Creativity Carnival: Handcuffs

Dear Creative Souls,

Welcome to the sixth edition of the Creativity Carnival. 

I finished the drawing for this Carnival just a couple of hours ago.

Thanks so much for your fantastic response on the Faces Carnival. I loved reading your entries as much as you must’ve enjoyed writing them 🙂

Creativity Carnival - Blogging event for WordPress bloggers.


Here’s my cue-art for this week. The inspiration for this cue-art was in my environment – I just picked it up. I’ll tell you all about it in my next Carnival post. This week, this image belongs to you.


Handcuffs - A pen and ink drawing for the Creativity Carnival Edition 6.

The Rules are Simple.

    1. Your cue is the artwork above.
    2. You have a week to get creative and make a post that connects with the cue.
    3. You are welcome to do anything creative with the cue. Here is a list of possibilities:
      • Write a Story (tiny/short/long…whichever works for you. A tip: Shorter Stories, more reads.)
      • Share an Anecdote
      • Write a Poem
      • Draw a doodle
      • Paint a picture
      • Some other creative craft that I can’t think of – but it must explore and even extend the portrayal in the artwork.
    4. Include the cue-art in your post.
    5. Link back to this Creativity Carnival Post so that a ping back is registered. It will help other bloggers (including this caricaturist) can visit your post, like it, love it, and comment upon it.IMPORTANT:

1. Links to the pages and the home-page of a blog don’t result in a ping back.
2. Links created through an image (linking an image to a post) don’t create a ping back. (Thanks, Meghan.) 

For more details (mostly superfluous) please visit the Creativity Carnival page here.

Do tag your posts “creativity carnival”. So if you start following the tag, you’ll find the newest carnivals in your Reader.

I will look forward to visiting your blogs 🙂

And now – what inspired me to create the gun-art and what that picture means to me.

About The Faces.

Faces is perhaps my most detailed drawing for the Creativity Carnival yet. This drawing wasn’t of an object; it was of a thought. I had in my mind the image of a woman who has just started turning bitter, but who hides her bitterness beneath a tailored smile, and the roughness of her face under layers of makeup. But then, this woman, wasn’t always like this. There was a time in her life when she was happy and innocent, and her innocence made her feel compassion and love for others. Her face reflected her sweet nature – and she had no need to hide anything. Now she’s 27, then she was 16 – but the person she was and the person she now is; they have diametrically opposite perceptions of everything around them.

So you see, it was a thought. The pages symbolized the passage of time, and the faces belonged to a woman who had changed on the inside.

Those were my thoughts. Your responses were so beautifully diverse, so poetic – that they took the cue-art to a different, much higher plane. Thank you for that.


26 comments on “Creativity Carnival: Handcuffs

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  6. I was hoping to respond to your cue-art this week, but have been very busy with the WordPress class Writing 101. However, your cue-art inspired a story from my husband which I put up on his blog, Lazy Dog Motors. I am happy to see my brilliant engineer exercising his creative muscles. (his pingback worked!)


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  9. Wow, what might we make of handcuffs!
    I so look forward to these prompts each week and also your writing about the previous week’s drawing. I like how you hold that personal inspiration /meaning back until the following week’s announcement. I didn’t reply to the comment when I saw it but worried for you to learn you were under the weather a few days or so ago. I know it must be quite a lot of work running these events although your enjoyment shines through and your dedication is admirable.
    I found myself wondering earlier what would we do when you need a break or if you are too ill to post ( I hope that doesn’t happen and wish you the very best of health always!) Anyway, although sonetimes two weeks between prompts might be nice, what I thought I’d do if such occurred would be to try using the first colour drawing you posted to announce the overall event and choose somehow maybe by random one or more previous prompts to use with the colour picture as a prompt in a new response (suggestion for back-up strategy perhaps, or some way at intervals to allow you a break if needed. Maybe sometimes your professionally work keeps you exceptionally busy, I expect it must. Such work is often so much more than just the finished product. Apologies for length of comment, hope you don’t mind my raising it, thinking aloud. Feel free to delete or edit my comment I won’t be offended! Very best wishes 🙂

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    • Hi Colette,
      I did feel fatigued last week, but I am OK now 🙂 I do have many other Pen and Ink drawings that I did in the past but I try to create a new one for each Carnival. I do this because 1. I love to draw, and 2. I want to create something for the carnival too. I think that an event is a live show – and to have fun, everyone has to perform 🙂 So don’t worry. You’ll always have a drawing to write about. If at all something really bad happens to me – I don’t think I’ll be blogging either – so then there won’t be a Shafali’s blog. Until then, all is good. Have fun with the prompt and keep smiling 🙂

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