I was going through all the schoolwork Angelo had brought home at the end of second grade and chanced upon this essay he wrote on his “special person”.
My special person is someone who gave birth to me. She is female. I’ve known her for all my life. She likes pink.
What that person like(s) to do is spend time with her family. I play with her and she always eats with me. I go to her job. I go to a restaurant with her. I sleep with her.
Me and this person are different and similar in a few ways. I am male and she is female. We both have (the) same last name.
This person is my mother. She is 45 years old.”
He wrote this a month before my birthday, and while I was in Manila taking care of some family business in March. Precious indeed. Sometimes I want to keep all the paper he brings home, but not all of them are gems like this one.
He’s just growing up so fast. I really must get started on that memory quilt I have been planning to make from his baby clothes and linens. Most of it I had given away to my mom’s beneficiaries in her hometown in San Vicente, Bulan, Sorsogon, but I kept one or two baby blankets, plus I still have the crib liners we never used because of all the safety warnings against it.
I thought it would make for a good topic for an Art Journal Every Day post, so I photocopied the essay onto an exisiting watercolor background. I also used one of his watercolor projects where he painted his name in different colors. I worked my own background around the two elements by Angelo and then wrote my journal entry side-by-side with his essay.
I love the way I’ve managed to create journal entries using Angelo’s own work. It doesn’t only give me a chance to react to his work through my art journal, but it gives me a chance to keep these special projects in the journal I hope to keep for posterity. It’s better than just keeping it stashed in a memory box or some folder in the closet.
New discovery: Sharpie Oil-based Paint Marker in blue. Glorious to write with on watercolor! I thought I’d buy one piece to try and work with but I will now be getting the Sharpie Oil-Based Medium Point Paint Markers 5-color set including Gold, Silver and White next.
I’m going to try to incorporate other elements beyond just drawing or doodling on my art journal entries — hopefully doing some collage and the like. Watch out for that.
I invite you to view the Flickr Group dedicated to this endeavor byclicking here, and be inspired to create your own art journal. (Artistic talent optional.)