Monday, October 21, 2013
If Dorothy Kept a Travel Journal
If Dorothy had kept a travel journal from her trip to Oz, what would she have tucked inside? Possibly a map of her over-the-rainbow travels, and maybe a keepsake or two from her friends. Those are the kinds of thing I would have kept.
So when tasked with creating altered book pages on a Wizard of Oz theme, that's exactly where my imagination took me. Using a map I found online and altering it with pens, spray inks and chalk, I followed along with the events of the story and traced Dorothy's route from the fateful spot where her house pulverized the Wicked Witch of the East, through the forests and fields along the Yellow Brick Road. Highlights of her trip (places where she met each of her three friends, the poppy field, the land of Oz, Glinda's castle and the Wicked Witch's haunted abode) are all marked so she can look back fondly and remember.
And of course she'd want to keep mementos of her friends...like Tin Man's ticking heart, Scarecrow's diploma, and that little shot of courage for Lion. (The original book did have him taking a swig of courage rather than wearing a medal.) Each of these trinkets tuck into a little pocket behind the map.
I created a crackle finish on the heart with a thick coating of Elmers Glue-All, sandwiched between two layers of acrylic paint. The bottle is a painted cardboard die cut, with a label I created in Photoshop, and Scarecrow's diploma was created in MS Word.
I've always had a fondness for mapmaking, even though I'm fairly ineffective at following them. I love seeing a story laid out in front of me; it makes me feel as if I could take just one tiny step and enter an entirely different world of imagination--even if it is ruled by wicked witches and imposter wizards.