The Hag is astride, This night for to ride; The Devill and shee together: Through thick, and through thin, Now out, and then in, Though ne'r so foule be the weather. A Thorn or a Burr She takes for a Spurre: With a lash of a Bramble she rides now, Through Brakes and through Bryars, O're Ditches, and Mires, She followes the Spirit that guides now. No Beast, for his food, Dares now range the wood; But husht in his laire he lies lurking: While mischiefs, by these, On Land and on Seas, At noone of Night are working, The storme will arise, And trouble the skies; This night, and more for the wonder, The ghost from the Tomb Affrighted shall come, Cal'd out by the clap of the Thunder.
I did struggle with this one as it is not a poem I have ever heard of and it was written in 1648 so it’s difficult to work out what is it saying. Anyway a Hag is an “ugly old woman” or a witch, so I went with the witch theme. Using an image of a witch astride a broomstick, which I believe echoes the first lines “The Hag is astride, This night for to ride;”, the witch of course has a black cat as we have a black cat! The image also has a moon against the night sky for the lines “At noone of Night are working,” and “This night, and more for the wonder,” and finally lightning for “
The storme will arise, And trouble the skies;” “Cal’d out by the clap of the Thunder.”
The image was cut using my Cricut Joy and is mounted on a dark sky effect background then layer with dark grey on dark grey card. The witch is cut in sparkly black card and the moon and lightning in glow in the dark card.
The second image is trying to show the glow in the dark effect
I was pleased to see some of the other members of the design team also used witches.
Halloween is only a month away so feels like an appropriate design.