Welcome! Artfully Musing is a blog dedicated to sharing art and the techniques and products used. I'll be showcasing collage, altered and mixed media art as well as miniature. I hope you'll check back often and are inspired. Thanks for visiting! Laura

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Pretty Potions & Poisons Apothecary Event – Week 1

It’s September 12th and that means it’s time to wave your wands (or glue sticks) and start building your own potions and poisons apothecary.  Whether your style is cute, pretty, spooky, gothic, creepy and crawly; all takes on Halloween are welcome here!  This event is all about having fun with Halloween and creating something that you will enjoy displaying during this spooktacular season.  So turn on your favorite Halloween tunes and get your witchy grove on.

This haunted journey starts with viewing the tutorial below which covers assembling and decorating an apothecary cabinet.  Whether you’re using the products I used or taking your own route, I hope you find some useful items in the video.  Also be sure to read about the event giveaways and download the free images below. 
Video Tutorial – Assembling and Decorating the Apothecary Cabinet

Click hereto view and or download a PDF document with the tools list, supply list of the products I used from Alpha Stamps and the steps outlined in the tutorial.
If you have questions, the best way to contact me is by using the "Email Me" button in the right-hand column of the blog.  If you ask a question in the comments area and your email address is not setup in Blogger there is no way for me to answer you.

Every event needs giveaways and this event has two.  To enter the giveaways you must create either an apothecary or items that go in an apothecary.  The giveaways are open to US and International participants.

First Giveaway
The first giveaway is for those who alter bottles, create books, coffins etc.  To enter this giveaway you must create at least three items of your choice and send me a picture of your items by October 30th.  I’ll showcase your items on this blog and link back to your blog or photo album if you have one.  You do not have to create an apothecary cabinet to enter, just three items that might go in an apothecary cabinet.  The prize will be my “Love Potion #9” altered bottle (without liquid for shipping purposes).  The winner will be chosen at random by Random.org on October 31st.

Second Giveaway
The second giveaway is for those who create an apothecary cabinet with contents (bottles etc.).  To enter this giveaway you must send a picture of your apothecary cabinet and contents to me by October 30th.  I’ll showcase your apothecary on this blog and link back to your blog or photo album if you have one.  There will be one winner and the prize is a big one.  It includes my:
 Hexes - accordion fold book with bookmark
Finest Spider Webs (Extra Sticky) Bottle & Poison Bottle
Sleeping Death Powder Bottle & Instant Embalming Fluid Bottle (without liquid because of shipping)
Witches Cauldron
13th Hour Domino Book
Wicked ATC
Owl Hollow ATC
The winner will be chosen at random by Random.org on October 31st.

You are welcome to start emailing me your pictures whenever you like.  Use the “Email Me” button in the right hand column of the blog.  Please be sure to include the link to your website, blog, or online photo album so I can include the link when I post your pictures.  I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!
 Feel free to download the images below and use them in your art.

Here is a link to a great online site for listening to Halloween music.  It’s Weirdsvile’s “The Silly Side of Halloween.  They play all the old favorites. 
From their site All year long we're playing the great Halloween comedy hits like Monster Mash (would you believe SIX versions?), Purple People Eater, Will Smith, Elvira, The Blob, Weird Al, and all the rest- along with some howlingly funny Halloween comedy bits! Lots of rare break in records!”.

I’ve created so many pieces for this event that I couldn’t fit everything into the videos (or it would have turned into a mini-series).  This means that in between the tutorial posts on the 12th, 19th and 26th and through October I'll be posting more apothecary and Halloween related projects so be on the lookout.

Pretty Potions & Poisons Apothecary Event – Week 2 (September 19th)
You’ll find the complete supply list (with the items I used – you are not required to use what I use) and pictures of the projects I’ll be covering in the tutorial in the tab at the top of the blog labeled “Apothecary Event 2nd Tutorial” or you can click here.

Don’t worry if you don’t have the time or resources to participate with me in the event.  The information and tutorials aren’t going away.


BLiSsAngELs said...

Laura I'm half way through the video which is fabulous by the way and I need to run out to get boxes LOL ....and thank you, thank you for the event and dear Laura promoting the moonlight party under the big top ... bless you... I hope you can come okay off to buy boxes back soon for part two

big hugs Wendy

Crafty Brook Farms said...

I just watched the video and learned so much. Thanks for sharing all of this with us. What a great Hallowe'en project!

johala6@yahoo. said...

Fabulous work Laura! It's so funny!
Thanks and kisses

Anonymous said...

WOW, what an Exciting video. You are so talented, Laura!
Lots of COOL details, and tfs all the alcohol ink tips. Great ideas to try!
VickiR in OH (USA)

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for this wonderful and instructive video! It's always very inspiring to see how it's done this detailed. Can't wait to create my first item :)
kind regards, serafeena

Lynn Stevens said...

Great video Laura, Awesome tips on dieing the feathers and candles. I'll be saving all my lids for alcohol inks from now on. Off to create!! Thanks for sharing your talent with us.
hugs Lynn

Diane at Craftin Your HeART Out! said...

Hi Laura,
Another fantastic video!! I learned so much from it. I can't wait for my order from Alpha Stamps to get here so I can start creating my own Apothecary. Thank you so much for all the time and effort you have put into this Event.

Take care,

Deb Moon said...

Fantastic video loaded with so many helpful tips. Love the creepy intro to set the mood. The rusty wheels are starting to turn in my little brain and you’ve got my creepy juices flowing. LOL Thank you for this howling production and the long hours you have devoted into bringing us one of the best instructional videos I’ve seen in a long time.

Sarah said...

Lots of tips and ideas as well as top notch instructions. Well done, Laura. I was just going to watch it in segments but ended up watching the whole video in one sitting. Thank you for sharing your love of creating with us.

Anonymous said...

Omgoodness!! I'm inspired! Raiding my craft supplies to get started in 3, 2, 1...

Pat Houck said...

It is incredibly generous of you to do this. I can't imagine how much work it took to put this together. The quality of the projects and instructions is amazing. Thank you so much.

fairyrocks said...

WOW am I ever glad I popped in to see this today. You are so generous to share all of your tips and tricks. LOVE your video introduction. YOu had me spell bound through the entire piece.
Thankyou and thankyou for everything. I am excited to start playing.

Sue Young said...

OMG. that's all I can say!//wow,?Laura! LOVE your intro!!!!!
I'm still waiting for my shipment of stuff to arrive from Alpha Stamps so I can start!!!C'mon,Mr. Postman!!!!!
(and what a TON of work you did!!!)

Holly M said...

I am bewitched. To get into a lovely creepy mood I am reading The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman. With this book and your tutorial, I'm ready to get my cackle on!

Diana said...

Laura, Such wonderful art. Thank you for sharing with all of us. I am doing my cabinet today. Love your imagination

Carol said...

Fantastic video, love the cabinet! Hope to make time for my own cabinet and decor! Best video I have seen, thank you!!!