I need to remember to take QUALITY time for myself ... watching junk T.V and feeling guilty about it because there are things I want to get done isn't taking time for myself. Being creative is a great way to take some quality time for myself.
Anyhow, I had scheduled myself for a 12day work-a-thon (on accident) that really didn't allow for much artistic expression. I did what I could when I felt inspired and finally on Friday I was FREE! Here is how the piece transpired.
Just in time for Halloween : Behind the Mask
I wanted to create a character who while in costume had a story to tell
and didn't want to hide behind the wall or the personal mask she had
Not sure where the blue hair came from, but I was thinking of the crazy
poofs of the 1800's and also had visions of the masquerade party from
Romeo and Juliette.
Originally I imagined a castle, but then when I laid down the teal color I
wanted to layer white over it and suddenly I began thinking about the
birch trees we had in our yard while growing up ... so I went with it.
I used to peal the bark, this was like pealing away the mask, showing
the many layers that lie beneath.
A couple days later I learned that birch trees are a symbol of renewal
among other things, so my subconscious really did lead me in a good
Here is the final product. There are bronze colored stamps and blue
stamps that really don't show up well at all via photo, but I love the grungy
look it provides.
I was afraid the mask would take away from the rest of the picture, but
I don't feel like it does... my eyes seem to roam about which is what I want.
A close up of the face shows the "writing stamp" I used. I was
scared to put it on her face, but I used some distressed ink and applied
it lightly ... it turned out JUST like I wanted.
A mask, like a cover should never be judged. The words on her being is
I used that stamp in other places too. :)
This was done on water color paper with water-soluble crayons, acrylics, acrylic dabbers, pearl spray stain, gel pens, black pit pen, stickles, feathers, gems and distressed ink.
I'm glad its done, but I don't know what I am supposed to do with it ... I don't feel like I'm creating at a "selling" quality. I rarely keep anything I make, but not sure who would want this ... anyone? :)