Monday, October 5, 2009

Halloween Altered Frame

October is here, and I'm ready for it. I lthink I like my Halloween decorations even more than the Christmas decorations that I have. This year I decided to make a decoration of my own, by altering a cabinet card and a picture frame. Here is the "before" photo:

I found this at a yard sale for $1.00. My husband couldn't believe that I wanted it. I added a few embellishments from the Halloween aisle at the drug store, and filled in the areas underneath to blend everything together.

Once I had everything in position, I painted everything with black gesso and then with black acrylic paint to unify the elements.

It was looking a little creepy, but not believable enough, so I went over all the high spots with interference gold to make them stand out.

I used Photoshopto altere an image from a Victorian cabinet card, adding in a bat brooch, and emphasizing the bat-like collar that the woman in the picture was wearing.

I removed the original velvet from the frame and replaced it with a collage of antique onion-skin paper that had spider webs embossed in it. This is the final result. Woo! Scary kids!


Sue said...

Really nice Leslie. I wish I could figure out how to use photo software like photo shop to alter things. You'll have to teach me one of these days. (o:

Elizabeth said...

Fabulous job!! I love how you shared the process I love seeing how everyone does things!!! It is amazing what painting with a unifying color can do to cheap plastic items!! LOVE IT!!!
THe new banner for this blog is fabulous!! Love the Black and White Terrier in it!! Had to be there!!

Janet Meyers Moss said...

I can't wait to see this one in person....! I'm with you....Halloween decorations are just too fun!!

Terry Pitzel said...

I just love this frame! I love altered objects. And I am so glad you and your daughter enjoyed the Halloween matchbox shrines.

~*~Patty S said...

it's clear you had a lot of fun altering the frame, it's fab!