Friday, September 23, 2016


Hi All,
Well, now that I'm "between jobs" again, I have time to focus on some Witch Crafts and Dolls.

It's that time of year again, and I'm already working on some Halloween projects (It's never too late to start Halloween projects!)

Here's a Witch Boot Planter I made for my friend, (who's a big Halloween nut, like me -- we trade Halloween presents instead of Christmas.)

I found this old pair of boots years ago in a thrift store, and was waiting until I could figure out what to do with it. (I still have the other one -- I'll probably work it into a witch doll idea...)

Anyway, I found the perfect inspiration when I saw a photo of a witch shoe/vase on Pinterest (don't you just love Pinterest!!) I was all set to go with my fall foliage, when I saw another picture on Pinterest of a painted witch shoe. So, I just put the 2 ideas together.

Here's some close-ups of the painted boot:

It's painted with regular acrylics, then sealed with gel medium. I had to first put a layer of white gesso before painting it orange. Even so, I still had to paint several layers of orange acrylic to cover the black leather.

I also made a new pumpkin for this year (I like to make a few pumpkins each year for my yard.) 

Again, found my inspiration on Pinterest:

I followed the link to the Halloween Forum, where this guy showed some photos of how he did it.

It was pretty simple. I got a plastic skull, and cut the face off. (It has to be hollow, so a styrofoam skull won't work). I cut a hole in the pumpkin about the size of the skull face, and glued it in. I filled in the gaps with little balls of aluminum foil. Then, I added paper-clay all around the edges to smooth it out & blend it into the pumpkin face.

Here's a shot of the inside, where you can see how I put the skull in the pumpkin:
(Sorry, I didn't take any work-in-progress photos.)

I added more paper-clay around the eyes, the brows, and cheeks to make it more "demonic".

Here's a shot with a light inside:
Creepy, yes?

Have fun!