"Here Be Dragons" for Melange quote challenge

When I was a child I loved maps, the older & more exotic the better.

My favorite parts were the edges,

sometimes covered with fantastic drawings of creatures from Beyond.

There you would find the magic words ....

HC SVNT DRACONES : Here Be Dragons

I spent last weekend rereading Moby Dick (1 of my favorites)

and started making a map for the Melange challenge

Then decided I'd rather make an adventurer's box. Travel sized (2.5" sq x 2" H) for a small compass perhaps. Eventually I dumped the compass in favor of some trinkets an explorer might carry.

A tiny bottle of earth from home. Another filled with treasures for his love. A seeing "stone ", actually abalone. A figure he's been whittling. I'm not sure if I should leave the pin or not.....

It still needs some finishing touches. The abalone needs some roughing up. I need to replace the red sculpey with "wax" once I find the mislaid cork. I'm also missing a brass pin on the box front . Once finished, I'll add it to my ArtSnark etsy shop.

Find links to other fun quotable artworks in the Melange Team comment section HERE. While you are visiting, check out their new prompt, FLIGHT. Play along if you like, all mixed media pieces are welcome!


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  1. Your "Here Be Dragons" is a beautiful creatios. I love the colors and designs, plus the items for inside.

    Linda B.

  2. Very cool ! Love how you wove a story with the way you presented it here !

  3. Ah the edge of the world where the dragons hang out...this is a magnificent art piece!

  4. Stacey... this is AWESOME! I love it! I too love the old maps. I have a huge collection of them if you're ever looking for something special.


  5. Wow, this is so gorgeous. I love it.