Tears of a Clown….

I was so torn on this project…. so many things I could do with this image and not enough time to do a lot of the ideas I wanted to try, but I love how this came out.  The image went perfectly with a poem I found online by Arik Fletcher.   It suited my mood at the time AND the project image I chose by Rick St Dennis who is this months sponsor over at the Crafty Awesomeness Challenge  here on the blog.

I couldn’t even decide how to mat  this project.. lol.  I liked all of the variations .. for different reasons, so I have a feeling I will be redoing this project in various  mat options and adding them to our Abandoned Art bucket.

This was my final version …THIS TIME lol.

It’s a  blush colored mat I picked up last year with a bunch of clearance photo mats at my local Walmart.  It was stamped with a rose stamp.. which I would give you the details on, but I literally just packed up all of my stamps and forgot to check the details before sealing up that box  DOH.  It was then colored with Crayola  Pencils and some dry brushed.. black dye ink.

So here is my finished piece….and a few variations I took photos of along the way…. details below.

Image is Pierrot –  To Kiss a Rose
Poem is Tears of a Clown  by Arik  Fletcher
Mat Stamped and then colored with Crayola Color Escapes Pencils
Image colored with Chameleon Pens
Poem
Printed on Epson Ecotank on ABOUT TIME Pear Dots paper (gorgeous satin sheen with mat dots ) which I picked up from a local crafter last year who was destashing bulk crafting supplies.

I wander the world with the mask of a clown, 
Determined to never reveal that I’m down, 
The life of the party or so it would seem, 
Disguising my sorrow as living the dream.

I walk in the shadows beneath this black cloud, 
Lost in these dark thoughts I can’t speak out loud, 
Adrift in a cold sea of doubt and despair, 
I smile through the pain and pretend I don’t care.

I’ve known love and laughter and shared in their light, 
United the world in my comedic might, 
Yet surrounded by people I still stand alone, 
A stranger amongst all the friends that I’ve known.

I’ve encountered more demons than angels by far, 
And battled them both with many a scar, 
But looking back now on a life spent at war, 
I need to find peace and not fight any more. 

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Have your elf a merry lil Kissmas….

I wanted to try something different, along the lines of some old photography pieces I did way back in the days when I had film and a darkroom.   I have always loved the Monochrome look with a splash of color.  To be entirely honest, I didn’t start off with the intention of making a monochrome type project….and my photography was a lot more Black and White..like almost totally black and white with very little gray haha…. but I love this softer look too.

I was laying down some base shadow in a technique I like to use for color depth, but it was a lighter shade than I usually use and when I  wandered off  to make a cup of tea… it caught my eye as I went back into my craft space. I use the term “craft space” very lightly   haha.  As some of you know I was packing to move and  then not move so my crafting space is..  undergoing some changes lol.  If about 1 foot of workable space and a tonne of boxes and totes counts..I have a craft space.

Anywho as I looked at it, I came to the conclusion I really  liked the mono look for this image.  I had already colored the skin  but that was the only color at that point other than this gorgeous soft gray tone.  I added in a splash of color for the bells and foliage… randomly swirled glue around the edges and went crazy with this fun white glitter I bought last year and have been dying to use…. except whenever I want to use it, I can’t find it..and when I find it, I don’t want to use it haha.   Finally I found it AND wanted to use it.. so SCORE for the white glitter!!!

I popped this on a sheet of foam and then mounted it to this really cool silver glitter card I picked up in a 3 pack at the dollar store.  I love this glitter card so grab it whenever I see it in stock 🙂   it comes in 11×14 sheets  of gold, green and silver  and is fab for oversized cards and  a bit of glam.

This is my latest project from Cute As A Button….  this is one of the November New Release images which you can find in the Cute As A Button store.

Be sure to drop by the Blog and Facebook pages too and see what the rest of girls have been up to with their DT projects.  While you are there check out the Blog and Facebook challenges, we’d love to see your projects too.caab_nov_nr_wmdOf course, as always colored with Chameleon Pens and Zig Kurecolor

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