Monday, 4 February 2013

Into the Woods!


The theme over on the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge is "Ever After", which I think is a fantastic theme for a challenge, there are just so many possibilities!  Because most of us are familiar with the more well-known fairy tales it means that it's easy to use a kind of visual shorthand to suggest them - a shiny red apple will always suggest Snow White and the 7 dwarves for example.

That's what I've tried to do with this post card, use iconic visiual elements to suggest a few of the stories.  A few years back I was lucky enough to see the musical show "Into the Woods" which combines several well known fairy tale characters into a new story, so that was my inspiration here.  Can you work out which stories I've referenced?

Red Riding Hood and the wolf are there, obviously, along with Snow White's apple.  The clock represents midnight, when Cinderalla's coach turns back into a pumpkin and her gown turns back to rags.  The snowflakes in the background could be another nod towards Snow White, but I'm combining them with the red of the apple and cloak to represent a different german fairy tale, "Snow White and Rose Red".  The birds on the wire could be a hint towards the birds that pick the lentils out of the ashes in Cinderella's fireplace or the birds that peck up the breadcrumbs that Hansel and Gretel drop to mark their way through the woods.

I really enjoyed making this piece because I got an opportunity to use several stamps for the first time, that have been languishing, unloved, in my collection for a while!

I started out by stamping the snowflakes with Versamark ink to make a clear resist on the blank card.  After heat drying it I applied Iced Spruce distress ink to the card.  The clock was stamped with black Archival ink and then painted with Iced Spruce distress stain applied with a water brush.  The tree was stamped likewise and then coloured with distress markers in Walnut Stain and Brushed Corduroy.  The apple was hand cut and coloured with Ruby promarker and fixed to the card with a stalk drawn in with Walnut Stain marker.

The birds were stamped with Iced Spruce Distress Ink.  Mona was stamped with Memento ink and coloured with promarkers.  I cut her riding hood from white card and coloured it with ruby and grey promarkers to create the folds in the fabric.  The wolf was created on the computer, cut out and coloured before Mona and the wolf were fixed to the background.  Finally I stamped the Post Card on the back and ruled a line to divide the card in half.

Supplies I used included:

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15 comments :

Hels Sheridan said...

Cor, love this Dan... I been looking at all the DT's entries cos I didn't reallly like the theme.. seeing what you all made has got me thinking! Hope everything is goodly with you xx

Hels Sheridan said...

BTW.. I loved Into the Woods... thanks for sharing it with me... I still sing that song now lol #

Julian said...

I burst out laughing when I saw the Mona Lisa staring out from under Little Red Riding Hood's cape. You always manage to work a humorous kick into your work. Great piece!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Love the subtle snowflakes in the background Dan and oh her stare, wow, quite eerie. The apple and the branch are just fantastic. As usual a well thought out and executed piece. Tracy x x

Dorothy said...

Hi dan! Hope you are well! Love your art!!

butterfly said...

Love your Into the Woods stamping collage - Mona Riding Hood is fabulous, and I love the mysterious greys with that startling red - fantastic!
Alison x

Candy C said...

Dan, your postcard of combined fairy tales is just amazing! I love your interpretation of this challenge. LOVE the bright red hood on Mona....and the bright shiny little red apple hanging! Those really pop against your beautiful and subtle background. As I've said before, I love how your mind works! <3 Candy

Suzanne C said...

So clever! I like the way you incorporated suggestive hints of the tales throughout and that hood on Mona Lisa is so clever!

Andrea Kennard said...

Just great as ever Dan and you showing the talent that only you has x

Anita Houston said...

Oh Dan...you are brilliant!!! Mona's cape is to craft for!!! Love the shadow work! Love that you even dreamed this up...brilliant every bit!

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Cool project, Dan! I love the way you combined several fairy tales in one :)

*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

Sandra said...

Stunningly done, Dan. So smart to combine all those fairytales into this project! Hugs, Sandra

Tracey said...

Oh so very cool and creative Dan!!!!

Helen said...

How clever this is Dan. I love the striking red against the grey of the Iced Spruce and the way that you have interpreted the theme of the Challenge.

mark gould said...

Great fun and a brilliant use of mona. I like the idea of using the iconic images from the tales.

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