Tuesday, September 29, 2015

DecoArt Mixed Media Haunts Challenge: Book of Spells

Greetings my macabre-loving friends, and welcome to the first-ever Decoart Media Challenge.  

The DecoArt Mixed Media Design Team are coming together to bring you some hauntingly bizarre and fun inspirational projects this month.  Best of all, you are invited to play along in the Halloween Haunts Challenge Round Up by making and submitting your own project and linking it up to the Decoart Media blog.  The theme, of course, is  “ H a l l o w e e n   H A U N T S :  Zo m b i e s , G o b l i n s , W i t c h e s ... O H M Y ! ​  The challenge runs from 1 October and ends 28 October.  Voting will begin on 30 October, and two winners will be announced via Facebook and the DecoArt Mixed Media Blog on 31 October.

My project today is one I've been wanting to try for some time.  It is a paper maché book entitled "Book of Spells".   I know many artists have made these and are very popular.  I'm just a little slow at getting around to it.  But to make up for it, I have made a video tutorial for you, and I hope you will enjoy watching the process.

Products Used:

Media Black Gesso
Shimmer Violet Mister
Shimmer Turquoise Mister
Primary Yellow Mister
Media Fluid Acrylics Carbon Black
Media Fluid Acrylics Transparent Red Iron Oxide
Media Fluid Acrylics Gold Interference
Media Fluid Acrylics Cadmium Red Hue
Media Antiquing Cream Medium Grey
Media Antiquing Cream Raw Umber
Media Crackle Glaze Clear
Media Matte Medium

DecoArt Metallic Lustre™ Iced Espresso
DecoArt Metallic Lustre™ Black Shimmer
DecoArt Metallic Lustre™ Cosmic Blue

Supplies used:
Large Paper Maché Book Box (Paper Studio)
White handmade paper
Ravenhead Manor 12x12 paper pad (Recollections) (green/black flock) (purple print/black flock)
Gina's Designs Lasercuts:  Hinge Straps, Spiderweb Shape Set, Book of Spells (coming soon)
Vintage Ravens & Words Stickers (Jolee's)
Halloween Glitter Embellishments Spiders Stickers (Recollections)

I hope you enjoyed my project and video tutorial today.  I think I will continue this project with a part two so I can share some spooky things I plan to add to the book inside, so stay tuned.  If you would like to keep in touch, you can subscribe to my youtube channel by clicking the link.

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to play along in the challenge. Click here for all the details.  We want to see what you make!

Have a wonderful, creative week, and Happy Halloween!!!



  1. Stunning Barbara, brilliant work like always!!

  2. I conquer with Astrid!! Stunning indeed Barbara!
    Jackie xo

  3. Wonderful tutorial, love the result!

  4. Very cool Halloween piece of home decor! Great video, too.

  5. Oh, what a wonderful altered book! I really enjoyed your video--so inspirational! I wish I had those media sprays! What a spooky look they give your background!