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Monday, August 4, 2014

Infinite Possibilities

Today I reworked one of my first attempts at mixed media canvas. Although I hung it on my craft room wall, I never really liked it much. It was missing something, but I couldn't tell what, as I was just beginning down the mixed media path. When I received this digital image from The Stamping Boutique to design a project for this month's new Path of Positivity challenge theme, Possibilities, it finally dawned on me. It was missing a focal point!!
This TSB image, called "Escape the Tower-Fairy", is the perfect focal point for my canvas, and after adding the title to it, I don't just like it, I love it! I hope you do, too.
Before I go into details about the new challenge and its many ways to win prizes, I have a short story to tell:
Have you ever been held back from your dreams? Have you ever felt like you were a prisoner with no escape? That's exactly how Lady Dylyn felt. Of course, lady Dylyn was indeed a prisoner, locked up in a tower with no chance to escape. She would stand for hours on the rampart, looking out with longing across the crystal blue sea, where freedom and dreams existed. She longed to cross that sea, to explore the island and the world beyond.
She wondered what the ocean waves felt like in the glistening sunlight-was the water warm? Would her toes curl up because it would be too cold? She wondered what lie below the waves-was there life underneath the sea foam? Would there be beasts with fangs or trees waving on a sandy bottom? She didn't know, so she gazed and dreamed of all the possibilities.
One day she was so startled to see a heron hop down from her window that she scurried behind her bed. While she watched fearfully, the bird slowly walked around her room until it stopped at a crack in the wall. It tapped its beak several times, as though trying to knock a hole in the wall.
Curios, Lady Dylyn forgot her fear and rose to look at what the heron was pecking at. The crack looked wider, but she couldn't see anything in it. Maybe she should...
Startled, the heron flapped its large white wings and sought the safety of the window. Nervously looking back at the girl, it seemed disappointed that it couldn't snag the treasure before backing off. No longer interested, it flew onto bigger and better adventures.
Lady Dylyn continued to work at the crack in the wall, curious as to what the bird had seen. She paused for a moment to check her progress. Peering close to the crack, she could see something, something shiny. Excited, she grabbed her comb and attacked with renewed energy.
Stopping once again, she found she could almost get her finger into the crack. Oh, she could almost feel it, whatever it was! Her comb took punishment as she stabbed and gouged at the crack, until it snapped in her hands. Tossing the pieces aside, she worked two fingers into the widened crack and twisted and turned them as she tried to catch onto that elusive something, until finally, finally it came out, caught between her scraped fingers.
It was a key! But to what, she had no idea. Not in all the years she had been imprisoned in the tower,not in all her ramblings into every inch of this prison, had she ever seen a door! be continued 

Back to real life, bloggers! Now let's get down to the details of the new Path of Positivity Challenge this month:
The sponsors and prizes for this challenge are:

         Two images (or three if you use a TSB image on your creation) from The Stamping Boutique, our guest sponsors this month, for the post or project that the DT deems most inspiring of the bunch.
  • Three digital images from Ike's Art for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.
  • One digital image from Creative Bug Digital Stamps for each person chosen as a DT Delight.
There will also  be:
  • One digital designer paper (made to order in a few different ways) from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles for one lucky voter who leaves a comment.
  • One digital sentiment for every single person who enters the challenge.


arlsmom aka Lynda said...

You canvas is just stunning...the details on it are just amazing!!!

Desire Fourie said...

Pat this is just so intriguing, had to read right to the end. Looking forward to the follow up to the story. Your creation is just amazing. So beautifully coloured and I love the string of shells.
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Donna Ellis said...

Hi, Pat! I visited your blog earlier this week and left a long comment, but see it is not there now! Yikes! Google is at it again. Seriously, your project is beyond amazing with the wonderful use of color, the "dancing" mermaids beckoning the lovely maiden, and the delightful embellies! Beautiful! hugs, de