HELLO OCTOBER!! WOO HOO!! It’s going to be a fun month here at Ain’t That Artsy Fartsy and it begins with a new challenge month at Our Creative Corner!! I’ve really been looking forward to this challenge, to let my inner dark side come out for a play, with our Hostess Laura’s, theme this month–HEEEEERE’S Laura!!
“Forget cute cats and smiling pumpkins….We want….
For this Halloween, share with us some horror inspired creations that are sure to send shivers down our spines.
Bring out your most grotesque stamps and embellishments, or perhaps take on the challenge of finding a way to transform pretty stamps into something macabre. Reach for the grungiest colors and textures–Come over to the dark side of Halloween.
Can you scare us?”
Well, I’ll certainly try, Laura–
I took Laura’s theme to heart, that of the darkest kind it seems, and created this art journal page full of macabre, with a bit of black humor, too, to soften the blow, so to speak. I’ve got just a few photos of what I did to put this fiendish page of grisliness together….if you dare to look?
I’m working on a page in my 6″ x 8″ art journal. I started with spritzing my page with water, then I sprayed a couple of Distress Spray Stains over the surface and heat set, but I don’t remember which colors these were–Could be Pumice Stone & Antique Linen?
I spritzed Hickory Smoke DSS directly to the bottom, spritzed with water, then heat set.
I applied WV Embossing Paste through my Brick stencil and let air dry.
When the embossing paste was dry, I stood the journal upright then sprayed Fired Brick & Barn Door DSSs at the top and let it drip down and pool at the bottom of the page. I roughly painted Black Soot DI with my water brush in between the crevices of the bricks, then stamped the image of Penelope into place, so I know where future placements will occur.
I rubbed a layer of DAM Gold Interference over Penelope’s stamped image with my finger and laid down a strip of TH design tape. In the grand scheme of things, I want an aura, of sorts, around Penelope-as if she could be standing under a light source, or illuminated by something from within, maybe?
I added a fussy cut shadow image of Penelope and rubbed Black Soot DP over the strip of tape. From here on out, I didn’t take pictures of the stamping, heat embossing, water coloring and such going on behind the scenes, sorry about that….
…But, how ’bout that quote? This devilishly, delicious quote–I cannot take credit for! I am a fan of witty dialogue and snarky banter and this little gem is from an American comedy (no longer on the air) called Arrested Development (…narrated in season 3 when Michael meets Rita). That show was chock full of hilariously snarky dialog that I just loved (and still do)!
Anyways, I digress–I printed the quote out from my computer, cut into word bands and treated to its crackly finish with DAM Crackle Glaze. The Union Jack is found in the London Underground stamp set that I had colored directly with DMs, spritzed with water, then stamped upon coffee stained vellum. Oh, those cobwebs!! That’s an image from the Haunted set from Oxford Impressions. I stamped it onto tissue paper with white pigment ink and heat embossed. I carefully fussy ripped each cobweb out and colored with my Pumice Stone DM. The embossed image acts as a resist, so the marker only colored the tissue paper and not the cobweb.
Penelope’s hat & spiders are from Tim Holtz’s Undertaker set. Those were stamped with black pigment ink onto mixed-media paper, heat embossed then fussy cut. The announcement of deaths behind Penelope is also from the Undertaker set that I stamped onto coffee stained vellum and cut out. I carefully burned the vellum in places and added a few of my faux rusted brads in place. I water colored Penelope with my water brush and Distress Markers and her little arachnid friend is hanging from a piece of cotton string.
Before I started layering all of the images onto the page, I spritzed the cobwebs with Pewter Perfect Pearls Mist to give them a shimmery appearance. After adhering everything onto the page, I gave Penelope and the word bands a little extra shading with Black Soot DI and my water brush. I can tell you, I’m having a bit of a giggle with this page! Or maybe it’s more like an evil cackle?!
And, as this is an art journal page created to inspire for our Our Creative Corner Horror themed challenge this month, I dare not forget to mention this month’s sponsor, Nicecrane Designs!
Nicecrane is sponsoring our challenge with a $20 voucher to their online store, to one of our randomly chosen participants. They’ve got some great vintage Halloween images…..
Well, there you go–My creative start for the month of October. If today’s creation is an example of what’s in store this month, you’re in for a ‘bump in the middle of the night” kind of ride!!
Thanks for joining me today! Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!
SUPPLIES I USED:
- 6″ x 8″ Art Journal (Yvonne Blair); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Tissue Paper; Vellum
- Stamps: Penelope (Stampotique); Undertaker (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); London Underground (Artistic Outpost); Haunted (Oxford Impressions)
- Distress Spray Stains, Inks, Markers & Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Pigment Inks (Colorbox); Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi); White Embossing Powder (my stash); Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Crackle Glaze, Texture Sand Paste, Gold Interference, Fluid Acrylics (DecoArt Media); Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger)
- Brick Stencil (My Favorite Things); Cotton String; Design Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
- Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Water Brush; Palette Knife; Scissors;