Monday, June 15, 2015

June bugs the Finnabair way

For the challenge June bugs at Haunted Design House it was my turn to make an inspiration project, it had to have bugs, gems and be scary ofcourse (read all the rules, see the winners and other inspiration, and enter the challenge here), can;t wait to see what you all come up with

So here it is a Finnabair inspired alterd tray, well the back of the tray is the part that got turned into a canvas :-)

The digital image is a digi by Rick St. dennis specially made for these kind of projects, you can find her here, this pretty lady is called Countess Von Finnbair .

Deco Art products used:
Americana Acrylic Gesso , Modeling Paste and Americana Acrylic in Lamp black.  Media Fluid Acrylics Interference paints in the colors: Violet, Gold, Turquoise, Blue, Magenta and Green. Andy Skinner stencils: Shedded and Snake's web. Metallic lustres in : Silver Spark, Majestic Purple, Elegant Emerald, Cosmic Blue. Glamour Dust Glitter paint in Black Ice

you will also need  a wooden tray, plastic bugs and some dies: Tim Holtz; Gadget Gears and Tatered florals, Graveyard and a movers and shapers Bat. The web is from Memory Box

I started by colouring the image, I used Prismacolor pencils ( the 75 yrs anniversary set, it has the 50 most popular colours in it so a bit different than the 150 I was used too, but turns out 50 is enough lol)

So just colour up the Countess and cut her out, the big bold head will be covered with all kinds of stuff sooo just have fun with this
Meanwhile I had gessoed the back of the wooden tray and used the stencils and modeling paste to create some texture. (tip  make a mask the shape of the head so that part of the canvas gets no modeling paste on it, makes it easier to glue the image on)

Let dry.

Next paint everything black, (you can also use black gesso and black modeling paste both also by Deco Art). the trick with the interference paints is that they show up much better on a dark background so that is why I painted everything black ( all bugs and stuff that is glued to the head was also gessoed and painte black first)

So now it is time to go crzy with the interference paints, they are like magic, shake the bottle and put a bit on a pallete, and you will see no matter which colour you take, what comes out of the bottle is white and you see a shine in the colour that is on the bottle. When you paint this over (dry) black paint the colour comes out and the shine, soo much fun.

 just add the different colurs randomly, if you dont like the result, use black paint to cover, let dry and start over :-)

Next is is time to collect emmbelishments, I used die cuts and some keys, bugs light bulps , skulls and Skellie hands, charms, flowers anythingnyou like, I painted everything before glueing it on.

the spiderwebs in the cormer are made from black cardstock covered with Metallic Lustre in different colours. I used soem Silvdr to adde to the gears and the flowers (made of die cuts and embossed before painting them, to give them a metal look, I used the sizzix embossing folders diamond plate and riveted metal)

Glue the head in the on the canvas and make a nice composition with all embellies, (take a pic with your phone, so you now where you have put everything and start glueing)

Hope you like the result,

BTW check out the RSD fb group Rick is asking for your ideas for rubber stamps, so all input is welcome, if you would like to see Rick's darker images as a rubber stamp please go here and let him know what you are interested in.

I will enter this in the following challenges


  1. This is so gorgeous! I love how it came out and fantastic colors!~kim

  2. WOW just adore your creativity!!!! totally gorgeous

  3. This is my favorite Finnabair "head." Absolutely stunning!

  4. This is fantastic! freaky and beautiful all in one :) Thank you for sharing it with us at Mixed Media World! Ingrid x

  5. Gorgeous scary project, Monique, have a wonderful weekend sweetie.

    Love and hugs