For my first semester of advanced art junior year, we had an intern help teach the class. Most notably, she called my art "kitschy" and I was justifiably upset. Considering the projects she made us do were typically very boring, I don't remember if it was her or my actual teacher who proposed the idea, to keep a visual journal. While we were supposed to make entries daily, I'm pretty sure no one actually did. There were a couple of us that used it a fair amount, myself included, yet there were others that completely ignored the assignment. I found, however, that I was coming up with fairly creative ideas to fill the pages and it allowed me to express myself.
One of the best parts was the cover I made:
As you can tell from the tattered edges and paint chipped away, this has seen better days. The keyhole border was made with crayon shavings (glued down much like you'd do with glitter) and the key in the right hand corner is real (I know it's hard to tell with the scan.) I don't remember the inspiration for this design, but if I had to guess it was a combination of the contents being "secrets" and my infatuation with Alice in Wonderland at the time. Either way, I still think it looks cool.
Second semester, when things were crazier, my interest in keeping up with something like this dwindled. One of my last few entires was my SAT admission ticket. I assume from then on I was too overwhelmed with school work to carry on.
In a recent urge to make more art, I decided to start over. Right now I don't have a cover, yet here's the first page! Please tell me what you think.
I'm about to get ready to film a back-to-school office supply haul type video which you shall see in a couple of days. Ta-ta!
Days until I start college: 16
Days until my birthday: 56