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Danse Macabre with Andy Skinner

     Stencils are one of my favorite tools and I am addicted to using them in just about everything lately. My collection has been growing in leaps and bounds this year thanks to Altered Pages and the amazing selection of stencils cherry picked by Jean Moore to delight us all! One of the many artists designing stencils is Andy Skinner of the U.K. and I was so excited to get my hands on this one.

VOODOO by Andy Skinner

     Art Macabre may not be everyone's cup of tea but in many cultures including Europe since Medieval times death imagery is actually a reminder to celebrate your life and enjoy each moment, as we never know when the Grim Reaper is coming. In other words, using the gruesome, ghastly, and horrifying in your art is just another way of saying YOLO ("You only Live Once")

Click HERE to link to the Altered Pages Store Stencil Page!

This is a sneak peek at a kit that I designed for Altered Pages that will be available soon!

     To make this voodoo doll I simply used the stencil as a template to cut out some air dry paper clay. I chose it because it is lightweight and easy to shape but Fimo clay or Extra heavy modeling paste would also work if you have any of those lying around your studio! I very sloppily smothered him in walnut ink and attached more embellishment while the clay was still wet. You guessed it- those skeletons are from an Altered Pages collage. I will be sharing more about my kit as soon as it posts to the website and I have heard it from a little bird that it could be very soon!

Silly girl, it's your birthday today, not Halloween!


  1. Oh, I love the skeleton!! I can see so many fun uses for this stencil. I'll have to go check it out..... wonder if he'd ship to the USA?


    1. You can get this stencil on the Altered Pages website-the tab is up top -under products click on tools and then stencils (there is also a link provided in the blog post) yay! shipping from the good 'ole USA!

  2. TRULY SPOOKY WORK !!! Love the voodoo doll, who did you have in mind!!! :-)

    1. Some days it's my husband I'm not gonna lie.

  3. Fun Gia!!! I have yet to get that stencil, but it could be fun to play with! Happy Birthday!

  4. Great post Gia I have been told by many that just like Christmas it is never to early to start thinking about Halloween. I hope you had a wonderful Birthday! xx


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