Words are never just words, they are the connotations they create - and depending on our cultural background this connotation might be totally different than what 'the sender' had in mind. What I love most is connecting words with pictures - the way the words are able to transport a visual image to another level is just pure magic.
But enough of my mini lecture (can you tell I have been reading Stuart Hall and Roger Chartier and their ideas on cultural representation?)... let's move on to the pictures.
We'll have a quiz: If there was a mason jar larger than yourself and you were for some reason inside it - how would you react? With anger? Frustration? Fear? Joy?
Let's see what these children made of their experience:
They have very different temperaments which means their reactions differ vastly. This girl is either happy or sad, for she says: "I want to be alone." (Yes, there you see an example of cultural connotation. The wish for solitude is for Finns a happy thing, we like being alone, most of the time.)
This child is thinking hard. "I thought desperately what one is supposed to do in a situation like this." So we see her knocking on the glass, hoping the bird can offer some help.
And here is one who exited of the new situation: "This is shaping up to be so cool!" No worries there, then.
Purkitetut lapset syntyivät kun pöydälläni ajalehti kahden kokoisia leimoja. Sain juuri lahjaksi sekä purkin että lintuleimat. Purkkileimaa olenkin pitkään toivonut ja nyt eräs amerikankävijä toi sen minulle. Sairas mieleni sulkee purkkiin hillon sijasta kaikenlaista muuta... Mutta ei hätää, nämä lapset ovat kyllä neuvokkaita ja pääsevät pois. Reipas kirja merimiehistä ja heidän seikkailuistaan auttoi lauseiden teossa.
The background was done with Ranger inks. I use CD box for this. I 'inked' it with three colors (crushed olive, Victorian velvet, Broken china), spritzed some water on it and pulled my watercolor paper through. Afterwards I sprayed the paper with some similar inks. Everything else is stamped. I especially love my children stamps with their 30's/40's vintage look, from Flonzcraft.
entering the set into:
Fashionable Stamping Challenge: #111 Blots, dots, splashes
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