Sarah will be graduating from elementary school this year - in a mere few days, actually. Her class's moving-up and awards ceremony is on Friday and I volunteered to help with decorations. I made a banner to hang on the wall that can be used as a backdrop for picture-taking.
I started with a roll of white kraft paper and an idea. I love the quote from Dr. Seuss, "Oh, the places you'll go!", and that was the springboard for my banner. I rolled out the paper on my kitchen floor and started sketching and painting.
I thought it would be neat for a photo-op after the ceremony - the child can stand in front of the banner and have his or her picture taken. I wanted a large frame - big enough to frame the child's face - and a banner over the frame that would announce that this very special child is a *graduate* and will be moving on to bigger things! :-)
(I used a fan to speed the drying process. Worked like a charm.)
I sketched everything out in pencil first and then used acrylic paints to color in my letters and shapes. I decided after I had the word 'graduate' painted for the banner above the frame that I didn't like the color and the fact that all the letters were the same color. So, I didn't worry about it - I made it work. I painted the turquoise rectangle over the letters because I decided I would make a 3-D 'graduate' banner to cover my mistake.
I had to move up to the kitchen table for awhile so my puppy wouldn't step on the banner when Todd came home from work. She tends to get a bit excited. :-)
You can see I started to get the paper ready for the banner above the frame (and to hide my boo-boo!)... I cut irregular rectangles from cardstock and then painted each one a different color. I did use the orange, lime green and dark turquoise from the right side to pull the design together and keep it cohesive.
The 'graduate' banner has foam pop-dots under each flag. I used the black marker to draw curly ribbons hanging from the nails (also 3-D) and an actual ribbon across the banner and draping down the sides. I used glue dots to hold the curls in the real ribbon. The white letters in 'graduate' are my design sketched on plain white printer paper, cut out and outlined with the black marker.
Now, I just hope that the parents and kids will want to use this as a photo-op on Friday. I know Sarah will be standing in front of it! :-)