Skip to main content

Darkness belongs to the dead... Canvas

Darkness...I wanted to make a really dark/spooky canvas for Halloween and I think this fits the bill.....

Welcome to day 30!

The Altered Pages Design Team has been treating us with a month full of SPOOKY projects! Be sure to check back each day and see what they create with our partner ArtAnthology's products!  Comment each day on the blog for a chance to win a prize package from ArtAnthology and


Altered Pages is also one of the 31 Days of Halloween blog hop sponsors. Our Design Team is participating in the hop... if you would like to hop along the blog roll is on the side bar!

I started off with this Halloween saying...

"Darkness belongs to the dead, the ungodly, and the demons that lurk in our minds."

Here's what I did:  I started off by applying a couple coats of the Art Anthology Trolley Grey dimensional paint to the canvas which I let dry between layers for maximum depth and dimension.

Applying the first coat...

Then I painted my hands - one at a time of course and pressed them onto the canvas...

Looks pretty dang scary at this point huh?

I then messed around with a skull from the Screaming Skulls collage sheet which I printed on a piece of Craft Attitude Film.  Once dry it was glued to the canvas.

I then used an oil pastel around the image and outside edge of the canvas.  I smudged it around with my finger.  To finish it off I wrote the dark sentiment over and over across the canvas with a gold pen.    I had to take the photo at an extreme angle because looking head on you couldn't see or read the writing very an angle it shows up great.  

I think it turned out pretty creepy don't you?

ArtAnthology supplies: Sorbet - Big Dip O' Ruby, Trolley Grey

Altered Pages supplies: Canvas, Screaming Skulls Collage Sheet, Oil Pastels

Other: Craft Attitude Film, Gold Pen 
Now we have a project from 
Diana Hetherington Designer
See details of Diana's project HERE
on the Art Anthology Blog!


  1. Scary canvas! Love how you used your handprints to create a unique pattern! Also love the designs and how colorful Diana's clipboard is! Awesome job ladies!

  2. WOW! this is really super cool and creepy! Love the hand prints and that spooky image. FAbulous quote! this gives me the shivers! Gorgeous clipboard, too. xxD

  3. Cool creepy canvas. Perfect Halloween project.

  4. That is pretty freaky. Great project.

  5. What a creative way to make such a creepy canvas! I love how you can only see the writing from an angle, even creepier!

  6. Great canvas, Roni! I love the creepy handprints! And Diana's clipboard has great color and texture.

  7. What an awesome idea with the bloody hands and extremely frightful skull! And the handwriting makes it so dimensional...fantastic!!

  8. It was creepy at the red hands point. But after you finished, the skull looks even more dead and dark!

  9. Creepy cool. Love the hand prints and the writing.

  10. The handprints are awesome! Love the framing of the super creepy skull! Yikes! Love the writing, so wicked!~kim

  11. This is actually totally freaky. Love it. So dark and dead, just my style. Love it

  12. Great canvas, thanks for sharing the how to, love the handprints.

  13. So creepy Roni!! I loved that you got your hands all painty in there!! Love it- very kewl! ")

  14. Definitely dark and spooky! Love all the layers!

  15. Totally wicked cool and creepy! Your bloody hand prints were the perfect touch!

  16. Very creepy, what a cool canvas!

  17. Super cool canvas. I think you must have enjoyed doing this one!!

  18. The creepiness of this canvas is awesome! Something very bad dreams are made of. Love the writing across it and the fact that it appears from an angle, like it is writing itself!!!

  19. Roni, this is too cool! I love that you used your own hands as part of the art...the same hands that created it are part of it. Very scary!


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

 Handy Tip for Artists, Recyclers and Neat Freaks! I have a follow-up to the Citra-Sol method for creating fabulous background pages and collages.   I bought a big bag of navel oranges and realized I had the ingredients to make my own solvent!   Simply take a clean glass jar, peel the rind from the oranges and place all the rind/peels, without the pulp (tangerines, oranges, navels) into the jar.   Pour enough vinegar over the peels to cover them.    Allow the jar to sit for a week or two and VOILA!     You have made your own solvent for literally pennies.    You will notice the liquid getting a bit thicker than the plain vinegar and it does not smell bad!!! I now have a  HUGE jar on the window sill!       Be careful and only use this after testing on a safe spot.

DINA WAKLEY Featured Artist

We are SO Proud to present Dina Wakley with her ART and February Tip   (oops, she says she is totally disorganized, so there is HOPE for all of us!) Dina Wakley is a mixed-media artist and teacher. She loves everything about art: creating it, thinking about it, looking at it, and teaching it. Dina is passionate about teaching art. She teaches both in-person and online workshops.  She is a docent at the Phoenix Art Museum, where she gives tours to school groups and gets kids excited about art. As a Ranger Signature Designer, Dina designs a line of mixed-media art supplies that includes acrylic paints, mediums, brushes, rubber stamps, stencils, and more. Look for the Dina Wakley Media Line by Ranger at a store near you.  Dina's books Art Journal Freedom and Art Journal Courage are available now. Also look for three new North Light DVDs starring Dina, available this month: "Art Journal Mark Making and Throwing Ink," Art Journal Color Courage," and &q

Rolling with my Gel Press

I love experimenting with different ways to create texture and interest on my Gel Press and for many years now I have turned to fun foam to help do this when monoprinting.  I love to team the fun foam with my dies to create my own stamps and texture plates.  I used this techniques for my prints in January that I shared here on the blog. There are lots of dies that have detail, meaning lots of scrap pieces which you can randomly stick onto cardboard giving you a stamp as well as using the actually die cut shape as a stamp.  Another idea is using them attached to a toilet roll to create a brayer like roller was shared at my local scrapbook store and on a video by Birgit Koopsen last year.  I love playing with this method. The toilet roll is slipped over a paint roller handle. Here you can see some of my texture creations that I have on hand for my play today. One texture I love is created using a piece of burlap ribbon, which I have stuck onto a toilet roll. My first layer ab