Hello “Sketchers”, Kerry Engel here, I wanted to say that I’ve been tickled by all the creative ‘takes’ posted in the Sketchy Challenge gallery of each months sketchy challenge.August Sketch
For those of you who enjoy when a sketch pushes all your creativity buttons, this month’s sketch should be right up your alley.
Once again, I’ve used the sketch to inspire you to create…
1. Scrapbook layout
3. Journal Page
As always, you can take the design literally or you can let it move you in a completely different direction. If you are new to using sketches please know that they are merely meant to be sparks that help you get started on a project.
I’m always drawn to scrapbook paper with large photos and then I struggle to use them because I don’t want to cover up the cool imagery. The “Delish” line from Paper House Productions is warm and playful and yummy and it’s full of large stunning images. This sketch worked well because it allowed me to put down a lot of photos while preserving the beautiful ‘flat lay’ image on the paper. I ended up cutting out the sentiment “savor the moment” and mounting it on card stock to make an embellishment…sneaky, right? It worked out perfectly because I covered the hole with my pictures. I also fussy cut around the edges of some of the imagery on the paper, allowing it to overlap my photos, creating dimension and texture.
My daughter loves to bake and she loves to give it away. I made her a note card to include with her baking. It’s the kind of card you could put out with baking at the office so that everyone knows that the treats are for them to enjoy. I really liked how this sketch translated into a card. I just pulled stickers and paper from Creative Memories “Made with Love” collection and arranged them similarly to the design. Creative Memories also has these great flower embellishment packages that make any card pop! I stick all the stickers on card stock first and then fussy cut them. This gives my stickers some dimension and keeps them more ridged when I put foam squares underneath.Art Journal
For me, there are three things I have to pay close attention to when I create an art journal page, they are the: composition, color and layers. Using a sketch keeps me focused; otherwise I have a tendency to overcrowd my pages. It helps me to keep my composition under control. I have a tendency to overdo it and then I just find my pages become congested, which I don’t like.
I find color is the element I most often mess up; I have a lot of accidental brown in my practice journals.I get inspiration for my color combinations from existing textures that I find on walls, either in person or on Instagram or Pinterest. The last element I focus on is my layering. I need to pay careful attention to when I add the water soluble mediums. I’ve been disappointed on many occasions when something reacts with a new layer and my colors go rogue on me (once again turning everything brown).For this layout I started with the Ranger gesso, acrylic paint and texture paste and ended with the inks and distress crayons.
Supplies: Elizabeth Crafts Designs circle die cut, Ranger inks, gesso, texture paste and Glossy Accents, Prima Flowers, Clearsnap ColorBox stencil, Stampendous blue mica fragment, Tombow pen, Simple Stories word confetti, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L art journal, Paper House Productions word embellishment, Unity Stamp Co. stamp.
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