I used this sketch from Sketchabilities. If you are looking for great sketches you should really check them out, I love working with them. Here is the sketch.
Here is my layout
Here is how I solved the case.
Scheme - the colours are all there.
Evidence - polkadots, flower, leaves, transparent item, crystals, flourishes, textured paper.
Testimony - List prompt - Books List - what are you reading ...
My journalling on the back of the layout says:
I am reading a book Auschwitz - A doctor's eyewitness account by Dr Miklos Nyiszli, and having just come back from a holiday in Poland where one of our trips was a day trip to Auschwitz and Birkenau Concentration and Extermination camps it seemed right to read up more about this place and the horrors that took place there.
The day we visited it was cold and wet and miserable, the wind was howling and it seemed right and fitting somehow. Even though I was dressed in fairly warm clothes I don't think I have ever been so cold and the whole time we were there my thoughts were swinging between how beautiful the place looked on the outside, all warm brick and green grass and trees - which I am sure was not there during the war - and the horrific things that happened there and how they survived in that weather.
The first thing that struck me was just how big Auschwitz and Birkenau were.. just acres and acres and acres of barracks in long neat rows that just seemed to go on forever. We all know that millions of people were exterminated in these camps, never mind how many people went into them and survived, but really for most of us it is numbers and it is hard to comprehend and when you see how big it is and how the people were housed in the buildings you really begin to understand the magnitude of what happened there.
The second thing to hit me was the hold that Hitler must have had over the Germans and how he managed to get the whole of Germany to rally behind him.
The final thing that hit me was the resilience of human kind and that even in such dire circumstances the will to live is so strong and it overrides all else.
As I am reading the book I can visualise all the places that he talks about because I was there and that has really brought it all home to me. It was horrific and we must make sure to never let it happen again.
Here are some close-ups
I started off with white watercolour paper which I washed with yellow and turquoise gelatos. I added some splats and some stamping, washi tape, builders tape, gems and flowers.
I used a mask on the background for texture and I also embossed a piece of paper with a woodgrain folder and rubbed a chalk ink over it to further enhance the embossing. I added tags, the die cut leaves and a few flowers.
Here you can see the stencilled background with the splat and the stamping and builders tape.
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