Saturday 28 October 2017

Halloween for Tando Creative

HI All
We are getting closer to All Hallows' Eve or All Saints' Eve which is a celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October and is the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed.
Of course activities include trick-or-treating, attending Halloween costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, divination games, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories and watching horror films. In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows' Eve, including attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular, although elsewhere it is a more commercial and secular celebration. But whatever you believe and observe,

For my Tando DT sample today I am using a medium media board that I cut myself and have added a stand for it.

I love using Pinterest and found a great colour combination -

and collected together media paints that I thought would give me the range of colours I wanted.

I took the purple and black and mixed them on the card whilst painting it at the same time.

I then stamped the spider's webs with grey and interference gold mixed together and then brushed over a watery mix of burnt umber and grey together and dried it whilst dabbing with some kitchen roll to get that misty, eerie look. I also splattered a little with watery grey on its own.

I painted the frame with violet, purple, black and grey paints again mixing them on the substrate to give lots of colour variations through it.

I gave it a coat of clear crackle glaze and rubbed in white antiquing cream when it was dry.

I gathered a few Tando chipboard pieces and a metal skull to start the design.

The spider has a speckled body as I gave it a coat of texture sand paste, painted all over with black and then rubbed some of the purple and silver paint over the high spots and the tops of the legs and repeated with interference gold.

The bat was painted with black and burnt umber mixed and I stippled a little grey on him with a small stiff brush, I then gave him a couple of dirty washes using the black and brown paints and sanded around the edges of him and blended in brown DI and also some silver paint.

To assemble I adhered the background card to the media board and rubbed cosmic blue and fab fuchsia metallic lustres on the skull and chose some remnant rubs to use.

This is ta side view showing a simple stand to make the board stand up.

Thanks for stopping by and maybe you might like to see the project in more finished detail over on the Tando blog.

I hope your weekend is going well and that you get lots of treats and not tricks.

hugs Brenda xxx


Kate Yetter said...

Gorgeous! Those crackle finishes are amazing! They are perfectly spooky.
Love this project.

Nikki Acton said...

Great design and colour combo! Love the spooky textures! I have a badminton match, not really a Halloween celebration! Great to see you using purple! Happy weekend xxx

Gina said...

That is such a yummy frame :D XXX

Pamellia said...

Wow Brenda, this is fantastic!!! I love the colour palette you chose, purples and blacks are so perfect for the theme. Wonderful textures and rustic effects, the crackle on the frame is very effective. A wonderful Halloween themed project! We have Halloween here but the rules have become so strict that it's just not the same as it used to be. It's too bad because I used to really enjoy decorating the house and seeing all the kids in their fun costumes. Straight to Christmas then I guess. lol. hugs :)

Redanne said...

A stunning Halloween creation Brenda! Wow! I love the gorgeous colour tones you used, it creates a real sense of 'drama' .... I don't like spiders much but this one is brilliant. I really wish Halloween was celebrated more here... Hugs, Anne xx

Meggymay said...

An amazing Halloween project, wonderful layers of spooky details.
Yvonne xx

Susanne said...

What a nice board you have made! The background is awesome and the crackle as well.

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Oh Yes Brenda!!! love it. Great choice of colours too. Happy creative weekend, Angela xXx

Lisa said...

Oh my gosh, this is amazing, Brenda!! I love the colors and wow, the texture is amazing!! The crackle is fabulous!! I just love seeing your process of how you put your masterpieces together!! Absolutely stunning!! I hope you have a Happy Halloween!! Big hugs :)

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Jennie Atkinson said...

Full of Halloween spookiness! What a great choice of colours - they work so well together. I m not a great fan of Halloween, but I do love seeing all your wonderful makes! Jennie x

Astrid Maclean said...

Wow Brenda, a wonderful arty and spooky creation! Amazing colours and effects! Oh and a great intro to the background of this festival too :o)

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

LOVE all the crackly goodness. So fun! Happy Halloween!

pearshapedcrafting said...

Wow! This is fabulous and I don't even like Halloween! Gorgeous colours! I haven't been around much so I have just enjoyed a lovely catch up! Congrats on being part of the Tando Creative Team! Hugs, Chrisx

Words and Pictures said...

Wowzer - what a fabulously creepy Halloween creation - that crackled spider is the icing on the spooky cake!
Alison x

sarascloset said...

Oh, yes! Brenda, this is a Halloween masterpiece! I especially love your eerie background, but the crackled frame and multi-colored spider take the prize for me! Perfectly spooky! Hugs!

A Pink said...

Fabulous! Brenda. Love the colour tones and all the spooky elements. As always your design and composition is on point .
hugs x