So I have lots of crafts to complete for this Halloween this year. One projects I have intended to do for years is repaint these gargoyles. I hate the factory finish on this pair - it is so pathetic. So I finally sat down and gave them a coat of black paint, followed by dry brush with gray, white and off white. A little antiquing wax and they are ready for display in the haunted parlor.
I regularly visit the farmer's market for produce over the summer. I mean, nothing, in my opinion, can compare to a homegrown tomato. Imagine my joy and surprise when I discovered an amazing handcrafted black soap there. It is so black that I have to agree with Nigel:
It smells of anise, which I love! And when it is lathered ,the suds are black. Now my whole dungeon smells like licorice. When I head to the market this afternoon, I'd better buy a couple more bars.
My new years resolutions include crafting six times this year for my blog. Other than the clock, I have not crafted once. That is, up until now. The Halloween crunch is on and a years worth of projects are being churned out in the next four weeks. One of my goals was to make more shadow boxes like the little frog I put together last year. Inspired by Cat Winterfox at Spooky Moon, I went on the hunt for something to showcase in a shadow boxe.
I found just the thing at JoAnns - a plastic bat skeleton dying for a make over. First off, the skeleton got a paint job consisting of a coat of black followed by a dry brush with buttermilk and then rubbed with an antiquing wax. I cut a base board and covered it with cheap gray creepy cloth (dollar tree) using a spray adhesive. I made a little box from wood scraps in the garage and a frame from the trim leftover from the kitchen remodel. Everything got a coat of black chalk paint, distressed with sandpaper and rubbed with brown antiquing wax . A little wood glue holds it together and a chain to hang it completed the job!