Thursday 3 October 2013


...SET YOUR LIFE ON FIRE... those who fan your flames...
- Rumi -

...hello everyone...the cobwebs have formed it's been that long since I posted!! they must of known I was cooking up a little Halloween fun :)) ... I'm sharing with you a little 6 by 4 chunky canvas with Halloween in mind...

...all the Paints, Mediums & Stencils used are by  DecoArt...

...I used modeling paste and a number stencil (sorry my photo very poor) and left this to dry naturally...then the whole canvas was painted white...

...then the fun began, out came spiced pumpkin!...

...which was dry brushed in feather light strokes around the number edges...

...the numbers then given a hefty coating of ebony black...

...also at this point I did a few small random circles on the canvas...

...then one step crackle was applied...

...and left overnight to dry..., antique white was sponged over the whole canvas...

...and wiped back a little, the cracks were filled nicely...

...I then used my finger to gently rub black shimmer metallic lustre over the numbers and smudging over the edges of the canvas...

...the iron oxide was painted all round the numbers...

...then spritzed with water so the colour would seep and bleed...

...this was then dried with a heat tool...

...I put touches of this amazing colour on the number edges...

...then raw sienna was randomly splattered and dots placed in the random circles and heat dried...

...these two colours were mixed to create the colour of blood, this was then dripped and left to run, then heat dried close to the canvas to give the appearance of congealed blood!!...

...I didn't have a rubber/plastic bat or a template to make one so I improvised and used some oyster shells(as you do!) for the wings and a little heart for the body...

...these were coated with texture fierro in graphite, I used a stencil brush (which is hard and stubby) to push into the shells...I then wrapped some rusty wire around a small primitive heart and used this for the body of my bat... finish the canvas off I added feet at the bottom and a knob on the top, these items were coated with brown texture fierro and a few chit chat stickers...

...well there you have it, a little spooky Halloween fun, I hope you like it and I hope you found the step by step easy to follow...

...thank you for stopping by today...


  1. Such a fabulous canvas Mel - those colours and textures are stunning! Lovely to see you back creating - I have missed you!! x

  2. Great canvas Mel and I love that heart

    Sam xxx

  3. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! You are like me, very much experimental ;) love it!

  4. Fantastic canvas Mel and I love all the textures and colours, your improvised bat is superb! Chris xx

  5. Love the background youbhave achieved and the heart , as always , gorgeous x hugs x

  6. WOW GREAT LOVELEY work Mel!!!!!
    Greetz Patricia

  7. Hi Mel, this is utterly superb - truly amazing work. Love how you improvised with the shells to make the bat! You should enter this into Haunted Design House Challenge...... Hugs, Anne x

  8. Sorry, meant to say, your step by step is brilliant, so easy to follow. A x

  9. Wonderful and very different canvas and great instructions on how you made it--thank you

    Love Chrissie x

  10. This is awesome, Mel! LOVE all the close ups and yes, Phtalo Green-Blue is one of my favourites too ;)
    Your canvas is so stunning - I could look at it forever and still find something new that I want to sink my eyes into! One of the best Halloween makes ever!

    Claudia x

  11. Thanks for sharing all the steps you took to make this gorgeous canvas. Love how you made the 'blood'.

  12. HELLO again! Love this canvas, those knobs are terrific, Thanks for the tutorial, Love that black crackle effect. Keep smiling and creating.

  13. SoSO Cool. I love this. The techniques are stunning and the overall feel is amazing Mel. good to see you back in blog land. hope your keeping well x

  14. WOW...What a canvas... Love the crackle effect & great colours... your Bat is Amazing Mel.... Loved the tutorial...simply Brilliant... Hugs May x x x

  15. This is so cool Mel! Love how you used the shells! xx

  16. This is wonderful, I adore it!

  17. That's a wonderful piece of art.

  18. Such amazing painty effects, Mel - you're so fantastic working with the DecoArt products... another amazing creation!
    Alison x

  19. My pleasure to stop by Mel - this is fabulous - and when I say fabulous I sure do mean it. It really is a work of art!!

  20. Love it, the paint effects are amazing to get that rusted look around the numbers and over the canvas. Jo xx

  21. Fabulous work ! :)
    Von ☺

  22. Hi Mel. I love it! The words "they see you" send a chill down the spine. I love how you made the congealed blood!!! Julie x

  23. I'm completely overwhelmed and blown away ... I'm in awe.
    Nothing to add. Suzanne x

  24. This looks amazing! I love the textures you added.

  25. Just wanted to say a massive CONGRATULATIONS! on being on the DecoArt DT - what a fantastic tribute to your amazing work! Your creations with the paints and products have been so inspiring already (you're responsible for quite a lot of expenditure round here...), and I can't wait to follow this new adventure - yay you!!
    Alison xx

  26. Oh WOW, this is, again, a STUNNING piece of art! Gorgeous canvan, with the heart, love the way you used the oyster shells, great background, love the rusty knob on top, oooooh, LOVE the whole canvas!! You'r in the Halloween mood, that's for sure!
    Yvon xxx

  27. Extraordinarily stunning Mel! No wonder Andy needed you on his team! HUGE congratulations on this well deserved honour. Jenny x


...thank you so much for taking the time to drop by my blog...Mel :)