Tag: book collage

Visual Journal Page 37: Foggy Mornings

Looking at this visual journal page immediately takes me back to my commute to my first job.

My first art position was at a high school outside of Atlanta. I drove 40 minutes straight east everyday until I hit the small town where I worked. It was a very boring drive, straight highway lined with trees. But many mornings in the fall and spring brought beautiful fog that rolled through the trees, making me forget that I was speeding along a highway.

I loved seeing it, and it brought a odd combination of comfort and eeriness watching the white, translucent fog moving through the silhouetted trees. It brought be a sense of calm before I started my crazy, jam-packed day.

SUPPLIES:

  • Visual journal
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • White paper
  • Book pages
  • Newspaper
  • Watercolor
  • Paint brush
  • India ink
  • Gesso
  • Water
  • Sharpie

HOW TO:

To create this visual journal page, I worked in sections. I first started in my book by gluing down ripped up strips of newspaper and book pages. I then painted the background using warm colors to mimic the look of a sunrise.

While waiting for the background to dry, I used India ink to paint treetop silhouettes on a separate sheet of white paper. I using heavier paper, because India ink can easily saturate printer paper and cause it to ripple and tear. I set that aside and waited for it to dry. TIP: Use a hair dryer to speed up the process!

Once the tree tops were dry, I used watered down gesso to loosely paint fog. I painted the gesso in spirals, circles, and waves to try to mimic the look.

Once the fog and trees dried, I cut them out using scissors. When collaging, I like the look of leaving an edge around objects I cut out. I think it emphasizes the fact that it’s a collage. Once the trees were cut out, I cut them down to fit in the book before gluing them in. TIP: Use a credit card to push pieces into the crease of the book.

When everything was finally put together I added the finishing touches using a thin Sharpie, text that said: “There is something eerie, yet comforting about a foggy morning.”

CHALLENGE:

Recreate a moment when you were in the car. It can be a commute, road trip, or similar! Have fun and good luck!

 

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Visual Journal Page 8: Books

Visual Journal Page 8-Books

I was captivated by the world of books at an early age. Books were constantly surrounding me on the shelves of my house, scattered in my bedroom, and on the shelves of the library I frequented as a child. I still remember reading my very first book to my Mom on the way home from the library. It was a treat if we were allowed to stay up a little later to read at night. I was that kid who sat at the front of the bus in middle school, my nose buried in a book.

As the years have passed my love for books have only grown. Which is evident in my house with my overflowing shelves, books stuck in any nook or cranny I can find, and of course, my bedside table, which practically looks like it is made of books. Every night, I curl up in bed, and read as long as I can before the sentences stop making sense, and my eyelids grow heavy. Getting lost in these stories helps to settle my mind, and help me forgot the endless to dos I have waiting for me in the morning.

Books give me the ability to travel the world, become a different person, go on an adventure, do magic, solve a mystery, raise the dead, time travel; without ever walking out my front door.

SUPPLIES

  • Visual journal
  • Rubber cement
  • Scissors
  • Magazines
  • Old book pages
  • Colored pencils
  • White paper
  • Sharpie

HOW TO

When I began planning out this visual journal page, I decided I needed to recreate my bedside table and have endless piles of books scattered around the pages. I started by hunting through magazine after magazine, ripping out any page with a book on it. After getting a nice stack of magazine pages, I began cutting out the individual books.

Once I had the images of books ready, I began working on my bedside table. I sketched the outline on a white sheet of paper, then began adding color, highlights, shadows, and details using Prisma colored pencils. To read a few tips about using colored pencils check out my blog post here. After my table was complete, I cut out it out, and began laying out the page.

I decided to place the bedside table in the center of the right page, then added stacked books around the bedside table. On the left side page, I ripped up strips of old book pages, and wrote out my words. Before gluing down the strips of paper, I collaged pictures of books on the page, then glued the book pages on top.

Interested in teaching visual journals to your students? Check out my visual journal lesson plan here and bundle pack here.

CHALLENGE

Create a visual journal page about one of your obsessions. Use a combination of magazine images and drawings on your visual journal page.