As promised, here are my mermaid skinny pages for my friend, Cat. I thought I would have them done sooner, but my first set is in the trash ... uh ... I mean the prototype file. I found two poems that inspired these pages, but I had the hardest time finding a way to incorporate the poems until I decided to put the poems in the tails! You can't read the entire poem in the tail, but you can get the idea. Here's the poem that inspired the page above.
Who would be
A mermaid fair,
Combing her hair
Under the sea,
In a golden curl
With a comb of pearl,
On a throne?
I would be a mermaid fair;
I would sing to myself the whole of the day;
With a comb of pearl I would comb my hair;
And still as I comb I would sing and say,
"Who is it loves me? who loves not me?"
- Lord Alfred Tennyson, The Mermaid
The second one is darker because of this poem:
A mermaid found a swimming lad,
Picked him for her own,
Pressed her body to his body,
Laughed; and plunging down
Forgot in cruel happiness
That even lovers drown.
- William Butler Yeats
Isn't that sad? I love it though. It's been haunting me for days.
You probably recognize the top parts of the mermaids as paintings by John William Waterhouse, an English Pre-Raphaelite painter who lived from 1849 to 1917.