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Visual Journal Page 65: You Take Me the Way I Am

I wanted to capture multiple moments of my wedding in my journal, which meant multiple pages. I wanted to keep my favorite picture page simple, which meant a lot things were left out. Because of that, this page had to follow.

I loved our reception space, and I decided for this page I would recreate that space. While looking for venues, two of the things that were very important to me were hardwood floors and good lighting. This venue had them both, and more. It had the wood floors, floor to ceiling windows, a good dance floor, and charm. It was a historic Roswell home, it looked like an old farmhouse from the outside, but it had a huge, open room on the inside.

I decided to recreate the floors, windows, and amazing room in my journal. I included the paper lanterns that we hung all over the ceiling, as well as the blues and browns that were used repeatedly in our ceremony and reception. It all came together to create this memorable place, a place where we celebrated our nuptials with our closest friends and family.

After the wedding I held onto all the cards we got. As I was sifting through them, I found one with a very cute bride and groom on it. It was the perfect thing to incorporate into my page. It was a reflection of our wedding day, a groom Nick and a bride me.

During our ceremony my best friend, Elly, sang us a song. We spent a lot of time selecting the perfect song, and it was perfect. It was cute, quirky, and current, just what I wanted in my wedding. The song embodied Nick and my relationship, and most importantly, the way I feel about him. In addition to having the perfect song, I had the perfect person singing it. Elly has an amazing voice, the song was beautiful, and helped make our ceremony as memorable as it was. All of these things came together to create our perfect day. It is a day Nick and I will look back on, reminisce, and remember. It was the perfect beginning of the rest of our lives.

SUPPLIES

  • Visual journal
  • Rubber cement
  • Scissors
  • White paper
  • Watercolors
  • Ruler
  • India ink
  • Calligraphy pen
  • Card
  • Xacto knife
  • Needle and thread
  • Thin sharpie

HOW TO

The last page was complex because I had to redo multiple parts, things kept getting messed up, and it turned into a long project. This page is complicated because it has so many parts and it relied heavily on perspective to make it work. I started with the floor. I measure about 1/3 of the way up the page, and cut a piece of paper with the same measurements to draw the floor on. When drawing things in perspective, you have a vanishing point, or a place where all the lines converge. I placed the vanishing point just above the 1/3 mark of the page, right behind the bride and groom. I used a ruler, lined it up with the vanishing point, and drew a line that went off the page. I continued to move the ruler from the left side of the page to the right, always making sure the ruler was lined up with the vanishing point. As you do this, the lines will slowly transition from a diagonal left, to straight down the center of the page, to a diagonal right.

After I had my lines drawn, I painted the paper with yellows and browns, to recreate the color in the wood floors. I used a thin sharpie to draw in the wood grain pattern. I cut out the sections of the floor, spaced them out, and glued them down. I loved the effect; it really created a sense of depth.

I also drew the windows and lanterns on a separate white sheet of paper. I made sure all the windows had the same dimensions, and number of windowpanes. I outlined them with a thin sharpie, painted them with watercolor, used scissors to cut them out, and an Xacto knife to cut out the windowpanes. I also outlined the lanterns with sharpie, painted them with watercolor, and cut them out.

I glued the bride and groom down on the right page with rubber cement, and then it was time to incorporate the song. Since I loved the entire song, I wanted to include all of the lyrics. I decided to write out the words as if they were acting out what they said. For example, the first line is, “If you are falling, than I would catch you”, so I wrote out the word “falling” as if it were actually falling. I wrote the word “light” on top of the lantern, the line about a headache across the top of the groom, and I tried to always have to words “take me the way I am” wrapping around the bride. I felt like this song represented the way I felt about Nick, and he does take me the way I am.

I did have some issues with this page. There is a line that says “sew in patches to all your tears”, and I tried to stitch the word sew, but because it was so small, it ended up looking like a blob of stitches. Other than that, I was very satisfied with the page. Although the lyrics are more difficult to read, and difficult to read in order, I like the way it turned out.

CHALLENGE:

Incorporate your favorite song into a page. Include all of the lyrics, and try to be creative with how you incorporate them.

Someone Else’s Story, Someone Else’s Adventure, Someone Else’s Problems

Books are my escape. I start reading and everything starts to crumble away, to be briefly replaced by mystery, adventure, love stories, magic, history, or whatever exciting adventures I am reading about. I get sucked in, and for a moment I can forget about everything else.

I have to admit I am a routiner, I like to do things in a certain order and a certain way, and books are part of that routine. Every night after brushing my teeth, washing my face, and picking out my outfit, I curl up in bed with a good book. It eases my mind. I sleep better because instead of falling asleep thinking about the day, what is happening tomorrow, and three weeks from now, I’m thinking about someone else’s story, someone else’s adventure, someone else’s problems.

To me this image looks like the perfect place to read a book, it’s the perfect place on a perfect day. I bet it’s 74 degrees with a light breeze. I bet the grassy is soft and never makes you itchy. I bet she was able to read at least 4 chapters without being interrupted or getting sleepy. When I start reading this is where I go.

I made this page… surprise, surprise… with magazines! I found the image of the girl while flipping through a magazine and it inspired the page. I found images of sky, ripped them up and glued them down for the background. I added ripped up images of grass on top, and added ripped up pieces of book pages to make it more interesting. Sometimes you don’t need words to complete or explain a page, which was the case with this one.

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Plaid, Flannel, and Blue Sweaters

It’s funny how an image can take you back in time, memories you haven’t thought of in years come flooding back. I was flipping through a J. Crew one day, half looking for visual journal images, half looking for clothes I couldn’t afford to buy, when I turned to this… a pile of plaid button downs. For a minute I just stared… it was him.. it was Grandaddy wrapped up in that pile.

My Grandaddy was one of those Grandaddys that snuck you chocolate, measured how much you grew on the inside of a closet wall, said “hotdog” when he was excited, took me fishing, and was always equipped with a long sleeve flannel button down, sweater, sneakers, and a hat… even in the middle of August. I loved my Grandaddy, and I miss him. He passed away while I was in college, and I am comforted knowing that he had a long, full life, although I still miss him… He showed me how to tell whether or not it was raining in the distance based on the way the clouds look… he taught me why clouds turn colors at sunset… Clouds remind me of him too…

Memories are an amazing thing. They give us the ability to return to a time, a place, with a person who is no longer there. I often think of my Grandaddy, and it’s like he is right there with me. He had a strong impact on my childhood, he taught me values, how to save money, how to catch a flounder. He did things Grandaddys are supposed to do. I will never forget my Grandaddy, I tell stories about him to my husband, students, and I will tell stories to my kids, and now I will tell about him through this page… Whenever I see plaid, flannel I think of you… and blue sweaters too… miss you…

I created this with magazines and ripped up book pages. I think it helps to layer pieces of book pages in the background to make it a little more interesting. I added the words with sharpie.

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I Just Want to Play All Day… And I Do…

As I have said in earlier posts, I often relied on magazine images for inspiration when I first started journaling. There isn’t anything wrong with that, it is a good way to get started, but once I felt more comfortable with how to set up images I began drawing and painting more. This page was inspired by the geometric shape in the center, which I found in a magazine ad. I held onto it for a long time until an idea suddenly hit me. The shape was very reminiscent of a pinwheel, which I wanted to play off of because it is a nostalgic toy and has a vintage feel to it.

Once I decided to create a pinwheel, the rest of the page worked itself out. I decided to challenge myself and practice drawing profiles, which are difficult, and create a person blowing the pinwheel. It doesn’t look all that great, the nose is a little smushed, but I was proud that I went out of my comfort zone and tried something new.

The words came easily once I had the image laid out. I was in my first year teaching and although I had a number of rough patches and moments where I questioned my career path, overall I really enjoyed my job. How many people can say that they go to work and make art all day? How many people can say they had an opportunity to inspire someone, and be inspired again and again. How many people can say that they had a chance to impact the way someone thinks… at least I hope that’s the case… I love my job, and every year that passes is another year that instead of asking myself, “do I really want to spend another year doing this”, I’m thinking, “I could never give this up”. I go to work and get to play all day, and it doesn’t get any better than that.

I ripped up construction paper and glued it down behind that geometric shape. I wanted to pull out the blues in the design, so I matched the color as close as I could with the paper. To emphasize the idea of the pinwheel I created a handle using construction paper and sharpie. To create the face I sketched a basic outline in pencil, then filled in the shape with gesso. Once it dried I used pencil to add detail and shadows. Gesso is a great material to use to draw on top of, because when you blend it typically turns out very smooth. To add to the image I scribbled with pencil in the background. I used sharpie for the words, then added a shadow effect with blue colored pencil that also matched the blues in the construction paper and geometric shape.

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