Longing, dreaming, waiting

Nostalgia is a sentimentality for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations. The first thing that comes to my mind as a typical happy period or place from the past is the family vacation times (probably it’s because of the summer). But  let’s say it this way, right now I long for the family vacations from the past, for the time we spent together. So I made a nostalgia spread in my art journal:

I really wanted to make it nostalgic, so I was beginning by making a collage from long forgotten treasures from my drawer. That’s how it looked like:

I loved the textures, but I wanted some more, and I wasn’t so satisfied with the colors. So first I whitewashed my spread with gesso then I added some textures with stencil and finally I colored my spread with Lindy’s stamp gang flat fabio sprays.

I liked it and I wanted to continue with something that I didn’t use a long time ago, so in another drawer of mine I found some long forgotten but still working markers with different size of heads and even with paintbrush, wow, didn’t know that I have them… and if I already found them they deserve some doodling attention. I made an imaginary vacation scene on my spread, my sun become a heart to emphasize the longing for the oldie-goldie good times.

My heart sun is going down giving sort of a melancholic feeling (it’s a part of nostalgia) and that red reflection on the water surface is the bridge that connects the past to the present.  On the other side I added a palm tree for a vacation feeling – beach, lake side, whatever – and my text, it’s a word sticker from 7 dots studio’s cold country collection and it says: “days never forgotten, longing, dreaming, waiting”.

Finally I added some doodling and distressed the edges.

Hope you liked my nostalgia, I am going to share it with Journal 52.


About lerusho

I am obsessed with experimenting, using my fantasy and creating new and unique visions. The challenges are endless and that gives me real inspiration.
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4 Responses to Longing, dreaming, waiting

  1. Jackie N says:

    This spread is now dded to my favorites list Ruth! I really love everything about it- and even if you did not give a description of what you were showing- I got it from looking at it and studying it! Well done my friend! xoxo

    • lerusho says:

      Thanks BFF, it was a bit of long not done style, I used my paints and brushes, all my inks and sprays and I forgot about the fun of doodling around with the simple markers, the good old fashioned one and I enjoyed it, it was also a sort of nostalgia 🙂

  2. mrsbeez says:

    Where is this place and please take me there now! Seriously, these are stunning pages – so vibrant and yet peaceful at the same time. Adore the heart.

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