torstai 15. toukokuuta 2014
Here I go again...
[switching to English for this post]
Once again it's time to take part in the Once Upon A...Sketch challenge, this time for May. It has been my favourite challenge for a while, for the combination of the sketch and the journalling theme, which combined trigger my imagination. For example, for the May layout my thoughts began with the journaling theme of "Anything goes...", which got me thinking about the feedback my daughter received from her 1st grade teacher, who said that she is "always ready to take part in everything, be it singing, ice-skating, or orientation, and does it with joy, also noticing if someone is excluded and will encourage that child along to take part as well". It almost made me tear up hearing the feedback; that behavior is something that I value greatly.
Anyhow, it's not easy choosing a photo for this type of a topic, which is not necessarily photo-related, but thinking about the feedback (which forms the title and the journaling), I picked a photo of eager gardening, which to me was a good example of "taking part in everything" - getting really excited about learning and doing things, no matter what they are.
I wanted the layout to have a free-flow kind of a feel, so I did quite a lot of heat embossing, playing with modeling paste, painting and stamping with different liquid mediums, and, as a first, painting with water colors on rose embellishments and petals, which thereby got a new, more hand-made feel. The dark gray stains are not shadows or dirt, they are spray mists for giving more depth. My daughter has contributed to the layout by adding crochet (the light green embellishment)! I am hoping for many more months of the Once Upon A...Sketch challenge & wish the best of luck for the group running it from now on.