Wednesday, May 6, 2009
My all-time favorite journal artist is Teesha Moore. Last summer, shortly after I began blogging, I discovered her website, which includes a wonderful description of how she creates her funky journal pages. To see her art and read about how she makes her pages, click here. This page is a demo I made in Teesha's Zetti style, on the spur of the moment, for my fifth period writing class and for Created by Hand's Mother's Day challenge. For my end-of-semester project, I assigned a written autobiography and a creative visual representation to go with it. In an attempt to get my students to make something besides a poster, I showed them some of my art journal pages and explained that they didn't have to go out and purchase a bunch of exensive art supplies. Most of them have their poetry journals from first semester, and I told them just to grab some magazines and start cutting. The elements in this collage came from my top desk drawer and are just leftovers from other projects. "Mom" came from an old issue of Glamour, I think. I also had to resort to using construction paper (for her hat) and a crusty old bottle of Elmer's glue (hence the bubbles and uneven spots on the page). Today I'm going in armed with glue sticks, bottles of cheap acrylic paint, and more magazines from my endless stash. I can't wait to see their self-portraits.