Monday, September 9, 2013

Happy Halloween!


Are you doing any projects for Halloween?  I know it's a  little early, but I thought I'd make a Halloween project for A Mixed Media Color Challenge.  The colors we were to follow are orange, yellow, kraft/brown...

For my project I started with a canvas and applied gesso.  I tore paper and adhered it to the canvas with decoupage finish.  Brown acrylic paint was brushed over the entire canvas.  A Tim Holtz stamp with black ink along the top and bottom.  Spider webs were stamped and spiders adhered.  I used a stencil designed by Mona Pendleton(Graduated Dots) sold in the shop at My Favorite Things.  I used modeling paste mixed with yellow paint(small dots) and orange paint(larger dots) in the top and bottom corners.  I also used modeling paste on the wooden leaves and took my craft knife and made lines.  I let them dry over night and then applied orange paint on the yellow leaves.  I really love the texture and how the orange paint picked up the lines for great dimension.  I added black lace and gems to the damask paper pieces along the left side.  I made the focal point with black chipboard and painted the edges white.  I applied burlap, cheese cloth, a die cut with edges distressed in black.  A little black cat adhered.  Ribbon, button, and twine to finish off my Halloween canvas. 

Ok, friends, that's all for now!  I can't wait to see your Halloween projects!  Take care and have a great week, hugs!


Paper:  Paper Studio
Stamps:  Tim Holtz, Studio G(Halloween)
Ink:  SU(Black)
Lace:  Martha Stewart
Gems:  Paper Studio
Paint:  Folk Art
Gesso:  Claudine Hellmuth
Decoupage Finish(Hobby Lobby)
Burlap:  Hobby Lobby
Ribbon:  Really Reasonable Ribbon(Black)
               Jo-Ann Fabric(Black/Silver spider web)
Wooden Leaves:  Close to My Heart
Die Cut:  SU(Framelits)
Spiders, Cat:  Reminisce
Button:  Basic Grey
Twine:  PTI
Cheese Cloth:  Jo-Ann Fabric


  1.! Love all the spiders ..cats and just fun on this card! Nice work ,one day I will give this a try. Just not sure what to do.

  2. What a spooktacular canvas Maria! I love all the spiders crawling about and the pieces of burlap add such awesome texture! The background looks great! Thank you so much for joining along with A Mixed Media Color Challenge!

  3. Yay Maria! You did a fantastic project! I have made just one mixed media canvas so far but it was fun getting all messy with paints and different mediums! I love your Halloween theme and all the layers and textures! This turned out so fun and festive! :)

  4. Awesome and fun canvas, Maria! However, I hate spiders! lol

  5. Oh, you KNOW I love Halloween projects!! haha! I know it's early still, but I've been working on them for quite some time already! ;)
    This canvas is fabulous! Love the background and the texture from the burlap. Great collage style look, too!

  6. Oh, this is a WOW mixed media creation!! You did a grand job. I love all those spiders. The dots and burlap are great. There isn't anything here I don't like...super colors!!

  7. WOW!!! What a fabulous project!!! I love how you added the different textures and the spiders are perfect for Halloween!!!!

  8. I hope you display this prominently in your home, Maria. It's a really cool piece of mixed media for Halloween!

  9. A great canvas Maria!!! I so love Halloween!!

  10. what a great Halloween project! love the canvas and the spiders and cats (did I just say love the spiders???!!! EEEK!)

  11. You did an awesome job! MM is not something I can pull off, but I appreciate those that can! Gorgeous!

  12. This is such a GREAT Halloween canvas! LOVE your spiders and black cat and lace and modeling paste! Don't you just LOVE modeling paste??! This is so Spooky! THX for playing with us at A Mixed Media Color Challenge!

  13. This looks definitely like great fun in the making! A wonderful canvas - so quirky and wonderfully texture-heavy! Love it!

    die amelie x