This…is Agnes. She’s my muse today. Not a beautiful woman, but deeply interesting. I created a whole story for her, using my imagination, a vintage photo from my Etsy shop, a 9×13 canvas, the newest Scraps of Darkness kit, Transitions, and stuffs from my stash. I created a collage of papers, vintage style and the beautiful fall themed papers from the SOD kit. I also used a copper paint wash around the edges, and stamping with Viva Las VegaStamps checkerboard stamp. The photo has been altered to include a body for Agnes, and she has been embellished with really cheap faux leaves from Michaels ($1 for 10), feathers, and the beautiful embellishments in the kit. She is my first “muse,” there will be more for different seasons. 🙂
Here is Agnes’ story:
Agnes Mary Stone had grown up in a small village in the newly established American Northwest. Her grandparents had arrived from Ireland two decades previous, after suffering religious and financial hardship. Agnes was a sullen girl….and married off with a healthy dowry to a man who cared very little for her, but was involved in the logging industry. She bore 5 children to him, and they lived in a small log home with a thatched roof, deep in the woods. Now that she was a matronly older woman, and their children had grown and left for the city, Agnes was alone very frequently.
One day Agnes was looking through a trunk of things that had belonged to her ancestors. Inside the truck was an old book, bound in leather and the pages were so old, they were falling apart. Agnes then discovered her family had been more than she ever understood.
Alone on the night of Samhain, Agnes decided to make an offering, using a spell within the book. With a fire lit in the yard, blazing hot….Agnes became something else. Something at one with the nature surrounding her. She became something mystical, magical, and powerful. Agnes…was someone no one had ever understood, someone no one had ever imagined was more than meets the eye. But now….Agnes was someone who would forever be remembered.
As the witch of Seneca forest.
Thanks for having a look today. Agnes and I are grateful. 😉 Have a splendid week ahead.
I’m back to share another layout created for Scraps of Darkness! The “Believe” kit is just so perfect for this colorful summer: savoring the bright sun, blue skies, colorful flowers, swimming pools, and graceful butterflies. I was inspired to use a photo I had taken of a rural abandoned house, that has always been such a haunting presence for me. There were purple thistles and long grasses in the yard, and as the sun set, it was a perfect setting to photograph. I decided to create my piece around the Scraps of Darkness mood board once again, while pulling colors from the photo as well. I am not used to creating around a photo of something other than a person….so this was a challenge for me.
The butterflies in the BoBunny Enchanted Garden papers, printed on what look like old book pages, were perfect for layering up. The dragonflies from Renea Bouquets are just divine, and add a delicate and unique bit of color and life to the page. I also misted some of the Blue Fern chipboard, as well as a piece of UmWowStudio chip, to give a pop of contrasting color.
The background is many layers of paint, with quite a bit of not so obvious stenciling. 🙂 I used the Tim Holtz rub ons to give some vintage touches to areas around the 12×12 piece.
All in all, I am very pleased with this page. I think it is free and easy looking, with an art journal page type feel. 🙂
Have a fabulous day, and I’ll be back again soon, blogging from the gnome hole. 😉