by Colleen Bodvig
I'm a little surprised that my inspiration for this month's project is this creepy, little spider from RubberMoon (ge2888 - spidey) - particularly since I HATE spiders! But there you go: One never knows when the inspiration bug will bite you!
My spider needed a home on which to reside (and multiply), so I assembled some bits and pieces which I hoped would become an art doll assemblage.
Hot glue gun in hand, I went to work! I don't think there is any reason a Witch has to be unattractive, do you? Borrowing the face from RubberMoon's New Moon stamp, she looks more angelic than witch-like:
...so I "creeped" her up a bit with lots and lots of spiders (stamped on vellum):
But I couldn't stop there. She needed a canvas to stand against, so I created a makeshift shadowbox from this vintage find:
...and I ended up with this:
Below are a few closeups of the details. For the spider web (Victorian Greetings), I decided to make use of the "halo" left over from punching the face out of the RubberMoon New Moon stamp:
For the fall scenery, I used two RubberMoon pumpkin stamps (long, tall pumpkin and pumpkin vine). Both were stamped on a heavyweight vellum and colored with Copic markers. Since the ink from the alcohol markers stayed on the surface (did not bleed), I ended up with a pretty and slightly glossy effect as I worked the layers of color.
One paper hat and a train of fibers later, her outfit is complete:
Enjoy your Halloween... but beware the spiders!