Sunday, September 29, 2013

Happy Fall Y'all ~ Eclectic Ellapu Sketch Challenge

I don't normally follow sketches when I make a project...not because I don't like them. There are some amazing sketches out there that I'd love to follow. I just find it difficult to work that way because for me it seems backwards to my normal process. Lately, I have been trying to learn how to work from the finished concept to the finished piece instead of just letting it evolve without a plan so I was delighted to learn that Jacki, our wonderful host for this week's Purple Team challenge at Eclectic Ellapu, had chosen to make it a sketch challenge. Here's the sketch she has chosen for us to follow:

Instead of a card. I began with a 5" x 7" canvas board, Using a black on cream text paper for the center panel and cream on black text for the torn side panels, both from DCWV's The Timeless Type Stack, the entire canvas face was covered using Matte Medium as the adhesive. The medium was also spread over the top of the adhered paper to create a good bond. A band of Graphic 45's Olde Curiosity Shoppe paper was glued  horizontally across the middle. Another scrap of kraft coloured text paper was cut into a rectangle and placed at an angle over the center piece. A chunk of manilla tag was inked around with Black Soot Distress ink and layered over the kraft coloured text, both to follow the sketch and to allow the focal image to stand out.

This sweet little scarecrow is a Rick St. Dennis digi called It's All About Balance. I just love his facial expression and the detail that Rick always captures in his images. Sammy the scarecrow was coloured with Prismacolor pencils and then fussy cut before being adhered center stage as befits a scarecrow of his obvious talent and good looks :) He makes me smile.

Now here's where I deviated from the sketch a knew I would, right? I crisscrossed two pieces of natural jute twine on either side and fastened them to the back. I still had two of those Dylusions ink sprayed, Distress inked and fussy cut leaves left from another project so they were popped up on foam tape and placed at the center of the jute Xs. The last piece of the puzzle was to add the sentiment which was computer generated onto a small tag. Inking around the edge with Black Soot, faux stitching, and a jute tie were all added before the tag was tucked between the jute on the left side. And...Ta Da...I did it...mostly. I followed the sketch and ended up with something I like. Hope you do, too.

Thanks for popping by today to meet Sammy and hang out with me. I always appreciate your good company. When you get a minute, pop over to the Eclectic Ellapu Challenge Blog to see how the rest of my wonderful Purple Teamies interpreted Jacki's sketch. It's always so fun to see how different the results are when we all start from the same place. I'd love to see your take on this, too, so join us if you can.

Check out the massive Treasure Hunt starting October 1 on the Eclectic Ellapu blog. Details are over's going to be fun!

I am entering this little fellow in the following challenges:
2 Sisters ~ #163 Anything Goes
Di's Digis Designs ~ Colouring Skills
Simply Create Too ~ #47 Fall/Autumn
Designed to Color ~ #20 Anything Goes
House of Gilli ~ #54 Anything Goes/ Fall

Life is good; so is art.


Jacki Daniels said...

Bonnie this is Brilliant and it just goes to show that sketch can lend themselves to any project not just cards I would never have thought about using one a canvas and this is gorgeous briilant take on my sketch love it
Jacki xx

ParkNSlide said...

Your colorful Sammy just dances off the page. A perfect tribute to Fall.

Tracy said...

He is a fun little guy. I really like the way you've used the twine and wish I had your ability to see and use things differently from their original form. Have a great week Bonnie girl. Hugs!

Words and Pictures said...

I love your take on the sketch, Bonnie. Like you, I tend to be wary of them - they don't seem to fit my process either... Fabulous colouring on that delicious clown, and I love the twine Xs on either side with the extra hit of colour from the maple leaves. Hope you're having a wonderful Sunday!
Alison xx

Redanne said...

What a rebel you are, deviating from the sketch... love your canvas though and the image is fabulous, your colouring is always superb and I love that G45 paper in the background too. An amazing result! Hugs, Anne x

Unknown said...

Hi Bonnie, wow this worked out brilliantly! Like you I have difficulty working with a sketch, I just like to go with the flow and see what happens. But I love the way your layout turned out! Hugs Frea

DianeMoneyGoolsby said...

Bonnie: So glad you joined in our "Fall/Autumn" Challenge #47 and hope you enter often. Your card is beautiful--love the fall colors.

Simply Create Too Team Member

Craftdee said...

What a lovely card! Thanks for "showing off your colouring skills" in our challenge at Di's Digi Designs
Good luck and hope to see you next time too, Donna ♥