Tuesday, 1 July 2008

SET IN STONE


This week's challenge on TMTA is a "stone" theme which really got me thinking .. and at first I was a bit short of inspiration. Then I came across this rather grumpy "green man" and it all fell into place. I used a paper which rather reminded me of mossy stone as a background, and added a bit more shading with chalk inks. The latin text was stamped in grey - I was sort of thinking about latin inscriptions etc and the green man was mounted onto card to make him stand out. The square stamping along the bottom represents some kind of stone base or pedestal. The key is my favourite bit! I made it out of Delight Clay using a mould, then painted it black before distressing it with touches of rub on copper - really had fun with that.

And of course a story was forming in my head about a lost garden and the green man's face half hidden in the overgrown ivy. Clearing away more ivy reveals the latin text which tells you how to find the door which the key will open .. and yes of course I grew up on The Secret Garden! Didn't everybody?

10 comments:

Heather Robinson said...

Oh Rosie, This is a marvelous piece rich in storytelling capacity! You have definitely spurred us on with your own musings on this grumpy guy!!

Stempelchaotin said...

Wow this is really wonderful.
Great ATC. Looks beautiful. Love them.

Linda said...

Fantastic Rosie! I love Green Man imagery.
Somewhere I have a load of clay wall plaques of Green Men - I must hunt them out.
XXXX

Faye said...

Wonderful art and entertaining commentary!

Clau said...

A great post, really enjoyed reading it. The ATC is so beautiful!

Kati said...

wonderful ATC

alcoholinky said...

lovely ATC, love the green man image. that art mould key is great isn't it?!

Carole said...

Wonderful ATC.

Bianca Kalksma said...

This is such a great, beautiful, original atc!! I really love it!

crafty said...

greyt ATC..complimenit
joan in italy
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