Time again to pick a theme for Wednesday Stamper. I chose the magical world of “fairies/faeries”. My 6 x 8 inch green fairy canvas was inspired by, of all things, an alcoholic beverage. Absinthe first came to my attention when I saw vintage posters depicting the mysterious green fairy.
Since Google knows everything, I investigated to learn more about it all 🙂
I began with one of my Layer Love backgrounds, trimming it down to size. The background is a B Line Design stamp that I brushed acrylic paint onto, along with a dot stamp. I used liquid acrylic paints to make the fairy glow. She is standing on a piece of the wonderful lace curtain my good friend Michelle shared with me a couple of years ago; I savor each and every piece I use.
Absinthe has quite a history, originally made with Wormwood, it was believed to cause hallucinations and delusional behavior. It was outlawed at one time in history. It has made a come back since the ban was lifted and is now made without the controversial Wormwood. It seems the high alcohol content is part of what accounts for its reputation. Some call it the most maligned and misunderstood drink in history.
There were many well known artists who enjoyed absinthe in Europe near the turn of the 20th century. Among them were Vincent Van Gogh, Oscar Wilde, Ernest Hemmingway and Toulouse Lautrec just to name a few. It was associated with a bohemian lifestyle.
“Any man can lose his hat in a fairy-wind”