In March 2018 I became an ambassador for Well Inked Box, a quarterly subscription box which features creative supplies delivered to your door. I was so excited to receive my first box and I shared the unboxing on my Instagram stories (see highlights).
At the time I was on a portrait drawing kick, so I was super excited to test out all of the goodies – particularly those Tombow pens! The pens are still working a year later and they are now my go-to black pens.
I used the Alex Foster Space notebook for the portraits below:
The notebook had an interesting glossy texture which I’d never come across before and the pages were a little thin for my usual heavy mixed media pages, so I ended up doubling up the pages and reinforcing with a pamphlet stitch so it wouldn’t fall apart. I really liked how it turned out and the cover is by far one of my favorites!
My main project for 2018 is recycling painful past journal entries to create new art and make peace with the past.
I wasn’t kidding about taking my time with this project, huh? I started this second spread in January and I finished it this morning, but I think during that time I finally figured out the right balance of old versus new that I was trying to achieve. Even though it’s probably going to be my most light-hearted page, I’m glad I took the time to process it and build on it.
The meaning behind this page isn’t very deep. Dexter Holland (The Offspring) was my first teenage crush and 2000 was the peak of my obsession – I don’t think there was a journal entry from this time that didn’t mention him. It was such a pure over-the-top teenage girl crush that I thought it was only right to preserve it and dedicate a spread to him!
As usual with this project, I tore up pages from an old journal (summer of 2000) and painted over them. I left some writing and clipart about Dexter peeking through and added pictures of him and Noodles that I drew in 2000. I added in the drawing/painting of the Smash album art, some doodles based on other Offspring album art, and lyrics. I think I made a page that 13 year old me would be proud of!
Who was your first teenage crush? Do you still like them or do you look back on it with a “what was I thinking?!”? I would love to hear about it!