Friday, 6 January 2012

Take one plate

This was going to be a cushion front, but people have a habit of leaning back on them and this grew into so much more that I decided to just use the plate I was using as a template to attach this to and hang on the wall. Why not just cut out a card base? Because I wanted more dimension. It was one of those cheap plates picked up for about 20p so not the best china. Just so you can see the proof.
The stamp plate I used was the "As Death" rubber from Smeared Ink.
So what did I make?
A "cushion" for a death mask. One of a couple of paper mache masks that were sent over from the US last Hallowe'en and still sitting in the box!
Now I'm going to bore you with some piccies. So many aspects to this that it took a few.
The front as it will be seen when it finally gets hung on the wall.
Want a closer look? Well you're going to get it.
Some PinWHEEL flowers in the eye sockets instead of pennies plus 3 more down the right hand side.
Some black lace flowers with pearl button centres, some ribbon roses, some black and red lace all adorn the "cushion" base. This was made from black satin fabric with a large ruffle sewn on as well.

The skull was first primed with watered down PVA glue. Next came a coat of very pale yellow acrylic paint. When that was dry I added some black to the base coat, watered it down and "dry sponged" over to take away the "newness". Shadows formed by dry brushing the same paint into the relevant parts. Added a touch of green to the mix and went over the teeth, cheek bones and nose areas, wiping much of it away leaving just that hint of mould to the crevices.

Next comes the stamping. White tissue paper at the ready and black stazon ink and my trusty mod podge.
One central image and one of the text stamps
Then two each of ........
The beauty of using tissue paper is that the image can be seen through the tissue and can therefore be reversed. Which is exactly what I did.
The text from the image near the eye sockets was carefully cut out and added to the forehead and nose bridge.
That's about it.

I am entering this into the challenges over at
Haunted Design House HDH#114 - Got Goth
Smudgy Antics - Wheelie Good Time - PinWHEEL flowers used here. Never made them before but will again now.
Art Impressions Stamps - Anything Goes
Paper Shelter - Anything Goes
Forever Night Challenges - I've been Framed - all framed by that big ruffle


  1. Wow this is tremendously gothic and just wonderful! Love it xx

  2. Totally awesome and indredible creation!

  3. Absolutely SWOON WORTHY! I love, love, LOVE it! thanks for joining us for MM at HDH. xxD

  4. wow this is so cool, awesome project thanks for paying at Smudgy Antics ;-) monique

  5. WoWza - this is totally AWESOME. What a fantastic amount of work. The result is brilliant. Thank you for sharing with us for Macabre Monday at HDH. :-D
    Ike xx

  6. Pretty darned awesome stuff hun!! Way to go! xx

  7. Fabulous love your head, colouring and card design. Thanks for joining us at TPS, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxx

  8. This is so flippin' cool! I LOVE the stamped images on the skull and how you applied all the satin and fluff!
    Thanks for kicking off the New Year with the Minions at HDH! We missed you!

  9. wow what a project!

    thank you for joining us at the Paper Shelter x

  10. Amazingly fantastic! Awesome work! Thanks for playing along with Smudgy Antics this week :)

  11. wonderful project! so cool how you put the pinwheel roses over the eyes, love it.

  12. What a dramatic mask! Really great project- thanks for joining the Smudgy Antic Challenge this week!
    Heather DT

  13. This is really awesome! I truly love it! Great job!

  14. Awesome work Helen love it
    Love Jane xxx

  15. How long have i admired your work now Helen? You always come up with something that i wish i had thought of... something that makes me go wow...flippin' WOW!
    Truly inspiring my friend.... much love always lynx
    thanks for playing at smudgy antics xxx

  16. this is awesome! I love the flowers!!! so cool and inspiring! thanks for playing along at Smudgy Antics and congrats on your win!

  17. I love everything about this very creative piece.

  18. wow! that is amazing. lots of work and it shows! Thanks for playing with us at S.I this week!

  19. More wows coming your way, what a truely fabulous project, just love all of it, thank you for joining us at Forever Night Challenges this week xx

  20. Oh WOWZERS!!! Amazing creation!! Thank you for joining our I've been framed challenge at Forvernight challenges this week. Good luck. HUgs