Thursday, 1 October 2015

"Haunted" - DecoArt media Challenge!

Hi and servus!

Today I have something exciting to share with you - not only my haunted house I made but also the reason why I made it:

the start of the  
"Halloween HAUNTS: ​
Zombies, Goblins, Witches... OH MY!" 
DecoArt media challenge!!! 


From today until Ocotober 28th there is the chance to win one of two fantastic DecoArt media prize packages by entering a Halloween project via the  DecoArt Mixed Media Blog! Andy Skinner himself will judge and select the two winners from all the entries that followed the theme and they will be announced on October 30th. So why not join in the fun and have a happy messy Halloween crafting time! Just look what DecoArt will be giving away to them!

Throughout the month DecoArt will be sharing blog posts with awesome Halloween tutorials from the DecoArt Mixed Media DT members! So make sure you don't miss them and get some heavy doses of Halloween mixed media inspiration!


My project for today is a witches house I created by altering an already sawn into shape wood block of about 6 '' height.

It's a very spooky place to be and the three inhabitants are well known for their witchcraft and insidious ways of tricking unsuspecting trespassers!

For altering my wooden house I used:

- a wooden house block (bought at a home decorating store)
- DecoArt media fluid acrylics: Titan Buff, Yellow Oxide, Green Gold, Diarylide Yellow, Quinacridone Violet, Raw Umber, Carbon Black, English Red Oxide, Cadmium Red Hue, Pyrrole Orange,
- DecoArt media white Gesso
- DecoArt media Matte Medium
- DecoArt media white Modelling Paste
- DecoArt media Antiquing Cream "Raw Umber"
- DecoArt media Mister "Red"

- DecoArt Traditions: Blue Grey
- DecoArt Metallic Lustre "Radiant Red"
- a water soluble black pencil
- a variety of soft brushes
- a stipple brush
- small cut'n dry foam piece
- a foam pad
- a spray bottle with water
- a small palette knife
- a palette for mixing paints and creating washes on
- word stickers
- collage papers (Spellbinders - Susan Lenart Kazmer's Ephemera Papers, Tim Holtz "Laboratoire" Paper Stash, colour copy of some glass and dolls eyes )
- forest stencil (from Dreamweaver)
- left over branch die cuts
- a black permanent fine tip marker
- Distress marker "ground espresso"
- some small pieces of corrugated card or rough fabric (for adding texture)
- optional: rubber stamps with texture patterns and black archival stamping ink

And here's how I did it:

First I painted the whole house white using white Gesso. After that had dried I glued on some music sheet scraps and torn pieces of corrugated card using Matte Medium.

(for larger view click on the images)

Then I applied a thin coat of white Modelling paste to the roof with a palette knife and scraped in the roof tiles using the rear end of a thin brush. I let that air dry thoroughly (=left it for a whole day) because the next step would require the use of water on it.

I toned in the glued on paper pieces by painting the whole house over with a layer of diluted white Gesso.

The roof was painted by first spraying on a heavy coat of water and then applying diluted paint with a soft brush here and there. I started with a lighter (Pyrrole) orange and then went from Cadmium Red to English Red Oxide. For a finish I dabbed on some Raw Umber and sprayed on some more water to create drip lines that ran down the sides of the house.

Once that had dried I scraped on some Raw Umber and Blue Grey. On one side of the house I covered the whole area with rough brush strokes of Raw Umber and Blue Grey - that was the side I wanted to stencil my forest on (sorry - I forgot to take an image of that side before the stencilling).

Using a stipple brush, white Gesso and my forest stencil I created my "forest at the back of the house".

The other sides of the house were given a palette knife and paints treatment:

I used Titan Buff, Yellow Oxide, Green Gold, Diarylide Yellow and Quinacridone Violet. Because the house looked too bright, I toned it down with a wash of Raw Umber Antiquing Cream. The good thing about the Antiquing Creams is that you can always wipe off with some spots, add, wipe off again, add again...until you like the outcome.

Next I started adding my cut out images, die cut branches and "spooky snippets" with Matte Medium and a soft brush.

I made sure I also painted a thin coat of the Matte Medium on top of the glued on ephemera so I could shade them in and do some "smudging" on them with my Distress marker and water soluble black pencil.

After that it was time to apply some Raw Umber acrylic paint around the edges. I used a small foam pad as it creates a lightly smudged effect. The darkened edges help draw the focus in and create a visual "frame".

The forest at the back of the house was given some colour treatment as well: I scraped on tiny amounts of acrylic paint with my smallest palette knife and also sprinkled on some dots of Red from my DecoArt Mister and sprayed some water on top to create drip lines (my son had stated that my "Halloween creation lacked some blood").

I also stamped on a spider and some crackle texture for more depth and roughly painted on a fence with loose brush strokes.

The windows still needed their window frames, so I painted them on with English Red Oxide and a fine tip brush. (the curtains were some left overs from rub ons I had almost forgotten about).

To finish my piece up I added some word stickers and shaded in all my glued on elements. I did so by drawing thin outlines around them with a Distress marker and smudged the lines with my fingertip while still wet. At other spots I drew thin outlines (or circles) with a black water soluble pencil and activated the lines with a water loaded thin brush.

To add a little bling to the roof I applied some Metallic Lustre "Radiant Red" in some spots using my fingertip.

My house was finished! 

I hope you like it and am desperately looking forward to see what you will come up with for our fantastic DecoArt Mixed Media "Haunted" Challenge!

Hugs and happy crafting, 

I am linking my project to the following challenges:

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Haunted Design House - The Nights are Drawing In
The Corrosive Challenge Blog - Halloween Bingo (diagonal line: witch - free - colour black (black trees, word tiles, branches, witches hats and clothing, fence and stamping)
Love to Create - Challenge 20 - Anything Mixed Media 


  1. Großartig, ich bin dabei, am besten täglich ;-) Spooky greetings from Kerstin xx

  2. Love this Claudia!! Gorgeous layers, images and colours xxx

  3. Nice work, Claudia!
    I would never have that much patience to go through all the steps of making something in mixed media. But, luckily, you do! :)
    Have a perfect day...

  4. Incredible!
    You captured the feeling of menace to perfection, I certainly do not want the keys to this house, I don't think I would be able to sleep LOL.
    An absolute triumph of a creation.

  5. Wowzers! Love that you have shared your process and the end result is fantabulous! So many tricks and techniques here. The witch and the forest are my favorite parts, along with your detailed roof! Loves it! Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki

  6. servus liebe claudia,
    bezaubernd ist dein hexenhaus. echt toll.
    und gleich mit anleitung (das ist ebenso toll....).
    bei so einem projekt kann man sich farblich auch so wirklich austoben, gell....??!!
    alles liebe und bis bald-

  7. How creepy cool Claudia!! love the trees and that roof is yummilicious!!
    Jackie xo

  8. Huch wie schaurig schön liebe Claudia und mit viel Fantasie und Liebe zum Detail gemacht. Echt gruselig, da würde ich nicht klingeln gehen. ;)
    Schönes Wochenende und liebe Grüße.

  9. Oh, Claudia, this is amazing! It makes me want to go out and scavenge up some wood to alter. Like your son's comment too - funny!

  10. ton projet est magnifique !!!! j'aime toute cette patouille utiliser pour l'interprétation que tu en as fait .bisous nate

  11. Amazing Haunted House, love how you made the roof tiles.
    Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

  12. Oh wow Claudia, I have not much time to see and comment on gorgeous projects like yours at the moment, but I had kept the link and before I go to bed I really wanted to pay you a visit and look at this project (among others, but unfortunately I miss time too much to see the others for the moment, this week again). So about this haunted house... Wow wow, so much fun, blood effects, the roof is amazing, as well as the back side (love love it!!!) and all the details, depth to the whole scene and colours are really fabulous!!!!!
    Thanks for the great tutorial Claudia!
    Bises xxx

  13. Holy Moly! I think I need to say some prayers before venturing near this spooky house!! Claudia, this is wonderful!! Your very descriptive word of 'insidious' had me tiptoeing around the perimeter very carefully, for fear I'd get caught and turned into Who Knows What!! :) :) Just a FaBOOlous creation for DAM, Claudia!! Love This!! XOXO-Shari

  14. Wow...this is a fantastic job and thank you for the instruction as it definitely an inspiring piece. Thank you for joining us at Corrosive Challenge.

  15. So inspiring and brilliantly created!! Love all the texture and finishes.
    Thanks so much for playing along with us in the dungeon at HDH.

  16. FABOOLOUS! amazing texture! So fun and spooky. thanks so much for joining us in the dungeon at HDH. xxD

  17. Wow! This is just a treasure! Thank you for sharing all your techniques! Brilliantly done! Love the roof and your spectacular forest! I sure wish I had some more of those amazing Decoart media products--you have me expanding my wish list! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Yes- scared of shadows - definitely looks like a scary 'trick' house but OK... even though it's totally SPOOKY.... it is a TREAT TO SEE Claudia!!!!! Silly as it seems... my favorite part is the roof - I love orange and I love texture - you totally made my mouth drop when I saw your roof - FABULOUS. But not to say that it's not ALL fabulous - it is. What a HORRIBY INCREDIBLE GHOSTLY creation!!!!!!!!!!!!!! j.


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