Thursday, July 21, 2011

God Bless America

There is a fun Add-On Sketch over at the Sketch Support website this week! This add-on sketch is intended to look like fireworks exploding in the sky, but could be altered into a number of different things.

Here is the sketch (go to the website to print it out):

For this sketch I kept trying to think outside the box but wasn't very successful. I originally was going to alter the fireworks to look like dandelions. It would have worked great except that I was using dandelion patterned paper on my layout and it just wasn't working for me. I'm sure my perfectionism was coming out in full force. ;)

Instead of dandelions I went with firecrackers! I don't have too many holiday decorations, so I thought that I would make myself a 4th of July decoration. Here is what I came up with:

I decorated the back of an 8x10 canvas. I did this once before for another design team and had so much fun with it. I painted both the front and the back of the canvas and then glued down all the different parts. I stuck to the firework sketch for the most part with a few variations. I love how the sketch is very detailed about how to stitch the sparklers. Worked perfectly for me and I used metallic DMC floss to make sure that they really did sparkle. :)

Variation #1 -  I added rectangle bases to my fireworks. They add some visual interest and ground the sparklers. So I guess now they are considered firecrackers instead of fireworks.
Variation #2 - Instead of stitching the firework stems I used aluminum wire. I stuck the wire into the pop dots under the rectangle bases and then cushioned the other end between two small pop dots that are covered by the center circles.


Rhonda said...

This is adorable!! LOVE it!

Sandy said...

I love how creative you have been with this patriotic motif. Using the inside of a canvas makes a framed picture. very ingenius. I love the use of the wire and the metallic floss, pus the scalled edge on the red paper. Wo, what a nice creation.

Brittany said...

So cute! Where is mine? I think you should start making double of everything! ;)

Thomas said...

You did an excellent job on this. I really like how you stitched the explosion lines rather than the shooting up lines like the sketch. How much could I pay you to make me one of these next June?