing the design to come through. Timing is everything with this process. You cannot over saturate the paper with water, so you have spritz the water sparingly. With that said, you have to work quickly with your Inktense blocks before your sheet dries. The results are always a surprise and never absolute.

As a final step, I took my Micron and Gelly roll pens and added some accents with text. Overall the process is fun and full of surprises.

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.