Wednesday, 1 October 2014

DecoArt Mixed Media Haunts Challenge...

Join the DecoArt Mixed Media Design Team in a spooky Halloween challenge from October 1st through the 28th! Have a peek at our talented designer's projects below and be on the look out for their full tutorials on the DecoArt Media Facebook throughout the Mixed Media Haunts Challenge!

Feeling inspired? Create your very own spooktacular piece and submit it below through the Inlinkz link at the bottom of our Design Team project photos. Entries will be accepted until October 28th at 11:55pm.

On October 29th, Andy Skinner will choose his two favorite pieces. The runner-up will receive $50 worth of DecoArt Media product and the grand prize winner will receive $100 worth of DecoArt Media goodies!

Here is my project...
My friends daughter gave me a commission. she asked if I could make her a "thing" (she drew a rectangle in the air so i guessed she meant a sign or plaque) to hang on her bedroom door for Halloween. She asked me to make it scary...
"Could you make it all scary and creepy?"
Strangely, her mum was less than enthusiastic about that as she is only 6 and a half. Her instructions were, on no accounts, make it scary.
hmmm.... So i had to please a little girl who wants a scary creepy plaque for her door and a mum who doesnt want her little girl having nightmares.
So here it is. its a bit of a boggy old graveyard with creepy crawly insects and bats but no ghosts, zombies or monsters (although zombies did come up as one of her preferences).
Hopefully its scary enough but fun enough at the same time.
And for my DecoArt friends, here is a basic tutorial on how the plaque was made.
I painted the plaque black and when it was dry i painted a few patches with crackle medium (weathered wood). I didnt do it all over as i wanted the cracking to be random.
When the crackle medium was tacky enough to be painted over, I painted over the top with media fluid acrylics in shades of green. you can see the selection in the image. i let it start to crack and then i sped up the drying process with the heat gun. I let it bubble up the paint in places as it adds texture (handy for one of my final steps)
I set it aside to dry properly while i prepared some fabric leaves and chipboard grave stone crosses by coating them in crackle paint. i had tinted some for another project and had some left ove so it looks a bit pink here but it doesnt have to be tinted. i just didnt want to waste the excess i had.
set these aside to dry.
When they were dry i used my media misters on them using shades of green teal and purple.

I printed off and cut out a couple of pumpkins. using decoupage medium I stuck them to card and let them dry.
I cut the pumpkins out and give them a coat of crackle glaze. allow to dry. and then use some burnt umber paint (or any shade you prefer) to stain the cracks. simply paint over the glaze, wait a few seconds then gently clean off with a damp cloth. the paint will stay in the cracks but come off of the surface.
Make some spirals from wire, prepare your embellishments (I used pain on some calico Craft Parts bats, webs spiders and insects) and now assemble your parts...
Tear out a rough oval of scrap paper and place over the centre of the image. then use a spray mister around the edges.
Allow to dry and paint on a moon. Because of the bubbles created when heat drying the paint, my moon has texture and craters.
Next i painted some large chipboard letters and treated them in the same way as the pumpkin images with crackle glaze and brown paint.

glue everything into place. there you have it.


  1. Oh I think you did a brilliant job with the "scary but not REALLY scary" Halloween plaque, Louise!

    I LOVE the vibrant colours alongside all the wonderful texture! Especially the moon looks fantastic and the chipboard letters too! I am sure you will make your friend and her daughter very happy!

    Claudia x

    PS: HAVE to add how much I love your splattered and worn looking craft sheet! Looks like the working place of a creative genius! ;)

  2. Great scary, but not scary plaque . Perfect colours for Hallowern. Love all that wonderful crackle.

  3. It's great fun - definitely spot on for Halloween, but hopefully just the right amount of scary. Love the lettering and those wonderful springs!
    Alison xx

  4. Really wonderful, just right! Love it!

  5. AB FAB Z! Inspirational as always! Cxxx

  6. Really a cute project with such vibrant, lovely colors! Thanks for the great tutorial, too!


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