Monday 6 May 2013

Rose Madder

Hi everyone, are you still in the mood for some Haunted Design House fun? We're into our second Stephen King nightmare fortnight. The other minions have produced some fantastic depictions of some of the scarier Stephen King stories and are well worth a third and fourth look. The blog links are all on the HDH blog posts for the last two weeks.
I thought long and hard trying to decide which of the many tales to depict. There are loads!!!
I finally went along with "Rose Madder". While this might not be the scariest book in his collection, the story line does depict a very scary situation for many unfortunate women. It is about a woman, Rose, who finally escapes from a very abusive marriage. She then goes on to be stalked by her psychopathic policeman husband. Her redemption comes in the form of a painting picked up from a local antique store.
It is because the story line is bound by a picture that I have chosen to use a canvas as my base.
The canvas was first coated with gesso and while still wet, I layered on a stamped image of the gothic archway. by Sheena Douglas This was stamped onto printer paper so that the paper could be removed when all dry.
ok, when the gesso was dry, the paper was dampened and a finger used to rub it off. Then some Andy Skinner masks and black embossing paste to decorate the corners and the skull representing death. Of whom? You'll have to read the story.
The main image is by Rick St Dennis and is called Drusilla, the Covent Garden Ghost.
I've coloured her with promarkers, fussy cut her out and layered onto silver card, to add a bit more of that ghostly feel. This is because Rose herself felt she was fading away. The die cut fencing to represent that caged in feeling she experienced.  The home made roses, feather and bunches of tulle to reflect the accessories she's wearing here.
Finally the entire canvas was surrounded by grey lace and a metal look embossed diecut  from stash. This was purely because every picture needs a frame.
Get those thinking caps on peeps, choose your SK tale and come show us at HDH what emerges from your crafty space.

A more detailed method on making this canvas can be found on the Rick St Dennis blog "Airless Chambers"

I'd like to enter my canvas into the following challenge
Craft your Passion - Floral Delights
Craft My Life - Any Non card projects
Stamping Sensations - Any kind of embossing + texture - here is stencil + paste
Crafting Musketeers - Anything Goes
Left of Centre - Use a digi image


  1. WOW Helen! LOVE your story depiction. Fab canvas,( I sooo want to try that) and wonderful stamp. Great color scheme too. She looks especially eerie mounted on the silver and the red roses POP! xxD

  2. Stupendous !!!!!! - this is just to die for. Gorgeous creation Cromsie :-) xxxxxxxxxxxxx

  3. A great colour combo and use of stamps.

    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations challenge.

    B x

  4. Amazing project! Perfect for our challenge this month. Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations.

  5. Great card thank you for joining in the Crafting Musketeers - Sharon DT

    1. As my post states - this is not a card. This is a canvas

  6. wow, wow, wow. True-ly appreciate all the work put into this. wow.

  7. Brilliant canvas Helen and so much detail. I read that book years ago. You have done a fabulous job on depicting it. x

  8. Wow this is lovely! Thank you so much for joining my All Crafts Challenge-I really hope youll join my relaunch challenge and blog hop next month with some fabby sponsors! :-) Elaine -xxx-

  9. What a clever illustration of the book. Love the image transfer. It creates such atmosphere and an awesome backdrop for that wonderful Rick St. Dennis image. This was beautiful before I read your explanation but so much more meaningful after. Love how you have thought through the details. Thanks for joining our Floral Delights challenge at Craft Your Passion. I hope we see you again soon.

  10. Love this! Very creative! Thanks for sharing with us at craft your passion!

  11. I just love your canvas art this is so beautiful! Great job!