Danse Macabre - DT Throwdown Style
Well, skeleton crew that we are, we made it!
Haunted Design House is back in the
Just Creepy Glo and Donna this time around though.
Being as most of our Minions serve double, triple, or quadruple
duty on other DTs, it's hard to wrangle enough of us together
even for a monthly throwdown.
The chosen theme for this month's challenge is
"Danse Macabre" or the "Dance of Death".
Last month's throwdown winners, Airless Chambers chose the theme.
And what a wicked theme it is!!
Growing up and listening to metal bands, I immediately thought of
a song by "Celtic Frost", aptly named, "Danse Macabre".
Well, it was sort of a song. More like track from a
creepy, Satanic movie soundtrack. I'll put the You Tube link
on my personal blog.
on my personal blog.
But, that was my inspiration for my throwdown piece.
I tell you this, thinking it might make some sense now, but probably not.
I have been collecting old baby dolls lately, when I visit the thrift shop.
I felt kinda embarrassed at first, with this filthy baby doll at the check out.
But now, I feel like I'm liberating these poor, neglected souls.
After apologetically removing his appendages and head, I gessoed,
and then painted the head with various acrylic paints.
Made quite few rookie mistakes,but it all ended up working well in the end.
I applied TH Distress Crackle Paint in Rock Candy, (rather thickly at times)
for the final crackle effect.
Rock Candy is now my "go to" crackle medium.
I hand wrote the quote, "The Dance of the Dead unites us all!"
on an old dictionary page. Basically meaning, that we all are on the same level once we die.
No one cares who was rich or poor when the Reaper comes a callin".
I wanted an old, corroded, gritty feel to this project.
I feel that the use of resin sand achieved this effect quite well.
I mixed it with black acrylic paint to save myself the step of painting it
black later. This way, once it was dry I could go directly to the highlights.
Here is my stamp! I actually used two on this side, but the winged skeleton
under the Deceased stamp is super faded after all the painting and stuff.
I used my cherished, Meer Image stamps. And a TH stamp on the other side.
My little baby head needed a collar, so I created one out of distress inked
dictionary pages, and a star punch. I felt that a circle or a scallop wasn't
going to be pointy enough for my little friend. The star gave the perfect
amount of sharpness needed. It kind of mimics the points of the crown.
Well, here is my nut can, turned gritty commentary on Death.
Drop by my blog for even more pictures and info on how I
made the crown and all the rest of my secrets.
Now it's Donna's turn to dazzle and amaze you!
Now how's that for a "Dance of Death"?
Brilliant skeleton puppeteer hand!! And great background for the plaque.
One thing that doesn't discourage Donna, is intense
Great use of the Smeared Ink dead dancer image! She makes a stunning
Another throw down masterpiece from Donna!!
Pop by her blog to get all of the gory details on how she
managed this brilliant piece!
Now comes the hard part. YOU have to vote for your favorite team's
projects for the current throwdown theme.
Voting begins on Thursday at Smeared and Smudged here.