Thanks (yet again) to inspiration from Julie Fei-Fan Balzer‘s blog where she featured Carolyn Brady as a guest writer to write about Zentangling in Color, I found myself doing this Art Journal Every Day entry yesterday when I was itching to find an outlet for what was such a struggle of a blog post.
It has been a year since Dad passed, and finding myself at this juncture was really hard on me emotionally. It’s as if I am grieving all over again, although in truth I should be taking off the veil of mourning, or as we refer to it in the vernacular, “babang luksa”.
I tried writing a post to no avail. Then I thought of creating an art journal entry, but my art journal was home, having grown to a bulky notebook despite its handful of entries.
So I tried to be resourceful, picking up 4×6 blank index cards where I scribbled “tears” using watercolor pencils (which, luckily, were in one of my personal drawers), smudging them with a wet paintbrush (which I had brought for another reason), and then zentangling over them after they dried.
Ta-dah! Of course I ended up cutting the teardrops and pasting them onto my layout, zentangling around the pieces in black ink and then simply scribbling the quotation I found which was just so apt.
It was, in a way, my tribute to Dad. Remembering him and continuing to pray for him wherever he may be.