Friday, 7 October 2016

Spooky October challenge at A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone and welcome to today's post which is a spooky project for A Vintage Journey.
The lovely and talented Anne is our hostess of our challenge this month, and I tell you this was a real challenge for me in more ways than one. I don't have many Halloween (or indeed Spooky) things in my stash, and so I went with the few things I still had from previous years and put this little spooky (I hope) scene together. 3D projects (unlike Anne) are also not really my thing, but here goes:
I started with a large cube from Calico Craft Parts, gave it a coat of black gesso, then a coat of Decoart Weathered Wood Crackle Glaze and finally a coat of Decoart Chalky Finish paint in Whisper.

Next colour was added with the help of Decoart Quin. Gold, Burnt Amber, some Golden Glazing Medium and finally some Stampendous embossing powders in Ancient Bronze and Green. The edges were darkened with Coffee Gelato.
Here you can hopefully see the effect a bit better.

Next I gathered some of my Halloween/Autumnal bits and pieces.
Mostly Calico Craft Parts again as well as some die cut leaves and berries. As you will see from the finished project, some other bits were added along the way. Then all I needed to do was put it all together...
I covered a piece of mount board with black gesso and added some mosses, adhered with my glue gun. The fence was made using chipboard pieces I have had in my stash like forever.
The spider's web is a CCP, I added the little cross on the spider in the center with a gold Sharpy.
The witch, another CCP was given a coat of white paint and then coloured mostly with Faber Castell big brush pens. I love how these are water soluble at first and then become permanent.
The finishing touch was obviously the little night light, the outside of that was also coloured with a big brush pen.
Well, that's it. The little ghost peeping around the corner in this photo was just a little fun addition I created in Photoshop Elements. Don't forget to head over to the A Vintage Journey Blog, to see all the incredible projects my teamies have created and to get the full details of the challenge. And of course we hope you will play along with us this month, - we can't wait to see what you will make!

Thanks for dropping my here today and have a great creative month!!

41 comments:

Chrissy said...

A fantastic project Astrid..brilliant..

luv CHRISSYxx

Margaret Mifsud said...

Wow!! This is brilliant Astrid!! Love the effect you achieved on the box .. the crackle and the textures are amazing .. love the colour too! The witch, the spider's web, the little ghost .. everything is just perfect and it all looks quite spooky especially when the light is on. Love, love, love this!! Stunning piece of home decor art. hugs xx

Anita Houston said...

The whole scene is scary as heck, especially lit up. The alteration to the box is just fabulous!

Julia Aston said...

I love your spooky witches cave Astrid - what a wonderful design with the moss and candle 'fire'! Julia xx

Kerstin F. said...

Awesome, such a beautiful combination from nature elements and gorgeous autumn colors!

maria's knutselplezier said...

Wow what a stunnig project, great materials you have used, I really love the way you created the cave of the witch and the lighe gives such a spooky admoshere!! Very well done!!!

Have fun!
Maria

Barbara Schiassi said...

Astrid fabulous project! love so much textures and colors! The 3d scene you've created is absolutely outstanding! Barbara

Jennie Atkinson said...

A fabulous 3D project Astrid!! The rusting crackle is just amazing and I love the scene you have created. Jennie x

Maryann Laursen said...

WOUW you´ve done an awesome job Astrid, and with this little to do with, you´ve really made a masterpiece. I´m with you on the HAlloween stuff too and not too keen on it, but this is not that creepy, but more cute spooky and fun and I actually love this and you get a 10 from me for your idea and ability to get this out of such small amount of stuff. You are a talented lady, that´s for sure.

Brenda Brown said...

Oh yes your 3D scene is definitely creepy and beautifully designed and put together, I think you have a little bit of Macbeth witchery going on there, it's brilliant xxx

brenda said...

A fabulous creation and take on the theme Astrid, so much detail and the tin really does looks like an old rusted tin, wonderful.

B x

chrissie said...

This is amazing. When I saw it on the Vintage Journey blog I thought it really was an old tin. So clever to be able to turn a cube into something that looks so real. The addition of candle light makes it even more stunning

Love Chrissie xx

Rita said...

Love what you have created here Astrid. So like-like and very spooky. The with sitting on her chair is fabulous. I have so enjoyed seeing everyone's unique creations. Enjoy your Day. Hugs Rita xxx

Diana Taylor said...

This is absolutely amazing - I love it. Considering you don't have much Halloween stash you've done brilliantly with all the little touches, the pumpkins, the cobweb, the little pile of windfalls - all are just perfect.

Suzanne C said...

Brilliant spooky scene! So clever to use the ATB as an spooky dwelling and the patina is fabulous. Your witch and fire are so cool!

Valerie-Jael said...

Really fantastic, your make is really the tops! Hugs, Valerie

Monika Gulyas said...

Fantastic 3D project, Astrid! The rusty-crackled surface of the cave is stunning! This Halloween scene with your old witch is really spooky! I love it!

Redanne said...

Oh wow Astrid, I don't have the words to express how much I LOVE your witchey cave, it is absolutely A-mazing. I love everything about it, from the scary cave, the spooky witch, the fabulous cobweb and spider and the tealight reminds me of a cauldron. The whole piece is just superb. Thank you so much for rising to the challenge but I would never have guessed it was out of your comfort zone. Hugs, Anne xx

Redanne said...

Oh wow Astrid, I don't have the words to express how much I LOVE your witchey cave, it is absolutely A-mazing. I love everything about it, from the scary cave, the spooky witch, the fabulous cobweb and spider and the tealight reminds me of a cauldron. The whole piece is just superb. Thank you so much for rising to the challenge but I would never have guessed it was out of your comfort zone. Hugs, Anne xx

Dorthe said...

It is gorgeous Astrid.
Your cave, is just amazing so wonderfully painted and crackled, and your witch painted like a pro -which you are :-) .Beautifully spooky with the tealight between the mosses, and under the web !! Xoxo

butterfly said...

Ooh! Well, it certainly doesn't look as though you were outside your comfort zone - this is simply fabulous! Love all the Craft Parts and the finish on the box is stunning with the crackle and embossed textures. It looks just wonderful all lit up too - a brilliant creation.
Alison x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Outside your comfort zone, are you kidding, this is fabulous. I adore your witch cave. Love the finish on your box, it makes a perfect cave/house for your witch. Very creative piece. Have a lovely weekend. Tracy x

rachel said...

So atmospheric ...i love this to bits astrid. Awesome make and so brilliantly creative. Hugs rachel x

A Pink said...

Only truly talented artists can go outside their comfort zone and still produce a fabulous creation and you have well and truly done just that Astrid. I LOVE your fabulous spooky project! Such a creative use of the calico cube and all those spooky theme related ccp'ss , paints and techniques . Love the effect of the EP on the cube and the addition of the tea light ( and spooky ghost) just sets the scene perfectly . Love it all so much .
hugs
xxxx

So sorry for not stopping by of late. Things haven't been too good here but I am now off to catch up on as much as I can and I know I am in for a real treat . Hoping things will settle soon and I will be able to get back on track .
xx

Meggymay said...

A fabulous project, maybe out of your comfort zone, but it looks awesome. The scene you created looks great with the witch and all the added details. It will look good in the window on Halloween night.
Yvonne xx

Lys Scrap said...

Now you can say 3D projects are your thing! Fabulous, especially with the little light.

Sara Barker said...

Well, Astrid, as a lover of most things Halloween (sorry, I don't like zombies!), I give you highest marks for the creepiest witch-y creation I think I've ever seen! And it is clearly the way you've crusted up that cube that takes my breath away and then, BAM! It lights up, which just is the icing on the cake! Well done, you, for putting this together without having all the latest Halloween crafty items! This is a shining example of your amazing creativity! My hat's off to you! Hugs!

Sara Barker said...

PS your crackle is amazing! I use those products to get crackle and get nothing near as brilliant! What's your secret???

Sara Barker said...

PS your crackle is amazing! I use those products to get crackle and get nothing near as brilliant! What's your secret???

Sara Barker said...

Well, Astrid, as a lover of most things Halloween (sorry, I don't like zombies!), I give you highest marks for the creepiest witch-y creation I think I've ever seen! And it is clearly the way you've crusted up that cube that takes my breath away and then, BAM! It lights up, which just is the icing on the cake! Well done, you, for putting this together without having all the latest Halloween crafty items! This is a shining example of your amazing creativity! My hat's off to you! Hugs!

Jackie P Neal said...

Oh Astrid!!! You really rocked this theme!! This is delicious !! For someone who doesn't do 3d- you really did do it!! I love it and am saving it to memory!! Thanks for sharing! xox
Glad to see you and your muse back!

Marisa Job said...

Stunning creation! Love the texture and colors! Have a great weekend!!

Annie said...

Mr Mojo is back Astrid and he was certainly in action wi his fabulous and inspiring make for Anne's spooky challenge xx love the crackle and mix o D'Art paints used. The witch web and light beautifully altered and the fence is fabulous too !!! Love it!!!

Huge hugs
Annie xx

Lynn Price said...

Wow, Astrid!! This is amazing (and I share your trepidation about 3-D projects!) You've nailed this one, though - LOVE your details, images and the lighting - reminiscent of MacBeth for me. Just fantastic!! xxx Lynn

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Spooktacular Astrid, I think you need to get more Halloween themed items in your stash because you rocked the challenge! Love the fabulous texture on the box and the witch is coloured perfectly, great interpretation of the theme, love it. Deb xo

Rupa S said...

This is such fabulous creation Astrid! I love all the elements that you have brought together, the making of the cave, the colors, the placement of embellishments and finally the lighting...just WOW! Super duper and a big thumps up. Hugs.

Juliz Design Post said...

Wow Astrid, what a fabulous 3D project and your attention to all the fine details and crackles make this such an exquisite scene. Love it.
Julie x

S@ndy Diller said...

What creepy, spooky fun this is. Love it. Sandy xx

Jenny Marples said...

Wowzers Astrid! This is a witches grotto to take the breath away! I love all those rich autumnal colours and that you've even huddled the old hag around a burning flame - wickedly wonderful! xx

Joi at RR said...

Oh my... totally gave me chill bumps Astrid (and not in a good way!!!!). Now to me... this is totally CREEPY. Whew. At the same time... I have to just be honest and say... it's COMPLETELY INCREDIBLE INCREDIBLE INCREDIBLE. I am just AWED by the setting and the fire and the "cave" and just every inch of this project. It is FABULOUS Astrid. Truly. j.

Carol said...

Awesome spooky project - love it x

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