Friday, October 27, 2017

So Spooky Mixed Media Shadow Box

I'm thrilled to be guest designer at Fussy and Fancy Friday. I created a So Spooky shadow boxPlease visit their blog for the latest information on the new challenge So Spooky and all the great design team inspiration.

Although I started out thinking this would include totally creepy and ghoulish people, my muse took me in a totally different direction where I concentrated on a  spooky Halloween night scene for us regular folk.  I have to tell you it doesn't take much after nightfall to make it feel spooky for me--rustling leaves, prowling animals, unfamiliar noises, dim yellow street lights.  

Here's a close-up of the creepy cloth, twigs, and spider.   You can see the ghost peering from underneath.

Here's a close-up of the texture on the sky and moon and a better look at the fence.  I like how the different colored layers created a landscape for my scene.  The foreground row of buildings was cut from dark grey Halloween paper that had cobwebs on it--I love the effect.

Materials Used:
Artist's Loft 10"x10" Stretch canvas
Black chipboard haunted house, spider and black sparkle twigs from Michael's
orange/yellow paper from stash to put behind haunted house
Creepy Cloth from the dollar store
Dreamweavers Matte Black Embossing Paste
Plaid FolkArt Black chalkboard paint
circles stencil
Martha Stewart Halloween fence punch

Prima Finnabair: 
Prima black gesso; 
Heavy Black Gesso
Art Extravagance: Stone Effect Concrete Paste, Graphite Texture Paste
Art Alchemy Opal Magic Acrylic Paint: Violet Green, Pink Blue, Green Gold
Art Alchemy Metallique Wax: White Gold, Old Silver

Tim Holtz:
Sizzix Alterations Thinlets:   bats from Haunted House, Cityscape/Skyline
Sizzix Alterations Die: Ghosts (no longer available?)
Ideaology Chipboard: Chip Quotes;  and Paper Dolls Collection

I made a moon free-hand while using a stencil full of circles--creating a cratered moon.  The original is with graphite texture paste.  Then I added Metallique wax in old silver and decided to top it with white gold. I drew in the painted sky as if wisps of clouds were partially covering the moon on the edges.

I'd like to enter this mixed media project here:

TRY IT ON TUESDAY: Oct 24 Circles #18 x

A INKY MESS Challenge 15 Anything Mixed Media #2

A VINTAGE JOURNEY: Crazy for Autumn Color  I love purple as an autumn color complementing the usual Halloween colors. #58x

Cuttlebug Mania:  Spooky #12x

Frilly and Funkie: Trick or Treat  I'm feeling funkie with a trick:  unexpected element is the creepy cloth with a big jeweled spider and the added phrase:  be brave.  #4 Top Three!!!

Paper Play Sketches and Color Challenge:  #54 Sketch #1x

STAMPlorations October Mixed Media (must use stencil)   I used circle stencil to create a moon. #22 Top Pick!

We Love 2 Create:  Challenge #1 Anything Goes Creative/Mixed Media (2nd entry)  #67 x
winner announced Nov. 26


Darlene said...

WOW! This is such an amazing work of spooky art! Fabulous scene you've created with such great depth! Glad you joined us as Guest Designer! Have a great day!
Fussy and Fancy DT

Beth Brovold said...

Helene this is stunning!! What a fabulously spooky design...your sky is amazing...beautifully done...thanks for joining us as our Guest Designer at Fussy and Fancy!
Take care,

froebelsternchen said...

Amazing spooky work! WOW!
Thank you very much for joining us at
Try It On Tuesday!
Happy weekend!
oxo Susi

Valerie-Jael said...

What a fabulous piece Helene, so spooky and atmospheric - love everything about it. Thanks for joining us at TIOT, hugs, Valerie

Anonymous said...

eeek...a spider - it freaked me out just abit :-D ... great project! thanks for joining in at the STAMPlorations MMC challenge!!!

Sanna said...

see, that spider got me so confused, that I forgot to add my name..LOL

Meggymay said...

Thank you for sharing your fantastic Halloween project with us at Try it on Tuesdays.

Amy A said...

This is absolutely SPOOKTACULAR! love the composition and all the lovely details! Thank you for joining us at STAMPlorations Mixed Media Challenge this month and good luck. We sure hope you join us again.

Amy- DT
{Lil Cutie Creations}

Asmah Zainal Abidin said...

Oh boy! I dare not look at that gentleman and the kids too long coz they stare at me back Helene!! Your scene is very spooky, very detail and loving the depth and colors. So happy (and scary, lol) to see your spooky work at STAMPlorations October Mixed Media Challenge and thank you Helene for sharing your spookymazing talent with us.
Hugs and smiles,
STAMPlorations Mixed Media Design Team
Qinaahana Arts & Crafts {My Personal Blog}

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

LOVE this! All the elements are wonderful, especially the netting! So COOL! LOVE your blog heading photo too! Happy Halloween!

Lynne Mizera said...

The textures and colors of this wonderful piece really capture the mood of Halloween for me! Thank you for sharing your work with us for over at STAMPlorations for the October Mixed Media Challenge.

Mrs.B said...

A fabulous project, so atmospheric and very spooky.
Thanks for sharing at TioT

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Wow, Helene! This is one fabulous composition! I love the mood you created with your color and texture choices. Then the details are just fantastic. I'm especially fond of that moon! The jewelled spider is suitably creepy as your trick element, too! Thanks so much for joining the fun at the Frilly and Funkie Trick or Treat Challenge!

Jenny Marples said...

What a wonderful shadowbox Helene! You've captured that spooky feel with all the blended colour and texture in this. Thank you for sharing with us at Frilly and Funkie xx

sarascloset said...

Fabulously spooky! Biggest congratulations on your Top Pick at Frilly and Funkie! Hugs!

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