I'm always excited when Get It Scrapped throws me a sketch challenge. I'm usually a paper shuffler: I move everything around
|From a sketch at Get It Scrapped, based on a page by Sue Althouse|
until I like the basic shape, and then - more often than not - I move it all round again, and start sticking it down in a completely different design. So working from a sketch gets me thinking in a new way.
When the bones are there in front of me I always take the opportunity to look at how they are put together. What makes this design easy on the eye? How does it pull me round the page? Is there anything about the way the photo is placed which ensures it attracts attention?
And then, as I start to choose my embellishments, I consider whether I'm enhancing the original design, or whether my additions are simply detracting from it. Will I move my basics round just a touch to make room for the perfect little piece I've been saving? What will I do to make this page one of mine? (A swipe of blue and green on this one, because we all know I'm playing paint-y at the moment, and a ruffle paper edge).
And then, when I'm completely finished, I'll look at the sketch again and imagine how it might work on a smaller canvas, or even as a card. Because a sketch you can stretch is a sketch to keep hold of. You'll find this one, and the matching layered template, over on the Get It Scrapped blog along with links to a huge collection of others. You could fill a sketch book.