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
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
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.
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.
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!”.
This is another piece for a
swap. The theme was balloons so I
decided to go Steampunk. You can see
that the gentleman in the center (from Land
of Nod Studio’s) is the same one I used for the domino book. The basket is a top hat and the smoking pipes
function as the exhaust.
I made this domino book for a
Steampunk swap last month. I love the
idea of a time machine so I thought I would try to create one in a domino book. The image of the gentleman on the front and
inside is from Land of Nod Studio’s. Deborah is very generous in posting free
vintage images that she has cleaned up and colorized.
I stuck as much mechanical
stuff as I could inside, outside, on top of and under this piece. The round glass is an optician’s glass to
which I applied a rub-on that I made using Grafix Rub-Onz Transfer Film.
The gauges are paper to which
I’ve added Glossy accents to add dimension.
Unlike other domino books I’ve
made, the inside image is horizontal instead of several vertical images on each
I incorporated lots of watch
parts and gears all over the piece.
The flaps on the side are
latches that when open, hold the book closed.
To open the book you must close the latches, which creates enough slack
to unhook the chain.
The glass cylinder on the
back is mounted between two bead caps and is a tiny working hour glass complete with
sand (I bought some of these years ago, knowing that someday I would find a use
If you are planning on participating in the “Pretty
Potions & Poisons Apothecary Event” in September be sure to check out
the top left-hand column of the blog were I’ll be posting a new teaser piece every
day until the event starts!
The inspiration for this
piece was the mechanical gypsy fortune telling machines that you might
encounter at fairs, carnivals and amusement parks of the past.
I think this was my favorite
gypsy project for Alpha Stamps
and I’m hoping you will enjoy making one for yourself. The name “Madam Rue” is another reference to
the Madam Rue from the song “Love Potion #9” (I also used her as inspiration for
bottle and the gypsy
caravan I posted earlier).
The basic construction of
this piece is a blank Altoid’s tin (in the center) and arched chipboard
pennants in the front and back. The
overall size of the piece is 7 ½” tall by 2 ¾” wide.
In the tutorial I’ll cover
the tools you’ll need and the Alpha Stamps products I used to create this
piece.As you are watching the video you
don’t need to worry about taking notes as there is a companion PDF document
that you can download and or print that contains the supply lists,
measurements, pictures and the detail instructions from the video.
Most of the products I used are on sale as well as many other gypsy themed items.
Here Are Other Images I Used That You Are
Welcome to Download and Use in Your Art
To download an image, click
on the image to expand it, right-click and select Save As.
This is the last of the gypsy
themed pieces for a while. I’ve switched
gears to Halloween and am having lots of fun getting ready for the Pretty
Potions and Poisons Apothecary event.
But before that event starts in September, I’m going to treat you to some
Steampunk themed art and art inspired by Edgar Allen Poe.
I don’t often make jewelry
but when I received the crescent moon connector and the round filigree from Alpha Stamps I thought they needed to be
made into a necklace. I used Liquid Pearls and Ranger Alcohol Ink on parts
of the round filigree piece to give it the look of cloisonne. After finishing the piece and looking at it for awhile I decide to add more beads where the chain connects to the filigree.
My friend Julia loaned me her
pretty neck to model my necklace.
The challenge from Alpha Stamps for this piece was to come
up with artwork that used dominoes and tiny dice. I thought about doing a domino book or a
piece of jewelry but eventually decided to create a Fortune Telling Game.
The overall height of the
piece is 6 ½” high and by 3 ¼” wide. I
built the area holding the dominoes from chipboard.
On one side of the domino is
a picture of a tarot card that I colorized using colored pencils and gold
paint. On the opposite side of the
domino is the fortune. The dice acts as
The tambourine is 4 ½”
wide. I started with a lid from a
package of Laughing Cow cheese wedges.
I glued a double strip of
cardstock around the edge. To accommodate
the symbols (which are made from brass coins) I cut rectangular openings in the
cardstock. To make the symbols I punched
holes in the brass coins and slid them on needles. I used needles because they are stiff. I glued the needles between the layers of
I wrapped the sides with seam
binding tape and glued coin and beaded fringe to the sides.