Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Whatevers #3 - The Rutherford-Jones family vacation


Another month for a Whatevers story!  I'm really enjoying participating with these monthly pictures from Catherine, Nathalie and Vicki (check out their blogs to download the picture and join in).  I love seeing what the new picture is on the 15th and pondering about it to "get to know them better" lol!  It's so fun to let their story grow in my mind for awhile and then put them in my canvas portfolio journal.  This month, instead of a bright and colorful background with the black and white photo, I chose to color the photo instead using a combination of distress inks and watercolor pencils, and I kept my background more neutral and subdued.  I used a crackle medium that turned out to look more like wood grain which I think fits for my story in a national park.  I stamped flowers and grassy leafy bits using archival ink colors (which stamped beautifully over the paint), but found it didn't stand out well, so I doodled flowers and leaves over the stamping with a black pen.

I hope you enjoy my story of the four Rutherford-Jones sisters.



Here's the text on the page for easier reading:

Summer vacation.  The four Rutherford-Jones sisters have spent months thinking about it.  They hoped to go to a seaside hotel where they could sip lemonade, eat cucumber sandwiches and try a different flavor of ice cream everyday, but their parents have very different ideas of what a summer vacation should be.  Being teachers, they do their best to turn vacations into learning experiences.  This year, they decided to take their daughters on an outdoor excursion to a national park, gave them a list of native wildflowers to find, and while walking along the rock-lined path, their father, Prof. Rutherford-Jones, enlightened them about the process of quarrying granite. After finishing the 4.7mi park loop trail and finally sitting down for a rest, he posed a question for each of them to figure out how many steps they each just took. While he and their mother set out their picnic lunch, each sister got to work figuring out their stride length to complete the calculation.
...ahhhh....summer vacation.

flower stamps: Donna Downey for Unity Stamps

8 comments:

Healing Woman said...

You did such a great job in depicting this family. I love the frame you created and the way in which you have placed the wording for story. I love the whole concept of this idea!!

Sandie Edwards said...

This is simply amazing, all the details, the photographs and how you actually created the memories...

My name is Erika. said...

Great page lay out. Love your story- it sounds like something I would do on my summer vacation.
Waiting for Saturday and the Julie FFB class. And am looking forward to meeting you there.

Debbie K. said...

LOVE the art and LOVE the story, Penny! So cute:) Wish I had time to do some 'whatever' artwork. Looks like loads of fun...

Nathalie Kalbach said...

oh this is amazing! love the story and the design. thank you so so much for sharinfg!

Mila said...

Muchas felicidades es precioso el trabajo y la historia, es maravilloso haberse embarcado en este proyecto tan apasionante , yo acabo de subir mi trabajo te dejo mi enlace por si quieres verlo, un abrazo.
http://cleoscrap.blogspot.com.es/2012/09/moira-aprendiz-de-escritora-whatevers-3.html

Jennie Atkinson said...

Such a lovely story Penny and great pages. All the details are lovely.

Pearl Maple said...

Great story telling, the colours and texture add so much to your theme