Last Leaf Mixed Media Canvas for Author Author Challenge at Frilly and Funkie
Hello, Friends! It’s time for another fabulous challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog. The crazy creative Suzz is our hostess this time around, and she chose the theme, “Author, Author.” And that, my friends, is how this Last Leaf Mixed Media Canvas came into being. Let’s see what Suzz has to say about this inspiring challenge:
I (Suzz) have a great love for reading and was a permanent fixture at the library growing up. I decided it would be fun to host a challenge inspired by books. There are so many wonderful books that inspire the mind to imagine the worlds created within them. Think Fairy tales, mysteries, romances or even science fiction and use that to inspire your art. Your challenge it so create a shabby chic or vintage styled project inspired by a book. Provide an explanation of how the book and author inspired your project.
Like, Suzz, I loved the library growing up. Sadly, I was a sickly kid, and spent weeks on end in bed with bouts of pneumonia and other ailments. Books were my constant companion, for by reading, I could escape my illness and confinement and have all sorts of magical adventures.
When in high school, I discovered the American short story author, O. Henry and fell in love with his ironic style and keen insights into human nature.
O. Henry and the Last Leaf Mixed Media Canvas
This 5″ x7″ Last Leaf Mixed Media Canvas was inspired by one of my favorite O. Henry short stories entitled….The Last Leaf. It’s a moving story about friendship and determination. Like all O. Henry tales, it has an ironic twist at the end. (You can read it for free HERE.)
Where’s the Patterned paper?
I would normally share a lot of details and “how tos” about the Last Leaf Mixed Media Canvas. Instead, I am hosting the Saturday Step Out post on the Frilly and Funkie Blog later this week. That’s when I’ll share a tutorial with you all.
I will tell you, however, that not one scrap of patterned paper was used in this composition. Gasp!!!!! That is a first for me, I think. I am the patterned paper queen! Everything you see here was achieved with watercolor paper, ink, stamps and dies. With a few embellies thrown in, of course! Instead I’ll share some interesting tidbits about O. Henry. I think you will enjoy his story as it echoes his life.
All About O. Henry
You might recognize the name O. Henry as a candy bar. But there is no connection between the author and the confection. O. Henry’s life was anything but sweet. Born in my dear husband’s home town of Greensboro, NC in 1862, he started life as William Sydney Porter. After a brief time in school, he became a clerk in his uncle’s drugstore.
When he was 20, he went to Texas to work on a ranch. Later, he became a bank teller. He fell in love and married, and started a humorous magazine called “The Rolling Stone.” The magazine failed, and he found work as a newspaper reporter.
Through a series of unfortunate events, he was wrongly accused of embezzling funds and fled to South America to avoid arrest. When he received word that his beloved wife was dying, he came back to the US to say good-by, was apprehended and sent to prison.
For three years, he wrote short stories from the confines of his prison cell under the pen name of O. Henry. He chose to write about the common working man and woman and their everyday struggles. His heroes or heroines were always somewhat down on their luck. Some of his stories (The Ransom of Red Chief is a favorite of mine) will make you laugh until you cry. Others are poignantly romantic (like The Gift of the Magi.) And some are so full of tenderness that you will shed a tear. The Last Leaf falls into that category.
After being released from prison, he made his home in New York City. He continued to write short stories until his death in 1910 at age 47 .
I’ve read and re-read his stories both aloud to others and to myself. If you haven’t yet discovered O. Henry, I hope this will send you to your local library to search for his warm, witty and wonderful writings.
Now it’s YOUR turn
Who is your favorite author or story? I hope you’ll take this opportunity to create a vintage or shabby chic project for this challenge and link it up at the Frilly and Funkie Blog before midnight on Tuesday, October 18th.
The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie. Three other participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.
I’ll be back on Saturday with a Step x Step tutorial for this Last Leaf Mixed Media Canvas. I hope you’ll stop by then!
I can’t wait to see what YOU make!
Thanks for stopping by,