Saturday, September 2, 2017

Mortem's Trick or Treats: Art Inspired By Art.

I have a lot of things to catch up on, things I  have been up to during the past year...
I promised opening a shop, and for a good chunk of the year I was working on a few items to fill that shop.

I suddenly find myself in a position of not quite liking the name I had chosen for myself earlier... and I still haven't been able to settle on a name I feel at home with; nothing seems to be speaking to me much.

Anyway, I wasn't going to focus on my sewing with the shop so I started making some hand painted items-- these items were made a few months ago, but like I said, I am catching up on the going ons in my humble abode.

I started with a jewelry box. The idea was to make a kind of folk-y type kind of jewelry box... but I don't know how much I succeeded, because images of vintage beistles danced across my head.

I free handed all the pencil outlines, using the popular scaredy cat napkin as a reference. It's funny, this is my absolute favorite beistle cut out... and I don't own it. One day I will... I'd like to focus on collecting them in the future-- them and blow molds.

I can't remember where I bought the little blank trinket jewelry box-- it wasn't normally from one of the main craft shops. Some little mom and pop shop I believe... could be a chance it was a thrift store too... Sadly my memory fails me, but I was ecstatic when I found it. I have to track down where to find more just like it.

I got a little carried away with some of the details, which is why I say it is not quite a folk-y type box any longer... it's just an art box?

You know when you love creating something, and all your love is pouring right into the project?
I mean I guess I experience that with everything I am creating, but I felt it ten fold while painting this lil thing. Painting is a nice break from my usual going on's; perhaps I am just speaking out of my ass... Well.

I am second guessing that spider web ribbon that holds the lid/mirror up. Maybe I should have went with lace, as I did decoupage a bit on the top. I used some really pretty damask felt to line the top storage portion, and instead of using it in the drawered portion I continued the spooky design-- there was a lack of bats on this box, these kind of turned into a nice little 'surprise'.

Oh oh, and my favorite part of this little box?

It glows in the dark!
Glow in the dark paint is my new favorite thing. I can't stop painting with it, and adding it anywhere I can.
So this was supposed to be for selling, yet despite what I made it for, I don't think I can replicate it... and its been in my possession since I made it back in December of last year, and since no one has expressed an interest in it I feel extremely inclined to keep it for myself.

I did make another little hand painted piece of vintage-halloween inspired love around the same time that I hope to have sold to a loving home.

It's heart shaped, get it? Get it?

I really wanted to continue experimenting with some of the surplus of supplies I had bought from doing a halloween swap and the supplies I had bought to build stock for my shop; I got a little zealous, to say the least. I had a huge block of white sculpey clay... so I've been making a few things- pendants, charms, pop out details to some hand painted wood wall hangings... hehe.

This one was inspired by another popular beistle stand up cut out, the pumpkin wasn't a part of it and was also inspired by yet another beistle print (couldn't find the exact pumpkin I referenced, but it was a set of pumpkins not unlike those in the link). Of course it also glows in the dark as well!

Ooooh, spooky lil ghosts!

Though I guess I didn't use as much glow in the dark paint on the pumpkin as I thought I did. It's so faint in the photo... but still visible in person.
If you're interested please feel free to email me for info and such:

I hope sooner than later I can land on a shop name to get this ball continuing to roll... in the meantime, I will be making many more Halloween inspired goodies that I may or may not decide to keep, haha!

Spook ya later, fiends!


  1. You are such a talented artist, and these are gorgeous!
    How's the move coming along? Any chance I'll see you in October? ;)

    1. Thank you! =D

      Unfortunately, I am not moving to Washington, DC but to Sedro-Woolley, Washington ... which is clear across the country =(
      I wish with all my heart I could come-- it sounds like my kind of vacation too! I'll be waiting with anticipation all the wonderful experiences you'll have to show! Don't forget to give the fabric stores a visit, haha! <3

    2. Oh.. hah... I see! You'll be closer to Hannah then :)

  2. Wow great images they look amazing my drawing and painting skills are non existant.

    1. Thank you-- I'm utterly obsessed with vintage halloween images! Some of the very best. They certainly make good stuff now... but the charm in the older stuff is timeless.

      Well, if you want it then no other way to obtain it than to practice =)

  3. Awesome! You have good painting skills. ☺

    1. Coming from you, that is quite the compliment! I'm very flattered =D
      Thank you, friend.

  4. Wow! Those are awesome! I love the stripes and the jack o'lantern feet. :D

    1. Heheh, I'm thrilled that you noticed the little feet =D
      I couldn't do without stripes, I know this style of stripe is not used as much in vintage graphic but I sure do love to use them too lol

  5. Wow this is amazing! Beautiful job

    1. Thank you, I really appreciate it-- with your eye, I feel flattered that you think so! =D

  6. Ooooh, I love the Vintage Halloween style!


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