I laid out all the pieces in front of me for this one, studied the piece that had the failed drawing, turning it upside down, sideways, angled etc. No wonder I didn’t use it the first time, still didn’t like it this time…so…turned it over and cut out a cat (cat’s are on my mind lately)…sorry Habibi the dog (accused him of being a cat). The stamp seemed to be glaring, not working, so bordered it roughly in black and thought of it as a sign so cut out two small pieces of the spray painted piece for a sign post and left it to one side, as I did the words came…
110th Street with its sign
on the post
Sits in the dark
harbouring the ghost
Everyone is afraid to walk down 110th Street at night.
Those words just came as I bordered the stamp with the black so used a black water soluble oil pastel as the night sky and bordered it by working the pastel in a lot then washing it to an almost solid form so there was a dull light in the centre area.
Cat prowling at night above children
in their home’s bright light.
A slim strip of paste paper lit up the children’s houses below the dark of the night.
The night is the host
for the family of ghosts
The night feels ominous… ghosts, so the marbled piece became filled with ghost faces. The stamp went into place as a street sign.
Cometh an owl, wise and watching
in the dark of night..
against a moon
of both black and white.
Die cut circle for the moon. The owl came from nowhere, I wondered why
Upon the branch
from the dark of the night.
I was deep into it and feeling the darkness and yet when I finished and sat back and reviewed it as a whole, I found an entirely different story. Nothing looks evil or scary; the children are safe; there is no threat. The cat looks like a ‘kitty kat’ and about as scary as the owl looks brave . Little owl looks like a baby and needs some guarding himself. The ghosts, well, not one ghost looks the slightest bit harmful. I was most surprised how one works with the feel of a story, yet at the same time producing a different one.
The Owl and the Pussycat seems far more of an appropriate title now.
Another lovely time of just creating for fun.
- 1 x pink handmade pulp paper scrap
- 1 x small scrap handmade pulp paper square pattern
- 1 x square origami paper with a swirl
- 2 x paste papers
- 1 x marbled patterned wrapping paper
- 1 x strip rice paper with gold splatter
- 2 x pieces pink me teinte pastel paper
- 1 x strip dark brown me teinte pastel paper
- 1 x blue handmade pulp paper star shape
- 1 x piece marbled paper
- 1 x piece handmade pink paper
That is a lot of paper, what to do…what to do.
I am just going to fit the last of this challenge in before I go away, perfect timing. Happy creating everyone.