Sunday, March 16, 2014

Swing!



Here is my take on the March challenge at 'Once Upon a Sketch'. 
I took these snapshots of my son swinging in the garden. He was room 2's 'Shining Star' of the day and as such he was allowed to bring 'Ted' the class bear home for a sleep over. He was so excited and insisted on doing everything with Ted (even taking and bath!). I took the photo to put in 'Ted's' diary (each child has to write a few sentences about what Ted did on his sleep-over at their house and add a picture - it makes for a fantastic class scrapbook at the end of the year!)
When I saw the inspiration quote at OUAS I thought of these photo's immediately. It was such an ordinary afternoon activity, but it brought so much joy to Benji and to myself.


I created the bright background using my newest aquisition - Inktense water-color pencils from Derwent. If you have not tried these out you really have to. They are amazing. The colours that they make when water is added to the pencil lines are so vibrant and bright - far and away the best water colour pencils that I hae ever used! You can colour, drip, splatter and stencil with them. They cover dark backgrounds (like black cardstock) beautifully and when dry you can add other mediums over the top without the colours running together. For my background I simply coloured over the entire 12x12 cardstock with two colours of green and a bright yellow pencil. I used a large brush to blend the colours together using lots of water. To stop the cardstock from buckling too much I placed it under a stack of large books whilst it dried. When it was completely dry I used a stencil and ink to add some details to the background before adding random ink splatters in black and red ink.


I created my title using a technique that I read about in the current issue of 'Scrap 365' - one of my favourite scrapbooking magazines of all time! I attached letter stickers to my page and siimply drew around them with a red gel pen. I removed the stickers and outlined the letters again usig a black pen - simple and looks really cool! (thanks to Emy Buxton for the original article).
Thanks for visiting my blog today.

9 comments:

Kel said...

How amazing does that background look?! LOVE it!!!1

Chantal Vandenberg said...

Oh I love this, Sarah! Heidi's class had the same thing! I've yet to scrapbook it yet. But I will!

Lizzy Hill said...

Simply sensational....so, water colour pencils!!!! FABULOUS....another to add to the List, eh??? And the title looks wonderful & what a GREAT idea for kids, too:):) This page belongs in my "Sara's Faves Folder" for sure:):)!!!

Lizzy Hill said...

Ooops. Firstly I spelt your name WRONG. Smack. And 2ndly, I was SUPPOSED to do the OUAS blurb about how wonderful this is & for joining in. Smack again. But you know I love it, right???!!!! And I know you've popped it up on FB...so I won't remind you of doing that. Least I got that right:):) LOL!!!!

Lizzy Hill said...

Ooops. Firstly I spelt your name WRONG. Smack. And 2ndly, I was SUPPOSED to do the OUAS blurb about how wonderful this is & for joining in. Smack again. But you know I love it, right???!!!! And I know you've popped it up on FB...so I won't remind you of doing that. Least I got that right:):) LOL!!!!

Lizzyc said...

Wonderful take on the challenge, vibrant colors, great photos too! Lovely!

Val Thorpe said...

Just what I needed today... another have to have product.. .seriously :) Now I am going to look for them - so thank you Sarah... but seriously you had me at "they cover dark cardstock" Now that is cool.
Love the background and no warping. Have to try the book thing cause that freaks me out... The title is so clever too have to try that. Photos - priceless. I love your style and like Lizzy I have a Sarah's fave folder... Thanks so much for playing along with us at OUAS this month.

Tracey Sabella said...

Sarah, this is such a fabulous, vibrant boy page!! Love your background and thanks for sharing your technique!! He is such a cutie and having so much fun!! Your journaling is so perfect for both these photos and the OUAS theme!! I’m so glad you have joined us for the March Once Upon A…Sketch Challenge and for sharing your layout on our Facebook page! ~ Blessings, Tracey

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Ulrika aka LillBlomman said...

What a fun and bright page! Cool contrasts and lovely journaling! Thank you for playing with us at Once Upon A Sketch! Hugs!

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