I came across the idea of making my own anthology here. So far I have three poems although I plan on including some of my favorite book excerpts and a few of my own drawings as well. Once I have a fair collection going, I’m going to type up a table of contents to attach to the first page, which I left blank. Here’s what I have so far!
I sat outside my dorm one afternoon this spring and drew this tree. It actually had leaves on it, but drawing leaves seemed too daunting a task, so I left it naked.
I used watercolors here and traced the flame shapes from the internet onto patterned paper for some embellishment.
I love this poem but can’t find out anything about the person who wrote it! When I searched his name in Google, this poem is the only thing that comes up, and no one else seems to know who he is either.
The lacy tree/leaves were cut out of a piece of scrap material. I used a hot glue gun to attach them.
Start your own anthology
- A bound sketchbook (or loose paper if you want to bind it yourself
- Poems, stories, excerpts, etc. that you want to include
- Creativity! Use whatever you have around the house to decorate/illustrate the pages.
- Leave the first page or two blank so you can attach a table of contents later.
- Number the pages (I numbered mine on the back, left hand corner of each page).
- If you’re using paints or anything that might bleed through the page, protect the next page by putting scrap paper between the two.
- Be sure to write down the name and author of everything you include.
- If you do illustrations in pencil or charcoal, be sure to use a fixative so they won’t smudge as you flip the pages. If you’re cheap like me, a few coats of hairspray does the job just as well.