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:

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.


Let us be still and take this poem in.

Until next post…


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


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.

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.