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The Bone Collector-Mini Album w/Coffin by Toni

Ghostly Greetings  from Toni  and I’m here to inspire you with a “Bone Collector Mini Album and Coffin” to keep all those fun costume pics of your Halloween extravaganza. At the end of the post I have created a Snapguide tutorial on step x step process for creating the coffin, and a bit on creating the template for the mini album.  My project started off with this dollar tree find coffin and I traced it on chipboard to create my pages for the mini album to fit inside. This project had several steps but oh what fun it was to make… I actually had to tell myself “ENOUGH ALREADY”….. lol  The entire project was adhered to a wood base that was given wonderful textures with AA paints, rocks and craft sand. Wood pieces were applied to the sides of the coffin with Mudd Texture Paste and then painted to provide that old wood effect. AA’s paints are perfect because they are thick and full of body, some having textures and grits that really provided that weathered look I was going for. All those pesky hot glue threads that appear on your projects are a warm welcome to this one because it gives the illusion of webs.  The inside of coffin lid was achieved with AA’s Gothic Stencil and Mudd Paste. The tree was made from floral wire and then painted with different shades of AA paints to provide that dead look.  Several Ideaology pieces were used such as lantern, spiders, word band, glass vials, skeletons, and bones to enhance the project as well.  I used several different brands of Halloween paper, for the mini album and distressed the edges with AA paints.  The inside of the coffin was decoupaged with Halloween napkin. This is one side of the mini album. Here is the other side of the album. It’s hard to believe  there is room for 30 pictures on this ini. And here is a collage of all the pages to the mini album. Hope this post didn’t SCARE you with all the photos and steps involved, actually was quite simple and allows your creativity to go crazy.  So park your brooms at the door, sit down for a spell my pretties and enjoy the snapguide tutorial below. The following are the products used to create my piece. 

Gothic Stencil 

Velvet Paint- Kona, Taxi CabShamrock, Limeaid, Tuxedo

Sorbet – Kenyan Copper

Stone Effects-Concrete, Lava

 Mud Texture Paste

Check out How to Create Coffin With Halloween Mini Album by Art Anthology on Snapguide.


Not So Itsy Bitsy Spider by Toni

Well it’s that time of year when we all get busy with holiday decorating and at my house it usually begins with Halloween. Today I created an inexpensive home decor piece enhanced by the Art Anthology products with dollar store finds. While browsing the aisles at the dollar store I came across the following products to use in my project, canvas, rubber spiders and bugs, floral glass shards, floral moss, pipe cleaners and wood blocks. The light bulb is actually a Christmas ornament I purchased last year.  The back of the canvas was collaged with some clearance napkins I purchased last year after the Halloween season. Art Anthology Texture Mud ran through a brick stencil and smudged with Colorations-French Toast which is no longer available in our store, but a similar color you can use is Warm and Sorbet paint Black Leather Jacket and Stone Effects Concrete provided the perfect back drop for my spider. My little wooden blocks worked perfectly to add my title.  Hope you enjoyed this project, and wishing you a BOOOOOOtiful Halloween season.

The following AA products were used

Stone Effects – Concrete                                     Colorations Spray – Warm

Sorbet-Black Leather Jacket                               Mud Texture Paste 

Check out How to Create Halloween Decor With Art Anthology by Art Anthology on Snapguide.


Spook-tacular Leftovers

Hello to all my crafty friends. Its almost that day, you know when the ghosts and goblins come out to play. I have for you another project I created to decorate my home with. I purchased this bottle as well as long taper candles at $1.00 store earlier this year and knew I would be doing some altering. So here we go.


Melting the candle over the bottle actually takes me back to my high school days  (yep… in the 70’s) where that technique was really popular. Masking off a portion of the bottle to expose the inside and then dripping my candle over the bottle, I also mixed Art Anthology Mud with some crafting sand for yummy texture and applied randomly to sections of the bottle. Once dry,  I covered it with black gesso. halloween7

The bottle is filled with tiny little bones, and skulls from a necklace (hence …. leftovers). Then it was time to get out my Art Anthology paints . Using Metal Effects in Silver, Velvet Paints  in Limeaid, Mardi Gras & Terracotta I added several coats dry brushing the tops of the wax on the bottle. halloween6

To finish off the bottle, I had these wood tags, stamped “Leftover” in black Stazon and distressed the edges with Distressed Ink in Black Soot. Attached with black hemp cord and some metal keys.


I hope you enjoyed this Halloween post. Get out those inexpensive candles and do some dripping over some containers. I actually think I’m going to do this for Christmas, thought it would look real pretty as snow and to add some white glitter to the top. Just a thought… give it a try. For your viewing I have included a snapguide tutorial and the list of Art Anthology products used is below.  Happy Crafting !!!

Check out How to Alter a Halloween Bottle by Art Anthology on Snapguide.


Halloween is in the air!


Brandy here to share a Halloween project I made.  It’s an altered clipboard, and it’s just as cute as it is spooky!
I’m in love with these fall colors!


The texture of the Stone Effects paint on the gravestone is amazing. 🙂

Head on over to see the tutorial I made for this project!
Check out How to Create a Halloween Picture Holder by Art Anthology on Snapguide.


Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!!


Here are the products used in the project!!

Halloween cat frame

Halloween cat mixed media frame

Hello everyone !

Valerie Andrieux here to share with you my first post as an Art Anthologye DT member ! It is very exciting and I’m very happy to show you my new mixed media project : an Halloween frame ! happy-haunting-b

  I use Dimensional paints in Velvet, Sorbet and Stones effects, plus stencil from Art Anthology.

Let’s take a closer look to see the Retro stencil’s pattern with Velvet Mardi Gras :

Halloween frame

Here you can see the Blocked stencil with Velvet Tango :

Halloween frame vine

Did you ever try a Stone effect paint ? I use the Bone one to color the moon and the texture is incredible ! The Sorbet Black Keather Jacket combine with Gemstones Blue Topaz and Sorbet Frost create a beautiful night sky !

Halloween cat and moonYou can find a complete tutorial on how create this Halloween in a YouTube video, used products are listed at the bottom of this post :

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you like this first DT project. If you are looking for more inspiration, you will find other tutorial videos on Art Anthology YouTube channel, or inspiration on Pinterest and Facebook !

Hope to see you soon for another project !

valerie andrieux AA DT


Eye of newt and wing of bat…



I am sure the witches in McBeth drank out of plain old tankards when they drank their magic potions but I wanted something a bit more posh for my Halloween display.  Of course, I turned to my wonderful collection of Art Anthology products to create this witch’s cup for holding candy or a battery operated flicker candle.


I started with one coat of the wonderful Gesso.  I used a sponge brush to apply this layer and applied it thickly.  Once the first coat had dried, I used a bristled brush to apply a second layer that I dabbed on to create more and more texture.


I let this set up before I began to apply the color.  I wanted the wine glass to look haunting and mysterious along with aged.  I gathered  Velvet Dimensional Paint in Mardi Gras and Tuxedo and Sorbet Dimensional Paint in Vegas Gold.


I painted on the Mardi Gras first, swirling the pain on the stem and base of the wine glass.  The broad brush from the new Tools Kit was perfect for this.


Once the Mardi Gras had dried, I used a crumpled paper towel dipped lightly in Tuxedo and dabbed the darker paint here and there on the raised parts of the glass.  I used the fine point paint brush in the new Tools Kit to “outline” the base, and the bottom of the textured part of the wine glass.

While this second coat of color was drying, I painted the two tiered lace for the edge of the wine glass (or as it was becoming, my witch goblet).  Because my lace trim was two tiered I taped a piece of waxed paper between the layers, painted one in Tuxedo and the other in Mardi Gras.


While these were drying, I used an artist sponge dipped into Vegas Gold and lightly rubbed it over many of the raised areas on the bowl of the glass.  A crumpled paper towel works well too.

Before I added the lace trim, I sealed the wine glass with a clear matte acrylic spray.  This will help prevent the paint from flaking off.   Add the lace, trim and a pair of bat wings painted with Mardi Gras and before you can say ” I’ve got you now, my pretty”, you have a witch’s goblet for Halloween.


ART ANTHOLOGY:  Gesso, paint brushes from the Took Kit, Velvet Dimensional Paint in Mardi Gras and Tuxedo, and Sorbet Dimensional Paint in Vegas Gold.

Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue

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SPOOKY Shadowbox!


Wow! Is this a dream?! I am so excited to post my first project with the Art Anthology Dream Team. And an added bonus is the opportunity to participate in this amazing blog hop with Anthentique and Basically Bare.

This is Heidi from New York City and I love all things mixed media. If you are like me, you have a stash of those great things that you will alter “someday”. When I received the Thrilling Collection, I knew I wanted to feature the Halloween images and patterns to make a cool shadowbox. I started grabbing some Halloween items from my stash and had a blast creating! The shadowbox started out as an ivory tone that I sanded. I wiped off the dust from sanding and starting layering the Art Anthology paints to get this eerie look!


Years ago (yes, years) I bought this skeleton garland and knew that someday it would be perfect for a project. I altered him with Vegas Gold and added some June Bug eyes to make him my own. Do you see all of the details of the Thrilling papers, stickers and images?



I found these little bottles in my stash and knew they were perfect! See the spooky liquid inside-it’s some Truffle Paint mixed with water. The labels on the bottles are stickers from the Thrilling Collection-I painted the bat sticker with June Bug to make it pop.



A spider ring, some pretty flowers and spider web ribbon added just the perfect touches to the cute image of the witch and her black cat! I love layering items in the little spaces in the shadowbox. Each space is like its own work of art!



Love that image?! I cut it out of one of the pieces of paper and added Glossy Accents to make it really stand out. The scary moon is from the same image but I layered that against the back of the box. I loved how that one little image made its own scene in that box.

Are you drooling yet? The Thrilling Collection is the perfect mix of Halloween and everyday patterns. Check out the black & white chevron in the bottom picture. Imagine the possibilities for that paper! Check out the gorgeous collection of Art Anthology paints and sprays that I used for this project. I can’t wait to share more art with you—now…have a great weekend & GO MAKE SOME ART!



Avant-Garde anyone?

So yes I know Halloween isn’t quite here, but how many of us really want to be preparing at the last minute?

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It is so super easy to create your own mask. I thought about building one from scratch but really you can buy them for a dollar at our dollar store, so why do the tedious work? I would rather decorate.

I started off painting my entire mask with the Velvet paint “Ash”. It gave the mask a deepened tone as well as funky texture.

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Once that was completely dry. I broke out a few colours of the Dimensional Crystal to actually do the decorative work with. I used Peony, Fairy & Mermaid Splash. I cut out a spiderweb from a fabulous Sizzix set. Then I painted the entire thing with the Mermaid Splash. Let dry.  photo IMG_3741_zps038500b5.jpg

Once dry, use a strong adhesive to attach.


Then start decorating the eyes. I put it on pretty heavy.

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Here’s a side view.
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Hope you liked this little mask, it sure was fun making it!

Leica Forrest

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