The first proper stencil! It begins.

Making good flash designs is a process that is still so alien and mysterious to me- I want so desperately to be good at it! It is the foundation to being a good tattoo artist, after being a good artist in general of course, so achieving this cornerstone is essential!
I am surrounded by people who are so infinitely talented with everything they do, and every design that they make seems perfect for the purpose, person and position of the tattoo (The three P’s(I just made those up)!!).
Me and my fellow trainee, Karoline decided that the best way to gain some sort of idea on stencil and tattoo design was to create some of our own and stick them on each other, therefore proving our stencil prowess, and learn stuff at the same time!
We chose a space on each other to pop the stencil, so that we would be able to shape the design to the designated spot, and chose the best motif.
We’d been told to practice roses as though our lives depended on it, so it seemed like the most common sense to choose these as our stencil/ potential tattoo design.
The spot that I chose for Karoline to tattoo was my upper arm, and she did two full and beautiful roses to fill the space. The space that she chose for me was her lower under arm, an area with a long triangular shape, prone to a changing design based on how you hold or flex the arm..
I had been spending the last few days I’d been peering at thousands of tattoos on the internet and trying to decide on the sort of thing that I would like to do, what style and what things inspire me, and I had (have) decided that life long habits will die hard, as well as good taste and will stick to all things dark, morbid and Victorian, a good example being the work of Jurgen Eckel. (Instagram link below, please see his stuff!)

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Such stunning work!! So dark and moody… everything I love-
This was the first tattoo epiphany that I had- I was awestruck with the ultimate realisation that this was the kind of tattoo artist that I wanted to be. All of these designs were stylistically very suited to the kinds of things I have spent my life enamoured with, the clothes I coveted and the books I hid myself inside!
Over the weeks, I’d also been peeking at some old Victorian illustrations, loving the meanings that they were used to portray-
Different hand positions meant different things- Friendship, romance, protection, connection, loyalty, faith, remembrance and mourning. Different finger positions meant different things, perhaps most famously, the ”devils horns” which were actually an early 18th century symbol ‘mano cornuto’, meant to ward away evil spirits!
I’m a sucker for a bit of symbolism or hidden meaning so this was getting personal!


I’ve always assumed that the kind of colours that I would most likely design in a tattoo would be dark ones, but looking at the ones above, they’re just so charming, almost to the point of being naive! Sweet pinks and hopeful creams, despite the possibly grim idea that these could be flowers of remembrance for a lost loved one. It’s such a sweet juxtaposition! Awhh ❤

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The final design of the first draft… I was very happy with this design initially, the rose pointed the right way and opened up the movement of the hand, and the bones sticking out of the wrist mimicked the ragged leaves at the top. It seemed like a nice enough design.

I always like to ask about a design before I declare it finished, and it was the same with this one.
I was happy with what I had done, and was ready to say it was finished, but was still anxious to check. The feedback was that the petals int he rose were very close and tight, making colouring a little more difficult, and maybe making it so that the tattoo would age less well.

As we’d been drawing roses, this was an easy thing to fix, and I trawled through my previous designs to find one that I hoped matched the classic style, redrew it, and then traced the overall design.

Done!

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I always love getting feedback on my drawings, even when the advice is that the design is wrong or needs changing because I always learn a little something. In the end, even though the design strayed a little from what would be considered ”Victorian style”, it gained something with a more classic tattoo feel, and allowed room for much bolder colour.

Luckily colour wasn’t something I needed to worry about too much with this merely being a stencil design, but I resolve to colour it one day…

It’s such a shame that I don’t have a picture of the stencils after they were done, none were taken!! I apologise, but I can give you a photo where I look awful after some other stencils we did!

Enjoy!!

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What do you think? Good enough designs? xxx

 

How NOT to complicate things..

I am a fan of complicated.
Not as a way of life, of course! Sometimes you can’t help a bit of complication, things always tangle as lives and opinions entwine and clash. Aint it just the way?
I do however, tend to complicate things that I draw- my designs and ideas come laden with bits and pieces, ideas, morals and symbolism, and sometimes in the world of  tattoo design, less is more.
It certainly is a good way to start, especially if you illustrate things that end up looking like an incomprehensible mess, toning down will only make things easier in the long run!
I’ve seen some illustrations and designs that grabbed my eyes and brought them in close for a loving hug, then invited them in for tea, but these may not last the test of time when it comes to ink on the skin…

(God machine tattoo, above)
God machine has done some stunning illustrations, not to mention my absolute favourite shown below, but the absolute level of black and teeny weeny lines means that it may morph into a bit of a blob later in life…

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Such a beauty, but i probably can’t have it as a tattoo…. a shame…

Grey wash could probably be used for the stunning work of Lauren Marx, but it would probably have to be a back piece to show the wonderful detail that she manages to fit into her designs.. to get them and smaller would be ab absolute waste, and if you’re as small as I am, you’d end up being swamped under a beautiful, but painful back piece.

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Lauren Marx has recently become one of my most beloved and admired artists- he work is stunning despite it being grotesque, an the details could have me entranced for hours.

I myself am guilty of adoring such work, filling my own with pointless minute details to prevent the eyes from becoming bored. Little did I know, none of this was necessary- It was detail that I would by no means be able to fit into any sensible tattoo design, nor would any of them be seen in the long run when the ink in the skin spreads over time! It’s also a good idea to start simply as an apprentice tattooer, and not overwhelm yourself with too many lines and such!

As a tattoo artist in training, we give ourselves little tasks to carry out, so that we might practice our common sense and our skills- this is the second stencil that me and my colleague gave each other, I was excited and had a mind swarming with ideas. Ideas that I unfortunately tried to cram into one single chest-piece tattoo!

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Two pages haphazardly sellotaped together, and every other piece of design that I could fit in. Roses, mushrooms, acorns, oak blossoms, chrysalis, caterpillars, berries, leaves, rose-hips, and ivy. The cotton was a reference to the silk worms that create a web to rival that of a spider, and the pin was a reference to Taxidermy.

There was so much in this one- I looked up the flowers I wanted, and included bits and pieces of the British countryside. It’s always been so charming and lovely, who wouldn’t want to be covered in it?
After hours of drawing and a sore hand, I was finished and had about everything I could possibly fit in.
I was proud, and knew it was detailed but was excited to show it to Karoline, and swap stencils.

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Work is probably the most educational place I have been, and in general I learn more here each day than I did in school! I showed the design, and although it was appreciated I was advised to tone it down as much as I could, and pick the pieces that I liked the best, and bring them out.
Sometimes I can only cut away so much, before I can no longer see what needs to go but luckily I work in a place where asking for help is encouraged at all times (if needed), and I was helped to get rid of unnecessaries.

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Snipping away at bits of the design was easier and less painful after it was explained that details would eventually be lost anyway, consumed in the background colours and others distracted from the way the tattoo really needed to be- simple and a little more bold!
Karoline explained that she liked the design, and appreciated the effort that had gone into it, but said that some of the sections that I had included were not quite ”her”.
The needle and thread and the pins for example, were things that she imagined that I would like in a tattoo rather than for her.
I explained the reference to taxidermy, but conceded and removed them anyway, It’s her stencil, and I want her to be happy!! I always go off on a little bit of a tangent to try to make each design unique and a little more different, but sometimes I worry that it takes away from who the person is and will cause me more work in the long run, editing out what it was I added to the design – It’s nice to include a little something for the person I am tattooing, but I need to try to remember to make it appropriately specific…

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The above was the final design, but this is currently unfinished- The line work is a little off, and I need to go over it in fine liners, but it just goes to show, a little simplicity goes a long way! You can see all of the roses I wanted, the oak flowers too, and I got to include the acorns, symbolic of transformation, great change, wisdom and growth.
I’ll have to update when we make the stencils for this one, as we’ve yet to try them out- but it was a lesson in designing that won’t be fast forgotten!

Which do you prefer? The first one I made, or the way it turned out?

 

Oh rose thou art sick! (Of juggling things! )

O Rose thou art sick.
The invisible worm,
That flies in the night
In the howling storm:
Has found out thy bed
Of crimson joy:
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy.

Just a tiny daily post, and a question that has been plaguing my mind these past weeks..It is to do with time.
Is there ever enough of it? I’m enjoying my time here so very much and spending my days learning as much as I can, concentrating on the art in front of me, trying to ensure that it all sinks in, meanwhile my mind is trying to relate it to my own work and keep what I love close to me so that I don’t get bogged down in the sheer volume of all there is to be educated on!
I’m also trying to ensure that customers are happy, and people are relaxed, and that I have time to concentrate on what I need to in my working hours. At home I find myself longing for my own books, my couch, my music, my THINGS, and not to be living in someone else’s carefully cultivated life-
I want to draw so much, and create so much! Where does my embroidery fit in? When will I crochet or make dresses? How will I orchestrate the moving of my life from England to Norway with so many proverbial and literal bags to carry?
I need to hire a Personal Assistant! How do you find time to fit everything in? Do you get enough time for yourself?
Here are the daily roses!

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This little one, despite being odd is actually based on a conversation I had earlier in the week in which it was brought to my attention that in some cultures women specifically, are brought up to be quiet and non argumentative. A very sad thought.

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Not too clear on here, but a practice of colour, something I worry about my lack of skill in!

Have a lovely night, all of you! xx

Strew over her roses, roses.!

Strew on her roses, roses,
And never a spray of yew.
In quiet she reposes:
Ah! would that I did too.

This week marks the end of my sixth week at the tattoo shop- It has been one of great learning. I’ve listened so hard my ears ached, and watched so intensely that my eyes watered! So much goes into a job that people see as going hand in hand with rock and roll, and just… drawing.
It’s not.
There is so much more than that behind the scenes- knowledge of the arts- both traditional and classical, anatomy, colour science, psychology, time management, efficiency, hygiene… The list is endless, and with so much to learn in such a short space of time, exhausting.

Despite all of this I am enjoying myself immensely. I often restrained myself from speaking too much about my old job in care on here because my heartache at being there so often shone through, no matter my noble or good intentions, but this is a place in which I feel as though I can be truly happy and have a fulfilling career with wonderful people as colleagues. Huzzah and Hoorah!

What I have also learned is that ROSES are a necessity.
Classical, realistic, big, small, frilly, spiky.. we need them all-
They embody love, hate, death, life, mother, father, faith, hope and everything in between! Who’d know that something so simple could be so hard to draw? Me and my fellow trainee soon found as much and since before this I had never really drawn roses (being much more preoccupied with eyes and faces) it has been quite the floral challenge! Since knowing that I needed to draw them I have probably drawn hundreds!
We need to be able to draw them so well that we can doodle one without even thinking, usually in under a minute to better fill out or demonstrate an idea, and then later in more definite detail to complete a tattoo design, so what is needed is a deep understanding of the way they are built and put together.
Petals everywhere! They’re such a compact collection of shapes and frills!

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This is the first rose I ever drew! Oddly, it was immediately adopted by a regular client, who wants it as a shoulder tattoo. I’ve never gone so red in all my life, but gave it to her anyway!


I can’t say that my attempts are perfect, by any stretch of the imagination, and there’s a long road to walk, but it’s good to have goals to focus on, and I’ve become much better with how the petals are placed and built. Onward and upwards!
Drawing these roses, especially the ones I drew with no reference have greatly increased my faith in my skill with a pencil, and has reunited me with my old true love- drawing. It’s so good to be near to him again.. ❤

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The importance of lines has also been a valued lesson, where to put the thicker ones to enhance and bring out a design.

It’s safe to say that I’ll be drawing a billion of these over the course of my career, and I’ll slowly slowly get better at them. It’s early days and I need to learn to learn to accept that I can’t do everything or learn everything at once! It has also been a vice of mine, always rush, rush, rush!
One step at a time! xx

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A rose of ”No Man’s Land”.

Swallows, Clocks and knives next!

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Viva hate, but love to you all!

 

Penny Dreadful, the end of a masterpiece? (Spoilers)

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There come times when you watch a series and rather than the meticulous plod of events and drama scattered just enough to keep you watching, you instead hang on to every episode, adore each character to the core, and allow it to permeate your every thought..
It is a rare occurrence in which this happens, but I have been fortunate to have just such a series to cling to these past years.
Anybody who knows me well enough, or would take the pains to know me, will be familiar with my singular tastes. Poetry, romanticism, morbidity, Gothic tales, Victorian sensibilities and anything coated in dust. Penny dreadful gave me everything I could have ever wanted in a series.
A dark tale set around a woman tortured by her inner self- something I can empathise with more than I might like to admit.
It touches on suffering, the pain in the world and the endless, ceaseless search for beauty, happiness, love, and the joys of the world. It tells us that to find these you, and all others need to search far and wide, and cling to them upon success because they are the only things worth keeping.
The struggle with normality, doubt, faithlessness, the feeling of being unworthy, what we are expected to be or to do, and the search for safety is lifelong for some of us, but this series reminds us that it is not without its rewards and love is always worth holding onto.
I won’t give too much away, as I would always urge anyone to watch it as soon as they get the chance, but the way that this season ended left me in distraught tears as I watched my beloved ‘friends’ at the end of their tale.
This is by no means a bad thing, I love series and films that elicit an emotional response- they are the result of good direction and poignant storytelling, they are kept so much closer to our hearts that way!
In the end of it all, Frankenstein’s monster, John Claire- was left alone, almost an opposite of Vanessa Ives, were it not for their similar suffering- but he, a survivor having seen the beauty in the world and let go of pain that he cleaved to in the past.

The poetry read in this last scene, is a selection from Wordsworth’s Ode on Intimations of Immortality (from Recollections of Early Childhood).

There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream,
The earth, and every common sight,
To me did seem
Apparell’d in celestial light,
The glory and the freshness of a dream.
It is not now as it hath been of yore;—
Turn wheresoe’er I may,
By night or day,
The things which I have seen I now can see no more…

—But there’s a tree, of many, one,
A single field which I have look’d upon,
Both of them speak of something that is gone:
The pansy at my feet
Doth the same tale repeat:
Whither is fled the visionary gleam?
Where is it now, the glory and the dream?

It was well chosen in where it leaves the characters, and us.
Ethan, in his grief will see no beauty in the world for some time to come, he has lost what he lived for and the love of his life, he served his purpose at great cost, but did his duty none the less. A sacrifice for love. Lord Malcolm has always ruminated over the implications of age and the loss of a legacy.. he had no family left where the series ended, and will think of himself as a man with no reason to live, the sum of his years coming to naught. Victor abandoned his notions of fame and his dreams of conquering death, changing his ideas on immortality, It is my belief that he saw the pains of the monsters he created and knew that some things are better left in peace, buried safely away. We all know that happens to Dr Jeckyll/ Mr Hyde. His work goes too far- he will more than likely become another ‘Victor’, until he learns a greater lesson. Lily realised that pain is part of life and makes us the person we are- your agonies are to be kept with you no matter how wizened and bent out of shape you become, they make you into who you need to be. Dorian admitted that a life without passion makes you nothing at all but a shadow of your former self, although in that state he chose to remain, believing that it was the lot of an immortal and life should be lived painlessly to avoid any unwanted feelings..
The monster proved Dorian’s rule, that loneliness and the loss of all that you hold dear will come from immortality. Loss is worth the love you have along the way, and to cherish it and feel all that you can is to truly live.
But such dreams I had….
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Now is the question, what will i do with myself? Penny dreadful ended as a good Victorian penny dreadful always did. In sadness or in some horror.
I had hoped that this series might run for a little longer.. I secretly longed for five seasons, but without Vanessa there is no ‘life’.
I will forever hold my memories of this series dear, as it taught me to, and cherish the re-appreciation of Victorian fashion, literature and aesthetics!
Stunning, truly stunning…

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I needed someone to hold me like this after watching the episode…

 

In the end, the prophecy did come true, it ended with a pile of bodies, death, and silence.

Did you watch the series and love it as much as I did? What did you think of the ending?

Victorian skin..

When you think of Victorians , what probably springs to mind are fainting ladies, top hats, corsets, filthy streets, children in torn clothes with no shoes (always asking for more gruel), a huge gulf in the rich poor divide, steam trains, workhouses and bustle skirts- who wouldn’t? It is what the era is best known for.
Perhaps what is is not best known for however, is the fact that under those tight laced, rustling skirts and fitted, silver-buttoned waistcoats is the possibility of an array of ink and beautiful artwork.

Captain Cook wandered over the South Pacific ocean in the late 1700’s, bringing back with him a tattooed tribe’s man and some recently inked sailors, many were travelling to areas with tribal activity and places where they could easily and inexpensively acquire skin art. It was a way of logging your travels (A turtle when you had been south of the equator, an anchor if you had crossed the atlantic..) because of this, being inked would long be associated with men of the sea, and even with mainland criminal activity.


One of Cook’s associates, Sir Joseph banks (his Science Officer), was an extremely wealthy and influential man, he paid to be able to accompany Cook on his expedition and also returned sporting ink and was soon showing it off to the royalty and well-to-do of the British upper classes.
Although tattoos were long associated with criminality, hooliganism and sailors (up to 90% of European sailors were tattooed), the latter association (men of the sea) also came to go hand in hand with wealth and the ability to travel. Tattoos became an outward and blatant way to display wealth and advantage. This idea triggered an explosion in the popularity of tattoos amongst the gentry in Britain, particularly in the latter years of the century when the quality of tattoo instruments improved exponentially.
The first electro-magnetic needle was invented in 1891, and replaced traditional tapping techniques.
The Prince of Wales followed suit, making a personal religious statement with a tattoo of a cross whist in Jerusalem on his grand tour. He was soon after mimicked by his two sons who soon also had copies of their own made, with personal touches, of course!

It is rumoured that Queen Victoria had a tattoo of a tiger fighting an eagle on her person!Women were not permitted to wear make-up during her reign, so perhaps this was why it became a desired beauty alternative!

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She probably didn’t have the tattoo as the miserable old bat we’re so used to seeing, rather when she was younger and notoriously high spirited…!

Maybe Winston Churchill got his sense of defiance and rebellion from his mother, the renowned beauty, Lady Jennie Churchill.?
It was said that she had a small and dainty tattoo of a snake eating its own tail, in memory of the coronation of king Edward VII on her wrist- his crowning was thought to usher the end of Victorian conservatism. Lady Churchill often covered her little tattoo with large jewels and bracelets when in certain society, she was known for her beauty and jewellery but oddly,  not for the tattoo…

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Lady Jeanette Randolph Churchill, with her tattoo hiding bracelets.

By the 1880’s was was reported that over 100,ooo people were tattooed, and there were over 20 tattoo artists in London alone.
They were apparently talented enough with their art to rival even the most skilled Asian practitioner, and by 1898 it was estimated by society writers that over 20% of the British Gentry had a tattoo!
With the refinement of the equipment used to make tattoos, the practice itself became more refined and widespread, getting a tattoo became cheaper- The lower classes, always seeking to elevate themselves to greatness and wealth also started getting the cheaper, more readily available and less painful tattoos.

 

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Beautiful butterflies! Even for the era!!

It turned the elitist and wealthy tattoo scene into something that almost anyone could take part in, and by the early 1900’s even young school boys were getting tattoos. It was a herald of the death of the once famous ”full body tattoo” men and women of the freak shows and circus’s- It was no longer something mysterious or arduous to go through, and in a way it meant that ”anyone” could do it.
Of course, as is always the way, when the working classes follow a trend of the high class, it will without a doubt change as quickly as it came. The upper classes refrained from having art on their skin, and with rising popularity of tattoos, ink was no more seen on the skin of the gentry of England thereafter, or much since..

The motifs from the Victorian age are in my opinion, just as beautiful as some of the tattoos I’ve seen in the modern days.
Sutherland MacDonald was the first man in London to open a tattoo studio, his being above a small Turkish bath house in the  St James’s’ area of Westminster in 1894.
He is widely regarded as one of the finest artists and tattoo artists of his day-
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I simply adore the fighting eagles on his chest, but what really sold the tattoo for me were the feathers floating around the design, giving it so much more movement.
There are hundreds of classic looking tattoos inspired by this intoxicating and highly influential era.
Apologies for the history lesson! It is as much for me as it is for you!!
What do you think of the modern ones, compared to the old ones?


Have a good night! xxx

Complicated tattoos.

Throughout my life as an artist, if I can be called one, I have always loved details, symbolism and things that look as though hard work and a lot of time is evident.
I put a lot into my drawings, so much detail and small parts, along with other bits and pieces but have already found in my newly commenced tattoo training that it needs to be cut down!
I do a lot of concentrating at work, and am currently spending my day watching the immense talent at work, and collecting as many tips as possible, and over the past few days I have garnered that a good tattoo is something simple, or at least with simple line work, so that when the ink spreads naturally under the skin over time it won’t look like an incomprehensible mess. Good designs have detailed shading and colour, but simple line work, well spaced and without too many lines.

I think the trick with the ones above is the fantastical shading- the line work was quite simple, but the shading, the shadows and the illusions of light all give the impressions of extra line work, and a more difficult design. Of course it takes immense talent to colour and shade so beautifully, but it is most likely that the stencil applied to the skin initially was one that gave hints towards the shading rather than the use of solid line work.
I was going to put my designs in frames, maybe with some wilting flowers or burnt wood but i’m quite glad that I didn’t-

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I don’t really like these framed tattoos- i think they look a bit ”doll like” (deepest apologies, i just prefer the ones above!!!)

Perhaps the designs that I drew were a little too ”typical”, but I wanted them to be as iconic and close to the film as possible- I also wanted them to be accurate and instantly recognisable on sight, or at least to other Hammer Horror enthusiasts so straight from the film it is!
I think perhaps I still used too many lines, but the designs are looking quite nice so far.. I think I need so much more practice with line work and to learn what makes a good tattoo design, but i’m sure that will come with more advice and a little time.
I added clouds, lightning, burning torches, smoke and may add a bit more in the background at some point, but my partner seems happy with them, and they are for him, so it’s what matters.
If he is happy, I am happy! ❤

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I had white streaks in my hair for a long time, so my other half sometimes jokes that i’m his ”bride”. I told him that he reminds me of Herman Munster/ Frankenstein in his creepers and with his slicked back hair.

I think he wants them on his upper arms, which would look so awesome with all of the T-shirts he’s been wearing recently… I chose the quote ”we belong dead” for Frankenstein’s monster because it was the most memorable line for me in the second film, (Frankenstein’s bride, 1935) and was also featured on a scene in Hellboy where he broods over the prospect of not quite being normal (a favourite film and comic book of both of us)- so quite apt, through and through!
I couldn’t find a quote that I liked for the Bride… I toyed with things like ”Death becomes her”, quickly abandoning it when I realised it was from the 1992 film starring Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn! I trawled through so many quotes from the book, and tried to grab some short ones that struck me as quite powerful along with some others that I thought that I might be able to shorten if need be…

1. “If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!”

 

2. “The beginning is always today.”

3.“Solitude was my only consolation – deep, dark, deathlike solitude.”

4. “There is love in me the likes of which you’ve never seen. There is rage in me the likes of which should never escape. If I am not satisfied int he one, I will indulge the other.” 

5. “Man,” I cried, “how ignorant art thou in thy pride of wisdom!”

6. “Thus strangely are our souls constructed, and by slight ligaments are we bound to prosperity and ruin.”

7. “My dreams were all my own; I accounted for them to nobody; they were my refuge when annoyed – my dearest pleasure when free.”

(There’s many many more quotes here, if you want them!! https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/11139.Mary_Shelley )

Of course, I could go for the obvious ”It’s ALIVE!”, but what fun would that be?
I want something that retains the horror of the book, as ground breaking and awe inspiring as it was when it first grasped the public mind! Maybe a little of this sentiment springs from the fact that since the film was released ”Adam” (Frankenstein’s monster) has been portrayed as green.
He most certainly was NOT green in the book! Not by a long shot -he was a yellowing flesh colour, but isn’t that truly sickening and too awful for a film poster?

”His limbs were in proportion, and I had selected his features as beautiful. Beautiful! Great God! His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was of a lustrous black, and flowing; his teeth of a pearly whiteness; but these luxuriances only formed a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes, that seemed almost of the same colour as the dun-white sockets in which they were set, his shrivelled complexion and straight black lips.”

If i’m honest this description of him is something that I find fascinating and take my hat off to the series Penny Dreadful for at least sticking to the jet black, flowing hair and perfect teeth! He sounds tragic and hideous all at once, something to be loved and feared equally!
But back to the quotes- There don’t seem to be too many short ones that are jumping out at me too much, maybe
“The beginning is always today.”
Not one that is particularly famous, but still from the book and quite sweetly inspiring all the same. I do love a couple of the ones I chose above and I may swap the quotes so that the bride’s plaque has the quote from her film (”We belong dead”), and the monster has one from Shelley’s book.
Which quote did you prefer? Are the designs entirely terrible for my first ever attempt?
I look forward to hearing from you!