As we hurtle headlong towards autumn (you know, the real one… not the one the weatherman tells us), the creepy crafting is ramping up a notch. Halloween is most definitely starting to arrive at OneandSeventy.
I know it’s only September, but not everything will be packed away after Halloween.
Beloved and I have a notion to turn our dining room into a cornucopia of creep with a Victorian Gothic, Sherlock-meets-Haunted-Mansion-meets-Dickens kinda vibe.
We’ve already started swapping out our modern furniture for epic charity shop finds (actually, they keep finding us) but it’s going to be some time before we can raise the pennies to decorate it the way we want.
Despite having seen some beautiful (if modern) installations by other bloggers, neither one of us are proficient enough with DIY tools to make authentic-looking panelling.
And it turns out, the wallpaper I have my heart set on is bloody expensive.
Well it would be, wouldn’t it?
Then there’s the chandelier, a new fireplace and possibly a cast iron radiator…
Yep. This one’s going to require a professional!
Until the day we win the lottery, I’m satisfying myself with accessorising.
This creepy artwork was made using a mixture of these eyes from Amazon and some animal irises that I printed at home.
It started out like this, which (surprise!) I found in a charity shop.
After dismantling the frame, I used black acrylic to cover the oil painting.
Once dry, I glued on the eyes then, with the same technique as I used for the Dragon’s Eye Tutorial, embalming fluid potion bottle and Harry Potter Spell Book, I used tissue paper and Mod Podge to create texture and eye sockets.
Once it was all built up, I just painted it with various acrylic paints and inks from my stash, until I was happy with it and reassembled the frame.
It feels quite creepy up there and together with the other spooky accessories, the dining room is already starting to look like a compendium of curiosities.
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I have cake.
OK, it’s virtual…
But you can practically taste it.
A hui hou,