October 30, 2014


The image I used for this tag shows a little girl dressed up in costume and I'm pretty sure it wasn't for Halloween but instead, illustrates the Victorian obsession with fairies.

The following explanation came from a book review on Amazon:

Clap if you believe in fairies! The Victorians did, writes Carole Silver in Strange and Secret Peoples: Fairies and Victorian Consciousness, but she's not exactly talking about Tinkerbell here. Silver prefers the more gruesome and treacherous species of fay: changelings and vampires, brownies and goblins. The Victorians took these creatures very seriously, indeed, and according to Silver, this belief tapped into some of their society's most fundamental anxieties. Fear of physical deformity, of women's sexual power, of racial or class difference: these were the true bogeymen that haunted the Victorian imagination, and they responded with a flood of art, literature, and theater that portrayed these imaginary creatures with equal measures of fascination and horror.

Now days, Halloween has become an extremely popular holiday and rivals Christmas or Easter with its enthusiastic decoration and celebration. Is it because we suffer from similar anxieties?

About my tag: A cutting from Tim's Wallflower paper stash was used for the background. I love the lithographic quality of this paper and brought out some of the details with Gelly Roll pens.

I further embellished with Stickles which I store upside down to keep the thick solution close to the tip and always ready for use.

A light touch with colored pencils helped to tint the little fairy's dress and provide a shadow for her to stand on.

I'm linking this post to the Monday blog challenge at Simon Says Stamp where this week's theme is treats. Happy Halloween, everyone--I hope it's full of sweets!


  1. Beautiful tag,your tags always look other worldly,they are very special

    Donna xxx

  2. Once again, you created a beauty. The paper was really brought to life with the pen details. And the stickles created the perfect "frame" for your wondrous fairy child. Thank you for sharing your tag with us this week for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. It was a "treat" visiting your blog. ;) ~Michelle

  3. Such a stunning tag and I love how you've created the background with the TH papers which compliment that wonderful image, perfectly! Thank you so much for sharing your project and for joining us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! :)

  4. FABULOUS (in capital letters)! And as always, I learned something from your post in addition to enjoying every inch of your artwork. I really like how you take whatever images you find and re-imagine them in such interesting scenes and scenarios. Great detail with the Gelly Roll pens, too. Thanks, as always, for the inspiration!