Monday, 16 August 2010

A little embellishment of the story


Sometimes a story is only worth telling with a little... embellishment!

Take the other morning for example. I was about to step in the shower when I noticed a dark shadow on the back of the shower curtain. However my arm was already in motion flicking it back in order to step inside before my mind reacted with the message that something wasn't quite right.

The menacing shape fell into the bath with a thump and two angry eyes stared back at me, cruel teeth bared and fangs dripped with sticky poison.

Eight legs began hammering against the side of the bath intent on reaching my by now cowering form. Too terrified to move I croaked and stammered the dreaded noun... sssss ppppp ider.....

It was huge, I'm telling you... HUGE! I ran downstairs and grabbed the largest beaker I could find and summoned every ounce of bravery I own (and I borrowed some from my son too) and tentatively reached over the edge of the bath before slamming it over the hideous creature.

Trapped in the plastic, I could see its desperate attempts at escape and, worse, hear the rasping and scraping from its legs against the side. I took a piece of card and slid it under then oh so carefully carried my dangerous prisoner to the far end of the garden and threw it as far from me as I could before high-tailing it back in the house and hoping that some hungry bird might hop past intent on an spidery snack.

Phew, what an adventure!

Having shared this story with work colleagues, a friend sent me this YouTube link. Now I'm not going to embed it here because I don't want the thing anywhere near me. If you lean towards arachnaphobia I strongly suggest you avoid watching... I should confess that my spider was smaller than this... Though it was still HUGE!

My entry for this week's Mixed Media Monday challenge with the theme 'embellish'. An embellished tale inspired by my brush with danger! Ink sketch over a torn old piece of scrapbook paper stuck in my sketchbook and painted with acrylics, a few stamps added plus the words and, of course, a few embellisments! My writing in my art could seriously do with some help, so I've signed up for this class - Handlettering techniques on Get it Scrapped. My scruffy handwriting is what puts me off art journaling. Here's hoping some new skills rub off.

25 comments:

  1. Lisa, I don't like spiders either... but more to the point - Please tell me you didn't run nekkid to the end of the garden? You could've caught cold, my love!!

    Great (and quirky) take on the challenge, as always!!!

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  2. great post!!! really enjoyed reading and viewing!

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  3. Great lead in story for your wonderful art piece, although I don't think the nursery rhyme would have worked if Miss Muffet was in the same situation as you were ;)

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  4. Lisa!!! Oh y gosh..i love her..she is just gorgeous..and i love the color energy to the whole piece...awesome!! What a beuaty!
    and wow..what a story...not quite the advnture one wanst to have in the shower!! gald yo are AOK! Hugs!

    again beautiful art...such a stunning piece and love the romantic feel to the piece..her clothing, hair etc..love it.

    Happy a Happy day with no spiders in sight!

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  5. Lisa gorgeous piece and wonderful story, your colors are fantastic, love your work.
    Anni

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  6. OMG,this was to funny and it gave me the goosebumps. I hate spiders and the way you talked about the shadow,I'm thinking it was pretty big.YUCK!!! I love your journal page,beautiful colors.My handwriting needs help too,can't wait to see what you do from the class.

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  7. Lisa, that was just too funny. I love the way you told the tale. The artwork is fabulous and I never really could put my finger on why I am so slow to start my journal, but I think it is the fear of adding words.

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  8. Fantastic work and wonderful story. Thanks :)

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  9. You are SO funny!! Okay I'm going to have to avoid watching the you tube link because I am NOT a fan of spiders either!

    On another note this image you have here is quite breathtaking, I absolutely love it!!! Your words add much character!

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  10. Oh my, that was a GREAT story, and your piece is fabulous.

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  11. I wasn't able to view the video but I imagine I'm not at a loss with that one. So... I 'm assuming a spider theme would not be one of your choices for a new blog theme? I hear your plight, ugggghhh! ;D
    ♥Sharon

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  12. Yikes! I HATE spiders! Your story reminds me of one of my own... one day I was in my living room cleaning up when my one year old began to repeatedly say, "Kitty!", "Kitty!" in his own excited way. 'How peculiar' I thought to myself as he only says 'kitty' when he see's an animal. As soon as the clues pieced themselves together in my mind I ran to the kitchen not quite knowing what I would find. My son was eating his lunch in his highchair at the time. Sure enough he was staring and giggling at a huge black hairy spider in the corner of the kitchen. My heart fell to the ground at the look of this ugly spider! In my panic I grabbed the closest thing to me (Spray n' wash) and proceeded to drown the sucker to death (as I'm not as nice as you when it comes to spiders- lol)! My son thought that the whole process was rather entertaining!
    Anyways that was my story!
    Your painting was just gorgeous. I love that era!

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  13. oh what a wonderful story!!! and your piece is gorgeous!!! I love it!!!

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  14. Love the story and the image ... they work very well together. You're doing sooooo well with you you mixed media work. Just fab! ;)

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  15. Speaking of embellishment, I have a friend who is paranoid about spiders! She insists that they are huge and freezes on the spot, on more than one occasion when investigated, feeling slightly scared myself I have been relieved to find they're usually only a little bigger than a money spider!

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  16. Oh, it's just beautiful - much prettier than that creepy spider, I'm sure! I love your page and think your handwriting is just perfect, Kristin xo

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  17. Love the piece and fun story!! For some reason spiders don't usually bother me but everything else does...lol!

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  18. I love your art piece and your story is just wonderful. Made me grin because this weekend I had to finally evict the spider that lives in the window over my drawing table. I actually felt bad. It had been there for so long but it just got TOO big!!!!

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  19. I couldn't watch the video for some reason, but as always, your story, you wit, and your art got to me.
    Have a couple 'o bottles on me. Or with me. wine that is. uh oh, I sound like a southern country rock song. Unrecognizable to you (a more sophisticated breed)
    X0X

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  20. what a beautiful piece.. and what a terrifying adventure story. you will now be able to face tigers and lions without quaking having survived such a thing...

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  21. ~lisa you are to much...spiders greeting you in the shower...one can definitely do without...glad you made it and hopefully the spider too...she is sweet as can be...dressed to a t sitting daintily on her tuffet! as for your handwriting...what fun to take a class...when i was little i loved to write and would spend hours practing and creating my own way of writing...problem now is most of those in my life can't read what i have written!! have a hard time deciphering my letters...can't wait to see how yours evolves...warm wishes and brightest blessings~

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  22. Love your piece, Lisa - the colours are amazing! I also love the story - it's election day here in Aus. today, and there has been weeks of politician's embellished stories. Yours was a refreshing change! Diane

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