Wednesday, October 19, 2011

black cat and an Old White ghost

Today I finished up a couple little Halloween crafts. 
I'm pretty much thru with Halloween decor and crafts. Maybe.
I love old postcards, especially Halloween ones. I wanted to do a little plaque that had an impression of one, so I started with a piece of balsa wood. It is about 4"X8" (cheap). I used a little ASCP in Graphite, Old White and Paris Gray. Just enough to dry brush the background a little bit. I left it a little streaky. Forgot to take a shot of that.

I wanted to do one that used Ephemera Script, but could not find any I liked. So I found this 
cat one. But I only put one cat on it, my board was to small for all of them.

I also tried to transfer this to the wood but I can not for the life of me find the Splendid Blender pen that Villabarnes uses in so many great ways. You can go check out some of her creations she makes using it. To view, click on her button.


So, I had to do it free hand. I then filled it in with acrylic craft paint.

I had NO orange, red or yellow, so I took some of my kids finger paint and mixed red and yellow with a little bit of glow in the dark paint. Not because I wanted it to glow in the dark (it doesn't), because I was to lazy to go down stairs and get white, but to make it a bit lighter. The glow paint is the same consistency as the finger paint

I finished it up with a coat of ASCP clear wax, then some dark wax on top. 
Not exactly what I was going for, but it will do.
On to my second craft...

I live near a farm that has dried gourds of every shape and size. I grabbed a couple and decided 
I wanted to make a ghost. If you go to my Pinterest page here, I have a bunch of inspiration photos using gourds.  If you need an invite, just leave a comment and I would be more than happy to add you. 

I sanded off  lightly, all the 'stuff' that had dried with the gourd. Not sure what the 'stuff' is.
I think it gets moldy as it dries out and hardens, then just turns to a little bit flaky, hence the 'stuff'.

I painted it with a touch of ASCP in Old White and then drew on a face with a permanent marker. 
I went over it with a light coat of ASCP wax.

Then I put a piece of cheese cloth over the top and he is done. 

I think I may run and get some smaller friends for him.
Anyone else have any ideas for gourds other than tree houses?

Linking to:
Southern Lovely
Totally Tutorials Tuesday


  1. These are great! Very cute :) Hi! New follower from Welcome Wednesday! I hope you'll stop by my blog and follow back! Thanks :) Through the Eyes of a Tiger

  2. Your ghostly gourd is so cute. He really came to life (our ghost alive? teehee) once you added the cheese cloth. Definitely, I think he should have a couple of little friends!

  3. I think you did a fantastic job free hand. Thanks for the shout out. Sorry I'm late seeing your post. Have you tried Amazon for the pen? I'm following you. Keep up the creativity.

  4. This is awesome Bonnie! Love the ghostly gourd.

  5. Wow those look awesome. I love that ghost so creative. Thank you so much for sharing and linking up to our party Show and Share. Make sure to come back this week and link up your latest projects. We would love to see them.

    A mommy's life...with a touch of YELLOW

  6. SO how creative both of these projects are. Thanks for linking up to Totally Tutorial Tuesday.




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