A little while ago, an old friend died. He was renowned for his singing, and in particular his rendition of “If I were a rich man” from Fiddler on the Roof. On several occasions I was privileged enough to sing with him, singing duets from Fiddler.
Remembering this particular aspect of this lovely man, I wanted to write to his widow to let her know we were thinking of her, and I decided to make a card depicting Fiddler on the Roof.
I cut the image in black card on Sheba, my Black Cat Cougar cutting machine, and spray-mounted it onto a piece of acetate which I had coloured with alcohol inks from behind. Using the Ranger felt applicator, I applied a mixture of Chilli Pepper, Calabaza Orange, Sunbright Yellow and Burrow Brown from my Pinata range of alcohol inks, and added a little of the Adirondack Gold Mixative. The final touch was to add a few drops of blending solution and mix it using the felt applicator. As usual when photographing reflective surfaces, the photo doesn’t do it justice – to get it as good as possible the base card doesn’t show up particularly well – this was distressed round the edges with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink, and only the darker bits seem to show.
The sentiment is a simple gold peel-off, “Thinking of You.” I think the black silhouette works quite nicely against the rich alcohol ink background.