Sunday 9 October 2011

Halloween Diorama

We have a fabulous line-up at Fashionable Stamping Challenges again this week, where we challenge you to make anything but a card. There is so much scope for this and the fabulous Stampettes have got some amazing inspirational pieces for you to check out. 

So what can you make with a canvas and a wooden frame???

A slow reveal - but warning photo overload!!!!!

I have had this piece in my head for months and months just waiting for Halloween to come round and it has also been in the making for weeks and weeks. I would do a bit, think some more, leave it and then come back to it again. I don't know how many times I have done that.

The frame was painted with gesso and stippled to give texture then stamped with 2 different background stamps, one in brown archival ink and the other in black, and then covered with a wash of PaperArtsy metallic glaze. 

I used TH tissue tape covered the back edges of the canvas. The stamp is from Crafty Individuals - thanks Lucy for letting me ink it up. 
After painting the image with DIs, I covered the bird with glossy accents.
So you can see I am using the back of the canvas to give me some 3D space.

It's been great fun collecting all the pieces and then putting it together. It looks a bit different now Shirley from when you last saw it.

Hand made labels, alcohol inks, beads and BBQ ash all make up the apothecary bottles
The labels are available from one of my posts HERE.
The spider and web are from a Halloween party spider web pack.
You can see that my melt pot and beeswax came out for this project - dripping wax over the cork stopper and letting it drip down the sides of the bottles.
The shiny skull is a valve cap!
Can you start to see what I have made?

Some jewellery, Charlotte doll mould, pumpkin and mushroom add to the overall effect. As does the skull and rose ring that I got from a car-boot sale recently.

The old watch was also from a car-boot and the bugs are off of necklaces bought from Primark in their sale at the end of the summer.

I am really pleased with this 3D diorama and will hang it in my hall for Halloween. Sarah at La-De-Dah is a talented and inspirational artist and hosts My Mojo Monthly - so this month I thought I would show this piece and I thought I would enter it and see if it is eligible for her creative surfaces focus, although it's not a book cover, so probably not - but please let me know Sarah.

So go take a look at what prize is on offer at The Fashionable Stamping Challenge blog and I look forward to seeing your creations over there.

If you are making a Halloween card, tag or project, please link it to my Halloween Printables post HERE
I am making some Halloween tags and will give one away on the 1st November.

I thought I would enter this into these challenges -
Crafty Individuals - Winged things
Happy Daze - Christmas or Halloween
Tando Creative - Spooktastic
Delightful Challenges - Make it dimensional
City Crafter - Going 3D

Happy Sunday to you all and thanks for stopping by to take a look at my creation.

luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox



donna said...

Fantastic Halloween project. So much detail. I am glad you are having fun!..hugs..Donna

Terry said...

Brenda, I really am drooling over the awesomeness of this spooky Halloween creation! Love all the little fun elements and I have got to now open up my melting pot! Love this creepy delight! Hugs!

Gram's Treasures said...

Hi Brenda, the grandkids should get a kick out of this. Lots of detail...and it looks like you had a lot of fun! Also, appears you stayed out of your DH's workspace this time. (lol) Have a crafty weekend!
Joyce xx

DesignerDiva said...

WOW this is fabulous Brenda I love the bottles of bats wings and poison ivy and the cobwebs all over them - stunning - so many great details and your halloween tag below is GORGEOUS! Your work has grown and grown - I love it!
Hope you are well and enjoying your new job
Hugs Laurie xx

Unknown said...

Wow this is stunning Brenda, love all the detail .. this is truly a work of art, love it. Wishing you a lovely Sunday. Hugs Dora xxx

Fliss said...

Brenda this is the most awesome Halloween project! The amount of detail is just amazing and it's lovely to see how it all came together.
Have a lovely Sunday.
Hugs, Fliss xx

cheryl said...

oh wow hun this is simply stunning the detail on this is just fantastic gosh,really really love this piece hun,hugs cherylxxxx

Irene said...

Wow Brenda this is awesome, I love all your work, but this has to be one of of my favourites now, the work you have put into it is incredible. I especially like the little bottles, have to say the spider looks a little to real for my liking.It's stunning.
Have a good day.
Irene xx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Aaah, Brenda, I'm missing words. Such an outstanding Halloween project, love it.

Lisa Jane said...

oh wow what a fabulous work of art... that Bird scares me straight away ..but i love the different elements .. so much thought has put it into it .. the little bottles are so cute
Lisa x

craftymum said...

Hi Brenda
thanks for your comments on my blog yesterday.
I will be watching X Factor and Strictly results tonight!

This work of yours is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dare I say it, bit I think you are better than Tim!!!!!!!!
hugs Sarah x
p.s. Have you seen that I have set up a new challenge/info blog for Hotshot Crafts who I do the demos for. I hope you can spread the word and become a followers

The Sparkly Fairy said...

This is absolutely fantastic Brenda!

Emma - The Sparkly Fairy

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

OMGosh hun this is amazing, just love it...I'm stuck for words other than WOW!!

Thank you for sharing with us at Delightful Challenges this week, good luck!
Hugs Shell xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Brenda
Stunning use of CI stamps to create this very dark piece of art.
Great attention to detail.
Thank you for joining us at the CI Challenge for Winged Things.

Sarah said...

A fantabulous and wonderful creation. Lurve all the pics - show it off I say, you've put so much work into it! I love that dramatic bird stamp and your vivid colouring really brings it to life. This is such a great project full of creative and imaginative details...really lovely work Brenda. Thank you so much for sharing your artwork and thoughts with My Mojo Monthly! I call this a very creative surface! Sarah.

Hazel (Didos) said...

WOW Brenda this is amazing, I love it, All the work you put in it must have taken you hours. Amazing.
I too am really busy just now with the wee puppy so life gets in the way of blogging a big bit!!!
Hope alls well Hazelxox

Ginger said...

I love this, it is right up my street, Thank you for joining in with Happy daze and crafty Individuals this month. G X

Zoechaos said...

Fabulous creation Brenda, that stamp is special and the glossy accents really adds dimension to the crow. Magnificent thank you for sharing with us at Tando Creative XOXO Zoe


Wow Wow Wow and OMGoodness Brenda, I could sit and look at this for hours! What fabulous detail - I love ALL of it (even the scary spider)!
Hugs, Sylvia xxxx

Meggymay said...

Wow, its amazing . Fabulous details, so much to look at, its a piece to be proud of for years to come. . Yvonne x

Sid said...

What a fantastic dimensional collage !! Love the detail !

Mrs.B said...

Thought this was great when I first saw it, but now - when I see all the detail - its amazing!
Fabulous work Brenda
Avril xx

coldwaters2 said...

WOW Brenda this is totally fantastic, I am lost for words I'm afraid, I have just sat and looked at all those wonderful embellishments, the detail and design, I am in awe of such creativity. This is amazing work.
Lorraine x

Yvonne Garner said...

Brenda, Your project is amazing! So many details to take in. Hv. Fabulous week! Best, Yvonne

Anonymous said...

Hi Brenda. Fantastic project. Fabulous detail.
Regards Florence.

Von said...

Teacher gets an A+ fabulous creation Brenda and even better than when I saw it in the making :)
Von xxx

Ink Art Designs said...

Hi Brenda, your artistry is truly incredible. I am still in awe of the background with the bird and the work that went into it...let alone all the other detail! This is a stunning piece.
Dot x

Gio said...

Such a gorgeous project!

Ros said...

This just blew me away! ... absolutely fantastic project ... fabulous details ... thanks so much for sharing it with us at CCCB

Karen said...

WOW! this is amazing!!! Thank you for joining us at Tando x

Maria said...

Wow, this is stunning!!! Maria x

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

AMAZING!!!! Thanks for playing along with us at CCCB!

Unknown said...

Wow Brenda.. This is amazing. I am so glad you entered into our challenge at CCCB so I could see it..

cnelson said...

Soooooo COOL! LOVE it! Thanks so much for joining us this week at CCCB!

Jean Hardy said...

Just a perfect entry for winged things in October - so atmospheric! Thanks for joining in the challenge this month. Jean, Crafty Individuals

Kaz said...

This is stunning! It really has so much interest within it. Thanks for linking it to Tando.

Shirl said...

This is certain to win every challenge you have entered it into such an amazing piece of art and the finished work is sublime.

This is one of those pieces that every time you look at it you see something different. Thank you for such a beautiful creation Brenda

Hugs Shirley x x

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

This is so amazing, love the detailed your creativity!

Greetings, Alie :-)

Carol Plume said...

what a fab piece - loving the additions of the spiders webb and melt pot wax - great inspiration..

Thank You for joining us at Tando this month and good luck in the draw.

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is even more amazing IRL, wonderful depth and I loved the glaze on the bird. (this is the only Hallowe'en stamp I have so I have been using it this weekend). Thanks for the cobwebs and hope you get a chance to use the skelington,

Lucy x

Hettie said...

This is wonderful and I can see you had so much fun making it.

Anonymous said...

Wowsers! Fab project! Stunning!

Aquarius said...

This is amazing and congratulations on being a winner at Crafty Individuals.

Ink Art Designs said...

congratulations Brenda on your CI "Things with Wings" win...this is a stunning piece!
Dot x

Siobhan Fyffe said...

Congratulations Brenda on your win at Crafty Individuals. You so deserve it with this amazing creation.

Ellie Knol said...

I LOVE those little bottles, it looks gorgeous!
Congratulations on winning on the CI blo!