Saturday, October 19, 2013

Glenda's Spells Book

Hello everyone!  I have a fun little project to share with you today.   I call it Glenda's Spells Book.  As I was working on it I had a little story about a witch named Glenda running through my head!  She's a cute little witch who isn't very neat and makes a big mess while she's mixing her potions and brews!  I had so much fun making this canvas.  It's one of the most fun Halloween things I've ever made.  This is what it looks like.

I  told you she was messy
And, this is how I made it.  I sprayed the background with Dylusion sprays in Dirty Martini, Fresh Lime and Black Marble.  It took several applications because the spray beaded up on the canvas.  I then used ultra thick gel medium and a Tim Holtz stencil to get Glenda's splashes and spills on the canvas.  When they were dry I rubbed them with Inka Gold Rub in the green/gold color.  I dry brushed some lavender Silks over the stenciled areas.  Next I made the little book.  I distressed the edges and sponged them with Distress Ink.  Here's a close up of it.


I used the TH Apothecary Bottles die to cut the bottles.  The packaging the die came in was what I used so that I would end up with clear bottles.  Icolored them with alcohol ink.  Then I brushed rock candy crackle paint on the front. I have found that the crackle paint tends to flake off the acrylic packaging so I sprayed it with a clear fixative.  In one of the fortunate things that happens sometimes the spray wasn't well shaken initially so the bottles have some white speckles at the top which I love because it makes them look really old and messy!!   I picked up a tip from Tammy Tutterow to cut the bottle tops out of cork.  Once everything was dry I glued the tops on the back of the bottles and glued the bottles to the canvas.  The little book was glued to the canvas and the "beware" label was attached to the top. 
Here are some other details.
Glenda even managed to spill potions inside the book! 
I hope you enjoyed my little adventure with Glenda the Witch!  She's the kind of witch who makes you giggle!!  I'm going to enter this in the Frilly and Funkie challenge which is What's your poison.  You have to use green and black, and NO orange! 
Thank you so much for visiting today.  I really appreciate it!  I hope you have a wonderful day and you get to do something fun and creative.



  1. Gorgeous canvas Maryanne ! Love the texture and the bottles are amazing ! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x

  2. Thank you for sharing your fabulous project Maryanne, I love the background and the colours you have worked with.THanks for playing with Frilly and FUnkie Hugs Terry xxxx

  3. Wonderful project Maryanne :-) I love Glenda's canvas and book. There's so much to look at and the textures are wonderful. Love the Spell Book and the alcohol inks on the bottles work perfectly.

    TFS and best wishes

    Annie x

  4. You're amazing! This piece is just fantastic and whimsical and beautiful!

  5. This is so cool!! I love how you have such awesome projects for every holiday! So creative...I can feel the incredible textures right through my monitor!

  6. This is magnificent Maryanne! I adore the texture you've incorporated on your canvas (especially through the Tim stencil) to help capture the colours beautifully. Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie with this. Jenny x

  7. This is incredibly cool and fun and funky and wonderful, Maryanne! I cannot help but smile when I read about Glenda and her messiness. You captured that perfectly here. Those bottles are fantastic!

  8. What a gorgeous canvas! The bottles are amazing and the real cork is perfect in them - I'm definitely getting in the mood for Autumn and Halloween after visiting your blog - thank you for the inspiration.

  9. Absolutely stunning canvas Maryanne, totally love what you did with this canvas!! The background with all those textures looks amazing and I adore what you did with the bottles! Stunning creation all round, LOVE it!!!

  10. Hey there Maryanne, fabulous make of the theme over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge, love your colours and it is really spooky. Thanks so much for joining into the fun Hugs Terry xxxx


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