Thursday, February 18, 2016

Art Journal Page - "Brutal Memory"

I think this may be the quickest, most simple page I ever made. It took me about 15 minutes INCLUDING drying time! They don't all have to be overly complicated, right?

As long as I get out what I'm thinking or feeling, that's all that matters. And this quote fits my feels perfectly for today.

It's easy to go about the day to day not thinking of the past, or the people we have lost, but sometimes memories just beg to be recognized. They come out of nowhere, hit you in the chest and knock the wind out of you.

 I lost a close friend a few years ago. Sadly, these days I don't think of him much. But some days... It comes from a song, a smell or a memory out of nowhere. For a split second, I almost forget he's gone.

Yesterday was his birthday and I'm reminded that some people don't make it out. Some people never get the 'better days', or see the light at the end of the tunnel. While it does make me sad, it also makes me remember I seem to have been given a second chance at life. I don't know why I got a second chance and he never did. I suppose I could go crazy wondering. For now, when the memories get to hard to handle, I'll just paint it out in my journal and try to keep moving forward. Some days, that's all you can do.

Liquitex Gloss Gel:
Silks Acrylic Glaze in “African Jade”:
Finnabair Stencil “Weaving”:
Instant Coffee:
Donna Downey Stamp Set She is:
Tim Holtz Clock and Camera Die:
Dina Wakley Matte Gel:
First Aid Gauze (the link is for cheese cloth, which works just a good and is pretty similar):
Black Staz On:
Black china marker:
Black watercolor pencil (links to a set):
Simply Simmons Watercolor Bush Round:
Simply Simmons Watercolor Brush Set (love this set):
To colorize the first aid gauze I used:
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Walnut Stain:
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo:

Items Used For (most) Every Project:
Dina Wakley Paint Brushes:
Ranger CraftMat Non-Stick Work Surface:
Black Watercolor Pencil:
Stabilo Marks-All Pencil:
Collage Pauge:
Plastic Palette Knives:
Darice Heating Tool:
Golden Gesso:
Project Life Date Stamp:
Dina Wakley Gel Medium:
Black Staz-on:

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