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Thursday, 15 October 2015

Crikey! It's been ages since my last post!

Hi there! Gosh, I didn't realise it had been so long since my last posting. However, I have been spending some lovely quality time with both my daughters and their families. Grandfairies certainly keep me busy. Now I have some catch up time for art! I had a few project deadlines that had to be met first. Here are a couple of photos of the ATCs I've just completed for the latest Stampotique Originals October challenge. The theme was: Fright Night. I immediately thought of Hitchcock's shocking shower scene in his famous film noir: Psycho. I knew I wanted to use the little parrot and his beak to represent the device which stabs the innocent victim! I love 'Maya' which I've only recently bought as she does look very innocent with her pig tails, so I felt she was a good choice for the victim.


I started off by scraping some 3D gloss gel (Prima) through a TH stencil on a watercolour ATC card. This was to represent the tiling on the bathroom wall. I then splattered  Dylusions red acrylic paint across it when it had dried. I drew the bathroom furniture on another piece of watercolour card, painted it with Dylusions 'Slate Grey' spray ink, and glued the pieces to the base card. I coloured Maya and the parrot with Faber Castell polychromos and attached them to the ATC. I toyed with adding text but then thought it was better left as is. If people know the film they'd get it with no further clues, hopefully.
The 'curtains' are pieces cut from some mini silk sheets I made recently, using masking fluid to create patterns which then resisted the paint which I made with Inktense block shavings made into watercolours by scraping each colour into little pots and adding water. The effect is like tie/die when you rub away the masking fluid. Brilliant. I made these in a one hour free class at the Derwent museum which Pete and I visited during a short break in the Lake District earlier this year. (It's a lovely little museum and a great place to take the children, showing the history of pencil making!). I attached them to a cocktail stick to give the impression of them hanging over the bath!
Hope you appreciate the humour and don't feel it's too gruesome a post! I know my BFF Linda Regan doesn't like it all! Ha ha! I'd love you to leave a comment to see what you think and so I know you dropped by!

8 comments:

  1. I think they're fab, Chris!! Nice to see the details of how you created them. I'm not really a horror fan, but I think they're great (maybe it's the colours!) and really funny.

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  2. Saw the house from Psycho out in California years ago and it sent chills down my spine! Think that your take is hilarious...proper childish ghoulishness. Your Grandfairies would love it! Glad that you are blogging again! Xx

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    1. Thanks Hazel. Didn't realise you could see the house from the film. Very ghoulish but fascinating too. I still can't take a shower at night!

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  3. Love them - funny take on a horror. x

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    1. Thankyou. I don't really like horror so I didn't have appropriate stamps therefore it had to be a funny response!

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