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Sunday, September 22, 2013


I am a huge fan of the old Dracula movies (before all of the gore).  The ones where you see Dracula put his cape around the helpless female and you must use your imagination.  I also love the gothic style of the old movies.

To paint the chipboard Gargoyle in the back of the piece, I used the same technique as I demonstrated in the first Halloween Carnival video tutorial to paint the tombstones. 
The floor is made from black foam core board.
The top of the table is a plastic lid and the base is the same base as the one I used to make the table in the “Stump and Owl” carnival game.
The window in the back comes in a chipboard frame.  I removed the window, papered the frame and painted the window.  Next, I glued them back together.
For the back of the piece (seen through the window) I used a piece of black foam core board.  I applied cheap bat stickers to the board to act as a mask.
I used a stencil brush to dab red paint onto the board and over the stickers.
I then removed the bat stickers exposing the black foam core board underneath.
I decided the bats weren't black enough so I applied black paint.  
Here are some of the images I cooked up for this piece.  Feel free to download them and use them in your art.  To download an image, click on the image to expand it, right-click and select Save As.

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DogsMom said...

Thank you for the great images and spooky project.

While new special effects have their time and place, I also like the good old black and white movies.

Wanda Eash AKA "Craftymule" said...

This is so cool! I love it!!

Maureen said...

Awesome, Laura! Brilliant idea for the background... love this scene and I too prefer using my imagination for movies rather than "in-your-face" gore.

Judy McCarthy said...

This is a great fun piece Laura!I love the Mixed Media look.

Theresa said...

I LOVE this!!! It is awesome....just awesome!!!!

Lori Stokes Wright said...

Love this, thanks Laura!!!

Tee said...

A wonderful piece! I love it all, especially the table! Thanks for the images! Hugs,Tee

VicR said...

Another Awesome piece, Laura. I too love gothic, but not much for gore, and I love the table here, plus the one you made for the stump an owl game. tfs

Sandra said...

I really, really love this artwork, Laura. So amazing :)

Anonymous said...

fantastic arrangement in a fine, dark mood - love it! I like the way you used the "leftovers" of the chipboard window - clever and creative *thumbsup*
best wishes, serafeena

Bast said...

Wow! This is incredible. You really set the mood and gave it the feel of the old vampire movies. I really love how you took the time to put in all those little tiny details. This is truly a work of art. Thanx so much for sharing as well as the inspiration!

Also thanx for the images! :)


Hester said...

Great scene!

Healing Woman said...

Meticulous and amazing work. You have a lot of patience!

Coco said...

Wonderful scene inspired by Dracula, wow !!! I love especially how you have created your window and this beautiful background behind, but all is great Laura. Thank you for sharing and for your free images too ! Warmly, Coco xx

Constance said...

Wonderful! This is what the Halloween season should be, Gothic, romantic, a little scary with a dash of creepy.
Happy haunting!!

claude said...

very gothic, i like this

Tracie Dean said...

All I can say is WOW! Your work is always top notch. Thank you for sharing a few of your amazing images!

Happy Crafting

2amscrapper said...

I love this one!

Valerie Powell said...

Wow! These goodies would be perfect to finally build that Edgar Allan Poe Toy Theatre featured in Somerset Studio a few years back.