I am going to preface this post with a little warning.
These images are a bit intense and are maybe too much for small children.
But it part of my story and a part of me that I don't often share with people. So here it goes, I am opening up to the world a part of my world...
My BACK Story
I have hard chronic back pain for the past ten years. I cannot tolerate some medications, so I must get regular epidural injections of steroids. While these are not fun, they are what keeps me upright and able to craft. Okay, I admit it, I have cried over my cursed back. But at the same time I try not to let it define me. It is a part of me, not all of me. Thankfully, I have wonderful (back) support from my family and friends.
So here is a little less pretty side of me, but a part all the same...
Curiosity Shoppe Book Pages 5 and 6
My Back Story
I drew the picture of my back with gelatos, added some Curiosity Shoppe Stamps from Graphic 45. I wanted the back to have a bit of Frankenstein's Monster look to it, but still be feminine. After it was all colored and stamped, I and sewed it to muslin.
Then I stuffed it with battling and stitched the vertebrae into the paper to give it depth. Then I sewed that to the canvas paper that was lined with some Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe patterned paper. I finished it off by coloring the tips of pearl push pins with Copic marker (G20) and stuck them into the image. Gosh, it hurts a bit just to type it...
For the right side of the page, I made more of an altered art collage. I started with Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe patterned papers and added some muslin. I wanted the feel of the page to be a gauzy and ethereal all at the same time. A bit of a paradox, but that is really how I see these experiences. I have to get through the pain for the relief to come.
The whole idea for this came from a sketch I did while watching tv with my kids. I doodled the image and wanted to make it look like it was under the magnifying glass. I added a clear, acrylic circle from Ranger. Between the sketch and the acrylic I added a clear journaling frame from Teresa Collins (I think, I have had it for ages). Add the black paper, I cut by hand and a few embellishments to the handle and it was finished.
Here are a couple other of my favorites...
I love the butterfly in the jar and the image transferred from patterned paper onto canvas. I also really like the muslin ruffle.
I stamped the frog in a jar onto glossy paper and colored it with Copics.