Scrapshots - Archive for March 2013

Life Book 2013: Week 8

Jane Davenport's lesson on Unstumpification was one of my favourites so far. I LOVED her entertaining video and, seeing that I am totally useless at drawing, found this technique soooo helpful. I will definitely be practising to draw a lot more girls with this technique.


This was my second try. On the first one I messed up my background pretty badly. The distress stain simply didn't respond the way Jane's seemed to do in the video. I don't know if it was my paper or if I was just doing it wrong. So I opted for Liquitex acrylic ink instead. One of my FAVOURITE products to use! (I so need more of these!) I dripped ink and painted it in with a wet paint brush. And because I used the Liquitex, I simply HAD to add some drips. I love that look.

I also kept my face much simpler than Jane's. The fact that she came with sunglasses definitely helped.

I substituted a lot of the products. The lilac shading was done with a distress marker. I love that look.

I wrote on my girl's dress instead of printing. I love using my own handwriting, even though I don't always love my own handwriting (if that makes sense). I wrote about what bravery means to me, something in the line of: Stepping up to the plate, taking responsibility, being accountable for our actions, considering others in everything we do, being honest, being true to our word, being trustworthy, that is what bravery is all about.
I love how the dress turned out with my handwriting.


And, finally, my title: Brave girl, you can do anything! Written with a white Galaxy marker and Pitt pens.


Life Book 2013: Week 6

Week 6 by Tamara Laporte was definitely a challenge... or would have been if I did it the correct way (I cheated).

The assignment was to draw a full length body with a misted background of an animal silhouette. In Tam's video she explained how she masked the girl with masking fluid to mist the background but when she peeled off the dried masking fluid she discovered that it was uneven and she lost some of her detail. I don't have masking fluid (never heard of it) and decided to start with my background, paint my girl on a separate piece of paper, cut her out and glue her over my animal. Worked like a charm. I was also VERY lazy and used Tam's girl template and printed it onto watercolour paper instead of drawing my own girl.


I chose a rhino as my brave animal because it is relevant in Africa at the moment. The way things are going, rhino's are brave just by being around. One of these days there won't be any left.

I don't have a photo or scanned image... but when my daughter saw the girl I printed out she pointed out that it looked like a ballerina and she simply HAD to have one. She drew the cutest ballerina outfit, painted her girl and found an awesome background to glue it onto. She's such a little star! By the way, her picture is prettier than mine

Life Book 2013: Week 5

In Week 5's lesson by Kelly Hoernig we created a Game board with a game piece and cards.

I loved designing the background, especially misting and stenciling. I used a map of Africa as my base. It kinda disappeared underneath all the layers of paint and mist but that's ok; I know it's there.


The board follows a path with blocks symbolising our challenges/obstacles, other blocks offering motivation/encouragement, finally ending at a pocket with game cards which symbolise our goals.

For my game piece I chose a photo of Louise Carver (I took the photo at a show at Van Loveren at the 2010 Wacky Wine Weekend). She is one of my all time favourite South African singers with a voice like an angel AND she plays piano. Definitely one of my heroes. I added some butterfly wings to symbolise freedom... freedom in creating, freedom in singing, freedom in expressing myself.


The dark blocks on the board represent our challenges. Hmmm.... there are many. For art... I would have to say distractions (TV, internet, etc.), mojo/inspiration (lack of), procrastination (because of the distractions), priorities (too many, so I struggle to decide what is more important and then end up doing nothing) and time management.

The lighter blocks represent encouragement. I chose to tell myself to pray (twice!) (it also goes with my word for the year: faith) and sing (also something I want to spend more time on). I also added little encouragements like “You rock!”, “Go! Go! Go!”, “Just do it”, “Just a little is enough” and “TRY”.

The game cards represent our goals for the year. One of the cards has my word for the year on it: Faith. On the back is an explanation of what faith means and why it is my word for the year. I chose the word “Faith” because I am coming back to what I have lost over the last 2 years. I want to base everything I do on that this year. It makes things a lot simpler because, when I am not sure how to tackle a situation or even IF I can, all I have to do is remember that I just need a little faith.



My goals for the year are to art every day, explore more and explore the idea of a business venture. On the front of the goal cards are my goals. On the back is a short explanation. I didn't really keep the end product in mind when I was designing the cards, so when I wanted to write my words I didn't have enough space and/or the colours were too dark to write on. I ended up with messy cards but I decided to keep them that way because I really liked the images I used.

Art every day:



Business? (Question mark, because I am “testing” the idea)






That is my long-winded post for the day. More of Life Book (I'm catching up) to follow!

Once Upon a Sketch: Carnival

I stumbled upon some transparent elements that I simply HAD to use, like NOW, after they've been gathering dust for 2 years... you know how it goes
Love this month's sketch over at OUAS. Here is my take on it:


My journaling on the back reads:
8 March 2013 - Carnival Weekend at Monte Vista Primary is always a highlight! Especially the soap box derby! And especially if your class team wins. Well done 2A!

Here are some closeups. Just look at the determination on that little face


I love this little girl skipping rope.


I decorated my misted chicken wire with some bling.


And finally, the sketch:


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