Finally on the last day of the sketchbook challenge for March I have had time to do a sketch. The theme for March was Natural surfaces – I absolutely love the patterns you see all around in nature and I have quite a few photos of surface that I have yet to do something with. A while back I took a couple of photos while we were visiting the Natural museum of Scotland above is orbicular granodiorite. You can capture quite a lot of detail even with my small camera and I can see I will have fun doing a few things with these images when I have time.
I did a small sketch using shades of grey Pitt pens on some patterned paper which already looked like a stone background. This was then manipulated in photoshop (inverted and coloured) to add colour. I was just mucking about so I don’t know if I would ever be able to replicate it.
To encourage me to try sketching a bit more for practice I have joined the sketchbook challenge and this months challenge theme is ‘Sweet: sugar and spice and all things nice’. I didn’t know what to sketch so I flicked through some cook books and found a photograph of a delicious looking caramelised apple flan (or tarte tatin) so I thought I would have a go. I scanned my sketch with a sheet of acetate over it in black and white mode so it is not picking up the subtle colour of the pencil. I am looking forward to doing a few more of these challenges.
For this challenge you had to make anything you like but you had to use this sketch below. You get bonus points if you made a layout.
I have used BoBunny paper, Circle Circle Dot Dot template, gems, acetate arrow and some butterfly trim. My photograph is of my Oriental poppies in the back garden from last year (I was trying out the macro setting on my camera).
I have squished the sketch so it is all at the top right hand side of my layout.
I am the host for the may ATC swap at CBC and this month instead of a topic we will be using the sketch as a template. You can rotate, skew, flip, reduce size or interpret it as you wish as long as the template can be seen in some shape or form.
Here are my two for the swap. The first one: stamps from Design house Deco stamp sheet coloured with copics and stickles. The second one: Stamps from The artistic stamper Seaside No.1 coloured with copics and stickles, sun charm. They both have a bit of 3D layering.
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