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.
Now hop on over to see what delights Kapree has made for our viewing pleasure.
The full blog roll - (for if you get lost)
April Smeared and Smudged Member Hop
FRIDAY THE 13th PHOBIA!
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