Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Halloween Hailings-Peek-A-Boo Project

Halloween grows even closer and there is excitement in the air in anticipation  of the most wonderful of all days. I love looking at vintage postcards and have found a few more that I'd like to share. 
As stated in earlier posts I hate wasting my supplies so I will be using the rest of the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Creepy critters in one of my "Patchwork-Pop Up Curiosity Cards" I designed them to use some of the decorative scrapbook papers I use in my "Treasure Books".

Supplies:  Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Creepy Critters, Coming Soon Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Foam Spider Web and Decorative Stamp, Scraps of Double-Sided Scrapbook Papers, Scissors, Trimmer, Ruler, UHU Glue Stick, Weldbond, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Blending Tool, Black Acrylic Paint, Alcohol Inks, Folk Art Color Shift Paint-Green and Purple, Paint Brush, Transparencies Prints, Script Stamp, Black Permanent Ink Pad, Candle, Matches, Plain Paper to Handwrite Greeting, Appropriate Envelope for Your Halloween Card
1.  Cut Two Pieces of Decorative Scrapbook paper 4 inches tall by 6 inches wide.

2.  Cut Two Pieces of Decorative Scrapbook paper 2 3/4  inches tall by 5 1/2 inches wide.

3.  Cut one Piece of Decorative Scrapbook paper 2 inches tall by 6 inches wide.

4.   Fold 2 inch step of Decorative Scrapbook in half "

hotdog" style.
5.  Glue Two Pieces of Decorative Scrapbook paper 4 inches tall by 6 inches wide using the folded piece from step 4.

6.  Fold end of one Two Pieces of Decorative Scrapbook paper 2 3/4  inches tall by 5 1/2 inches wide about 1/2 in on each end.

7.  Glue one tap to the top of your emerging card.

8.  Glue second tap to bottom of your emerging card so that the second piece of Decorative Scrapbook paper 2 3/4  inches tall by 5 1/2 inches wide will fit inside of the card.

9.  Gently fold down top of card.

10.                Carefully open you should have created a hinge.

11.                Glue the second piece of Decorative Scrapbook paper 2 3/4  inches tall by 5 1/2 inches wide to the front of this hinge.

12.                Trim edges of cards to fit into envelopes if you so choose. I cut mine to 4 inches tall to 5 1/2 inches wide.

13.                Cut a piece of plain paper 2 1/4 inches tall by 4 inches wide.
14.                Use UHU glue stick to add blank paper to inside of your card.

15.                Distress Edges of card using Tim Holtz Distress Ink and blending tool.

16.                Add scrapes of Decorative Paper to continue your patchwork Halloween Themed Card.

17.                Print a Halloween Greeting on to a transparency or stamp using a script stamp and permanent ink, and color with alcohol inks.
18.                Cut to fit inside of card leaving room to burn edges using a candle in a well ventilated area.
19.                Use Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Foam pads and acrylic ink to add spider webs to cards and a pattern to Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Creepy Critters.
20.                Use blending tool to add alcohol inks to color the critters.

21.                Paint on top randomly and quickly using dry brush and Color Shift Green and Purple Acrylic Paint.

22.                Take apart GSLC Creepy Critters and secure with Weldbond or UHU gluestick. Flatten with a Ziploc bag filled with kitty litter to assure stability of critters.

23.                Attached aged transparency greeting or script to bottom of inside card.

24.                Your  card is now ready to send. You can make these cards in many different sizes using the same steps just changing the size of paper pieces you use. 

Some final thoughts. If you are like me you find a way to sneak Halloween into your world more days than one. My classroom is decorated with cute plushy monsters, I wear my Halloween Costume on random days of the year, I hide my true feeling behind a mask of contentment, I have Halloween Decorations throughout my house, You should eat your favorite candy even if you have to buy it yourself, and live with the wonder and expectancy of magical moments.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Halloween Embellishment-Peek-A-Boo Project

Halloween is the most magical of all holidays, welcome to my first blog post for October. As you know from some of my previous posts, I have dark sense of humor and a love to explore it in my artwork. This is a simple tutorial for a Halloween Embellishment I hope to add to one of my Houdini-Hideaway Boxes. From a vintage postcard, similar to the ones my grandmother collected, " By pumpkins fat, and witches lean, By coal black cats with eyes of green, By all the magic ever seen, I wish you luck this Halloween."
Supplies:  Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Barbed Wire Deco Frame Square, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Creepy Critters, Coming Soon-Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Foam Spider Web Stamp, Scrapbook Paper for Background, Pencil, Scissors, Black Acrylic Paint, Paintbrush, Versa Mark Pad, Susan Lenart Kazmer Ice Resin Enamels-Tarnished Bronze and Torched Copper, Heating Tool, Ranger Black and Black Sparkle Embossing Powders, Weldbond, Vintage Wooden Box, Prepared Greeting Cards, Small Decorative Frame
1.  Take the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Barbed Wire Deco Frame Square Apart and Choose GSLC creepy Critters you want to use in your design. I used a cat and a bat.
2.  Carefully trace frame onto Halloween Scrapbook paper.
3.  Fussy Cut background.
4.  Using Black Acrylic Paint and Foam Spider Web Stamp the background paper.

5.  Carefully edge sides of background using dry brush technique and black acrylic paint.
6.   Use Versa Mark to randomly stamp GSLC Barbed Wire Frame.
7.  Randomly sprinkle with Susan Lenart Kazmer Ice Resin Enamels-Tarnished Bronze and Torched Copper, alternating and curing with heating tool until you have desired results.
8.  To tone down the frame and to give it a tarnished look paint using dry brush technique and black acrylic paint quickly and randomly.

9.  Use Versa Mark to randomly stamp GSLC Cat and Bat.
10.                Randomly sprinkle with Rangers Black and Black Sparkle Embossing Powders alternating and curing with heating tool until you have desired results.

11.                To tone down the GSLC critters paint using dry brush technique and black acrylic paint quickly and randomly.

12.                Use Weldbond to glue GSLC Barbed Wire Frame to background.

13.                Use Weldbond to glue GSLC Bat and Cat to make a pleasing display.

14.                Weigh down with a heavy book or a Ziploc baggie filled with kitty litter.
15.                Your Halloween  Embellishment is now ready to use in variety of ways. I hope to add mine to a vintage wooden box and make it part of one of my Houdini-Hideaway Box Collections. It could also be added to a prepared card, or displayed in a small decorative frame.
Some final thoughts. I not only love Halloween the best because of its magical images and creatures but also that it is celebrated in Autumn. I love that one night out of the whole year we can be whomever our hearts desire, the costumes shroud us in mystery and security, most people wear masks that are not as easily removed as those we adorn on this special holiday.  I love the fact that if you are given sweet treat just for the asking, that monsters are welcomed on this All Hallows Eve, and magical spells can make the world seem brighter for but a moment.

Friday, October 5, 2018

The Homecoming

When is tomorrow?
How long is a lifetime?
Does History every repeat itself?
        A sleeping man woke up to realize that the seasons had changed. Although he thought that he was only oblivious for a short time. He was startled when he began to grasp how much time had truly passed. No longer was it the winter of his discontent, nor the springtime of his youth, even the season spent along the shore had passed him by. He was awakened in the midst of the season of changes. This was the time of year the Canada geese were heading south and the squirrels were packing it in for the winter. This was the harvest season. The tree's splendor had passes from the rich greens to the deep ambers of a fading campfire. He is reminded that nothing stays golden forever.
        He had found himself on the road less traveled on his way to a cabin in the woods. The journey there would be an exhausting one with many detours along the way. In the urgency to reach the place of peace he had to first endure the place of twists and turns, stopped traffic, and U-turns. It was truly a drive of hurry up and stay still.
            He would travel on familiar byways, but, the destination would be a unique one. The times are not often that one actually gets to travel down memory lane. Today  he would leave his known life behind and travel back to his childhood home. It is amazing how he had forgotten the sheer beauty of the place where he grew up. Forgotten were the majestic miniature mountains, the deep dark valleys, the forgotten coal towns, the crumbling cathedrals; the beautiful babbling brooks. Almost gone were the graveclothes  of his past. He is amazed at the wonder of it all.
        Have you ever taken the long road home, or stopped along the way to take a picture because you knew you'd never see this moment again? Have you ever been visited by déjà vu? Today would be such a day for this sojourner. Passing by the exit for his parent's house he hopes they are of good cheer and well rested. He passes the mall where he had been a waiter wondering if any of his "regulars' remembered him. He travels past the shopping centers and the strip malls, past the four-lane highways, beyond the boundaries of his known existence and his civilization.
               He finds himself in a place that time had forgotten. A place where the corner market closes before the sun sinks below the horizon. A place where you can buy milk and eggs at the local truck stop along with the local gossip. A place where you are known by the parents you keep. A place where you are a stranger if you have an out of state license plate. A place that the Yuppies call charmingly quaint.
            As he nears his destination he takes a spin through the town where his relations used to abide, but until now forgotten by him. The traces of their home are all swept under the newly carpeted lawn. He does a double take still expecting them to be out on the porch awaiting his arrival. How odd to have a place disappear without a trace. How strange to be so close to home, yet, still an eternity away. The last time he passed this way he was sure it would be his last.  But, sometimes you really do pass this way again.
                As he drives on he feels like a little boy looking out the back window of his parents old car. He recognizes the landmarks he had no recollection of knowing. He hears his sister in the seat next to him saying, "Are we there yet? "and "Stay on your own side" as he drives on alone. He wonders who left this child in as he drives on trying to remember the directions he has been given.
               In these parts one must look closely as not to miss the turn off, driveways here are hidden among the undergrowth, dirt roads are hard to distinguish from the field roads, and streets slither to-and-fro as snake seeking a sunny stone.  He tries to drive responsibly has not to draw attention to himself as we've all heard stories about the local authorities eager to pull over any "out-of-towners" .  That must be the ironwork bride that he is sure not to miss as the mint green paint decomposes into the water below. He ever so slowly inches on seeking the hidden driveway, long neglected and unaware of its importance. It is unelected how quickly the time has come for him to be back in the company of friends. Time weaves strangely when one is lost in thought.
                 One always wants to come home to a candlelit cabin caressed in comfort, but, rarely is one given the fulfillment of their desires. Though the weather be frigid outside he is warmed by the smiles from his friends. A heart cannot stay cold hardened that has known the total acceptance of a loved one. The times are too few and far between that one gets to be with the ones they love. There is a pricelessness to simple pleasures: a clear starlit night, a smooth crystallized stream, a perfectly colored sunset, or golden rays on Autumn trees, a child's kiss, a lover's touch, a quiet afternoon, a still breeze, a glass of red wine, a walk in the woods, a virgin snowfall, a musical interlude, a welcome basket, or a  herb bouquet.
            As everyone settles in, he cannot but help imagine what 'heaven' will be like. He imagines a place where there is no more sadness, disease or separation. A place where we will be truly loved and we will love purely. A place where time and distance doesn't matter. A place of unspoiled beauty and unhampered relationships. A place of no darkness, lies or hatred. A place with no secrets or alternative motives. A place of total peace and tranquility. A place of only smiles and no frowns. A place of restored hope and reissued freedoms. A  place of unstained souls and unsurpassed joys.
            But for the time being he is not allowed to dwell among the clouds and he is called back to the 'fallen world'. He must detach his wings and go back to the land of the living.  He stops to steady himself and to bask in the warmth of such lofty thoughts and surrenders himself to slumber, realizing that 'heaven is here on earth'.