Horrifying story

Image this:
One day you wake up and and a blur spot has appeared in your right eye.
You ask your partner if he/she sees it.
He/she looks into your eyes but doesn’t see anything…

During the day, the spot in your eye grows.
And grows.
And turns from blur to pink to red to black.
In less then 34 hours, you can’t see anything anymore with that eye…
you’re blind.


You go to
the doctor.
You have to
have surgery
right away.
You go to
the hospital
and they stick
a needle
into your eye…



That’s my dad’s story (the short version)
I wrote that down here.

And I wrote down the (long) version in my Art Journal…
(I warn you for a horrifying picture!)


(I used encyclopedia paper as a background – pages about eyes and retina –
magazine picture – the small eye – gesso, acrylic paint, spray ink and a black
and white sharpie.
The photo is a still from the famous surreal cult movie “Un chien Andalou”
by the Spanish director Luis Buñuel and artist Salvador Dalí.)

The light in his eye returned
after the surgery, but the
vision is still very, very blur.
He can still only see with
one eye. We don’t know how
much his sight will approve
in the future, but it’s getting
better every day.






I needed to document this horrifying story…
heavy pages are part of life too!

Have a nice week,
don’t forget to look around
and see…!!!

Je t’embrasse

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11 Responses to “Horrifying story”

  • Cynthia Says:

    Oh my gosh that is scary. I am glad he is doing better. And you are so inspiring. It is so true how we must document the good as well as the bad. Healing and a way to work through it!

  • Jeanet Says:

    Marit… wat een geweldige art journal page.. nou ja niet het onderwerp maar je mooie design! Super! Die foto is eng ja maar wat een artiest ben jij toch… echt prachtig gemaakt! En je hebt helemaal gelijk, nare dingen horen ook bij het leven en dus ook bij een art journal! Goeie therapie!! Ik hoop zo dat je vader zijn zicht weer terug krijgt! Wens hem heel veel sterkte en jullie allemaal natuurlijk!!
    Bedankt voor je lieve reactie op mijn blog… thanks Sweetie!

  • jessica Says:

    I cannot imagine how your dad must feel.. or felt going through that.. i really love how this layout came out and love the fact that you document story. very cool Marit!

  • Melissa Says:

    Wow, this is simply amazing my dear. I’m so sorry about your dads vision, I’m hoping more of it comes back.

  • Ang Says:

    Super gedaan Marit! Ik vraag me af hoelang je nu bezig bent geweest met deze art journal pagina’s?

    Gelukkig dat er verbetering is en ik hoop van harte dat het zicht van je vader spoedig terug is!

    Liefs, Ang

  • Vivian Says:

    Knap hoor, om zo`n pagina te scrappen, lijkt me niet gemakkelijk. Zelf scrap ik altijd over happy times maar ik kan me voorstellen dat dit een goede verwerking voor je is!

    Een hele fijne week toegewenst, groetjes Viv

  • Mirjam Says:

    fijn dat het al weer wat beter gaat met je vader!
    en wat een super pagina’s, de kleuren, foto’s (wel wat scary), journaling en je hebt een mooi handschrift!

  • Yvonne Y Says:

    I hope your dad gets his vision back soon…I’m sure it was horrifying for him and your family too.

    I agree that it is a moment worth documenting. Great job on the doodling Marit!

  • cindy Says:

    Oh my … my heart goes out to you all. I hope his vision fully returns. Love your layout.

  • Danielle Hayes Says:

    You did a great job Marit. Both with handling this situation, and pouring it out in your journal. I hope your dad gets better, and I hope you are healing too!

  • Denise Cousins Says:

    Oh how terrible!!! Hope your dad’s feeling better and sight improving, send him my prayers.

    I love that you scrapbooked the tough days of life too, awesome idea and thanks for sharing and inspiring us!