Hello! I’m Leslie, and I’m here for my first episode as … drum roll please …
(Mary Dawn, Please pick yourself up off the floor now.)
I may or may not be addicted to sketch challenges, so the lovely Linda and Mary Dawn have asked me to pop in once a month, give you a sketch drawn by the talented and most-generous Chari Moss, then show you what I do with that sketch.
I know some people are scared of sketches; I know several “no, no, no, I can’t do sketches” mental block types; others who can only do them exactly as they are drawn; and a batch of people who blow me away with their interpretations. We’re not going anywhere near that last one, but all that other stuff is fair game to me, and I hope to provide you with some insight.
Enough with the blathering .. are you ready to get started? 🙂
Here’s this month’s sketch:
Nice, huh? Okay, first up is a literal interpretation. Here’s the unadorned sketch to help you visualize:
and here’s my card:
I took the sketch as it was drawn, and even used hearts for the heart elements. This totally works. However, if it had been March and you wanted to make a St. Patrick’s Day card, you could swap the hearts for shamrocks and replace the pink with green. Or in July you could go with blue and red stars for Independence Day or just a patriotic theme. I might have over-achieved and actually made samples for you:
For the patriotic one, I didn’t even make a banner; I just used the idea of the banner and used washi tape and a stamped sentiment.
When I first look at a sketch, sometimes I have an idea right away with the original orientation, and sometimes my brain flips it as part of the initial idea. For this one I actually physically turned it upside down, like this:
and I saw balloons:
See? That wasn’t so difficult. 🙂 It’s still a literal interpretation, but with a twist.
Then I woke up one day and had another idea to really mix things up. This may seem kindof extreme if you’re a beginner, but it’s really just a 90 degree turn of the sketch:
and this is what I made:
Okay, yeah, I changed the orientation, too, but can you still see the sketch? I didn’t use strings, and I made the sentiment way longer than the sketch element which is why I made the card portrait instead of landscape, but the idea is still there.
Most sketch challenges let you use the sketch as a jumping-off point, and you can mix things up as long as they can still “see” the original sketch. I take a lot of liberties with sketches, and it really is a great way for me to get started on a card, since (for me) the design can sometimes be the most difficult part of making the card.
As you participate in other challenges this month, feel free to use this sketch. It is not a separate challenge in itself, and there’s no linky below; rather it’s a little something extra to jump-start your mojo. If you do use the sketch, please use the official ABNH sketch graphic in your post and not my hacked version of the raw sketch, and also please link back to ABNH. 🙂
I hope I’ve given you some ideas and some things to think about. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. Also, as we travel this new road together, I’m open to suggestions for things you’d like to see in future sketch posts, and I’ll do my best to incorporate them.