As usual, I took the images and changed them into line drawings. Are you wondering why those 2 monks are vomiting frogs? They're purging unclean spirits, of course.
And with my usual restraint, I carefully selected just a few creatures for the tablet. Really more like a clown car of weird animals....
As I've said, I paint the dye on these twice. This time, I took a photo of the piece after the first dyeing, and played with it on the computer. I realized that if I darkened the center, it would pull the eye there. The photo of the right is after the second dyeing. While it's nowhere near as dark as the black I added in Photoshop, (on the left) it's dark enough to center the image. And this time, instead of embroidery, I beaded...
..I sewed on beads and sequins and bits of leather (for the horns) and dyed pieces of yarn and some embroidery and just had great fun.
The elephant was one of the last. I thought about using some leather from old mittens, but when I photoshopped them in, it was just too drab.If you look closely, you can see that I also photoshopped in the rest of the blue beads, near the top, just to make sure they worked.
I looked through all my beads (when not sure what to do next, wander through the supplies for awhile...) and found some dark gold beads, which really seemed to fit. Here's the finished tablet:
This is a composite photo of the lettering on the top and bottom, just so you can see it better:
It says: "THE FICTITIOUS ANIMALS IN A MEDIEVAL BESTIARY WERE MEANT TO TEACH MORAL LESSONS"
My plan is for the beastiary tablet to have a companion piece:
This one has been designed, printed and has the first dyes painted on.