I bought a black 12 x 12 canvas and dry brushed various Ferro metallic paints on to it. My Mam had torn a piece of cardboard from a box in a wonderful shape. I painted that with more Ferro paint in blue.
I had many ideas for the canvas, but none were working, so I left it for a while as I wanted to get it just right. I tore some pages from some MS magazines that I subscribe to and eventually came up with the idea of a hungry sea monster biting at a girl dangling above it. I used a citrus Paint Dabber to colour the monster and a Tippex pen to colour the teeth and put the spots on.
Next I took a picture of a model out of a magazine and glued it to a piece of card for strength before cutting it out. I coloured her in grey with a wax crayon (the only thing to hand and I couldn't be bothered to stand up!) and gave her red shoes. If I could, I'd wear red HIGH heels. The shoe falling off represents the way that each time MS bites (in the form of a relapse) it takes a little of you away. At the moment its just my red high heels!
I wanted it to seem like a fifties cartoon strip so I gave the monster and heroine speech bubbles cut from MS magazines. I also did a little 'commentary' to bring it all together, again from MS magazines.
The whole canvas depicts totally how I feel about the MS. I dangled the heroine string which I hammered into the top of the canvas with a decorative staple. I say hammered because the speciality stapler it came from wouldn't work like a normal stapler when you can use just the top to staple, so I hammered it in instead!
The back of the canvas is also 'decorated'. I used pictures cut from MS magazines again to show some of the symptoms I suffer from. The left one shows how I can never know what is round the corner for me. The middle is depression. The right is fatigue. Even looking at that photo gives me the wobbles. I know I'd never manage those stairs!
I then wrote 'MS' in orange (the colour of the MS Society) and crossed it out in green, the colour of the MS Resource Centre (MSRC) who I support and sell cards at Christmas in aid of. They have been a great help to me since I was diagnosed.