This is the paper mache coffin finished !! After the crumpled tissue paper texturing dried, I painted the entire box with acrylic black paint, then dry brushed gold over it. At that time I thought, "Oh, this is pretty" Well, it's supposed to be "creepy" and "spooky" for Halloween !! While I had the black and gold paints open, I painted some swirly paper clips, silver metal stars and the latch. ( I never thought of painting metal with acrylics until being in Micheal DeMeng's Navigator workshop in Portugal last year. With a bit of water added, it gives these metal pieces a bit of an aged look.) The thin strips of cardboard forming the cross got a layer of gold paint, some black rhinestones and brass wings. I used the packing tape transfer technique for the "bat, moon, cloud" image used on the inside of the top of the casket. The image was a background in an Avon Halloween catalog ad. The "pillow" for the skeleton (another piece of ephemera that I've had for awhile) is leopard print "fur" fabric filled with quilt batting. The skeleton received a crown and a hangman's noose and is holding some silk flowers I have painted black. The creepy, crawly spiders were some I punched a couple of years ago when I was visiting my daughter. She has some of the neatest punches -- I need to visit her studio more often !! I embellished them with black rhinestones and a bit of diamond glaze on their legs. In the end, a little bit creepy, a little bit spooky, and a little bit pretty !! Have yet to find a deep dark side to get any creepier !!
I have had this paper mache "coffin" for quite some time thinking I would do something spooky with it for Halloween. I guess this is the year to finally create something out of it !! I love looking at everyone's creations on their blogs and I am always inspired. I spend more time thinking about creating than actually doing something about it !! There is always tomorrow ??? lifeartcollide.blogspot.com has a tutorial for "Secret Book of Sinister Potions" where she textured the book with crumpled tissue paper and glue, plus, cut and added thin strips of corrugated cardboard for more interest. I borrowed her techniques and this is the start of a hopefully creepy creation. My daughter tells me that I don't have a "dark side" !!
I retired in 2005 after dealing blackjack and roulette in Las Vegas casinos for almost 20 years. I have one daughter and one grand-daughter who introduced me to altered art after my retirement. I was born in Iowa and grew up on a farm. I began the Memoirs of a Wildrose blog in the form of letters to my daughter to share information with her about family heirlooms and family history, plus remembrances of today, yesterday and yesteryear ! "Book of Douglas" blog is the story of my late husband, his life as I knew him, and our journey through life together. Ginny's Art blog was created to provide myself a record of my artsy creations.