Art Journal Every Day: "And if I go.."

I actually discovered this poem, Ascension, written by Colleen Corah Hitchcock  from a Tom Clancy book ages ago — and have since kept it as one of my most favorite poems.  Through the years, it has taken on a different meaning to me.  When I first read it, I felt that the poem was speaking to me.  Now as a mother, I feel it’s my voice speaking to my son, Angelo.

I had scribbled this down on a different layout and had left it on my bedside a few days ago.  Angelo had chanced upon it and read it, and he told me he was almost driven to tears reading.  I guess he knew the voice was mine, speaking to him.

I’ve taken to journaling with “no rules” in the past posts, so if you notice, the text is broken without regard for hyphenation.  I fill in the spaces with my words and write spontaneously.  (So sometimes there are actual errors, but so far, haven’t had to scratch out any words.)

I got busy doing more backgrounds over the weekend which I will talk more about in another post, but I also feel bad that my collage on the 2012 Olympics got botched up because I had pasted  the focal point of the piece on the wrong side of the layout.  I’m still trying to decide if I will redo the whole piece since I’m deep into at least two other works in progress.  Maybe another time.. or later.

Meanwhile, still reading up on what other artists or art journalers are doing…  Just a reminder that I’ve started a new page here on the blog entitled “BLOG TRAILS” where I will post links of blogs I frequent or recommend you visit for art inspiration.  I have also started identifying the art supplies I used for each piece and from this post forward, I will write about how I executed the actual journal entry.  (Which I kind of explain below..)

Art Journal Every Day: And if I go..


And if I go,

while you’re still here…

Know that I live on,

vibrating to a different measure

— behind a thin veil you cannot see through.

You will not see me,

so you must have faith.

I wait for the time when we can soar together again,

— both aware of each other.

Until then, live your life to its fullest.

And when you need me,

Just whisper my name in your heart.

I will be there.

Ascension copyright ©1987, Colleen Corah Hitchcock

This is quite reassuring given the uncertainty of life.  It’s a promise to be there forever.  So now when I ask Angelo where Mommy will be when she goes — he points to his heart and says “In here…”


I am sharing my how-to not because I consider this a real work of art, but rather because I did these pieces in a basic, non-artistic way.  I want to show those of you who, like myself, admire the works of the real artists and wish that we could come up with those works of art ourselves that yes, IT CAN BE DONE!!

I used Adirondack Metallic Acrylic Dabber in Copper for Angelo’s silhouette (see a related post here) and Painters Opaque Paint Markers in Pearlescent for the journaling over the black watercolor background.  (Links below)

– I printed the photo of my son’s silhouette and cut out his profile, then traced this in pencil over the black watercolor background.  (Most of my backgrounds are done separately from the actual journal entry, and I have discovered that this actually allows you to work faster (cutting the thinking part for the background) and it spurs different ideas that turn my backgrounds into something totally different.

– Used the Acrylic Paint Dabber to paint the silhouette and then let it dry.

– Used the Acrylic Paint markers for the journalling.  VOILA!


If you want to see more of my Art Journal, please click here, or you can always choose my Art Journal Every Day page from the list on the top left of the blog page.

I invite you to view the Flickr Group dedicated to this endeavor by clicking here, and be inspired to create your own art journal. (Artistic talent optional.)