Friday, 31 October 2014

31 Garden of Hedes

WOW, can you believe we are at 31st October already!!  Happy Halloween.

Jas, I so remember the bent spoons from my Dad trying to 'carve' out a turnip, he always did an amazing job.  Pumpkin carving is so much fun and the design options are endless. Thanks Jas.

What an exciting month its been.  I would like to thank Bex and Jas for joining me on this adventure of creativity and for all their fabulous and inspiring projects.  I have loved every single one of them.

Todays project, well this is the idea that set off the whole Weird Scissors concept of 31 Days of Halloween.  I was sitting on the bus and saw a really cool window display and thought, if only those flowers where skulls, it would be super cool.

Garden of Hedes

Project Preparation
1. Using air dry clay and some skull chocolate molds make up some skulls ( I made 12).
2. Take some old bandage gauze and wet it and colour with alcohol inks to give desired colour.  I rinsed lightly in water to 'dull' the colour.  When dry cut into 8 - 10 pieces, rough rectangles.

Supplies & Instructions
1. Take 1 30cm x 40cm canvas and dribble some deep purple ink from the top, leave to dry.
2. Once dry, slap on a layer of  white gesso, this dulls down the purple drips a bit.
3. Using chalk pastels blend purples and greens to give desired look.
4. Set the pastels, I use Silvikrin hairspary.

5. I found an old thorny rose stamp and stamped it randomly around the canvas with black archival ink.

6. Take the bits of coloured gauze and pull and distress the pieces, and attch to canvas with white craft glue.

7. I painted the skulls with a watered down cream and using the Kaisercraft stamp crackle  and Foggy London ink, 'distressed' the skulls.  I've glued some crystals in the eye sockets, (I just love a bit of bling) then applied the skulls with a hot glue gun.

8. To finsh off I inked around the edges with a black ink.  

I hope you enjoy the piece that was the inspiration for this amazing blog, which would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of Bex and Jas.   Thank you girls.

I am entering this into the Left of Center Challenge and Open Minded Challenge for Halloween, the Artistic Inspirations for spooky, Ooh La La for the witching hour and the Corrosive Challenge for magical.

Pop back tomorrow.  The fun continues with some Day of Dead inspiration with Bex.

TFL Lou x


  1. Oh very different love it Thanks for joining us at OLL challenges Susan DT xx

  2. Truly spooky :)

    Thanks for sharing with us at Open-Minded Crafting Fun
    Julie DT
    Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges
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  3. Super project, thanks for joining us at Artistic Inspiration with this weeks challenge hugs Tania (DT) xx

  4. Wow!! This is super and super creepy!! Love it!!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges!!! Good Luck! I hope we see you again!!

    - Susan, Co-Owner @ Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges
    {Scrap A Thousand Words}

  5. Wonderfully creative project, thanks for joining us at Open Minded Challenges this fortnight

  6. That's a fabulous creation!!!! Love the colors you have used for it! And it's true that with skulls it's really awesome!

    Thanks for joining our fortnightly challenge here at Open Minded Crafting Fun Challenge. Hope you will join us next time co-owner Crafting Vicky.

  7. really clever design - Thanks for joining our Witching hour challenge at Ooh La La Creations
    Alli x

  8. What a striking creation, very clever combination of media!
    Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Ooh La La Creations, do hope you'll join us again tomorrow for another challenge.
    Ooh La La Design Team

  9. Very spooky and a great imagination went into this. Really neat! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges!!!