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Visual Journal Page 33: My Sweet Tooth

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It is no secret I have a sweet tooth, and apparently this wasn’t missed by my students either.

I love anything 100% pure sugar, flavored, and dyed. I like skittles, starburst, the kind of candy that guarantees cavities and to pull out your old fillings. My sweet tooth is a thing I struggle with as an adult. I try to eat healthy, not take in too much sugar, and at this point in my life I feel I should be over these types of treats. To the very best of my ability I try to push these sweets out of my mind, and keep them out of my belly.

It is a constant struggle at the grocery store. The carefully placed displays and rows of candy in the check out aisle taunts small children, and full grown Mes. As my healthy, fresh fruits and vegetables are being scanned and placed in bags, my eyes scan the candy trays, looking for my vice.

Over the years I do feel my sweet tooth has slowly begun to subside. If I can stay off skittles for a couple of weeks, the cravings appear less and less. However, it is hard to not consume these tasty treats when they are waiting for you at every corner. I try to keep them out of my grocery list, car, and house, but at school they appear, as if from thin air, to tempt me.

At some point in the three years I spent at my last school my students picked up on my sweet tooth. It began towards the end of my first year when one student would periodically leave skittles on my desk (read about that story here). I suppose I threw such a fit over it, my other students decided they also wanted to be showered with thanks yous, and your are too sweets. Suddenly, every couple of weeks a new sweet would appear on my desk, just as my body finally began to cleanse itself from my last sugar binge, airheads, skittles, and gummies would appear out of nowhere.

In between my surprise treats I was continuously tempted with sugar as my students begged me to buy yet another pack of skittles from them to raise money for the band, soccer, or who knows what. My  guilt would make me consider just a second too long, and before the word no could be uttered my sweet tooth would stop it, and start my tummy grumbling, asking for just a few morsels of sugar.

Despite the fact that my students have made it difficult to overcome the sugar addiction I continue to battle, their little surprise would make my day. I felt like it was their coy way of saying thank you, at least that was how I justified always accepting their gifts. For those moments of appreciation I guess I am okay with people knowing I have a small sweet tooth.

SUPPLIES

  • Visual journal
  • Rubber Cement
  • Scissors
  • Candy wrappers
  • Watercolor
  • White paper
  • Paint brush
  • Masking Tape
  • Hot glue gun
  • Skinny sharpie

HOW TO

This page was very easy to make using two techniques I continuously use in my book: whole sheet patterns and wood grain. I love the look of cut out characters, as if they were cut from patterned paper with no shading, highlights, or three dimensionality. I love the look even more when it is paired with objects that look more realistic. After I saved a few gift candy wrappers I decided to incorporate them into a page, and play with the flat/realistic method.

I started by painting a large sheet of white paper with browns, yellows, whites, and oranges. I wanted a variety of color, but I wanted them to flow into each other to create an interesting texture. I loaded up my watercolors with water, to make them flow more easily, and got to painting. Once I was satisfied with the colors I allowed it to dry before I added the grain texture. I used a thin sharpie to draw the lines of the fake wood grain, being sure to stay loose, after all there are no straight lines in nature (except snowflakes). To read more tips about recreating wood grain visit my skittles page here.

Once I was satisfied with my wood grain I cut it smaller to cover 3/4 of my two pages. I carefully glued it down with rubber cement, and used a credit card to force the paper into the seam of the book. I then glued the wrappers with hot glue, rubber cement isn’t strong enough to glue down the plasticky wrappers, and added a piece of masking tape on top. I then added the repeating yummys and words around the wrappers with sharpie.

CHALLENGE

Create a page about your vice.

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Visual Journal Page 57: Skittles!

I have a pretty ridiculous sweet tooth… I love candy, and always have. While other adults grew up, and grew out of their sugary candy cravings, I think I craved them more. After awhile, my students started to pick up on my sweet tooth. How could they not, anytime anyone came in selling candy for a fundraiser I would immediately start requesting Skittles.

I realized that my students found out about my candy addiction when I started to find candy presents left on my desk. My class would dismiss, I would sit down, start this and that, and I would find a pack of Smarties, a few Starburst, or my favorite, Skittles. Little things like that can really make your day, and one day I sat down and discovered a fresh pack of Skittles. My day was immediately brighter, and it got even better when the student coyly approached me to ask if I found anything on my desk, and it got even better when I could return the favor and make a page about that small gesture.

Little things like that show that you are appreciated. I love teaching because it is a rewarding job, I have people tell me everyday they love my class, love art, and are so happy to be there. There are a lot of emotional ups and downs, you can’t reach every student, but the good definitely out weigh the bad. The only problem is candy gifts lead to cavities… which isn’t such a great thing…

To make this page I used watercolors, India ink, and the actual pack of Skittles my student gave me. I started by drawing out the table and the skittles, so I could get the composition just right before I painted. I started with the background, and put a drop of watercolor on each Skittle, and blew it so the paint would splatter. I then took a very fine point paint brush, dipped it in India ink, and painted the S and outlined them to make them pop. I painted the table with browns and yellows first. I then added the wood texture with a paint brush and India ink. I used hot glue to attach the Skittles package and added the words with India ink.

TIP: when you create wood grain start with straight lines, allow them to wiggle if your hand isn’t steady, it will make it look more realistic since there are no straight lines in nature! After you have a few rows of straight lines, create an oval, then make straight lines that wrap around the oval, to create a knot in the wood. The best thing is to stay loose! Don’t stress if your lines are uneven or imperfect, because that is the beauty in nature!

CHALLENGE: Create a page about your favorite sweet, whether it’s candy, ice cream, cake, cupcakes, or even fruit! If you have the package try to incorporate it!

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