Friday 13 April 2012

Smeared 'n' Smudged April Blog Hop - Scared?

I warn you now - this is a looooong post.
The hop started over at Tori's blog and you should have come here via Christine's blog if you're going through the list. If you happened upon me, I would advise you to go look at all the awesome goodies along the way.
The theme this month over at the Smeared & Smudged forum is Phobias/Fears. Basically, to depict in an artistic form [incuding at least one stamp (digi is fine)], something that is scary to yourself. I had a hard job to think of something that I am scared of. There's not much left having been "through the mill" already this lifetime. The answer came to me after a trip into the garden to get the laundry in. It's said inspiration can happen in many circumstances. 
Scotomaphobia - according to the 'net is the official name for it. The fear of blindness.
How could I carry of doing the type of crafting I like without being able to see? Something I'd hate to happen.
Next - how do I depict this? In what format?
I chose to do a fat book page. 
My idea is that without sight, the biggest sense I would rely on (apart from aural) would be touch. So something textural! Something with no colour. A void of light. Had to be black.
I started with a piece of black card and ran it through an embossing folder. Next came the barbed wire. I used the negative to mask for the image and heat embossed using black powder.
 It is black - just the sun catching it. The barbed wire to me signifying a fence, a trap.

Then came lots of ribbon , lace, a feather, flowers. One of the ribbons is knotted and forms part of the layer to keep the eyes blinded.

Still not complete, but I took a few pics along the way. The image, coloured with promarkers, is "Scared Eyes" from the Anatomy 101 digi set of Smeared Ink.

The keyhole brad signifies "locked in". There is velvet, satin, grosgrain and organza ribbons as well as the lace.

The metal eyelets as well giving further texture.

pics from all sides

The final touch - Some black tulle over it all. The final veil blocking off vision.
That's about it from me.
Now hop on over to see what delights Kapree has made for our viewing pleasure.

The full blog roll - (for if you get lost)


I am entering this fat book page into a couple of challenges
4 Crafty Chicks - Use material - I have a layer of tulle
Just keep on Creating - Anything goes
Art With No Bounderies - The Eyes have it
Jackson's Digital Expressions - Anything Goes
Forever Night - So Wicked it's Scary hop


  1. What a Fab piece!! I love all the layers and textures in this, makes me want to reach out and touch it :)
    Shell x

  2. Oh SUPERB - the image and the textures are awesome and what a fabulous depiction of the fear. Wonderful Cromsie :-D xxxxxx

  3. wow awesome, and I never thought of that phobia but going blind would be aweful. Love the texture and image on you project

  4. STUNNING!!!! the perfect portrayal of your fear......out of fear you produced beauty :)

  5. Wow. Horrifying! I don't know what I'd do without my sight. You've depicted your fear in a stunning piece of textural artwork. Love it! Thanks for sharing your fear :)

  6. Helen,
    Man what an amazing Fat page! I know it's scary to you but I think it turned out gorgeous! With the feather, and all the embllies you used wowzers!! I love this! Going blind would totally suck! It's another one of my phobias, cuz like you said how would you craft, or see the beautiful smile on my grand-daughter's face? Awesome work!

  7. This is tortured beauty for sure! A fav from this hop. Thank you for sharing your phobia.

  8. Can I. Grow up and be you. Awesome. The colors and textures ate wonderful.

  9. This is such a gorgeous piece! Thank you for explaining all the significance in the really makes the project even more beautiful.

  10. This is awesome. You really did a lot of work on it & I'd like to be like happyscrapper & be like you when I grow up! (I'm sure I'm much older than you but that doesn't mean I'm grown up! tee hee)

  11. wow that is some far out beautiful work. Love all the elements you put onto this. My fav part is the lock over the eye's. so well put. this is my fav so far.

  12. A fantastic fat book page I agree with MaryKay love the elements and the lock xxx

  13. Wow this is a really stunning creation - I love all the elements! Thanks so much for joining our "Eyes" challenge at Art With No Boundaries!! Hope to see you again.

  14. Too cool! Those eyes surely have a haunted look! Thanks for sharing with us at Jackson's Digital Expressions.


  15. Crom
    Hi,it's FranCine,I like this card, the tulle is a great accent,thanks so much for joining us at Robert Jackson's challenge.

  16. Wow fabulous Fat Page,love all the elements you have used, I guess that would be my worse nightmare too not being able to see. Thank you for joining us at Forever Night this week xx

  17. Fantastic card and great details you have on it! =)
    Thanks for joining us at Art With No Boundaries!
    Hugs, Elenor DT

  18. I can't believe that a fear of something would make you create something so beautiful. To me you have made something positive out of something negative, I guess this what life is all about, I just love this project and the way you have embellished it.

    One of my closest friends has a degenerative eye disease, although it bothers her she is making the most of the most of the time whilst she still has her eyesight and still takes the most amazing photos on her travels,just thought I would share this with you.

    Thanks so much for entering your project at Anything goes, Just keep on creating. I am really enjoying all your awesome creations :)

  19. Wow this is a monochromatic beauty!! Just stunning and I understand that fear...or the fear of losing the use of your hands! How could we create and express ourselves without that! Thanks for joining us at JDE for our 1st Challenge and good luck! Hope you join future challenges!

    DT Member

  20. This is an amazing project. I even read all the text although I was a bit nervous because I'm elongating my lunch break - now, too, while writing. But I have to write how much I like your fat page!

  21. Monochromatic is so hard for me but you have made it look fabulous. So much packed into one creation. Thank you so much for sharing it with us at 4 Crafty Chicks.

  22. What a beautiful and unique project. The tulle is really beautiful and a beautiful representation of your theme. Love that feather too! Thanks for joining us at 4 Crafty Chicks!
    Heather P (Guest DT)

  23. This is a great card. Love the concept you used. Thanks for joining us at Jackson's Digital Expressions.

  24. WOW! What an amazing work of art, I love that you shared all the thought that went into crating it as well. All those layers and textures, brilliant! Thanks for joining us at Forever Night Challenges this week.

  25. Well, ma'am I'd say you hit the scared bull's eye. Nicely done. Thanks for playing along with us at Jackson's Digital Expressions, good luck.

  26. Gorgeous page! Thanks for joining us this week for our "Fabric" challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks!

  27. Oh WOW LOVE THIS!!!!! Thank you for sharing it with us at Forever night this week. good luck. hugs