Onto Artful Times. Naughty Von and Neet have completely tied me up in knots this time! When I saw the title 'Asian Theme' I had a few kittens because I don't really have anything in my crafting stuff suited to this. I looked at the lovely samples made by the girls and I thought they'd have to count me out of this challenge. I then got confused about Asian themes and Chinese New Year so I decided to attempt to cover both with my make. Not sure if it's right but it's always nice to get inky and play isn't it? (What it really means is that my brain is a little dense and I wasn't sure what I was supposed to do!).
After a rummage, I found a set of Creative Expression stamps consisting of peacocks and other related items. After doing some research, I can confirm that peacocks were important to both the Chinese (gung hay fat choy) and to those of the Hindu religion (Asian religion).
To the Chinese, the peacock is a symbol of good luck and good fortune so great for the Chinese New Year. It has also signified high rank status in the past too. I think this may be true for Japan as well.
To Hindus (there are large numbers of hindus in Asian countries), the peacock is associated with one of their gods called Lakshli and is believed to symbolise patience, kindness and understanding.
Phew!! Lecture over. Here's the card (yes, I did say CARD!!) that I've made:
|The light was all wrong for photography by the time I finished so my apologies for the standard of the images.
|To add extra interest, a small bead was made from some left over card and coated with a layer of glossy accents (which dripped everywhere!). This was mounted using some twine and leftover card.
|The green layer started out life exactly the same as the yellow toned layer. I kept adding inks until I was pleased with the effect. I used a twining background stamp in versamark then embossed it with gold details.