For the 2 most recent Art Journal Every Day pieces I’ve worked on, I’ve decided to incorporate Angelo’s art/school work into my layout which I’ve found great inspiration in, not just for journaling, but more for the fact that it allows me to do something together with my son, even if not spontaneously.
This first collaboration was one of three ‘monsters’ Angelo rendered after reading a related story in school. I picked up one of the 9 x 14 pieces and worked on it as a background to do an entry about my 8-year-old. I filled the spaces with phrases and did a journal entry:
“There are no works to describe how much you mean to me. You were the answer to my prayers and I pray that God always keep you in His care.”
I had wanted to do a piece on “Tomorrow will be a better day” (as a reminder for myself) and I cut out a rainbow from a sheet that Angelo drew for me for Mother’s Day 2012. I put it in as the first element and worked the layout around it. Instead of drawing on a plain sheet, I also tried something different by using one of my digital background papers and drew the rest of the entry around it. The flower-like journal “bubble’ on the lower right hand corner was supposed to be a cloud which ended up looking more like a flower. (Hey, I try.. LOL) In it I wrote:
“There are days when I need to remain optimistic and hope that there will be another morning and things will turn out fine tomorrow. There is always HOPE. We just have to get past the bad days.”
The entries are simpler and more spontaneous these days… My journal has come back to life again.
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