Monday, October 24, 2016

Day 24, 31 Days of Halloween - Face in the Mirror

Welcome to the 24th day of

A bit of a "mixed media" today:
printing, coloring, scanning and some PicMonkey work

The screaming lady is from KJArting and the 
mirror background is from Mischief Circus.

This is how this look before "monkey business"

If you are doing "the HOP", you'll
see the road on the sidebar ----->>>>

Don't forget to link your alternative, dark, weird makes HERE,
we'll love to see them.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

What Do You See in the Mirror?

CT Nan, here, with my version of a fabulous project I saw that had mirrors and figures coming out of the mirror all in shades of white and gray.  It was truly breathtaking!  I went for a much smaller less detailed try and of course, had just broken yet another mirror (and I wonder at my continuing misfortunes?) so the fun began.  I painted the mirror fragment with Grumbacher's Modeling Paste and when dry I scrubbed off to let the mirror show through in places.  I had taken a small skull and pressed into 3 balls of air dry clay and let dry.  Then carefully sprayed both the mirror, clay embossed skulls, and tulle with some Nuance powder mixed in a spray bottle with water.  Carefully because air dry clay will melt away on you if too wet!

And what else but a lovely piece of pink ribbon to finish my ghostly wall hanging!

I know you know my next words...BUT off you go to the next name on the list and leave them some love, please?  And, also, keep those entries coming in here at Dream in Darkness!  We are watching you have any mirrors in YOUR house??  Now don't let your imagination run wild with you........or should you?????

Saturday, October 22, 2016

HEEELPPPP The Wind Changed!!!

Oh no, Halloween masks, and I tried one on!!!
Not this one - I like to be able to breathe, and the thought of a glow-in-the-dark thing with pincers trying to make me have my own Day of the Dead - well, let's just say, I'm too young to die THAT young.

I started off with papier-mache masks, which I painted with black gesso.  The next layer is acrylic paint.
I got introduced to Kroma's crackle in a Michael deMeng class. Pop in here to see his as well as more conventional ways of using it.  It's a Canadian product, so if you don't live in Canada, Dick Blick is your go-to place, no matter where else you live.  You can tint it with paint as I did, or you can leave it and it dries clear-white.  In the above mask I tinted it green.  Apparently it can take a few days to crackle, especially in humid or cold weather.  Well it may be winter here, but with the log burner in action, it started crackling withing a couple of hours.  It can flick off, so to seal it, before doing anything else, brush a layer of medium (matte or gloss) over it, let it seep into the cracks.  You want cockroaches, and other insects?  Try Silver Crow Creations and look for their "Better Quality" cockies.  Yummy yummy!!!  though I will admit to "saucing up" this one, with interference purple paint and Vat Orange paint.  The black ants got interference blue paint.

Now for the one that got me in trouble. A rather tasty mouse - white pepper (paint) lightly brushed over the high spots -is trying to clear out the sinuses perhaps?  While the spiders crawl around to find an eye socket, weaving their hot-glue webs as they go.  Overhead, a Things To Alter bat is pretending to be a Third Eye, and the second eye has a barbwire piercing.
I thought I would look bee-yoo-tee-ful wearing it.  Big Mistake!  Can older people tell me, is this uglification just a stage?  Will I grow out of it, like I grew out of "puppyfat", measles and hot cars?  I hope the wind changes soon.
That mouse reminds me of this cartoon that's been around for decades
OK, so now it's your turn.  Post your weird and wonderful pieces back on Day 1, then hop on over to the next person in the 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Day 21 of 31 Days of Halloween! ~ Rejected...

Welcome back to Freaky Friday Day 21 of 31 Days of Halloween!

Sooooo hopefully you are feeling inspired and spirited and ready to celebrate the fabulousness of Halloween in just about 10 where is the time going!!???

Some people have no imagination...

ATC using DecoArt Media and Andy Skinner inspired techniques. 
Tim Holtz stamp, catchy "upcycled" envelope mailed to me.

Keep your head! (on straight)

Come on back tomorrow for more mayhem! or just plain escapism it's all good!

See ya and the Frogster is looking for you! Run!!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Day 20, 31 Days of Halloween - Get yourself together

Welcome to a day 20,
today I'm showing another page from my
PIG & BLACK art Journal book.

Lots of stamping, a bit of painting and whole
lot of fun with inks and stencil.

Looks like she IS all ready to party .... well not all ready,
but hopefully soon.

Taking part of 31 DOH? The road map is on the sidebar --->>

And the froggy is asking more links,
you can make it happy by linking HERE.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A Message to All

Well, CT Nan, and you all know my absolute love of Edgar Allan Poe and I gave him a true tribute earlier this month.  But now I like to think poor Poe had to have smiled at some points in his life and maybe had a very dry sense of humor?  So here is my thoughts of what he might have to say to us all as we celebrate Halloween with the 31 Days of Halloween!

The postcard was given to me by CT Anne in a happy mail from Silvercrow Creations, a most wonderful place to find things you won't find anywhere else!  The postcard is really grainy looking; it looks like it could have just been taken it off of his last fiancee's wall.  Stamped with some red Distress Ink and stamps of hanging spiders and webs with a "sweet" sentiment :)  And of course a pink party hat on to "top" it all off!

We are still checking the Frog's inbox for your entries each and everyday!  Don't make us have to tell on you!  You know that Frog's temper...EEEK!

Now hop (I crack me up, I really do! Hop..Frog...hehe) off to the next stop and get inspired then hop back here and drop off your inspired make!  Then happy folks everywhere...also leave some love at each makes us squeal with evil delight!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The paintbrush slipped...

And my skeleton became a Zombie Skellie.

I'm taking Michael deMeng's Skullduggery online class at the moment.  Like all his classes, it is interesting, teaches me all I know about using paint and mixing colours, as well as covering assemblage, clay, right glues for right places... and they're well-edited.  However my wee skeletons ended up fauxfolksy and zombified.  Let me quote:
"... Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Not only is this a marvelous event where relatives celebrate the memories of the deceased, but it is also a chance for the living to mock the reaper. It’s a way for the living to say: “Neener, neener you haven’t got me yet”. One of the ways that Mexicans do this is with little skeletal toys known as “calacas”. Usually they are playful scenes where the skeletons are in the engaged in everyday activities, riding bicycles, walking dogs, dancing with devils (okay, so this one is perhaps not an everyday activity). The idea is to have a little fun with one's mortality. Well, that is what we’ll be doing in class. Using doll parts, action figures, and other found objects student will create little skeletons that will tickle your funny bone."
My "people" are enjoying a good harvest ("Neener neener, we won't starve to death THIS winter".  The All-seeing Eye of God is overseeing it all, of course.
I like the crisp stamping I got from Rubber Dance feather into clay, into which I settled the eye-bearing wings. (It's my photography that's a bit blurry)
The awesome wooden shrine/altar frames come from Silver Crow Creations, as do the fruit, wings (clear plastic which I coloured with alcohol inks.)  I made the skelicat (or is it a skuldoggery up to some skulduggery)  If I made more I'd be better at them haha.
Onwards, ever onwards through the 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop, the link on the sidebar will take you away from me alas, but to discover more inspiration for you to appease our evil little froggy.