September 30, 2012

Not Easy Street - CSI #38

We are onto the 3rd challenge at CSI for the month of September.  In order to offically try out for their DT, we have to complete at least 3 of the 4 September challenges.

Here is #3.

I started by making my own brick mask. Follow these steps to create your own...
1.  Use a thicker piece of cardboard to cut out the brick pattern. 
2.  Draw out your brick pattern.  It does not have to be perfect!!!  Make sure to have some bigger bricks and some smaller ones.
3.  Using a craft knife, cut out the design.  Once again, it does not have to be perfect.
I made my pattern with 7 rows of bricks.  The mask can always be moved and repeated if you need to cover a bigger surface.  I want to stress that the drawing and the cutting does not have to be perfect.  The character of the mask is created with the imperfections.

I had some patterned paper with the street signs.  I cut them out because I probably have had that sheet of paper for close to 10 years and had not found a use for it until then.  I know, I'm a paper hoarder!

My newspaper article was about my son, Sawyer.  He fell on this uneven brick sidewalk.

A closer look at my painted bricks.  In this case, I used white paint and sponged it on.  After it was dry, I shifted the mask slightly and sprayed brown ink over it.


  1. Lisa thanks for sharing this idea....masking looks real does your journaling,at first i thought it was a real news article...could not comment on CSI!

  2. This is such an interesting page. Thanks for sharing your page with us at OUAS.

  3. Cool photo - cool design.
    Thank you for sharing with us at OUAS!

  4. Beautiful page and great photo! Thank you so much for playing along with us at OUAS!

  5. Thanks so much for sharing your page with us at OUAS! very interesting to learn how you created the brick masking, clever!