Friday, 22 October 2010


Hello everyone!
How are you all? I have a lovely altered sampled for you today. And I have to introduce a new artist who will contribute to this blog: Kathy Byrne.
Kathy is one of our über talented tutors, some of you might have seen her amazing work with grungeboard paper at the Extravaganzas. And from now on, I will post her beautiful samples on this blog regularly. So if you have been eager to see artwork using grungeboard, or stampbord or anything altered, you are going to LOVE her work!

Kathy (and 6 other tutors) will be demoing at the Autumn mini fest on November 6th  and will be teaching a Christmas all-day class on Saturday 13th. You can already book online (click here) or check out the latest class list HERE and call the shop to book.

I know you guys in England (or France) don't celebrate Halloween much. I remember trick or treating with my kids when I lived in the UK, either people had gone out of their way and decorated beautifully, and were all dressed up when they opened the door to give sweets away. Or there would be lights on that would turn off as soon as we rang the doorbell. ooops, I guess it's not everyone's cuppa then...
Here in Canada, it's a big thing. We have now our Halloween decorations out, and so have many people in every streets around us. There are pumpkins everywhere on most front porches too and the kids can't wait. It's my daughter's favourite holiday (yes, before Christmas!).

And if there is one decoration I wish I had in my house, is that altered H that Kathy has made! You are going to love all the details on this, weather you are a Halloween person or not, this is truly stunning!
Check this out...

Here's what Kathy had to say (any material in pink can be clicked on to find it on line)

 Halloween H Table Centrepiece

    * Papier-mâché H sides are painted in brown acrylic paint and sponged over with black paint. The fronts are painted with Inca Gold (Orange) and then dry brushed over with black paint
    * All the embellishments are either Grungeboard (house, trees, wooden planks or Grungepaper (tombstones, leaves, pumpkins), except the fence which is made up of broken matchsticks.
    * Tombstones, planks (run through the Tim Holtz Wood grain embossing folder) and trees were handmade.
    * The House is Tim Holtz new Haunted House Alterations Die
    * The pumpkins are made using circle punches that are then cut to shape (sharp scissors and craft knife essential). After the faces are cut out, a smaller circle (painted with Inca Gold (Orange) is glued to the back to make it look lit from within. Same technique used for the upstairs window in the haunted house.
    * All embellishments are coloured using either chalk inks and or distress inks. Because of the 3D, full circle, nature of the piece be sure to ink both the front and back of each piece.
    * Lastly, Ferro Iron and Tim Holtz Distress Crackle (Black Soot) were applied to sections and googlely eyes stuck in Ferro while still wet. Eyes also glued between wooden planks. Ferro Iron also applied around sections of the base to "ground" the images.

Warning! The Halloween H is NOT a quick project. In fact, it takes hours to make (because of the drying times), but the final outcome is great fun and, if carefully wrapped and stored, should last a few years.

Now for the pictures...

 So what do you think ?? 
Let us (and Kathy) know in a comment below. 
See you next week, have a nice weekend.



  1. WOW absolutely fab i love it well done x

  2. Stunning creation, love all the details, a joy to look at! Love the different textures and the eyes everywhere spooooooky!!!

  3. Now that is great! I don't do Halloween to be honest but I can see the possibilities to adapt for other occasions!

  4. Oh wow this is stunning and all thae lovely details and textures.
    Hugs Linda

  5. I love it, can't wait to see more of Kathy's work, thanks for showing us.

  6. Wow - this is an amazing piece of work!! Makes me wish we did celebrate on a grander scale!! Love it! Juliex

  7. oh wow this is totally amazing,gosh so much detail just pure delight,hugs cheryl xxx

  8. Love it! i thinks its stunning love all the detail.

  9. It is a gorgeous project, and you can see there is a lot of hard work and time gone into it..

    Lots of great textures, paint effects, die cut shapes, distressing etc..

    LOVE the eyes peering out from the cracks and crevices, a clever idea!

    Well done Kathy :-)

  10. Its brilliant, well done Kathy :)

    xx Jill

  11. What an amazing creation, I wish I could think up such fun projects to do, you've certainly inspired me.

  12. Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww je capote ! C'est tellement beau !!!

  13. That is an amazing piece of art - there's so much to see in it. I'm not one for Halloween myself but I love all the different elements in this.

  14. Wheeeeee!! Stunning work!!

    LOVE IT!!


  15. This is simply too much, amazing.... The word are hard to fine to describe this work of art. WOW.......... Congrat.

  16. WOW...I'm overwhelmed. This is the first time any of my work has appeared on a blog. It's really lovely to receive such wonderful comments. Thanks! Kathy

  17. OH MY WORD!!! Kathy this is fantastic!! I dread to think how long this took you to do but the result is soooooo worth it!! xx


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