Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Hook yourselves some Skulls

Back in June I tried to hook you up into giving flowers for Skull Appreciation Day Now it's time to hook the skulls in time for Day of the Dead.  They were a great hit as "charms" to give my fellow students & the tutors at Art Is You Down Under in 2014 (was it THAT long ago???)

I came across the original pattern  on the 'net, and tweaked it in a few places particularly so all the teeth happen at once in the middle of the last row.  It's a very forgiving pattern - if you miss the odd 2 tr in 1 tr, or only 6 instead of 7, it won't really matter.

Finished size depends in the thickness of yarn and crochet hook you use.  Again, I was brought up on English terminology.  Any Americans, dc is sc (symbol x), treble is dc (symbol T ). I have no idea what Americans call a half treble (symbol T ).
1.  Chain 24.  DC in 13th chain from hook, slipstitch in last stitch.
2.  Catching in the tail as you go (saves sewing it in later), 20 dc in first circle, 20dc in second circle.  Slipstitch into start.  Change yarns here if you want different-coloured eye sockets like the orange & cream skull in the picture.
3.  Chain 3 (= treble), treble in next 4 dcs, 2 half-treble in next dc, half treble in next dc, dc in next 5 dcs, half treble in next dc, 2 half trebles in next dc, treble in next 4 dcs.
Chain 4  Miss last 4 dcs of circle, and  next 4 dcs in next circle. (nose!)
Treble in next 4 dcs, 2 half trebles in next dc, half treble in next dc, dc in next 5 stitches, half treble in next dc, 2 half trebles in next dc, treble in next 5 dcs.  Slipstitch into top of chain 3.
4.  Chain 3 (= treble), treble in next 4 stitches.  2 treble in next stitch, 2 half trebles in next stitch, half treble in next stitch, dc in next 7 stitches, 2 half trebles in next stitch, half treble in next stitch, treble in next 4 stitches.  4 treble in the chain 4.  treble in next 3 stitches.
Work teeth here:  Chain 4 (= treble, chain 1), turn work, miss 1 stitch, treble in next treble, chain 1, miss 1 treble, treble in next stitch - repeat to create 4 teeth (ch 1 gaps).
Chain 4 (= treble + chain 1), turn work, treble in next treble, chain 1 treble in next treble until 3 tooth gaps.  Chain 4, slipstitch in 3rd chain of loop below, slipstitch in next chain and in top of treble.  This brings you back down to where you started the teeth.
Treble in next treble.  Half treble in next stitch, 2 half trebles in next stitch, dc in next 7 stitches, half treble in next stitch, 2 half trebles in next stitch, 2 trebles in next stitch, treble in next 5 stitches.  Slip stitch into top of chain 3.

If you want  a swing loop, chain 5, slipstitch in top of chain3 again.

With or without loop, cut thread, pull through last stitch.  Darn the loose end in, or keep it for stitching into something else later.
I suppose I'd better invent a cro-frog to keep Evil Froggy from beating me up for the pink background and watermark!  OR... you could save me by posting your weird creepy makes back on Day 1

Otherwise run FAST to the next link in the 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Day 25 of 31 Days of Halloween~"Brothers!"

Welcome Back to Day 25!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting and playing along in our challenge, too! You all rock!

Today I have a garghoulish ornament to share!

It is made from MDF by Jac at Things to Alter!


The stoney gargoyle is giving me the same look my family(read kids) does, sometimes they just don't get how much fun I have with Halloween! But DH does get it a bit since he brings me home some love stoney monsters! hahahha!

The MDF is lovely on its own but I haddddd to layer it up with lots of DecoArt Media goodness!
Crackle Paste was a good day!

 Hope you like this ornament, I can't wait to spookify my Christmas tree when it goes up almost 6 weeks from today! eeek!

Come back and play, won't ya?

The Frogster's Linky is HERE

Monday, October 24, 2016

Day 24, 31 Days of Halloween - Face in the Mirror

Welcome to the 24th day of

A bit of a "mixed media" today:
printing, coloring, scanning and some PicMonkey work

The screaming lady is from KJArting and the 
mirror background is from Mischief Circus.

This is how this look before "monkey business"

If you are doing "the HOP", you'll
see the road on the sidebar ----->>>>

Don't forget to link your alternative, dark, weird makes HERE,
we'll love to see them.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

What Do You See in the Mirror?

CT Nan, here, with my version of a fabulous project I saw that had mirrors and figures coming out of the mirror all in shades of white and gray.  It was truly breathtaking!  I went for a much smaller less detailed try and of course, had just broken yet another mirror (and I wonder at my continuing misfortunes?) so the fun began.  I painted the mirror fragment with Grumbacher's Modeling Paste and when dry I scrubbed off to let the mirror show through in places.  I had taken a small skull and pressed into 3 balls of air dry clay and let dry.  Then carefully sprayed both the mirror, clay embossed skulls, and tulle with some Nuance powder mixed in a spray bottle with water.  Carefully because air dry clay will melt away on you if too wet!

And what else but a lovely piece of pink ribbon to finish my ghostly wall hanging!

I know you know my next words...BUT off you go to the next name on the list and leave them some love, please?  And, also, keep those entries coming in here at Dream in Darkness!  We are watching you have any mirrors in YOUR house??  Now don't let your imagination run wild with you........or should you?????

Saturday, October 22, 2016

HEEELPPPP The Wind Changed!!!

Oh no, Halloween masks, and I tried one on!!!
Not this one - I like to be able to breathe, and the thought of a glow-in-the-dark thing with pincers trying to make me have my own Day of the Dead - well, let's just say, I'm too young to die THAT young.

I started off with papier-mache masks, which I painted with black gesso.  The next layer is acrylic paint.
I got introduced to Kroma's crackle in a Michael deMeng class. Pop in here to see his as well as more conventional ways of using it.  It's a Canadian product, so if you don't live in Canada, Dick Blick is your go-to place, no matter where else you live.  You can tint it with paint as I did, or you can leave it and it dries clear-white.  In the above mask I tinted it green.  Apparently it can take a few days to crackle, especially in humid or cold weather.  Well it may be winter here, but with the log burner in action, it started crackling withing a couple of hours.  It can flick off, so to seal it, before doing anything else, brush a layer of medium (matte or gloss) over it, let it seep into the cracks.  You want cockroaches, and other insects?  Try Silver Crow Creations and look for their "Better Quality" cockies.  Yummy yummy!!!  though I will admit to "saucing up" this one, with interference purple paint and Vat Orange paint.  The black ants got interference blue paint.

Now for the one that got me in trouble. A rather tasty mouse - white pepper (paint) lightly brushed over the high spots -is trying to clear out the sinuses perhaps?  While the spiders crawl around to find an eye socket, weaving their hot-glue webs as they go.  Overhead, a Things To Alter bat is pretending to be a Third Eye, and the second eye has a barbwire piercing.
I thought I would look bee-yoo-tee-ful wearing it.  Big Mistake!  Can older people tell me, is this uglification just a stage?  Will I grow out of it, like I grew out of "puppyfat", measles and hot cars?  I hope the wind changes soon.
That mouse reminds me of this cartoon that's been around for decades
OK, so now it's your turn.  Post your weird and wonderful pieces back on Day 1, then hop on over to the next person in the 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Day 21 of 31 Days of Halloween! ~ Rejected...

Welcome back to Freaky Friday Day 21 of 31 Days of Halloween!

Sooooo hopefully you are feeling inspired and spirited and ready to celebrate the fabulousness of Halloween in just about 10 where is the time going!!???

Some people have no imagination...

ATC using DecoArt Media and Andy Skinner inspired techniques. 
Tim Holtz stamp, catchy "upcycled" envelope mailed to me.

Keep your head! (on straight)

Come on back tomorrow for more mayhem! or just plain escapism it's all good!

See ya and the Frogster is looking for you! Run!!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Day 20, 31 Days of Halloween - Get yourself together

Welcome to a day 20,
today I'm showing another page from my
PIG & BLACK art Journal book.

Lots of stamping, a bit of painting and whole
lot of fun with inks and stencil.

Looks like she IS all ready to party .... well not all ready,
but hopefully soon.

Taking part of 31 DOH? The road map is on the sidebar --->>

And the froggy is asking more links,
you can make it happy by linking HERE.