Thank You for joining me on All Hallows’ Eve where in sharp contrast to yesterday’s angelic post I have a more sinister offering to share as I return with another and my final Oxford Impressions, Danse Macabre – The Skeletons’ Ball DT sample ( Danse Macabre set. from Oxford Impressions and also available from That’s Crafty)
In part this was inspired by Robert Burns’ Tam o’ Shanter, an epic of a poem if ever there was one and a poem which I re-aquaint myself with at this time of the year. I was first introduced to the poem at school, completely mesmerised by the flow of the words and enthralled by the imagery Rabbie Burns lays before us and so captivated that I chose to study it for my Higher Grade English exam.
The Scots language is surely no more beautiful and atmospheric than in the hands of Robert Burns but it is also a complex dialect, even for myself, I would not be able to sit and translate all the Scots words but that is the wonder of the internet where we can source anything at the touch of our fingertips. If Tam o’ Shanter is new to you or you possibly haven’t spent time immersed in this poem for the longest time then I found this site which has both versions side-by-side, (link to poem with translation). There is surely never a better time of the year to read Tam o’ Shanter.
As for my DT sample, put on your dancing shoes as we join the merriment at the annual Danse Macabre where we are told to eat, drink and be scary (see the ticket stamp from this set). Come join me for a reel.
Initially I had in mind to work with a 4″x4″ box canvas but as I laid the stamped images onto the canvas, loosely planning a composition I realised I wanted to include more stamps for me to tell a story, therefore needing more room, yet I didn’t want to work on a larger canvas so of course I turned to a wooden cube. If you are a regular to my Blog then you will have seen me use such a cube in conjunction with a canvas before, a simple way to bring more surface area to a project and seems to turn a canvas into something that is more displayable (is that such a word?) around the home.
I never hesitate to stamp directly onto canvas but there are times when stamping onto tissue paper is more suitable. I managed to take a few photographs of the initial stages of the preparation of the canvas.
Obviously I applied the various media to lay down the colour onto the canvas followed with stamping trees onto tissue paper and adhering to the canvas. The edges were also decorated in the same manner. Dancing amongst the trees we have some joyous skeletons. I wanted two of them to be holding hands, somewhat bony hands I will admit but nevertheless, holding hands so I flipped the image before adhering. Bats flutter amongst the trees watching the scene played out below them.
Once all the stamped tissue had been applied and well and truly dried, I moved onto texture and dimension with the moon and a couple of the bats which were fussy cut and of course the obligatory stained gauze.
I love when I stumble across something which is exactly what I need at that moment, in this case it was this paper frame which I applied Glossy and Sepia Accents to give it a bit more substance then using it to frame the Danse Macabre stamp.
The music can be heard from afar as the sisters take centre stage and all around them dance a reel this All Hallow’s Eve.I rarely heat emboss, but for the wooden cube I felt stamping was simply too flat against the paint, I wanted the cobweb stamp to be more defined so heat embossing was the answer.
Thank You for all your amazing comments over the past few weeks, since I’ve shared various DT Halloween inspired artwork with you. It isn’t an area I ever imagined myself to be comfortable with.
For many of us our guising and Trick or Treating days are behind us (or am I simply speaking on behalf of myself!!) but whatever your mischievous and devilish plans may be, have a wonderful Hallowe’en and of course for those who either choose to not participate or possibly like myself, have no objections to Hallowe’en but will not be up to any high jinks, then simply have a lovely day and evening.