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

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Saturday, September 16, 2017


Halloween would not be complete without a trip to Grimsley Village.  Last year we visited Dr. Deranged (the Mad Scientist) and this year it the town’s Forsaken Cemetery.
The cemetery gates have been locked for years, no one goes in and no one comes out.
Buried behind the gates are some infamous characters like Dracula and the members of the Usher family. 
Thankfully, Dracula’s coffin is chained and locked.
Ghosts float in an out of the tombs, crypts, and mausoleums.
Looks like Anita finally got a shovel but it seems that she has left some of her parts behind.
It’s rumored that a werewolf stalks the ground.  The locals lock themselves in their homes on a full moon.
This project is packed with all kinds of goodies.  Most of the large pieces are made from kits making the project easier.  The fabulous front gate is new and really sets the stage.

I’ve used a cool product called Elements to line the open grave, give texture and sparkle to trees and vines. 

Would you believe that the lighted columns are made from toilet paper tubes and tea lights.

To complement this project I have a new “Forsaken Cemetery” collage sheet and digital image set.

This sheet is packed with gruesome statues, tombstones, gargoyles, and creatures of the night.

This collage sheet contains 15 different lanterns with two of each style of lantern for a total of 30 images.

This set includes all of the gruesome images from the Forsaken Cemetery Collage Sheet and many more for a total of 54 images.  Included are:
14 Tombstones, 10 Statues, 4 Gargoyles, 6 Stone Plaques, 9 Tomb Entrances, Doors, Roof & Other Architectural Pieces, 6 Creatures, 2 Stone Drapes, 2 Moons and 1 Shovel

Sit back and relax as I reveal the secrets of the Forsaken Cemetery.



Forsaken Cemetery Collage Sheet
Forsaken Cemetery Set Download
Lanterns Collage Sheet
House Ornament Base
Castle Towers Reliquary – Triptych
Half Scale Coffin with Lid
Black Ornate Leaf Dresden Scrolls
Mini Floral Dresden Borders
Baroque Dresden Borders
Half Scale Gothic Trestle Table
Tin Bronze Pad Locks
Metal Candelabra
Ceramic Bat Bead
Vintaj Metal Patinas – Nouveau Silver
Chipboard Mausoleum Full Kit
Stair-step Shrine Base
Dolomite Stone Embossed Paper
Chipboard Gothic Border Trim
Mini Chipboard Gothic Fence
Half Scale Coffin with Lid
9v Battery Converter for 12v Dollhouse Lights
Red Demon Eyes – LED Lights - Large
Arched Shrine Shadowbox
Wrought Iron Gate for Arched Shrine Shadowbox
Mini Chipboard Wrought Iron Flourishes Set
House Ornament Base
2.5 Inch Tall Wrought Iron Fence
Granite Stone Embossed Paper
LED Tea Light
Cherub Metal Box Feet Set
Cherub Pendant – Bronze w 2  Holes
Castle Towers Reliquary – Triptych– Also used piece for Dracula’s Reliquary
Latin Stone Scrapbook Paper
LED Tea Light
Acrylic Black Sitting Cat Cut-Outs
Little Folding House Shrine
Brick Wall Scrapbook Paper
Half Miniature Skeleton Figurine
Plastic Skeletons
Half Scale Widows Walk Fencing
Gargoyle Pendant – Brass Oxide
Miniature Reliquaries
Narrow Blank Matchboxes
Large White Turquoise Skull Beads
Tiny Paper Roses – Black & White
 Mini Rose Buds - White
Wrought Iron Cemetery Gate
Arch for Cemetery Gate
4.5 Inch Tall Wrought Iron Fence
Antique Bronze Skull Connector
Cobblestone Scrapbook Paper
Brick Wall Scrapbook Paper
Sheet Moss
Creepy Tree – 8 Inch
Creepy  Tree – 5 Inch
Elements Art  Glitter – Good Earth
Elements Art Glitter Sediment
Elements Art Glitter - Pecan
Tiny Felt Bat Stickers
Krylon Stone Texture - Obsidian
Krylon Stone Texture - Black Granite
Krylon Stone Texture - Pebble
Krylon Stone Texture- Charcoal
Rust-Oleum - Stone Texture - Pebble
Rust-Oleum - Stone Texture - Sienna


johala said...

Hello Laura
Every year I wait for your incredible creation for Halloween!!!!
I'm not deceived by this one! LOL
Wonderful work inspired by Allan Poe!
You're really gifted to create this kind of decoration.
Congratulations et kisses

Ms Misantropia said...

Amazingly creative, as usual!
Not long now... :)

Tarnished Rose said...


Incipient Wings said...

gorgeous! you do such a wonderful job of this..and your little stories to go along with the spooky photos are wonderful!
thank you!