Thursday, July 15, 2010

Dia de la Abby: #7 - Til Death Do Us Part

This was inspired by the two goth weddings I will attend this summer.

Skull Bride

Skull Groom

Silver for weddings is traditional for a 25th anniversary, but for this, I'm honoring new marriages, with hopes that they will be successful long past 25 years. Skulls are a perfect fit for weddings, since traditional marriage vows include "til death do us part"...though of course that isn't true of all marriages. Regardless of the length of any relationship, life is short and you should enjoy each day like it's your last.

I found this etching/scratch art paper and knew it was perfect for a skull. It's been a long time since I've used this paper and it was still finicky to work with, but I like the rough silver outcome. The tool has a pointed end with round edges, but it depends on the angle you use it as to how well it will scratch. Scratch too much and you will tear the paper. Even though it's finicky, I do suggest giving it a try. I don't have a tutorial for this technique, but I did find this video of a Scratch Art show, that does show artists using scratch art to make amazing pieces. There are a few skull pieces in the gallery.

Every week in the 4.0 year, I will be post my own Dia de la Abby posts as well as a tutorial with instructions on how I made my piece. Hopefully you feel inspired by my posts just as I was by Noah's Skull-A-Day 1.0 daily project.


Tatman said...

I've seen that paper at the art store and thought of using it. Good work!

Abby Davis said...

I bought it on sale at Ben Franklin. You should go get some and see what magic you can do with it.