So, what's on the bears workspace this week? Let's take a look...
A mess, a real live mess, stamps galore, ink pads, acrylic blocks, a random easel that has absolutely nothing to do with the project we were working on.... The ubiquitous TV mag that's used for stamping, glueing, misting etc.
We decided it was time for another page in the bears' art journal, this time we really wanted a Circus/carnival theme, to fit with our new stamps that Florence had sent to us by Royal bearmail.
Out came said Circusy/carnival type stamps, along with most of the other stamps we pawsses. On the desk you see Paperartsy, Andy Skinner, Hotpicks and a few other makes, along with some red and green distress ink pads. We thought these had a circus feel about them.
After much inking and distressing of the blank journal page it was on with the stamping...
To produce this
The central theme was the excitement and thrill that comes with knowing the Circus is in town, and we tried to convey this with first the circus stamps, using the eye stamp as a roof for a billowing tent, this effect was achieved by printing an image of a tent from the Internet, then folding the paper to produce a flapping material effect. The eye image was printed and glued to the top to represent a fortune teller's tent, with the slogan 'all seeing, I can tell your future' to entice customers in. Down the side of the tent is the sentiment 'seduce' to depict the fortune teller trying to seduce punters into her lair.
Above the tent is another sentiment 'the eyes see everything'. Along with a stamp of a ticket, which has been inked and distressed. Several other ticket type stamps have had similar treatments to produce a used effect, as if the tickets have been used and discarded during the event.
To the top of the page we stamped a mystical lady, with a butterfly adorned on her body, this is to depict the 'freak show' side of the circuses of old, when people with various disfigurements were employed by the circus to draw crowds.
To the right hand side of the page are the rides found in an old style circus or fair; a carousel and a spiral slide, words used here are 'adventure' 'danger' 'attraction' and 'temptation'.
This page was such fun to do, all the various makes and themes of stamps we own seemed to combine to produce an overall effect of fear, excitement and the promise of thrills, just as you'd expect when visiting the circus.
Ttfn (time to find new blogs on WOYWW)
With love from the bears 🐻