It’s time for a new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, and this week it is my turn to be the hostess. I focused my sketch on the rule of thirds — a photography technique where the focal image isn’t centered, but is off to one side. Just picture a tic-tac-toe frame, and place the focal image on one of the red intersection dots. This helps draw the viewer’s eye to the composition of the card instead of just glancing at the center. It’s pleasing to the eye. However, as with most artistic rules, it’s a rule that doesn’t have to be followed. Sometimes, centered is better.
Well, enough of that. Here’s the sketch:
Not only did I consider the rule of thirds for the sketch, but I made the focal image a cluster of three — another composition trick that is pleasing to the eye. I decided to use images from the Tropical Chic set.
I started this one by adhering a piece of Tropical Escape dsp to the card base. I then embossed the sentiment on a slightly smaller piece of vellum card stock and adhered it on top of the dsp. A strip of dsp from the Brights dsp stack was placed on the vellum, and the focal images were arranged on it as well.
Each image was stamped using two different ink colors. I stamped the whole image with the lighter color, and then used a sponge dauber to add a little darker ink around the edges.
We hope you’ll join us and create your own card using the sketch. I can’t wait to see how everyone uses the rule of thirds this week. Meanwhile, be sure to stop by the Freshly Made Sketches site to see what the design team has created for your inspiration.
Enjoy your Wednesday! Thanks for stopping by!