Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Where Witches Dwell-A Peek-a-Boo Project

One of our favorite “new” shows is Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. I love whoever did the set designs for this magical show. There are layers and layers of colors and textures, I am often inspired by movie and television show sets. I’m always intrigued with the techniques they use to make such wonderful worlds. I also like how shows can teach useful life lessons if we are willing to listen. This is the inspiration for my current artwork.

Supplies:  Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Haunted Houses Set [D179I],Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Little Witches [D90RS],Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Cobblestone Small [D174R], Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Foam Brick Wall and Decorative Stamps, Golden Van Dyke Brown Hue, Iridescent Stainless Steel (Course), Micaceous Iron Oxide, Yellow Oxide, Raw Sienna, Green Gold, Quinacridone Burnt Orange, Crimson, and Nickel Azo Gold Acrylic Paints, Paint Brush, Prepared Acrylic Skins, Weldbond, Ranger Black Sparkle Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Wow Embossing Pad, Ranger Glossy Accent, Toothpick, Deli Paper, Clamps
1.  Cut Apart GSLC Haunted Houses, Little Witches, and Small Cobblestone pieces.
2.  Use Golden Dyke Brown Hue, Iridescent Stainless Steel (Course), Micaceous Iron Oxide acrylic paints to randomly add a base coat to each of the GSLC Haunted Houses.
3.  Use Golden Yellow Oxide, Raw Sienna, and Van Dyke Brown Hue acrylic paint and GSLC Cobblestone Small as a stencil and a paintbrush to add stone effect to parts of GSLC Haunted Houses.
4.  Use Golden Green Gold a paint brush and GSLC Decorative Stamp to add more details to other parts of the GSLC Haunted Houses.
5.  Use Quinacridone Burnt Orange, Crimson, and Nickel Azo Gold Acrylic Paints a Paint Brush and GSLC Brick Wall stamp to add more details to GSLC Haunted Houses.
6.  Use Weldbond to secure prepared acrylic skins to back of GSLC Haunted Houses to make them look like stained glass windows.
7.  Allow to fully dry, sandwiching in deli paper, and weighted down flat.
8.  Use Wow embossing Pad and Ranger Black Sparkle Embossing Powders and Heating Tool to add details to GSLC Small Witches.
9.  Once GSLC Haunted Houses are fully dry add Glossy Accents to windows using a toothpick to get into all the nooks and crannies.
10.                Once cured use Weldbond to glue GSLC Small Witches to GSLC Haunted Houses, be sure to dry flat and weighted down or use clamps to secure pieces in place.
11.                You now have a trio of tiny witch abodes ready to use for your Halloween decorations.
Some final thoughts.
I read an article from House Beautiful, titled “Netflix Has Hidden All Kinds of Easter Eggs in the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina House” where they interviewed Lisa Soper, the production designer for the show.  She said “We wanted to create an environment that hasn’t been seen before but feels natural…We tried to build our own mythos- “she goes on to explain that they wanted to show something that was timeless.” I too am trying to do the same thing with my artwork. I want to hide “Easter Eggs” in my artwork in the layers of textures and techniques I use and continue to hone in on.


Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Sugar Skulls-A Peek-a-Boo Project

We are back to my favorite part of the year, and my favorite holiday, Halloween. When I received my treasure trough from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts I could not believe the intricate designs of these sugar skulls I am using in this blog post. I’ve also been experimenting with acrylic skins after taking a class with Kae Pea.
Supplies:  GSLC Sugar Skulls 1, 2, 3 C23A, C23Q, C23R, Stone Effect Paste, Art Deco Medium Grey, Plastic Spatula, Golden Iridescent Pearl (fine) Acrylic Paint, Awl, Prepare Acrylic Skins, Sharpie, Cardboard for Backing, Scissors, Weldbond
1.  Cut apart GSLC Sugar Skulls
2.  Use a plastic spatula, to randomly add Stone Effect Pastes to GSLC Sugar Skulls.
3.  Randomly paint GSLC Sugar Skulls with Art Deco Medium Grey and Golden Iridescent Pear (fine) acrylic paints.
4.  Use an awl to remove excess pastes from GSLC Sugar Skulls delicate openings.
5.  Select Prepared Acrylic Skins to place behind prepared GSLC Sugar Skulls.
6.  Glue Acrylic Skins to extra pieces of cardboard using Weldbond.
 7.  Glue GSLC Sugar Skulls on top of prepared and backed acrylic skins using Weldbond.
8.  Allow to dry fully securing with deli paper and pressed flat and weighted.
9.  Once dry carefully cut excess acrylic skins from the GSLC Sugar Skulls.
10.                Your GSLC Sugar Skulls are ready to use as you wish.
Some final thoughts.
Halloween is a time to try out different roles we’ve been wondering about, to show our true selves. A time to remember those that have gone on before us, to remember the lessons we’ve been taught. I know that Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos, the Day of the Dead are not the same holidays but skulls are used in both of them.