Monday, October 1, 2018

Fairy Tales +Add your Own Twist at The Twisted Cahllenges

Hi Everyone

Am overwhelmed with the number of participation at the The Twisted Challenges September Challenge and this month we are again here with a super interesting topic for our 5th Challenge.

Fairy Tales take you to a dreamland, a world you want to believe in.  They have their own conventional thoughts, myths, prejudices and this has remained intact for all these years. We thought of creating and adding a twist to these age old tales in our own way. 

Eg:- Snow White in the actual fairy tale was poisoned by her step mother with an apple. Keeping in minds the contemporary times she could have been poisoned through coffee so you could illustrate that scene from the fairy tale but instead of an apple the Witch Queen could offer Snow White a coffee mug. 

Having said the above, the scope of adding a twist is immense so shake yourselves up and rack your brains and while you do so I shall tell you the premise of my project for the said theme.

In India, be it fairy tale or reality, a fair skin has its advantages. A family wants fair skinned daughter in law for their son. As a part of the television industry, I see biases to have a fair skinned female lead unless the story revolves around a dark skinned character. Terms 'Beauty' and 'Beautiful' are in many ways synonymous to fair skin. All age old fairy tales have fair and beautiful princesses and fairies and witches are dark and ugly and hence I decided to add a twist to this very old and outdated thought process through my project.

I have knowingly coloured the existing fairy tale princess in all skin tones from fair, wheatish or brown to black and emphasised on the thought that beauty is not and should not be skin deep. We always say it 'Beauty lies within a person's heart' but in the real world dont actual practice it all the time and hence it is important to change the way we think. And also start young with our kids to instill in their minds that Beauty and Fair Skinned are not and can never be synonymous. I just hope that the publishers of these Fairy Tales also realise the mindset they might be influencing in young kids by making most princesses fair and labeling them beautiful.

To depict the powerful message in a softer way, I decided to make it like a poster or framed wall art that could very well be a part of a kid's room. The frame is handmade with cardstock with the help of Elizabeth Craft die. I have then taken some Disney stamps with the fairy tale princesses (from left to right-Sleeping Beauty, Little Mermaid, Snow White and Cindrella) and stamped them with Versafine Black ink on Canson watercolour paper.

The image has been coloured using Zig water colour markers and then fussy cut. I die cut a banner on a cream cardstock to carry the sentiment. The sentiment is handwritten. All images have been attached to the frame with double sided tape to given them dimensions.

Hope you like the twist I have tried with the fairy tales and join us at The Twisted Challenges  for our October theme.

Happy Crafting