Friday, March 15, 2013

My favourite: Beautiful Vasilisa

Collage Obsession challenged us to present our favourite fairy tale.
I have loved ever since a little girl fairy tales and their beautiful pictures, so it was a hard choice to pick just one of those.

I ended up with a tale from a book of Russian folk stories: Beautiful Vasilisa.

Creating a piece of art from this topic was a long process, but this evening I got it finished. Rather than making a card I chose to make a spread of this to my scrap book.




The story is about a brave, dutiful and - of course - beautiful young woman, who's mother dies. In her dying bed mother gives her a small doll, which eventually helps her with cruel stepmother, stepsisters and evil witch Baba Jaga. At the end she needs no more help from the doll to get married with a tsar! :)

In left page I used watercolour pencils and white acrylic colour. The background of right page is made with acrylic colours. To the middle I actually copied a page of text with ornamental frames from the book and coloured and stamped it. The figure of the girl I drew with ink and watercolours.

Thanks for reading :) Have a nice weekend!

Edit: 16th of March 12:30... Took a better picture in daylight and updated it here.

12 comments:

  1. Your piece is exquisite!
    Thanks so much for sharing your process with us. I love to know what goes into making a particular piece.

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    1. Thanks Tiffany! Nice to know that the technical part interests people. :)

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  2. I haven't heard this story but very much like the Cinderella story.
    Beautiful artwork!

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    1. I agree Beverley, the story resembles Cinderella. I guess the theme of evil stepmother & -sisters was popular around the world those days?

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  3. A beautiful collage, so well designed and balanced with the details on the right mirrored by the tree on the left. Like you, I wanted my main feature to be one I had drawn and painted, and your little girls is so perfect to match the story. So often in fairly stories the poor stepmother had a very bad publicity agent.

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    1. Thank you Jez!

      You got a point there. The stepmothers did need better publicity agents those days! :D

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  4. A beautiful job and thanks for the story, too.xx

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    1. Glad you liked this! Thanks Lizbethem.

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  5. Vasi this is beautiful! I love your technique of mixing drawing and paint. Agree with Jez, it sems unfair that the stepmother is always wicked. :)

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  6. Tämä on IHANA! Huomasin vasta nyt.
    Minulle aivan tuntematon satu tosin.

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    1. :) Kiitos mieltä lämmittävästä kommentista. Et ole yhtään myöhässä.
      En ihmettele ettei ole tuttu tarina, en tosiaan tunne ketään, joka tietäisi tämän. Blogistaniassa yksi ihminen tiesi vuosia sitten, ja se tuli puheeksi saman nimimerkin kautta. Päädyin sitä kautta lyhentämään nimimerkkiäni "vasiin".

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