I really enjoyed this week's Mixed Media Monday prompt, Enchanted. I am fan of fairy tales (so much history there) and this challenge allowed me to play with the story of Cinderella and the subject of vanity. In the original tale by Charles Perrault, the sisters were not at all "ugly" - and if I remember correctly, the mother was not a "Step" but rather a jealous wife - but they were in fact cold of heart. The quote by Karl Kraus is a favorite of mine and seems to address Cinderella's plight perfectly: "There are women who are not beautiful but only look that way."
This piece was done on an 8 x 10 canvas and covered in sewing tissue for texture. I used several neutral colors of acrylic on top of that and then a home decor stencil to create the background pattern. When dry, I aged it with an outline of copper glitter (haphazardly placed) and a bit of charcoal. The figures were from a decorative scrapbook paper which were cut out and colored with chalk, pencil, pen, glitter and Swarovski crystals. The Cinderella figure remains simple with just a blush of color at the cheek. Finally, I punched out circles from ledger paper and added them below the figures to ground them.