Drawing Banners on a Layout

Hey There!  Drawing banners is so very easy, plus you can make them the perfect size and shape for your project.  But first, an announcement!

100th Blog Post Celebration

Drawing banners on a scrapbook layout.

This is my 100th blog post!  So I need to celebrate all of you who have read my posts and supported my blog by using my click through links.  And what is the best way to celebrate?  With a give away of course!  So, I’ll be giving away one of the Flipbooks that I designed for Paper House Productions.  You get to pick which Flipbook you’d like me to send you.  Here is how to enter:

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I’m almost to 100 followers on Facebook Let’s make this a real 100 celebration.  Once I reach 100 followers on Facebook I’ll select a winner.  Remember you need to both follow me on Facebook and subscribe by email to my blog.

One more thing, this is for US mailing addresses only.  Sorry to all my non-US friends, but the cost to mail these albums outside the US is very high.

I’ll use a random number generator to select a name from my blog subscriber list and notify you by email and via a blog post.

Creating Banner Embellishments

Drawing banners is a way to make versatile embellishments for your scrapbook layout, mini albums, cards and craft projects.  There are lots of types of banners, this post will focus on drawing banners that are a flag style.Drawing banners on a scrapbook layout.

Drawing Banners

On a piece of watercolor paper with a black PITT pen draw an upside down V, this is the tail of your flag banner.  Next, draw two parallel lines starting at end of the V.  Finally, connect the ends of the two parallel lines.  Drawing banners is just that easy!

If you are a bit uncertain, you can draw the banner with a pencil first, trace it with a PITT pen, then erase the pencil lines with a white eraser.  But I say go for it!  If you don’t like the one you drew, then draw another one.  They don’t need to be perfect, in fact variation makes them look more interesting.

For a bit of flair, I added 3 dots to one side and a squiggle line to the other side with a PITT pen.  Of course, this is optional.

You can use a ruler, so the lines are straight, but I like the character that hand drawn lines add.  These loose lines give movement to the flags and fit the casual motif of my drawing style.

Painting Banners

Using the wet on dry method and a medium round brush, I loosely painted one banner yellow, one green and the last one blue.  Remember, wet on dry means the brush is wet with watercolor paint, and the watercolor paper is dry.  I added blue paint to both the green and yellow banner to create shading.  Because the yellow paint was still wet when I added the blue paint the colors floated together and blended into a soft green (remember from color theory blue + yellow = green).  On the blue banner I added a touch of green.  Love the look!

Fussy Cut

Using my favorite scissors I fussy cut the banners after they were fully dry.

The Layout

This layout is part of a two page layout about classes I taught a few years ago.  I drew a bow in the top left corner of this page and the top right corner of the facing page to frame the layouts.  How to draw and paint bows will be the subject of my next post, so be sure to stop back.

Drawing banners on a scrapbook layout.

I decided to have a diagonal design in this layout.  There was a lot of blank space in both photos, so covering them with a cropped photo of the class project is the perfect solution.

To accent the diagonal design, I created two long clusters to either side of the center photo.

Left Cluster

Drawing banners on a scrapbook layout.

This small cluster of fussy cut flowers frames both the photos and journal area.

Drawing banners on a scrapbook layout.

The banners under the photo extends this cluster and ties the center photo with the bottom one.

Title Cluster

This huge cluster of flowers frames the photos and creates the perfect place for a title.

Drawing banners on a scrapbook layout.

I glued some of the flowers and leaves directly on the page using tacky glue, while others I raised up with pop dots.  Finally, I tucked some in place with only one side glued to the page.  All these techniques add dimension to this large cluster.

This blog post part of a series of posts about drawing and painting your own scrapbook paper and embellishments.  You can see the other posts here.

Happy Scrapping!


Supplies Used

Below are the scrapbook products I used on this layout.  To make them easy for you to find, I have linked each of the items below.  I personally selected all of the products used in this project.  All products were purchased by me.  As always, I am not receiving a payment for doing this project or writing these blog posts.

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Watercolor Paint
Loew-Cornell - Simply Art - Watercolor Paint Cakes - 36 Pack

Fluid Easy-Block Watercolor Paper Blocks

Strathmore - 9 x 12 Watercolor Paper Pad - 12 Sheets

Ranger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 Pack

Indian Ink Pen
Faber-Castell Mix and Match Collection Pitt Artist Pens Essential 4 Piece Set

Mechanical Pencil
Zebra Eco Jimnie Clip Mechanical Pencil

Prismacolor Magic Rub Eraser

Fiskars - Our Finest Scissors Collection - Number 5 Stitcher Scissors

Storage Container

Pen and Brush Case
Alvin Nylon Utility Bags

Foam Sheets
Spellbinders - 6 x 6 White Craft Foam Sheets - Platinum Pack 7

Pop Dots
Forever in Time - 3D Pop Dots - Double Sided Adhesive - 1/4 Inch - Round

Craft Mat
Ranger Ink - Inkssentials - Reusable Non Stick Craft Sheet - 15 inch by 18 inch

Paper Trimmer
Fiskars - 12 Inch Premium Cut-Line Portable Trimmer - Blade Style I

Paper Piercing Tool

Tonic Studios - Tim Holtz - Non-Stick Micro Serrated Scissors

Double Sided Tape
J and V Enterprises - Tacky Tear Tape - 1/4 Inch - 27 Yards

Scotch Adhesive Tacky Acid Free 4oz Bottle

Tim Holtz - Tools - Design Ruler

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Favorite Printer

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