I am a firm believer that art should be fun. But sometimes, I like it to be funny, and a bit surreal. Like my milk carton – riffing off the scary kids from The Midwich Cuckoos – or the surprise inside the pyramid of the “happy couple” if I can get a smile I’ll do it. Even on my scrapbook layouts, if I can hide something that makes viewers giggle, I’ll do it. One of my all time fave layouts has on the main part of the layout a couple shots of DS creeping through the tall grass, trying to sneak up on his sister. I caught him, finger to lips in a SHHHHH! pose scowling at me, then a far shot of him and DD, him behind her in the grass, then her turning to see him, then a hidden flap with a photo of her sitting in his head. Payback is a wonderful thing for a little sister!
Sometimes a joke or weird juxtaposition will come to me and when it does, no matter how bizarre or indeed time-consuming it might be, I tend to go with it.
I made this little … shrine? shadowbox? not sure what the right artsy fartsy term is for it, but I was just giggling inside the whole time I was working on it. The visual joke is something only a crafter will truly appreciate. I hope it gives you a Friday giggle.
It was all sparked by some cow girl images I saw at some vintage image site.
First, the outside of the box – it started life as a holder for a massive number of juice boxes, but it had scores in the cardboard that fit perfectly the size I needed. I covered it in a mass of old collage bits that have been languishing in my drawer for at least 8 years, maybe more, and did a bit f inking n it. I did the title by scuffing up some Thickers to get to the white core then rubbed ink over them. The little 7 Gypsies closure has come out and gone back again so many times as it NEVER worked for what I thought it might. But it was perfect for this piece. I also unearthed some very old – now we are talking 12 years at least! – Rust embossing powder that I bought on sale and had never opened. It’s a bit rough and reminds me of Distress Embossing powder without the release crystals. A handful of Life’s Journey stuff and some downloaded images from the net and here it is closed:
I loved the casual stance, the comfort with her gun, and her serious expression…
Open…. a totally different story!
If you stamp, or craft at all, you should “get” the joke – maybe easier to see in a closer shot?
It may be hard to se but that is an EMBOSSING gun she is holding. I grabbed the best image I could find and reduced it them printed it on photo paper and cut it out. I excised the bleeding heart and scissors from the figure and replaced the with the gun and a bit of elastic to mimic the cord – you can’t see it because it shifted but there is a little knot at the end of the cord to mimic the plug.
Now I have to make a sidebar comment about unintentional humour in art. I thought the heat gun in PINK was very girly, but when I cut it and put it in her other hand, at first, it looked a bit like…well I’ll let you imagine that, shall I? Angled up or down, made no difference. All I could think of was that line from the Spinal Tap song Big Bottom “I want to sink her with my pink torpedo…” I tried lightly colouring it with a Sharpie to a more lavender shade, but it really didn’t help. So I had to shift it to the other hand, where it looks more like a heat gun and less like….you know.
I also hade two pots of that embossing powder called Desert Tapestry, which fit the overall theme fairly well, so I added that at the back to reinforce the joke.
and there you have it – a whole boatload of work to set up a very elaborate crafting joke. If it made you smile, it’s done it’s job!