This week's challenge on the cropchocolate.com site is 2-fold. We're to use a sketch by Dee Dee Catron, and we're to use a masking technique. Masking is not new to me, but it's just been the past few months that I've been diving into the world of sketches. At first, I followed the sketches quite literally. As I get more comfortable using them, I find myself deviating from them quite a bit, using just some of the sketch as my starting point and seeing where it takes me.
|Here's Dee Dee's sketch|
And, here's my take on it. I chose to use the circle idea, substituting butterflies instead. And, I stuck with one picture as the sketch did. It was a rainy day when I took the pictures, so it's hard to see here, but there is a doily behind the year and floral clump. That is how I chose to interpret the right side of Dee Dee's sketch. I used Echo Park This and That Charming, Echo Park Note to Self and the masked butterflies are on a piece of Close To My Heart script paper form the Lucy collection. Flowers were cut from the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge at 2 and 2 1/2 inches. Leaves are a Spellbinders die. Butterflies and spray ink are Studio Calico. The "spring" letters are white Thickers that I inked. The year are stickers from the This and That Charming 12x12 paper pack. The 2 border pieces were cut from the Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge.
This is a close up of the masking. I used the chipboard butterflies as my masks. I first used Mister Hueys spray ink. I didn't think they were quite distinctive enough after the mist dried, so I then added several shades of Tim Holtz distress ink around the butterflies to give them some more definition.
This is a closeup of the floral cluster and a butterfly that is inked.
Hope you like it. I sure had fun getting inky making it!