Tuesday, October 25, 2016

DIY Spooky Halloween Centerpiece

Hi all -- I'm still channeling Halloween.

Recently, Sherry Canino did an awesome post for the Creative Team.  She upcycled a bottle and made it into a beautiful centerpiece.
Her post inspired this Halloween potions bottle.

This is a soy milk bottle, which I rinsed thoroughly and then decoupaged using paper towels.  This gave it a rough texture.

After it was thoroughly dry,  I painted it with black gesso.  Then I went to town, gluing random bits and pieces that I had in my stash, and also some of the embellishments I created using the stencil and an orange gelli print.

(TIP:  the gelli printed paper was stiff and was difficult to adhere onto the bottle.  So I used a handy trick I learned from Nathalie Kalbach, and sprayed it with water.  This breaks down the paper a bit, and makes it more pliable!)

After embellishing the heck out of my bottle, I decided I wanted some gold accents of the stencil motifs.  But how to position the stencil around the chains, baubles, and other items I'd glued on?

I went to one of my favorite tricks - stenciling onto tissue paper, and then adhering the stenciled paper with matte medium.  When you adhere the tissue paper, the white parts seem to melt away, and it looks like you stenciled directly onto your substrate!

Here's a quick video to show you how.

You can also watch DIY Halloween Centerpiece on YouTube.  

I hope you've enjoyed these Halloween posts.  In case you missed them, check out Halloween Tags

Kristin Van Valkenburgh's spooky journal page,

Have a wonderful Halloween!!

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