Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Taking It Easy with Some Halloween Art Therapy!

Good Afternoon Everyone!

Per the cardiologist's orders, I've been trying to find a middle ground. I have been taking it easy and finding a slower pace.  Which is kinda boring really, but I know it's what I should do.  For the last couple of days, I've been feeling a bit down.  Hate to have the blues...So, today I asked myself what makes me the happiest...Designing stuff and working with my hands...Well Hello...Jimbo, get to it!  Art Therapy is a good thing!

So, I pulled out a big sheet of Kraft paper, some paints, stencils, a canvas and of course chipboard.  I sat down in a comfy chair, grabbed a nice bottle of water instead of a Coke and had a few low sodium almonds to help with my artistic journey.

I was off...keeping with the Halloween theme, here's what I came up with...A Backlit Halloween Canvas...

I tissued the canvas for texture and then  painted the canvas background with some orange and brown.  I then dry brushed some black paint and metallic espresso onto the canvas.  I then used my swirl stencil with some black spray ink to finish it off.  Of course, I had to sling some white paint onto the canvas to wake it up a bit.


I adhered some of my chipboard Just Bits Swirls to the canvas and some stars for some dimension.



I then set the canvas outside to dry and then found Triton eating a bedroom pillow!  Oy Vey!  I started work on the skull.

I cut a spooky skull out of Kraft chipboard and sprayed it with a low odor fixative and then painted it with white Gesso.  I covered it with some Idea-ology newsprint paper and cut out the eyes, nose, teeth, and details with a craft knife.  I grunged Mr. Skull up with some brown ink and went over the edges with some black ink.  I then used one of my stencils and sprayed black ink to form the wiggles on the front.

I took a piece of tracing paper and smeared some brown ink on it and took a paint brush and blended it together.  I then cut the tracing paper to fit  on the backside of the skull.

Next, I heated up the hot glue gun and adhered a battery operated set of mini LED lights around the backside edge making sure I placed the on/off button at the top where I could reach it.  I then added some square wooden blocks to the back of the skull so that the skull would float off the canvas.


I hot glued the backside of the blocks and adhered it centered-ish onto the canvas.  



DONE!!!





Then I listened to my MOM and sat down and rested while I wrote this blog...So there!  LOL

Hope you can find some Halloween inspiration from this!

Have an awesome week!

Jim
The Gentleman Crafter















6 comments:

  1. I love these! great job! I know it's hard to slow down but I'm so glad you're doing it. Take care of you!

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  2. I love these! great job! I know it's hard to slow down but I'm so glad you're doing it. Take care of you!

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  3. Good evening from across the pond. Your artwork is FAB! and I love it. I particularly love the night shot. It's good to hear that you are following your doctors orders and taking it easy. Take care.
    Margaret A.

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  4. Sorry to hear you have to slow down. However, you still get to have fun. Cheers

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  5. Sorry to hear you have to slow down. However, you still get to have fun. Cheers

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