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.