Monday 12 March 2018


Evening all. I'd like to share another little project today.
A little background info - skip if you want. A while ago, France Papillon and Andy Skinner formed a collaboration under the name "Illusionary Artists" and the stamps they designed are now being made by Chocolate Baroque.
I was fortunate to be able to buy them at the last Tando Creative retreat at the end of February and although I have used the odd couple of words in another project, the collection has largely gone un-inked. That is about to change.
The first set to be cut out and used is "Spook" by Andy Skinner.
I have made a little triptych using greyboard cut with a sizzix arch die.

Skulls cut apart and mounted

Each arched piece was first gesso'd then a layer of pattered paper stuck on.
A template made from the die for applying the crackle paste. Then the boring part of letting that dry. I wanted large cracks so had to be applied thickly. This was then coated liberally with matt medium so that the cracked pieces did not fall off.
Then washes of plain quin gold then a mixture of paynes grey and quin gold.
The moon was created by dipping the top of a paint bottle in titan buff and "stamping" it on the centre piece. 
Whilst this was drying off, the images were stamped onto velum and coloured on the reverse with pencils before fussy cutting out. The pieces were joined using jump rings and scraps of card attached to the back of each arch so they would stand up.
The goblin has only been attached at the base and skellie king at the feet and one elbow to give more of a 3D impression.

Thanks for looking

I'd like to enter this triptych into the challenge at 
Dream In Darkness - Anything not cute 


  1. Ooooh fantastic ! These are fabulous x

  2. Absolutely fantastic Helen, amazing images and design, very Fantasy, Kate x

  3. AWESOME, and sooo welcome to see over at Dream In Darkness. Hurrah!

  4. Fabulous spook! Love this triptych! Great layers and texture. Thank so much for bringing on the dark!
    Dream in Darkness