Saturday, 18 April 2015
Artastic, Scrap Africa, Lets get sketchy
My initial inspiration for this piece came from a combination of the challenge over at Artastic - using the inspiration piece shown above (Frozen music by Roy de Maistre) the challenge requires using swirls, and the challenge over at Scrap Africa which requires using a pencil and suggests some amazing ways to do so in the article above.
I decided not to be quite so creative and follow the inspiration picture by hand drawing some swirls in pencil. I later went back over them in felt tip pen as they were not so visible after painting!
I then went searching to find some papers which matched my swirled background and came up with these three journalling cards. I decided that I would tell a funny story I have been meaning to journal for some time.
Afew years ago my daughters trained at a local gymnastics club with a group of very talented children. One in particular was very much a perfectionist, trained alot of hours and was particularly successful. My daughter, Aelira was a couple of years younger and clearly envied and looked upto this girl. She would always come home and tell me that her and the other girl were the best of friends, did everything together, and how much the other girl disliked my other daughter, Michelle.
Afew years later, I was talking to one of the other parents about the friendships and strains within the group and was told by the other parent that Aelira and her "best friend" had never gotten along. I dont think so, I said - I think you mean she doesnt get along with Michelle??
Later on I asked the girls about the story, and the truth came out. Aelira had pretended to be best friends with the girl for years, but the girl found her annoying.... but she got along with Michelle quite well. The conversation went something like this:
Aelira: Well, I wanted to be friends with her because she is so pretty, but she just thought I was annoying....
Me: Aelira, you are just as pretty as her
Aelira: No Im not
Michelle: Well, Im way prettier....
This little conversation gave me a good laugh and I wanted to record it, its a good little insight into their personalities.
I decided to use a sketch from Lets Get Sketchy, but swap the 3 photos for the 3 journalling cards. I keeping with the other challenges I also added some prima fussy cut embellishments which looked hand drawn with pencil, and some cut out pencils and some extra doodling.