So, since I have many seasonings for the medieval sauce, I've been blending that with the sort of colors and motifs that stick in my head when I'm reading fantasy. And here is what I've come up with:
Suddenly I realize that this is before I finished the piece, and I didn't take a picture of the finished piece. But this is nearly finished, so I'm not going to take another picture right now. The background, btw, is a gorgeous handmade paper I got at the Queen's Ink.
Also not quite finished, but the composition is done. It ended up being the lid on a jewelry box. More on that later.
A couple of ATCs I did because I wanted to play around with Seedless Preserves and Scattered Twigs Distress Inks and white stamping.
Really just an excuse to use that awesome shield stamp.
I didn't photograph these finished until I had them hanging up on my wall at work, hence the unsightly thumbtacks. The one on the left was originally going to feature my hand-carved mushroom stamps but I didn't like how it came together, so I Finnabair-ed it. New word! The one on the right was an experiment with embossing resist over a watercolory background, with Distress Ink rubbed on over it.
I guess it's probably not all that obvious how this stuff relates to fantasy, but it works with the images in my head when I'm reading. A lot of the stories take place in worlds where the people are close to nature, and the surroundings are beautiful. Things like roses and herbs and mushrooms take on magical qualities and appear in sometimes impossible places. These are worlds that are wonderful to get lost in. And when I come back, I've always got a head full of beautiful images to try to capture. You may see more of such things soon.
Are you avid readers, Pocketeers? Is your art often inspired by what you read? Are there particular worlds you like to lose yourself in? Please comment and tell me. I love to have conversations with people about books :)