I made two art journal pages; one for each of my sons. I haven’t been card making much because I have been pouring myself into my art journal and keeping occupied with my kids and what’s been going on with them. Currently, I am pretty close to finishing my first art journal (doing the covers right now), so maybe I’ll be able to share that once it’s all put together.
So here is the page about my older son, Nathaniel. He’s currently 4.5 years old. If you’ve followed my blog for awhile, or my videos on YouTube, you have have come across some of his own artwork. He’s made a card (video here) and an art journal page (video here). He’s a special little guy – quirky, tenacious, innocent, sensitive, and scary smart. His favorite stamp company is Lawn Fawn, and his favorite stamps are Lawn Fawn’s Quinn’s ABCs and 123s. He loves pouring over a teacher’s supply catalogue, a Lego catalogue, or the latest Dick Blick catalogue. He is in love with anything numbers and math-related, it makes him absolutely giddy.
I’m not totally in love with the colors of this page and how saturated it is, but at the time that I made it, I was pouring out my heart and how I felt. He was recently diagnosed with autism, and as any mother who worries over anything and everything with their children, I was overwhelmed. It has been 6 months since the diagnosis and I am still processing through it, but I have a lot more peace about it now.
I wanted to convey on paper how much of a gift my son is. His name, Nathaniel, means “gift of God”, and his name is especially poignant for this particular time. At the time of the diagnosis, I was grieving with how my son could be “broken”, and what his future would be like. I was so overwhelmed and frantic and worried, I couldn’t eat or sleep. I read books that scared the crap out of me. I couldn’t function among my regular mom friends or any other friends, for that matter. I couldn’t bear to see other “regular” kids or “regular” moms.
After shedding a lot of tears before God, and pouring over my art journal, God healed my heart and reminded me that my son was not an afterthought, devalued or “damaged”. He was created with a purpose, and he is beautiful as he is. Of course he will need supports and help along the way, (we are getting them now) but my little boy is no less than who he is made to be. He is beautiful the way he is, created with purpose and intention. And so I added verses that spoke to this conviction.
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My younger son is Jeremy and he is 2.5 years old. As much as his older brother is serious, structured, and likes to keep to himself, Jeremy is an independent little guy who loves people, tickles, cuddles, wrestling, running around, playing with anything and everything, and loves to laugh. He also adores his older brother and copies him in nearly everything. He is always looking for ways to play and interact with Nathaniel. Sometimes he can be the typical little annoying brother, but I see how much he loves his brother and desperately wants to be just like him.
I want to move away from the heavy saturated color and learn about utilizing white space on my pages. I’m also trying to figure out composition and color palettes/theory. So I chose a color theme and went for it. Not bad for the first try?
I saw a Donna Downey stamp set and felt like it fit with the theme of this page. One day Jeremy will have his own identity and hopefully won’t be lost in the shadow of his older brother. He is absolutely pure sunshine and joy, his laugh is infectious, and he has his own beautiful and unique gifts (his potential is limitless!). His name means “God will uplift”, and he definitely has grown into that definition.