Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Karen's birthday card
This was quite a challenge for me as Karen, my niece, is definitely not a hearts and flowers person card-wise. You may know from a previous post that she recently suffered a severe stroke which has left her paralysed down her left side. She is in a stroke rehab unit now undergoing intensive physio to try to help her regain the use of the left side including her eye. So creating a birthday card for her at this difficult time was never going to be easy - nothing too sombre, nothing too frivolous. Despite the fact that she will be 45 next Monday, Karen is still a Goth at heart and although forum friends kindly sent me appropriate images, I just couldn't get my head around that kind of genre enough to create a card using the designs in the time available. In the end, I decided on this encaustic art card which I had recently made. I thought it might help her in some small way to glance at it occasionally and try to figure out what it means. Could it be a cave in the middle of a forest? How was the texture created? For people who haven't seen encaustic art before, I think half the fun is having them think "now just how did they do that?!" Anyway, I do hope she likes it. Time enough for Goth-type cards when she is fully recovered. Sadly, it seems I will have plenty of time to practise those type of cards but I aim to have one ready for her next birthday!