Hello lovely readers.
As you will know from my last post, I'm just getting back into my crafting. I've just started an art journal which, although I'm no 'artist' in the general sense, I can use to sketch, doodle, fling paint at and stick things to. I'm enjoying the freedom that the journal is letting me have. It really doesn't matter that I'm not good at art - it's the 'doing' that I'm finding quite therapeutic. When I'm feeling tired, I can sit quiet and doodle in my armchair with just a pen or pencil and have a good old colouring in session without the need for lots of materials around. Conversely I can allow myself to be surrounded by every craft item known to man and sit up at the kitchen table where I can get messy with glue and glitter and oils and pastels and all that malarkey!! As I've just been diagnosed with spondylosis in my lumbar spine, I'm feeling a bit sorry for myself so this journal will be just the place to let off a bit of a creative steam.
My friends over at The House of Bears blog SEE HERE set a literary challenge a few days ago using "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens as a prompt and using the words
I'm ashamed to say that I've never read Great Expectations so the challenge was more, erm, challenging. Thanks to the mighty Google however, quick character synopses and quotations were provided to me - and with this help I think I just managed to pull it off.
|Borrowed from the t'interweb|
As I just wanted the picture as a base, I went to work on altering her a little, giving her black button eyes and a stitched mouth a la Sally in A Nightmare Before Christmas. Her hair was created using Angelina's Fusible Fibres which I cut to shape before sticking down. Some thread and lace dyed with good old fashioned tea was added and Miss Havisham was .. erm... born!
I used watercolours to create a gloomy dark background and, as the text advises that the room was 'yellow light in the darkened room' I added a touch of yellow to the mix to reflect this and the suggestion of neglect/decay.
The nature/nurture element was relatively easy really. I colour washed the top of the page with the palest hint of blue, then found a feature garden picture in one of my old Country Living magazines. I painted the window frame around the picture and then added two painted strips of card to denote the window itself.
The quotation "So!" she said, without being startled or surprised; "the days have worn away, have they ?"
Thanks bears - I had great fun!!