The Paper Shelter Challenger #489



Hi everyone, today I’m sharing with you this weeks challenge project for The Paper Shelter Design Team and this weeks theme is “Halloween”. You can find all the details for the current challenge here!


For today’s project I choose a digital image from The Paper Shelter called “Witch” and I’m creating an art journal page in an altered book.



Step 1:

As mentioned above, for today’s project I’m working in my altered book, the pages are yellowed and since the book is quite old I adhered two or three pages together (using gel medium) to create a more sturdy canvas to work on.


To get my project started I first adhered some washi tape in the middle (and a couple of other area’s) and coated both pages and the washi tape with a layer of clear gesso. Now my project is ready to receive colour and other mediums.



Step 2:

While the gesso is drying I’m working on my focal point: I printed the Witch image onto alcohol marker friendly paper and coloured the image using mainly my Spectrum Noir Illustrator alcohol markers combined with a couple of Spectrum Noir Classique markers.


I used the following colours:

For skin I used: FS7, TN1, TN2, CR1 (for blush) and a Classique marker in CR05;

For my brown tones I used: FS9, MB1, MB2, TN5, RB2, TN8, TN9 and EB8;

For greens I used: GG1, GG3, GG5, DG3 and DG4;

For orange I used: BO3 and BO4 in combination with a Classique marker in BO05;

For purple I used: HB1, HB3, PL4 and LV3 in combination with a Classique marker in HB05;

For the skull I used: BG1, BG2 and BG5;

Around the image I coloured with IG6.

After the colouring is done I added back in some highlights using a white gel pen and I fussy cut the image leaving a small border.




Step 3:

Time to work on my background again. I try not to cover the book pages entirely but I do want to create a matching background for my focal point. For this I added some white gesso to my glass work surface and sprinkled some of a black, purple and orange pigment powder bij Lindy’s Stamp Gang (Magicals in “Blazing Black”, “Witch’s Potion Purple” and “Red Hot Poker Orange”) on top using a fan brush. I did not mix the pigment in with the gesso yet.


Now I’m going to use my fingers and mix the pigment only a little and than apply this onto the pages wherever I felt like, but mostly where I planned my colored image and my text to go. Then I let the colored gesso dry.



Step 4:

Next I’m applying clear modeling paste over some of the area’s using a pumpkin stencil by The Crafter’s Workshop (TCW819s) and a palette knife. The clear modeling paste reactived some of the pigments in the gesso and these colors became stronger which effect I totally loved! Next I traced some of the lines from the stencil using a white gel pen and I created splatters using a Coliro Pearl Color in “Red Brown” and let that dry.



Step 5:

For my finishing touch I picked some text stickers from two Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Sticker Books (“Small Talk” and “Occasions”) and matted them on purple mirror card stock. These texts I than adhered to the right hand page using liquid glue.

I also adhered the coloured witch image onto the left hand page using one millimetre thick foam tape and finally I went around the edges of my pages with first a brown ink (Versafine “Toffee”) and later on a black ink (Archival “Jet Black”) using a foam applicator tool.


Detail picture:



So now it's your turn! Come and play with us over at The Paper Shelter, and you could win an amazing $30 gift voucher if you use an image from The Paper Shelter. And if you enter with a different brand image, you can still win three TPS digis of your choice (which you can then use to enter the next challenge, and so be eligible for the $30 voucher!).


And that is it for today’s project! I wish you a creative day!