I love Halloween. I cannot get enough of the skulls and black cats and scary movies. So I was super excited back in September when I walked into my CVS pharmacy and saw all the decorations. There was one in particular that caught my eye-a skull candelabra.
I had to have one. And then I started to think of how unique I could make it look. After completing my fun project, I got an idea for another. I was excited to find they had gotten more in around the end of September. I got another one.
They are just black plastic. Nothing fancy, but they have some nice detail. I took the first one I got and painted it with gloss black spray paint. Then I took Rub n’ Buff in gold leaf and in silver leaf and got a little carried away. I wanted to really accent the detail in the leaves, flowers, and especially the skulls! When all was done, I hit it with a clear coat.
The second one was a bit more difficult. With this one, I wanted it to look like something was breaking out of it and causing it to bleed!
I wanted a crackled effect. I spray painted it blood red (Fiesta Red to be exact). Then the next day, I tried some crackle spray paint in black. I learned that spray crackle paint sucks!!! It would not work. Luckily I only sprayed a small portion on the back.
I still wanted the cracked effect. So I cut some thin strips of painters’ tape and started putting it on. Then I hit it with gloss black spray paint. With the tape still in place and after a day to let the paint dry, I used the gold leaf Rub n’ Buff and did the same thing I did with the first one. Then I removed the tape.
It kind of looked like crap! (Sorry, no pictures with the Rub n Buff or with the tape off…I forgot)
But I still had one more thing to do-add the dripping blood! To do this, I used a pour medium from Liquitex. It dries clear. When added to acrylic paint, it makes the paint more fluid.
So for the dripping blood, I used naphthol crimson and added a little ivory black to darken it. It is a bright red. Then I added the pour medium until I had the right, drippy consistency. It is important to mix it thoroughly. Then with the non-bristle end of a paint brush, I started to add the “blood”.
I got a bit carried away.
I waited a few days, to let all the paint set, before applying a spray clear coat.
My brother says it looks like wax. What do you think? Hope you enjoyed this little bit of crafting.