This Lifebook Collage is a lesson taught by Kristen Van Valkenburgh. The title is Here’s Looking at you Kid.
This is about a hundred miles away from the lesson as taught by Kristen.
The idea was to use a picture of ourselves, as a kid, and to fill the collage with playful images that delight the young child.
I don’t have any pictures of myself before the age of 18. Its a long story.
However, the woman or girl in the picture resonated with me. Its cut from an advertisement about Fair Trade Products. She reminded me a bit of my childhood because I was born and raised on a mixed farm.
So the picture came together based on my childhood farming experience.
At age 6 or 7, I loved playing in the soil and being in the outdoors. I “helped” my dad farm, although he may have had a different name for my input. In any case, the background is filled with the grays and browns and glues and blacks that I remember from those days.
I was also starting school and I was learning to read and write and count. So the stenciling along the side has alphabets and numbers.
The little door that opens is covered with brown scrapbook paper with images of rulers and measuring tapes. I distressed it with brown artist chalk.
The door opens to display something. It be frank, I forget what it is that Kristen wanted us to show inside the door. I think it was a letter to our six year old self. Maybe it was from our six year old self. Like I say, I forget.
I had been using a strip of bubble wrap to sop up paint. I thought it was pretty so I used it inside the door.
I added a few other little doodads, like the sunburst stencil on the two corners, and the stars and beads.
This mixed media painting is a little weird, but I like it a lot. I think my six year old perhaps did have a role in creating it!