Saturday, June 12, 2010

Crying woman

If you've been reading for a while you know that we've had illness galore around here this year. *sigh* It's been a wild ride, and looks to be even tougher ahead. Between the three of us getting sick at the drop of a hat, summer arriving with all of it's activities, long term family issues and DH's condition continuing to worsen with no answers in sight - well, we've really hit a wall.
So, not so strangely, it finally came out in my crafting. I have to say that I really love this image - it's evocative even if it's not comfortable. And it seems to fit the mood around here lately! :)
The main image is from Non Sequitur. All of the flourishes are from Stempleglede. First I covered some white c/s with Milled Lavender DI. After rounding the corners I used Milled Lavender and Dusty Concord to stamp flourishes around the edge.
On a second piece of white c/s I stamped the woman with black VersaFine and colored her with Lyra pencils. I cut the oval using nesties, then inked around her & the flowers with more Milled Lavender. More flourishes with Dusty Concord and a final edging with black completed her panel.
Although it's not completely obvious in the picture, the oval is popped up for dimension - which allowed the use of a few of the ubiquitous little rolled flowers. You can find an awesome tutorial for them here - it's actually very easy to do, just a little tedious. They came out super dark looking in the picture, but IRL they were the same color as the card base on one side and the same color as the flowers on the other (with a spritz of glimmer mist).
Thanks for dropping by!


Diana said...

Very pretty colors

lauren said...

well this is ♥GORGEOUS♥ of course, and totally inspirational! (i want to stamp flourishes around the edge of a nestie frame/shape now!)

i am sorry that it's inspired by real life--b/c i can totally relate to that at the moment! one thing for sure we will never be those unaware, unappreciative, "take-good health-for granted" types ever again, will we??!?!

i am sorry things are rough right now...i am sending loads of "good vibes" and so forth in hopes that answers will be found and adjustments arrived at that makes everything bearable until better days return!!!!! ♥♥♥♥♥ (& also ♥♥♥♥♥...cause ya might need extra!)

(ps: you were right about the "hidden thoughts" AJ page...but there's no new drama or anything! you know i am can have the same situation for weeks at a time, but some days you "deal" better than others!)_ ♥

Jill said...

So sorry to hear you are going through a lot right now. I am sending hugs your way!!!

Your card is so beautiful. The oval shape makes a lovely background. Your coloring is spectacular, too! You've evoked quite a mood with this card- true art!

Etha said...

What a beautiful card! The image is very cool, I don't think I've ever seen a beautiful woman image who wasn't underweight and didn't have huge breasts.... this one is perfect!
Not nice about the life-issues, but I'm sure you'll get through and things will get better.
I feel that most of my cards/art in some way reflect how I feel or what is going on at the moment, I just don't often share the thoughts behind them. But it is a good way to "work it" ;)