Wednesday 23 October 2013

Witch's Brews and Halloween Poisons

Well, hello Friends! So lovely to see you here today. What a great collaboration week we had with Stampendous and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L with so many beautiful projects shared. My DT Sisters on both teams have really rocked this collab. If you haven't seen those projects yet - it's well worth a look! Thank you all so much for your sweetest comments on my mini album and personalised tape dispensers MyStik. They were really appreciated.

Today I would like to 'bewitch' you with my mixed media brews and potions project. Although I don't really participate in any Halloween adventures, I just couldn't resist playing with this paper mache book which I turned into a Dark Magic home decoration.

Above you can see the front cover of my 'Witch's Brews Anthology' book and below the inside...well, inside you can find everything there is to find in a 'respectable' witch's house lol. Actually I wonder... what are the qualities a respectable witch should posses? Just asking, you know, being curious... no other reason really lol!

I started by covering my book with Adhesive Sheets from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. Next I used some thick string to shape a spider's web on the front and covered it with tissue paper as a texture base for my mixed media assemblage. Not sure if you can clearly see it on the picture below. I'll have some step photos shared on Stampendous blog today - please feel free to have a look there too.

My spooky assemblage of metal flowers, gears, light bulbs, wires, bats and spiders is a combination of DODZ™ - 3Dwhite gesso, texture paste, black Crushed Glass Glitter, Aged Wine Embossing Enamel, Tattered Angels glimmer mists and Cosmic Shimmer mists.

The paper I used has lovely gold foil 'splatters' which acted as a resist for my inking. The inside of the book was stamped with the fabulous stamps from the Perfectly Clear sets Halloween CharmsChandelier and Damask Chair. And can you see those blood splatters inside? I used food colouring potion (that now happily lives in the Blood Vial) and flicked it with a paintbrush. NB. A word of caution. Food colouring seems to stay on your fingers forever. I suggest using gloves for that step. I didn't. Bad move it was :(.

And here you can see how I decorated the title grunge paper alphas (Tim Holtz) - all inked with distress inks and glimmer mist sprays and sparingly heat embossed with the yummy Aged Wine Embossing Enamel.

I also added layers of Aged Wine goodness to the various parts (externally and internally) of the book cover.

Oh, my favourite part now. Here you can see the witch's 'living room' in its full glory, with the lovely chandelier and the damask chair, black cats (foam stickers from a discount store) and beautifully framed pictures of the witch's relatives... well... you know what I mean. Family 'heirloom' stuff lol. All these stamps are available in the UK on the Stamp Man's website :).

And here is the view of all the magical brews and potions from fresh blood, spider juice, random poisons (Trick or Treat Color Fragments) to heather oils (glass glitter and colour fragments from the Purple Encrusted Jewel Kit), stored in vials adorned with Poison Labels.

Oh, there is an old candelabra too! (Made from birthday cake candles and STAEDTLER® FIMO®air microwave). There are lots of creepy crawlies too, inside the bottles and all over the black witch's apothecary...brrr....

So what do you think? Trick or Treat? Treat I hope! 

If you're looking for more inspiration for Halloween themed home decor you might also like to check my Halloween Mixed Media Lantern tutorial.

Thank you so much for popping in today and for your lovely comments. If it's your first time visit to my blog feel free to make yourself at home and browse around. Even better - click the follow me button and never miss another post! :))).

Happy Halloween crafting everyone!

Big crafty hugs

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Challenges for this project:
The Craft Stamper Take it Make It #5 - Splatters
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Spooky
Mixed Media Place How You Use - Glimmer Mists
Country View Challenges October - Something Spooky
PanPastel UK Challenge #42 - Autumn Colours
Frilly and Funkie - What's your poison
The Artistic Stamper October - Alter Something
Tando Creative October - Spook It


Netty said...

wow its totally stunning Asia, love it, Annette x

Drycha said...

great project! all details are amazing!

Carol Q said...

OMG - fabulous grungy Hallowe'en artwork Joanna - love it!

Kristine Reynolds said...

Holly Molly Asia!!! This is freakin' fantastic!!!

Jenny Marples said...

Blimey Joanna, that's staggeringly fabulous!!!! I adore the way you have altered the cover and then the 'family' portraits, the blood splatters and the candles are superb. Your imagination has worked overtime here. Jenny x

Sandra said...

Ohh wow! This is amazing! Love the decor you've created for the potion bottles! Absolutely stunning! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

Kim x said...

Asia this is just AMAZING, I love it hugs Kimx

Meggymay said...

Absolutely stunning project.

kassa said...

Breathtaking xoxo

barbara macaskill said...

You have outdone yourself! This is absolutely spooktacular! I keep coming back to find new details that I missed the first 10,000 times I looked at it! All I can say is WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW! I N C R E D I B L E ! ! ! TFS! If you find that it needs a home I could find a spot for it to be proudly displayed! If you need my address just give me a shout and I will get it to you! LOL In all seriousness it is a true work of art and anyone would be proud to display it in their home! Happy Halloween!

Tenia Nelson said...

Holy Cow!!!! WOW!!! This is AWESOME!!!

Brenda Brown said...

A brilliant book box Joanna, I love the textured cover right through to the potions on the shelves. A brilliantly created piece of artwork.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Jenny Marples said...

Me again sweetheart. I'm desperately looking for the green on this to include it in the draw at Frilly and Funkie, and crossing my fingers it's my screen that is stopping me seeing it. Can you let me know where you have used anything green? Thanks so much, Jenny x

Ros Crawford said...

WOW!! Oh my this is just amazing ... The outside is just so clever and full of wonderful detail ... then when opened ... well, what can I say? It's just terrific! Looks like you had a great deal of fun with this ... Hats of to you!

Joanna Wiśniewska said...

Swietny projekt Asia, wszystko mi sie podoba a obrazy najbardziej :)

Kaz said...

This is gorgeous, I love all the details. Thanks for linking it to Tando this month.

Janny Jager said...

Fabulous and great project Joanna.
love every detail.

Greetings Janny

Ava Gavloski said...

Asia, your project is made with love and great joy. perfect presentation of products and so love the mix'd media techniques, thanks for sharing the deets

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Absolutely fantastic piece, the attention to detail is wonderful. I love all the little bottles and the natural elements wrapped around them. Wonderful texture and dimension on the front cover and the colour is wonderful. So many layers, so beautifully put together. Thanks so much for entering this beauty into our challenge. It's wonderful to have you joining along with the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Tracy x x

Cocofolies said...

Wow, that's an amazing piece of art, you made a fantastic work !!!! All is gorgeous, thank you for playing with us on the spooky theme on Tando's challenge this month ! Coco x

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

Holy cow! I was so wow'd by this piece and then you showed pictures of it opened up!! Then I was double Holy Cow-ing! This is truly stunning and I adore the whole vibe of this piece. You've shown so many techniques and skills and I love how this is a totally new interpretation of traditional holiday decor. Excellent job and I'm so glad that you shared your talents with us for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

Unknown said...

You put so much work into this and it shows. I loved looking at each and every element on this amazing project Joanna. You are such a talent! Hugs

Unknown said...

Fab design, well thought out and executed and very creative. Love it! Thank you for adding your sparkle to our challenge this month at Country View Challenges. Chris xxx

selena said...

Quel merveilleux projet!

Trish Latimer said...

WOW! stunning Joanna, how totally fabulous! Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper Blog Challenge!

Chrissie said...

Oh My!
This is stunning!
Thanks so much for joining in the challenge at Craft Stamper this time!

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