I recently put together a series of scrapbooks for our grown son which are collection of photos, grade cards, assorted memorabilia from school and family vacations, and art work and classwork. In the process I was reminded of the roller-coaster-ride his teenage years had been. By way of processing the mom in me, I created a timeline overview of those roller coast years high school through college graduation. For the background I used eight B&W "proofs" that I had taken of him as his high school senior portraits. I used a light coat of clear gesso on the photographs then tinted each picture with a different color Pan Pastel. I adhered these to a journal page and indicated the ups and downs with the "timeline" chart. The hand colored (with pastels) portrait on the bottom right was my favorite of the portrait series and it indicates the son I knew (and again now know). I cut the portrait into even 1/2-inch strips and adhered them down with spaces between strips to indicate the brokenness of this time in his life.
|Draft out the timeline on scratch paper before putting into the art.|
|A portion of the timeline of the high school years.|
|Simple hand coloring with pastels.|
|A portion of the timeline of the college years.|