Sunday, July 26, 2015

all that I have to remember you

journal page, document your life
journal page, document your life

For whatever I have done to you, forgive me. 

That is long past and forgotten. 
Recognize your sweet nature.

All that I have to remember you, pictures with words, focal point and ephemera were the July journal prompts and theme for the document your life project.

let it go, journal page
let it go, journal page

Three years ago when I gessoed the pages in this book, I was still grieving the loss of my Mother. The words and sentences that I did not gesso over were messages to myself. Ways to show myself compassion and forgiveness. Reminders to let the pain go and permission to move forward.

journal page with vintage photograph and quotes
journal page with vintage photograph of my mother

See? You do remember.
I taught you dancing, too, and languages and all the music that I knew
and how to love what's beautiful.

It was a slow and deliberate process with the hope of keeping the golden memories that I shared with my Mom.

Working on journal pages in this book now, I realize that I have progressed. The grief has lessened and the golden memories shimmer brighter and stronger.

You will find as you look back upon your life
that the moments that stand out,
the moments when you have really lived
are the moments when you have done things
in a spirit of love.
As memory scans the past,
above and beyond all the transitory pleasures of life,
there leap forward those supreme hours
when you have been enabled to do unnoticed kindnesses
to those round about you,
things too trifling to speak about,
but which you feel have entered into your eternal life.


The quote by Drummond sums up well the kind of person my Mother was. All those unnoticed kindnesses, small at the time, have become eternal and large for me now.

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

road less travelled journal page

juana almaguer, DeAtramentis Inks line drawing, journal page
DeAtramentis Inks drawing, journal page

Over at the documented life project, the prompt for June 13 was road less travelled. I continue to work in this book that I altered nearly three years ago in which I left certain words visible on the gessoed pages.

On this page spread, the visible sentences were perfect for the travel theme
Departure is a simple act. You put the left foot down and then the right.
For the background, I painted a layer of Daniel Smith duochrome oceanic acrylic over the gessoed page. Using a dip pen and De Atramentis document inks in fuchsia and turquoise, I drew the portrait.

juana almaguer journal pages
road less travelled, journal page soread

For the page on the left side, I used Golden acrylic paint in titan buff for the background and then drew a sailboat in pencil. As I wanted to add a compass, I made my own linocut compass and stamped the image over the sailboat. To finish off the page, I added an excerpt of Gide's quote, "the courage to lose sight of the shore."

I am slowly learning how to use the De Atramentis document inks and really like how they flowed over the acrylic background on the page on the right. Next, I'm going to experiment with using them to mix colors. Do you have any favorite color mixes?

wishing you happy adventures.

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