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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

MINI APOTHECARY (Video Tutorial) – New Collage Sheets & Digital Image Sets

Halloween must be just around the corner because I’ve made another apothecary.  This one is a mini version packed with books, bottles, steampunk style goodies and more.  If I haven’t tempted you before with my apothecaries, maybe this time I will!

The construction of the cabinet is made easy by using a split front chipboard box kit.  It’s simple to assemble and decorate so you can spend all your time making cool things for the inside.
Split Front Box - Large
Guarding the front of the apothecary are two battling dragons made from chipboard.  In the video tutorial, I’ll show you how to transform them into the textured pieces that you see in the picture above.

Just like the Mad Scientist Laboratory, this project has a few mechanical steampunkish pieces.  There is a bookstand, scale, candle holder and a couple of crystal balls.
With a library filled with magical books, you’ll need a special bookstand with a mechanical gizmo that lets you decipher hidden text and tricky spells.
In the video I’ll show you various bookmaking techniques, using my new collage sheet images and other materials.
I’ve written a series of spells, enchantments, and potions to incorporate into small handmade books.  Well except for the “Witches Brew” by Shakespeare.  Some are dark and some are light, something for everyone.
I think one of my favorites is the “Protection from Evil” spell. 
Spin a cloak of spider webs;
turn the wheel, roll the thread.
Weave in delicate fingers of light,
to chase away the demons at night.
Sing a song and fear no more,
witch nor demon, ghost or boar.
This cloak will be your shield,
your armor from all harm.
The dark forces that surround you
are vanquished and disarmed.

You can also find all these spells in a large 7” x 5” version for making full-sized spell books.  If you try any of these spells and they work, let me know!

Indispensable to any apothecary is a scale to weigh potion ingredients, another one of the items I cover in the video. 
If divination is your thing, this apothecary sports two crystal balls.
I wonder what’s in that bottle that's tucked into a book.

A book’s got to be pretty dangerous to need locking up.  You might recognize it as the cover is a mini version similar to my Book Apothecary from last year.
Of course, you can’t have an apothecary without bottles.  In the video, I’ll the various types of spray paints I used to color and texture the bottles.  Checkout the bowl held by two dragons.  Guess what, it’s half of a ping-pong ball. 

Want to start your own mini magical library?  Then my new Magical Books & Magical Book Pages collage sheets and digital image sets are a great start.  If you're into larger books, there is a digital image set filled with 7”x 5”magical book pages.  You'll find the details below.

These two sheets are filled with all kinds of magic book covers and spines.  Mini book covers are a great way to create your own mini magic library.
Potions & Charms - Enchantments - Divination - Magic - The Black Hat Society - Cauldron Favorites - 6 Book Spines
Secret Rituals - Dragons - Haunted Dreams & Other Nightmares - Charms - Hexes & Curses - Hocus Pocus - Book of Astrology - Two Book Spines

This collage sheet contains 13 pages of spells, potions & enchantments plus more.  These pages are a mini version of the Magic Book Pages Large Version Digital Image set and are sized to fit the books in the Magic Book Covers Collage Sheet.  
Included are:
Banish a Ghost - Curse Removal - Love Potion - Moonlight Enchantment - Protection from Evil - Raise the Dead - Sleeping Curse - Transformation - Witches Brew - Element Symbols - Magic Chart - Two Pages of Incantations - Blank Paper - Zodiac Image
This set includes 13 pages sized 7” x 5” that are perfect for creating a book of magic.  The pages contain spells, incantations, enchantments, and potions.  
Included are:
Banish a Ghost - Curse Removal - Love Potion - Moonlight Enchantment - Protection from Evil - Raise the Dead - Sleeping Curse - Transformation - Witches Brew - Element Symbols - Magic Chart - Two Pages of Incantations
All of the images in the set can be re-sized for your project as they are high resolution (300dpi) PNG formatted images.
Want it all? This set is filled with magical themed book covers and pages containing spells, incantations, enchantments, and potions.  Included are the images from the Magical Books #1 & #2 collage sheets, the Magical Book Pages collage sheet and a few decorative bits.  There are a total of 36 images that you can use to create your own magical library.  Included are:
12 - Book Covers
6 - Book Spines
14 - Pages
4 – Decorative Bits
All of the images in the set can be re-sized for your project as they are high resolution (300dpi) PNG formatted images.
This sheet contains 40 unique mini apothecary bottle labels. They are a miniature version for my Pretty Potions and Poisons Apothecary labels.


This is the eye graphic I used for the book stand.  You may already have this as I have used it in other projects.  This version is sized to fit the book stand in this project.  Feel free to download the image and use it in your art.  To download an image, just click on it and a menu will pop up.  Select the "Save as" menu option and select where you want it saved on your computer. 

Magical Books #1 Collage Sheet
Magical Books #2 Collage Sheet
Magical Book Pages Collage Sheet
Mini Apothecary Labels Collage Sheet
Magical Books & Book Pages Digital Kit
Antique Frames Digital Image Set
Narrow Matchbox Drawer Fronts Collage Sheet
Halloween Green Texture Scrapbook Paper
Sage Asian Floral Scrapbook Paper
Tan Faux Leather Paper
Black Suede Paper
Dark Rusty Red Suede Paper

Split Front Box – Large
Fancy Latch Set
Larger Dragon Silhouettes
Halloween Fiber Set– Orange & black fiber used for the dragon structure
Narrow Blank Matchboxes

Corked Vials
Tim Holtz Tiny Glass Vials
Potion Bottles Sampler Set
Small Amber Bottles with Corks
Tiny Round Bottles

12mm Flat Back Eyeball Cabochons
Bronze Buckle Connector
Antique Silver Flying Bat Charm
Large Bronze Oak Leaf Acorn Bead Cap
Pewter Spider Charm
Brass Skull & Cross Bones Charms
Eyeball Cabs in Settings
14x10mm Flat Back Oval Eye Cabochons
18mm Fancy Bronze Nail Heads
Junkyard Findings – Handles & Turns
1 Inch Fancy Gold Filigree Base
Black Acrylic Umbrella Bead Caps
Ceramic Raven Beads - Small

Puffy Pleated Brass Bead – 20mm
16mm Plastic 3D Rosette Bead
Gold Swirl Ornament Hooks
Antique Gold Rope-Edged Rondelle
Metal Claw Feet
Antique Gold Rope-Edged Rondelles
6mm Filigree Beads

Ceramic Winged Dragon Beads
Pumpkin Pods
Tiny Resin Skull Mix
1 Inch Tall Wooden Flower Pots

Tiny Wooden Bowls
Large Bronze Fancy Filigree Set
Thin Ornate Filigree
Raw Brass Box Feet - Cones
Brass Hanging Clip

Small Chipboard Victorian Wall Shelf
3 Inch Tall Candlestick Holder
Mixed Set of Bronze Gears

Gilders Paste– Inca Gold
Gilders Paste -Verdigris
Metal Patinas – Victorian Gold


Kerstin F. said...

It's always a delight to see your wonderful ideas and creations, brilliant Laura!!!!

johala said...

LOL, you are ...Incredible!!!!!
Your imagination is amazing, but I love it!
I love the scale, so pretty!
Hugs and kisses

Incipient Wings said...

what gorgeous magic!

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

Once again, you step up to the artistic mound - and knock one out of the park! This is gobsmackingly luscious! Just as I think you can't surprise me any longer, you go and do something brilliant like this! So beautiful - and the colors are so rich and luxe and mysterious. I just love it! Can't wait to have some free time to practice making your tiny books! I need to be able to make holiday versions to stack under mini Christmas trees! You're such an inspiration! (Notice I've worn out my exclamation key!)

smokeysmom said...

I've said it many times before, but I'll say it again, YOU are amazing! Your projects are always fascinating and wonderful. Thanks also for the video!

Tarnished Rose said...

Awesome! So creative.


robin dudley-howes said...

Laura you are so generous with your information and so talented! As soon as I saw your apothecary I bought the mini book digital downloads (anxious to get them)! Thanks again!

Jackie P Neal said...

Absolutely amazing Laura!!You are so clever!!
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Northern Impressions said...

Please stop making wonderful Halloween things that I love - I am still trying to get my carnival done and Grimsby Village is still sitting there waiting... and there is only a month left to get it done (started - however you want to look at it!) Absolutely fabulous design yet again