Friday, January 9, 2009

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge - #14 - Fellowship of the Ring


First of all - I am just so darn excited about this week's movie on the Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge!!!! Yay - I have read Tolkien's books since I was 14 - and I used to read the trilogy, the Hobbit and other's at least once a year, since I was 14 (although thinks made a lot more sense after the age of 20 :) I just watched this movie again for the card inspiration - and fell in love with it all over again - all the details, all the beauty, the landscape, the music, the magic and the "fellowship" just totally made my heart sing - and I was spinning in all the possibilities of inspiration for this movie! (its true there is alot of "dark stuff" in this movie (orcs and all) but along with it is the light of hope, perserverance, loyalty, frienship and magic :)

Second of all, I have to thank Carol Dunston. I was so psyched when I asked Carol to be our guest designer for this week's challenge and she agreed!!! Carol is a wonderful aritste and I have always been inspired by her elegant and lovely creations. She is also the expert on the LOTR (Lord of the Rings) series. She created 6 cards for this challenge!! WOO! So we are showcasing her cards - a new one each day inspired by some aspect of the movie: Fellowhship of tthe Ring. When I sat down at my craft table - I had an idea to do the door to Moria for my card - but as I was doing it - it just seemed to get more and more like something that should be in the trash bin I was running out of mojo :) and so when I asked Carol if she had any ideas to spare - she sent me this link for Lembas bread. I originally was going to do another project (actually was working on it last night - when at some point I scrapped it because it wasn't coming out like it was in my brain - and so I turned to the next project I had in mind was to create a lembas card holder with a little note inside).

According to Tolkien, Lembas is a special bread created by the Elves that gave to the fellowship for immediate energy, lightness and nourishment. The are little like breadcakes, wrapped in a special leaf - in this way they last for months. When the Fellowship left the forest belonging to the Lady of the Wood, they were given gifts for their journey onward - among them was Lembas bread. This part of the movie is seen in the Extended Edition of the movie (not seen in the theatrical debut of the movie).

I know that there isn't a blinged out scallop holder for lembas - more like twine or smething... but I had to add a little bling... just had... to :) Here is what it looks like "unwrapped part one" I painted glaze on the green cardstock for a texturized look of a leaf....


here it is opened up to reveal the "lembas card" within it...


If you open up the "Lembas card" its a brad - but then on the underside is a velcro pad to allow it to open and close -- and remain lying flat when closed - i wanted to sew this card - but i didn't have much time so just went with the good ole' adhesive method :)

If you open up the "Lembas card" then you will see this little note (sponged with expresso ink Adirondacks) that reads: Friendship, Love, Loyalty with an elven font that I have and that I then printed on the woodsy cardstock. To me these three themes are among the foundations of this movie:

If you flip it around those same three words are written in the Elven language of Quenya that Tolkien created -- I had to add a little bling next to the word Love - because the love between the friends, between Arwen/Aragorn ... and i loved that little bling maker :)

If you open this card witht the three words on it - then within that there is another little card that pops out - this little card within says: "A star shines on the hour of our meeting." which in Quenya is translated as Elen sila lumenn' omentielvo.

Here is the little note that pops out of the "friendship, love and loyalty" card and a back shot of the leaf (its amazing that it stayed like that (its 3 pieces of cardstock adhered together with a glaze paint over it for added texture and leaf-y shine :) Can you believe this whole thing is Paper!!! I was so pleased that it kinda stood up by itself - probably because of all the glaze paint... anyhoo... 


And the final picture of the whole thing together:



I printed out the template given and cut out two shades of green cardstock with the template and drew the veins of the leaves in black. I sponded Stazon Olive on the sides and inside of the leaf holder (it is lighter on the inside). Next to create a shiny kind of effect and texture for the leaf, I painted it with an acrylic glaze. The inside of the leaf where the lembas bread would go if folded is about 2 x2 inches. So I created a little pocket wallet that had the texture of bread that opens up to a "card" that looks kinda like a little piece of Lembas that on one side has the Elvish language that Tolkien created - that says: Friendship, Love, Loyalty and the translation of the English words on the other side. I thought these three words really summerized some themes in the movie - the Friendship between the 4 hobbits and the seeds of friendship and fellowship that are planted in this movie (the friendship between an elf and a dwarf, among all the races... (in the end when Boromir and Aragorn come together as brothers...(sigh - always cry at that part ), the Love between Aragorn and Arwen, the loyalty that is tested, betrayed and then re-affirmed amongst the fellowship - these themes are so beautiful and lovely portrayed in the movie. Inside this little card - is a little note that says: A star was shining upon the hour that we met. This is an Elvish greeting and I just thought it was so beautiful. I know just the person who I want to give this little card to - and I know there definitely was a star shining upon the hour that I met him :)!

I had a lot of fun watching this movie, delving into Tolkien's magical land and chatting with fellow admirers and fans about this movie. I hope you have a chance to see this and all the other movies in the Trilogy and also that you have a chance to play along this week. To play along its simple - just pop on over to the Cinema Satruday Creative Challenge blog and leave a comment on this post!!!! Please hop on over there and check out Carol's beautiful creations - also we will be posting a new card of hers everyday - so check in during the week too!!!

Alright my dear friends! I hope you enjoyed!
Can't wait to see your beautiful creations,
Best wishes and big thanks to everyone!!!

Sankari :)

Ingredients:

Paper DCVW, Bazzil (rainforest color paper), Paper Company - krafty color beiges
InK- for sponging, Adirondak expresso and Staz-on old olive.
Accessories: glaze paint, corner rounder, brad, handmade brown paper, Bazzil Rianforest green Paper Company, green, sponge,

and some other thigns that i will post after a cup of chai today :)

28 comments:

Cassie said...

This is just amazing, really! It is clear that you put a great deal of thought into every detail of this! Awesome!!!

Sankari W. said...

alright Carmne - I will make one for you too!! loved talking to you this morning!
happy wolf moon :)
SK

Karrie Baker said...

This is amazing! Great job!

wendyp said...

I thought that leaf was a piece of pottery at first because of the shine. I can't believe the texture and details you were able to achieve with just cardstock. chickie, you are AMAZING!!!!

Amy, Ottawa, Canada said...

That is unreal! What a creation ... brilliant & the glaze makes it look so real. Looking foward to playing.

Carol Dunstan said...

Sankari this is so awesome! The leaf looks fantastic, so real! And the lembas pocket with a message... oh wow! Great idea :D

now, to the kitchen to make some real lembas! LOL

Carol Dunstan said...

PS, I'm having a mug of chai right now!

gale said...

Oh my gosh-that is so neat! It looks just like a real leaf!!

scrappinmominky said...

Wow, amazing. As I was looking I kept wondering what you made the leave out of and was shocked to see that it is made of paper. It looks awesome!

Dawn said...

I am completely awestruck by this WORK OF ART!!! AMAZING... you are truly an artist!

Melanie said...

onh no you DI' NT!! I was trying to figure out where you got the ceramic leaf, can't believe you made all that, where do you find the time girlfriend?!

I think you should be working in a prop department, this project is so inspired!!! :)

Traci said...

Gorgeous! You are so creative!!!

jennifer said...

How cool! That leaf is amazing- great job!

The Mama Monkey said...

Your's looks better than the one in the movie! I think you should send it in and find an career in prop building! You are so talented!!

Regan said...

well holy poop!!! This is so totally cool, wow!!

fishlips said...

This is spectacular and so so very unique...Amazing totally Amazing!!!!!!

Juliann said...

OMG!!!! This is AMAZING!!!! You have really outdone yourself! It is like a little treasured piece or art work! I am in awww...you should win your own award this week, who can beat that!?!

Louise Forsyth said...

You are like a total artist! You put so much time into your creations and they are just gorgeous Sankari, you are a real inspiration

Mia said...

WOW!! This creation makes me want to: go make some cards; NOT make any more cards because I'm humbled by your talent :) ; and re-read the L.O.T.R. trilogy for the hundredth time! Thanks for inspiring us!

fishlips said...

There is a award for you on my blog....

Naomi said...

WOW! This is paper? I have no idea about the movie, but I do know that you are crazy brilliant!!! This is insane! The shine is unreal, the detail, it's so small, how in the world did you make it so detailed?

Butternut Sage Designs said...

This is SOOOOOOO Creative Sankari I enjoyed reading the entire post! It is awesome...very nicely done...thanks Carol!

Heather said...

WOW That is just awesome! You did a wonderful job on that! Amazing!

Tanya said...

WOW. What an incredible work of art!!! WOW.

Anthonette said...

OMGoodness!!! Girl, you are fierce with creativity. Amazing...seriously amazing project. The cardstock looks like a real leaf. I love your elfen font. Everything is so clever. Well done!

Brooke S said...

I had to pick up my jaw when i saw the pictures of your card.... Shut up were the next words then holy crap how did she do that! You totally Rocked the challenge.. I can't believe you even had any brain left that late at night after all the yakkin' and typing we were doing.. You did so much research and all the detail you did... totally amazing.. Where did you find the Elvish language? sheesh... I know how busy you are, Where do you find the time...

Hugs
Brooke

CathyRose said...

Wow, that is just amazing! You are so creative!

Heather said...

Holy moly girl! You know I'm on vacation, so I was just skimming over your posts in my feed reader but this one made me come over to the blog to say WOW!!!!! Really, really, really cool.

And I won't go comment on your other ones now, but they are all amazing too!!