Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Halloween Apothecary for CVC

There are some fabulous Halloween projects out in blogland again this year and I am just loving seeing creations by Shelley Hickox and Richele Christenson. If you haven’t seen Richele’s configurations box, you really should go take a look at the stages she has taken us through to make it, fabulous work.

Halloween Apothecary

Beware a photo heavy post!!!!
So this is my DT sample this month for Country View Challenges where the lovely Danielle has chosen ‘Something Spooky’ as the theme. This is my interpretation of it.

It started with a large 10 x 12 inch canvas.
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But I turned it over as I wanted more of a shadow box design. I painted the edges black and added tissue tape to give me the framed effect I wanted.
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I then made the background using distress paints, spritzed, smooshed and card dipped into it, drying and dipping until I was happy with it. I then used the paints and distress inks with Tim Holtz masks to give more layers and dimension. If you can see the eye chart I used the bumping method too (learnt at a Lin Brown workshop). I then stamped some stamps from The Chemist set.P1140389
Next I set about making a corked dome and as with all the other bottles you will see I smeared matte medium on them, let them dry and then covered with rock candy crackle paint.
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This one has a distressed charlotte doll inside.
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Here are the bottles and labels, all a mixture of ideaology and 7 Gypsies.
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This bottle had a remnant rub label (bone dust) and has some small plastic bones and some glitter inside it.
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Wow the crackle really shows on this which has some glitter and re-inker inside it.
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Here is The Chemist himself, framed with the new sizzix TH ornate frame die. This was daubed with distress paints and alcohol inks to get the rusted, aged effects.
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I started to gather other pieces I wanted to use and rusted them, some naturally with white vinegar and water and some with rusting powder which ...........
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..........  included the border and these wings. The number plaque was given the crackle paint treatment
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A collection of more spook elements. The bats and cobwebs are TH dies and both given a coat of rock candy crackle paint. The little birds came from a Halloween confetti bad I bought last year (in fact I didn't use them in the end) and the spider and fly are plastic.
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The candle stick was rusted and the skull was given a coat of distress paint and rusting powder added in places. The pumpkin is made of foam and has been cut in half.
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These are the vintage ephemera, stamped and distressed using TH stamps and you can see the paper clip was rusted too.
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These are two pieces of wood I cut down, inked and added rock candy distress paint to these too.
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So onto the finished frame.
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I added a door bell .....
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and also added this at the end as it needed something here for balance. I think it has worked well.
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So there we are, hope you enjoyed all the photos (all 26 of them lol), there is so much going on in this piece I just wanted to capture it all.

October already and soon we will be well into our Christmas makes.

Thanks for your good wishes for Cimmie. The vet was very pleased with his paw and took the stitches out which meant he could have that horrible collar off. He's allowed out to play again and was out all day yesterday till late evening, so I think he's happy to be getting back into a normal routine. His brother didn't miss him though, all he did was hiss at him when they came in for supper last night. Brotherly love!!!!

Have a great week.

hugs {brenda} x0x

74 comments:

Jools Robertson said...

Brenda

This is absolutely stunning. The detail is incredible
Looks like you had a lot of fun, great pictures too!

Hugs

Jools x

Gio said...

I didn't count the photos, but the gorgeous little elements , hundreds!!! And everything is so well placed....it's beautifuuuuul...no , ok, I meant, it's spoooooky!!

Redanne said...

Hi Brenda, I am in total awe of this fabulous piece of art! My favourite stamp set, my favourite time of year and my favourite spooky piece - ever! I am doing Richele's piece along with her, it is so much fun. Hugs, Anne x

The Sparkly Fairy said...

Wow this is amazing Brenda!

Kath said...

gobsmacked...absolutely breathtaking...thanks for sharing hugws kath xxx

Netty said...

wonderful altered canvas Brenda, xx

Monique said...

Wow what an absolutely fabulous piece, so much work and so much detail. It's stunning!!!
xx Monique

Karen Petitt said...

Wow Brenda - that is fantastic, I love that you have used a canvas to make a box frame and all the little details on this are fantastic. Beautiful inky and stamped background too - awesome! xx

Terry said...

I don't like this one bit, nope not at all! I LOVE IT! My scary goodness, you have cover this with so many awesome details. I agree with turning it over adding extra interest and the shadow box affect is superlicious! So awesome! Hugs!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

what an amazing piece.. I don't find the right words for this!
just GORGEOUS Brenda!

artwolf2009 said...

a real Piece of art. Thanks for showing all the Little Details, what an Inspiration. Only then one truely sees how much work went into it

Glennis said...

Brenda, that is absolutely a piece of ART! I love all the little details even though I am not a Halloween fan

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Brenda, that's breathtaking.

Amanda said...

Brenda this is superb!! I keep looking at it and see something different every time, love every inch of detail you have put into this.
Love
Amanda x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Great piece Brenda, love how you used the canvas as a shadow box, I have done this with a small canvas but the large size gives wonderful impact. Love the chemist within the ornate frame and your rusted elements. The bottles look fabulous. Great eclectic mix of elements. Love it. Tracy x

Nichola said...

Amazing! Love all of the details... especially those wee vials and jars. So well done :)

Sue Butler said...

Hello Brenda
This is a piece of wonderful Art, I was drooling over the Bg before you added all the multifarious and amazing elements.
Smiles:)
Sue

Neil said...

Absolutely gorgeous piece. Lots of brilliant details and I love the colours too.

Meggymay said...

Awesome altered canvas, have so enjoyed looking at all the detailed photos.
Yvonne

inkypinkycraft said...

Brenda this is brilliant and ai for one love all the photos of all those wonderful details! It is a jam packed and fab make and Imlove it! Hugs trace x

silvergran said...

Fabulous!! Thanks for sharing your amazing process!

Karin said...

wow this is absolutely fabulous! So detailed! Wow!
Groetjes karin

Samantha Read said...

Whatever comment I leave it will not do justice to how brilliant this is Brenda!! Wow!!!! Big hugs xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is fabulous, Brenda! I love the Charlotte doll who looks like she has been dug out of the German soil,

Lucy x

Coco said...

Wow wow !!! That's utterly TERRIFIC, I can just say love it love it love it...! Thank you for sharing all the steps of this fabulous project with us. Coco x

Monica Taylor said...

Came out gorgeous. I love how you turned the canvas around to turn it into a shadow box. I will have to give that a try!

wintonrosepapercreations said...

Wonderful Wonderful piece Brenda.
Love it! Karen.x

butterfly said...

Outstandingly brilliant, Brenda... I'm absolutely blown away! So many amazing details, and all that fabulous crackle texture. A wonderful layered background to start from too, and the texty frame of course delights me, as does all the rust. An almighty WOW from me!!
Alison xx

Buttons said...

This is an exquisite project Brenda. Love all the attention to detail and that background board is perfect. Glad the boys are back to normal too!!! Jenny x

Coco said...

Hi Brenda, sorry to use this post to reply to your email regarding your last giveaway, but of course I replied to you and sent you a couple of mails already !! Not sure you received any of them however... Maybe they are stored as "Spam"? Can you check please?... HUGS Coco xxx

Shirley Chillman said...

Another Brenda masterpiece having trouble choosing what is my fave part. Chucks it all is.

Craft hugs from Shirl x x

Lynn Stevens said...

Fabulous apothecary box Brenda, I really need to get some of those mini domes! so sweet
hugs Lynn

Fandhmum said...

This is wonderful, Brenda. I love all the photos so I can see all your lovely elements. I imagine this is even more fabulous IRL
Rosie x

Candy C said...

Brenda...your spooky frame is amazing! I love everything about it! Your fabulous "rusted" metal pieces look amazing against that distressed and spooky background! :) The little domes are ah-mazing! Your apothecary shadow box truly is a work of art! <3 Candy

Marjie Kemper said...

This is the sppokiest! Love all the fun details, especially the eclectic mix of bottles. I had no idea that little Charlotte would fit in there.... how cool!

Anita Houston said...

Stupendous! Love every bit you used in this!

Rea' said...

OMG, OMG, OMG ... okay I seriously hyperventilated... I got so excited!!
This is over the top amazing ( I love details) you've got so many awesome details... so fun. The techniques are so cool!!!

Tincan Crafter said...

Brenda - I havent been online in ages! But I saw your name on Blogworthy Links at TH and I was so thrilled for you, so I had to come by and say a massive congratulations. You so deserve this!

Tincan Crafter said...

Brenda - I have been trying to post this comment and it keeps eating it up. I saw you mentioned on TH Blogworthy Links and I was so thrilled for you. You so deserve this. I havent been actively online in blogosphere for ages but I had to come by and say a massive congratulations. You being mentioned pulled me out of exile!

Helen said...

This is out of the box amazing! I cannot believe the amount of detail in this piece. Also, I see that it's made Tim's blogworthy links this month so well done for that too!

Buttons said...

Massive congratulations on your Blogworthy link Brenda!!! So richly deserved for this fabulous Halloween project. Jenny x

Heather Jacob said...

wow wow wow with a capital W ... breathtaking work x

Peg Robinson said...

Really super project.

Noreen said...

Love it - a Halloween work of art!

Noreen
Crafty Journal

TaborTooth said...

Love how you used the back side of the canvas...brilliant. ... wonderfully done

TaborTooth said...

Love how you used the back side of the canvas...brilliant. ... wonderfully done

Redanne said...

Woohoo Brenda, well done on being a Tim's Noteworthy Blog for this fabulous creation! Hugs, Anne x

Mary Jane W said...

I love your project. You've inspired me to roll up my sleeves!
Thanks!

KAT said...

This is fabulous - what a great use for the "back" of a canvas! And the detail photos really show off all the little details that really makes this piece pop!

Marci said...

WOW! Looove all the little bottles filled with different stuff and labeled, even. Just wonderful! Came over from Tim's blog.

Scrap-diva said...

Wow! What an artist you are! Fabulous! We don't do Haloween in South Africa, butI really love this piece!

cal8007 said...

Tim sent me to look at your project and he was right, it is absolutely fantastic!! Great idea about turning over the canvas to make it into a different project.

Carmen

Annie said...

I knew Tim would love this Brenda.....it's just fabulous. Huge congrats

Annie x

butterfly said...

Bravo, Brenda - couldn't agree more with Tim about this being completely Blogworthy!! Yay!
Alison xx

seahag said...

Wonderful piece! I'd be very proud of myself. Thanks so much for sharing! Seahag

Xanapan said...

Awesome work Brenda, arrived from T1m's Blog. Love the photography so that we can see all the wondeful minute details!

Rita said...

Awesome project! I am making a haunted house aka. richelle and I was looking for some options to use the distress crackled vials - thanks for the inspiration!

Patti said...

Tim sure knows how to pick them! :)
You left me speechless. I got lost in all the detail, I could not decide which was my favorite, in complete awe over it all. I love, love your creation!

Jacqui Blondel said...

I just love this. So many intricate little things to look at. Love the "bone dust". Just a fabulous piece

Dragonlady said...

Wow Brenda, so much inspiration and to be honest you can never have too many photos! Amazing work.
Hugs Ali x

Gabby said...

Saw your link on Tim's blog. OMGoodness, Brenda! This piece of art is wonderful! My eyes lit up as I spotted each and every detail. THX for sharing the pics of how you made it and close-ups of the awesome details. :D

Joanne said...

I think this is just fantastic right down to the rusty door bell. So much detail which I guess could have been quite fiddly due to size. Well done and thanks for sharing 'cos I really enjoyed every tiny bit.

Luvcreatincards said...

Oh my goodness Brenda, your project is absolutely awesome - soooo much amazing detail and in miniature too. I have been studying it for ages and love love love it all. Thank you so much for sharing this darling creation with us and for all the information you have included in text and photo form with this amazing post.
Warmest best wishes from across the miles here in France.
susanne

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Wow, wow, and wow again! This is totally amazing - what a cool piece of work. Congratulations on being one of Tim Holtz's blogworthy links!

Hugs,
Linda

Candy C said...

WooHoo Brenda!! HUGE congrats on being selected by Tim as one of his Blogworthy Links! You are so deserving of this honor! Your Halloween piece is nothing short of amazing! <3 Candy

JuJu Crafts said...

Clicked a link from Tim Holtz' blog ... love this! :) Fabulous thought into every piece.

Lucy Edmondson said...

Huge congratulations on your Blogworthy link - well deserved!

Lucy x

ArteDar said...

Just one word, but a million words would NOT describe this lil' masterpiece FAN~FREAKIN'~FABULOUS!!!!

Lisa H said...

very very cool!

Roxanne Pafundi said...

Love it! Feel like I'm right there in this guys lab! Cool piece!

Matilde said...

I don't know what to say! It' stunning!!!!!!!!!!

Lisa Brown said...

This is beyond fabulous! Love the turn around...great idea!

pmstamper said...

Wow - very intricate and interesting to look at. Thanks for sharing your great ideas. : )

Anna said...

Just discovered this post. LOVE all the pictures and your tiny attention to detail! Gives me ideas for an upcoming project! Thanks so much for sharing it with us.
Anna