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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
COMING SOON: TUNNEL BOOK VIDEO TUTORIAL

Monday, October 1, 2012

Pretty Potions and Poisons Apothecary Event and Tutorial


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.
ASSEMBLING and DECORATING THE CABINET
This haunted journey starts with viewing the tutorial below which covers assembling and decorating an apothecary cabinet.  Once you finish the first video you'll want to continue on to the others which cover altering bottles and tins, making books, decorating coffins and cauldrons.  Whether you’re using the products I used or taking your own route, I hope you find some useful items in the videos.   
Video Tutorial #1– 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.

FREE IMAGES
 Feel free to download the images below and use them in your art.
ALTERING BOTTLES & TINS

The haunted journey continues with viewing the second tutorial in the series which covers altering bottles and tins.  Whether you’re using the products I used or taking your own route, I hope you find some useful ideas and techniques in the video.  While watching the video you don’t need to worry about writing down supplies, measurements and steps as I’ve included them all in a PDF document (link is below) that you can download and or view.  When you’re done, be sure to read about the event giveaways and download the free images below.
  Video Tutorial #2– Altering Bottles and Tins
I’ve broken this tutorial into two pieces so be sure to watch them both.
Part One of Two
Part Two of Two
Click here to 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.
FREE IMAGES
 Feel free to download the images below and use them in your art.

Witches Hat Template


BOOKS, COFFINS & CAULDRONS



The haunted journey continues with viewing the third tutorial in the series which covers creating books, decorating cauldrons and coffins.  You don’t need to be experienced in bookbinding to make the simple and fun books I’ll be demonstrating.  I’ll show you how to create accordion fold books, a book that opens up to reveal a miniature apothecary, a book made from matchboxes and more.  All the pieces are designed to fit inside the apothecary (of course you can put them on top or use them as general decor around the apothecary).
Whether you’re using the products I used or taking your own route, I hope you find some useful ideas and techniques in the video.  While watching the video you don’t need to worry about writing down supplies, measurements and steps as I’ve included them all in a PDF document (link is below) that you can download and or view.  When you’re done, be sure to read about the event giveaways.
Video Tutorial #3– Books, Coffins and Cauldrons
Click here to 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.

HALLOWEEN MUSIC
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!”.

4 comments:

Diana Baukus said...

I am a Halloween geek and do Halloween art myself. I just got done watching your tutorial on the Apothecary stuff. I honestly have never seen anyone as talented as you are. I was so overwhelmed at all the new techniques I can now do. Where in the world did you ever get such an imagination. You are truly blessed. All I kept saying is why didn't you think of that. I thought I had an imagination. OMG! Can't wait to see more. Thank you.

Kim Payne said...

All that Diana said...and more! Wow, I am so blown away!

steffi said...

This is amazing! I wish I'd find it earlier - just love everything apothecary!

NeverEndingWonder said...

Love all your artwork! Beautiful and magical creations. Thank you so much for mentioning my website and radio station. Just a heads up- Welcome to Weirdsville Radio has transformed from all comedy to an all purpose Halloween station. All the great novelty songs are still there, but now there's also a spooky side to the music as well.

Happy hauntings!