If you haven't figured it out yet, I love Halloween! Every year it is my mission to make my house a little more spooky than the last, and I'm always looking for creative ways to turn my home into a total haunted house. Our maintenance guys were here working on our tub the other day and made a comment about the amount of decorations we already have up. Like Halloween much? Umm...yah.
So, in the pursuit of utter horror, I've come up with this frightening piece of art and want to show you how to make one of your own! If it's too creepy for you, you can totally dial it back a bit, and make it just a little spooky. I like to keep the scare factor a little high. As always, the Graphics Fairy provided the perfect subjects for this little masterpiece. This is very similar to the Anthropologie Art Hack tutorial I did last month. If you don't have a large jar of Mod Podge lying around, you should. I use it for tons of projects, and find that it always comes in handy. It's definitely on my crafting basics list.
What you need:
A small/medium sized canvas
Craft paper in different colors or patterns
Sponge brush or paintbrush
Red craft paint (optional)
Printed graphics (links below)
How to make it:
You'll want to start by clicking the links above and saving the images to your computer. If you don't like the images I chose, feel free to browse around the site for others. Once you have saved them, open blank documents (such as Word or Paint) and paste the images to the page. I printed the Dictionary Page on a full sized page, and the others all together on another. I also used card stock in place of regular printer paper. Cut out your printed images and set aside. Next, cut or tear pieces of craft paper, and arrange them on the canvas as a background. Make sure to include the Dictionary Page into this step. Now, begin coating the back of each piece of paper with an even coat of Mod Podge, making sure to cover all the way to the edges, then carefully applying them to the canvas. Use your fingers to smooth down the pieces. Once you have applied all of your background, allow it to dry for two hours before continuing. I like to flip it over onto a piece of wax paper, and set books or heavy objects on the back to help the paper set. The wax paper will prevent it from sticking to your surface.
After your background is dry, arrange your printed images on the canvas, and begin adhering each image to the picture by using the steps above. Once all of your images are glued into place, allow to dry for another two hours. I would recommend laying it face down onto wax paper again, and setting weighted objects on the back to help the images adhere.
If you like, you can follow with a top coat of Mod Podge over the entire piece. I chose not to this time. To add a little gruesomeness, I used red craft paint to make dripping "blood" along the top of the picture, as well as the hand print at the bottom. If that is a little too gory for you, feel free to skip this step. Once the paint has dried, you are ready to display your haunting piece of art! Happy haunting!