Thursday, June 4, 2015

Skull aprreciation day blog hop

Glad to join again this year in the Skull appreciation day bloghop, what better way to show the skull some appreciation by making it a shrine.
I will tell you how I made it, and you will find the blogroll below:
Stamps used "carpe diem" from de stempelwinkel

First the supply list
Deco Art products used: Texture Fierro in Green Gold, Americana Gesso, Weathered wood, Americana Acrylics in Electric Pink, Indian Turquoise, Sand, Dazling Metallics in Emperors Gold.  Media Fluid Acrylics in English Red Oxide and Transparent Red oxide. Traditions Acrylic in  Carbon Black, Media Texture Sand Paste. Media Interference in Turquoise and Violet. Varnish 
Chocolat Skull mold, and molding plaster. Tim Holtz die Tombstone. Some paper roses and distress ink in Walnut Stain. A cross charm and beads. A small picture frame and some Rhinetones

First use the mold and molding plaster to make the skulls, I made the molding plaster thin enough that the airbubbles could be tapped out. Let dry completly.

Meanwhile die cut the tombstone from cardboard, 5 layers, 3 thick , 2 thinner.
Glue 4 layers on top of eachother make sure the thin one is on top, save one thin one for the back , paint that gold (first gesso all the parts) when gold paint is dry add weathered wood and let dry

Use the inside of the frame (remove the back with the stand and save that, you will need that later) to draw the inside size of the frame on the cardstock and use a craft knife to cut that part out.
Next use the textre fierro to cover the cardboard on all sides (not the back) let dry.

  Meanwhile paint the frame (grey, mine was allready grey) and apply some texture sand.
When Texture sand is dry apply the media fluids to create a rusty look.
 The back part of the thomb that was painted gold and add a layer of black over the weathered wood.
When drie glue to the back of the tombstone so the painted side shows through the whole
Use some black paint to accent some of the lifted parts of the frame and the tombstone.
 Glue the frame on the front of the tombstone and add interfearance fluids to the tombstone and the frame to give it a nice shine.

 Take the paper roses and add some walnut stain distress ink and put ome Gloss Varnish over them (careful use thng layers) to give them a faux porcelain look.

Remove the skulls from the mold (I left them to dry overnight) and paint it Sand colours next paint a sugar skull design on, using small paintbrush and Electric pink Indian Turquoise and Carbon black paint

when done painting protect the skull with gloss varnish, I did 2 layers. When dry add the rhinestones in the eyes and  underneath the cross. Glue the skull in the shrine and glue the roses to the shrine.

Use the beads to make a Rosary {how to here )  and decorate the shrine with the Rodary.

hope you like it, here the blogroll for the rest of the hop, have fun hopping and thnks for commenting

I will enter the following challenges:   the shrine is made using the Tim Holtz Headstone die, die cuted 5 times , glued together and had the middle part cut out.


  1. Mornin' Mo,I knew I would find something amazing here. What a fantastic piece of art. You always put so much into your spooky things and cooo...those tiny sugar skulls must have taken forever!

  2. Totally awesome project and so much detail

  3. Monique this is a great project loving the details thank you for sharing glad you got the skulls to work hugs - Harp

  4. Love this shrine, so full of texture...I have a little resin frame that I've been saving and will take inspiration from this for using it in the future x

  5. Gorgeous Mo...hope it has pride of place somewhere on show 24/7.Thank you for taking part in the SMEARED AND SMUDGED forum SKULL APPRECIATION DAY blog BDx

  6. OMGoodness - this is stunning. What a fabulous creation :-D Great textures and amazing skullies :-)

    IKE xx

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  7. Monique this is just fabulous, love the shrine and all the textures.

    Hugs Anna xx

  8. Fabulous work as always my friend. Love the rosary too :) xx

  9. Monique this is so awesome my mind is spinning! Love the idea of a shrine and what a shrine it is!!! Fantastically great! hugsxx

  10. So fabulous in every detail! You pulled of yet another wicked cool project Monique! Happy SAD day!

  11. Love, love, love, love, LOVE!!!!!! Amazing shrine and super details. xxD

  12. Me again wearing my LOC hat - thanks for sharing in the challenge - good luck x

  13. Lovely shrine with beautiful work on it with lovely details!

  14. Awesome! Love the texture! We’re so pleased that you’ve dared to join us in our "Anything Goes" challenge at Forever Dark! Thank you for visiting the dark side! ~~Sammibug~~ DT Member For Forever Dark

  15. Dear me - no idea there was such a thing as skull appreciation day!!! LOVE all your fabulous pictures - at least I think I do.... each one seemed more scary than the last!!!! What a SPOOKTACULAR skull shrine - gives me chill bumps! Thanks bunches for joining the June Challenge at Rhedd's Creative Spirit. j

  16. Such a beautiful shrine ! Thanks for explaining how to

  17. Back again Mo with my official hat on! lol! But so awesome to see this again I see something new every time I look at this! I would love to try this but you have set the bar very high my dear!! Fabulous beyond words! Thanks for playing with us at Dream in Darkness this month! ~Nan, CT~

  18. Oh this is amazing! I've been looking at the close ups for ages! I love that Interference paint - I need some of that!! I was looking at the shrine thinking it was big... but seeing the skull beside the ruler - it's really not that big at all - this is just awesome!! Wow! Love it! mox xx

  19. Such a fab project and a great entry for our challenge over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit..x

  20. Now that is an excellent idea...we should appreciate our skulls all year round, and a little shrine would be perfect for this job :D XXX

  21. Brilliant! Altought there is so many gorgeous details, the skull draws eyes on it. And love the Rosary, it brings perfection to your piece. Thank you for joining Dream in Darkness second challenge, hope to see more of your makes.

  22. I really love your skull, amazing!! That mold is great fun! The construction of the alter is wonderful and you make it seems so easy. Such awesome details and texture. So wonderful to see the finished make. Thanks for playing with us at Dream in Darkness!~CT kim

  23. It's me again! Love this more each time I see it!! Thanks for sharing with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month! ~Nanette, DT~