A couple of weeks ago after posting a piece with a skull in the design an astute observer suggested I add it to the Macabre Monday challenge over at Haunted Design House.
Last week's challenge, Dastardly Divas, was awesome with a whole lot of great submissions and fantastic design team pieces. But I failed. Because I couldn't think myself into a dastardly or even creepy piece. My mind was filled with sexy, sultry, risque. And, the much maligned cute.
Although I am an unapologetic lover of pink and Hello Kitty and all things "Awwww" I do not believe I'm exactly cute. Well, I am cute (if I say so myself). My art, I mean, it's not cute.
Unless apparently I'm aiming for Not Cute. Then it's freaking adorable. Dripping with sweetness and pinkness and Safe For Children-Ness.
So I wasn't immediately jumping with anticipation at this week's Macabre Monday challenge: Hacked to bits.
Until I found The Octopode Factory's Queen Elizabeth I on a Queens collage sheet. And my thoughts filled with "Off with their heads!"
Which, despite being less saccharine than Holly Hobbie does obviously remain more cute than macabre, but give me a break: I've only recently discovered that I'm not a diva, but am very likely a princess. It's enough to scar anyone for life.
I need a beer so I can burp. Do princesses burp? No? How about divas? Take a swig or two and let me know, then dig around in your own brain for Hacked to bits Haunted Design House creative inspiration!