Friday, April 20, 2012

Soulistry: Gifts. Animal Totem: Rabbit

It would seem I'm not quite ready to move on from 'Gifts' in Soulistry (that we're following along with in Book of Days -Premium)... 
This is the First of Two layouts dealing with Animal Totems and Animal Gifts. 

For my entire life I've had Rabbits hopping in and out of my life... In more recent years the Rabbits have been mixed with Dragonflies (another page for another day...). Started looking it all up today and was *amazed* at how well these two creatures fit with my past and my present situations and 'gifts'. 

The left is some varied information on Rabbit Totem gifts gathered here and there across the internetz. 
The right is my ART:
Started by painting the book page white, then I sketched out a rough version based of El-ahrairah of Watership Down fame. 
The background was created with Glimmer Mist sprays (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue and Purple) and a stamp from the Stampin' Up!: Beautiful Batik set. Used 8 different ink pads for stamping: Some 'pure' images and many that were stamped on several pads for 'hybrid' colors. 
Sprayed it all down with water and heat-gunned it dry. 
Then I traced the Rabbit image in Sharpie, painted it in with DecoArt: Burnt Umber and highlighted in white with a Sakura: Pen-Touch pen. 
Re-did some of the face details in fine Sharpie. 
Then finished by journaling the two Watership Down quotes in Gel-Pen.

“The rabbits mingled naturally. They did not talk for talking's sake, in the artificial manner that human beings - and sometimes even their dogs and cats - do. But this did not mean that they were not communicating; merely that they were not communicating by talking.”
- Richard Adams -Watership Down

“Animals don't behave like men,' he said. 'If they have to fight, they fight; and if they have to kill they kill. But they don't sit down and set their wits to work to devise ways of spoiling other creatures' lives and hurting them. They have dignity and animality.” 
- Richard Adams - Watership Down

Very pleased with how this just flowed together... 

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