At the beginning of the week, I thought my visual piece and my written piece for the Toasted Cheese prompt I picked ("an antique ring around a tree root") were not related. I toyed around with the visual idea I had all week, starting to put together the various bits. I wrote a few notes for story ideas from the prompt. Then today I sat down to finish the visual piece and write up a page of story, and lo and behold--they are actually part of the same story. I kind of like it when my muse does things like that.
First, here's a close-up of the visual piece:
I think I'm going to turn this into a beaded embroidery sometime soon. I think it would be great in that format.
Here are two versions of the full art journal page I did:
You probably can't read any of the words on the page. The text says:
Marcie stood looking at the ancient ring wrapped around the root of the oak. The metal gleamed dully, the soft gold stretched and misshapen from the root growing through it. The ring was worn thin in spots, and small cracks were showing where the tree was pushing harder in its stretch to reach the sky.
"It's cracking," Stephen said as he stepped up beside her. "It's cracking, and the magic is failing with it."
"I know," Marcie said. She knelt and brushed a fingertip across the surface of the ring. "I can feel it failing all around us. But it isn't too late. Not yet. If we can find Cassandra, we still have time to save the tree."
Of course this is just a first draft, a freewrite about the prompt. I am already thinking of things I would do differently in this opening if I decide to turn it into a story. Still, I'm rather pleased with the idea of a tree that grows magical jewels because it was planted with a magical ring that its roots are growing through. It could become a story. We'll see. Meanwhile, it's at least made a nice page in my art journal.
See you Tuesday with the next experiment!