This has been an exciting week in craft land - with the annual CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) show. I have so enjoyed watching videos and reading the blog coverage of all the great new products and ideas soon to come our way.
Two Peas In a Bucket has had a wonderful event running to encourage the excitement for all of us crafters here at home. Various chats and challenges have been posted to participate in, along with their contribution to the blogging and video coverage.
One challenge was to use the trendy hexagon shape in a layout. I don't have a hexagon of any sort in my stash, so I decided to make my own. That is was I love about these challenges - I am forced to try something different/new and work-out my creative muscles. Let's see how this came together, shall we?
First, I cut a rough hexagon template from some spare cardboard:Then, I traced the template with pencil in a random pattern onto white watercolor paper:
Armed with a nice selection of Faber Castell products, I got to work on jazzing up those hexagons:
A little scribble of an Aquarelle pencil, followed by a wet brush makes a beautiful water color effect:I am liking the direction that is headed, let's go ahead and scribble in all the hexagons:
Time to play with some of my new patterned paper from Echo Park's A Boy's Life collection:
Let's put that template to work again:
Adds a nice touch to the hexagon:
Five of the hexagons get patterned paper accents and then it's time to place the photo. I also decided to add some strips of the patterned paper to the bottom right and top left of the watercolor paper that has been mounted onto a Kraft background, off-center. Why off-center? Seemed more interesting and left a nice area on the left for journaling
Hmmmm, I am thinking I need a bit more brown and orange to tie in the colors of the photo. Speaking of the photo, that is my hubby with a wish bone - so proud of himself that he figured out how to carve a turkey (we had to watch a YouTube video to make that happen!)
Strips of paper have been added as well as the Washi Tape. But, now I am still thinking that photo needs something:
Perhaps more Washi? Not sure. Time to sleep on it...
OK, I am back for another go. Is that a bowl of chocolate chips? Of course not!
Hmmm, still not sure about that Washi around the photo:
Let's go ahead and stitch the strips at the corners while pondering:
OK, yep - washi has to go:
Ahhh, better already. But, now the photo is sort of floating there, you think?
Perhaps adding some stitching around the photo will do the trick?
I can always cover that back up if I don't like it.
Oh, but I do like it. Hoorah!
Now for some brown splatter. I scribble some Brown watercolor crayon onto my craft mat to make a spray:
With the photo covered, I splatter away:
Time to embellish!
I look for mostly orange and green pieces to add:
After futzing with a few ideas, I make my choices. I am liking the continuity of the kraft along with the bold black lines on the doilies:
Just a bit of journaling and hash marks ... I declare it complete!
If it weren't for this challenge at Two Peas, I would have never ended up with this Layout. I love that! What do you love most about a good creative challenge? I would love to hear from you!