The Collage Obsession challenge this week is to create something inspired by a fairy tale, and The Princess and the Frog Prince immediately jumped to my mind.
So often in fairy tales the concept of 'transformation' happens, turning the Frog Prince, The Beast in Beauty and the Beast to handsome rich men, or a beautiful woman into a horrible old witch. Being a frog can't have been fun for my Prince - Charming Charlie.
I thought I would do something a little different for me, and show you the pages of my sketchbook where he first appeared as a rough sketch, and then was transformed into the image I thought would work best.
From there he jumped into life as a painting to be cut out for the paper collage elements:
The Frog Prince Collage, Jez
(Map 'leaf' from National Geographic)
In the finished piece above he cheekily holds on to the Princess's golden ball. He's not allowed to tell her he's really a prince who has been changed into an amphibian, but he's giving her all the right clues - his jewelled coronet, and the leaf which shows a map of his Princedom. He looks quite a portly prince to me.
Fortunately I had saved a couple of the shiny gold paper hats from our Christmas crackers which proved just right for the ball. I took the photo with flash to light up the shiny bits.
And here's another of my little Doodle Doggerels to go with the final image:
THE COURTSHIP OF FROG PRINCE CHARMING CHARLIE
Hallo my love, how are you today?
I always come here to watch you at play.
Though I know I'm the ugliest frog you've seen -
As Kermit said, "It's not easy being green".
I love you in my own froggy fashion,
And wish you'd return my burning passion
To you I am just an amphibian critter,
But I've suffered a problem that makes me quite bitter.
Please forget my appearance, for I'm bound to say
To get back your ball, you will have to pay.
The ball is yours if you kiss me my dear.
So they kissed, he transformed, and they wed the same year.