Tuesday, July 23, 2013

...Grow... July 2013 OUAS Challenge.

 This month the journalling challenge at Once Upon a Sketch is the word GROW...

And this is the sketch to follow...

Now some may think that my subject for this challenge is rather grimm and sombre, but I wanted to move away from the obvious choices and focus on those not fortunate enough to have had the chance in life to grow up and have a normal childhood and life expectancy...

I have a fascination with graveyards and when on vacation I love to wander around in them, taking in the beauty of age old gravestones, wondering about the life's of those finding their final resting place under the Cyprus trees! What does tend to catch me though, are the graves of children...those who have been taken away far too soon...That then was even more so the case at this specific graveyard...

Here is a little history of this Concentration Camp graveyard situated outside the Free state town of Bethulie.

 "Concentration Camp.  This site is a sad commemoration of what was the largest of the camps used by the British in the Anglo-Boer War. (1899 to 1902). As there was a possibility that the area where the Original Concentration Camp Area was located would be flooded as a result of the construction of Lake Gariep,a decision was taken to exhume, move and rebury 1 737 people to the present graveyard location, 3km from town - the original cairn and two monuments can still be seen..  Ex-State President CR Swart  unveiled the new Concentration Camp Graveyard in October 1996"

My journalling at the back of my page reads as follows...

" Having three children of my own, who have never really wanted for anything in life, save for some luxuries now and then, it was so heartbreaking standing at the walls with all the headstones that parents must have carved from sandstone dating babies sometimes only a few days old...These poor souls have had to endure hardships like hunger, weather elements and sickness and all that was left for them here on earth, was a beautiful decorated headstone."

I have once again used Maja Design Papers...Vintage Summer Basics 1904
                                                                                Vintage Spring Basics 9th of March
                                                       Fika Karleksmums

The chipboard elements are from Imaginerium Designs and the mists are Lindys Stampgang Starbursts.

I have treated the chipboard as follows, I dry brushed some Gesso randomly onto the pieces, inked with Distress Ink Pumice Stone and painted a good layer of LSG Moonshadow Mist Buccaneer Bay Blue on the dry chippy. I also applied some random Crackling Accents. The tiny floral piece was Gesso'd and inked with Mix'd Media Chox Sage and BlueJay.

The blue droplets are an example of the vintage brown undertone and blue shimmer that characterise the Moonshadow Mists...

I also used the mist to tone down the Prima flowers somewhat...they were a little to bright for the rest of the palette.

The Gate and Pillar stamp is from La Blanche.

Title chipboard's are also randomly Gesso'd, inked with BlueJay and given a more than liberal painting of Buccaneer Bay Blue mist and edged with some black ink.

This is what my background paper looked like after misting and before I covered it all up with my layers...I used the following LSG Mists, 

        Whale Watch Blue

Another look at the Moonshadow Mist effect. Please remember that you can double click on my photos to zoom in for an even better view.

The process of colouring my chippies. On the left is just the added Gesso, middle is inked with Pumice Stone and the right is painted with the mists...

These are the walls that the children's headstone were build into...

I leave you once again with some wise words...Thank you for sharing some memories with me.

There is always one moment in childhood
 when the door opens and lets the future in.
 ~Graham Greene~


  1. Oh my goodness this is amazing.. what a different but touching theme you have used for your layout.. love all your amazing touches, the stamping is stunning, the photos are so moving, well done on your take of this challenge...

  2. Stunning page Patricia and what wonderful details as always! Even though the theme is sombre...it's certainly a part of our history, and wonderful that you have documented it here! Beautiful chippies and such fabulous colouring! ;-)

  3. A truly beautiful layout Patricia. I have a fascination with graveyards too, and I agree it's always the children's graves who tug at your heart the most. Cannot imagine what their parents must have gone through. Your page is a lovely tribute to their story. It is just amazing. The stamping, the misting, the colours all the details you've put into it are just incredible. Absolutely stunning!!! ox

  4. A beautiful and sensitive page which really tugs at my heart strings and the step by step process of achieving this gorgeous page is inspiring. TFS

  5. I absolutely love the way you have approached this challenge Patricia. It's a beautiful (and probably relatively untold) story that you have crafted exquisitely. Just beautiful. Thank you for sharing this amazing layout with us at OUAS

  6. This is exquisite Patricia! sombre as it may be, it is a story that deserves to be told. LOVE the effect of the Moonshadow misting, just beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeously created page with us at OUAS!

  7. A truly beautiful and touching page Patricia. Your background detail and layers are gorgeous, very inspiring!! Thanks so much for sharing with us at OUAS.

  8. OMG! OMG! such a gorgeous and an inspiring layout...the use of the embellishments, the colours, the layout everything is simply fab...<3 <3 it


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