The Bone Collector Caravan

31st October, 2017

Happy Halloween! The Tim Holtz Halloween inspiration series on facebook and instagram has wrapped up, but if you missed anything there are recaps for week 1, week 2 and week 3 on Tim’s blog.

iGirlZoe: The Bone Collector Caravan
I wanted to share this bone collector caravan before it heads to Halloween town. I didn’t do a step by step for this project, but I’ll walk you through it and share the few photos I took during the process, for those interested.

iGirlZoe: The Bone Collector Caravan
I sanded the outer panels of a vignette box with a sanding grip. Painted through a stencil with ground espresso distress paint. Once dry, stained the panels with walnut stain distress stain.

iGirlZoe: The Bone Collector Caravan
Added an idea-ology Halloween baseboard to the inside back of the vignette box. All it needed was a little light distressing to the edges and adhered with collage medium matte.

iGirlZoe: The Bone Collector Caravan
As soon as I saw the paper doll witches, I knew they were going inside this idea-ology bird cage!

iGirlZoe: The Bone Collector Caravan
I covered the birdcage with a coat of distress grit paste and allowed to dry. Then rubbed various distress crayons over the top.

iGirlZoe: The Bone Collector Caravan
The background was created using (discontinued) picket fence distress crackle paint. Sorry to be a tease, it’s my reward for hoarding it. The witches were trimmed and mounted into the cage.

iGirlZoe: The Bone Collector Caravan
The banner was made punching paper from the mini halloween paper stash with the Tim Holtz banner paper punch.

iGirlZoe: The Bone Collector Caravan
I used white gel pen to colour the underside of the remnant rubs and letting dry before rubbing them onto the banner. Distressed the edges with a sanding grip.

iGirlZoe: The Bone Collector Caravan
Blended a little vintage photo distress ink into the edges of the banner.

iGirlZoe: The Bone Collector Caravan
I rolled the banner over twine, securing with distress collage medium. Drilled holes into the top of the vignette box and pushed the bones into the holes, again, securing with distress collage medium. Wrapped wire around the top of the bones and attached the twine to each side to hang the banner.

iGirlZoe: The Bone Collector Caravan
I just love these apothecary vials. I used the labels that come with them, sanded with a sanding grip and adding remnant rubs. I bent an adornment skull around a bottle and secured with distress collage medium. Finally added twine to the neck of the vials.

iGirlZoe: The Bone Collector Caravan
I altered the pulley wheels by adding grit paste allowing to dry, then dabbing on evergreen bough distress paint with a cotton bud and once dry, mushroom alcohol ink, also applied using a cotton bud. The bone collector word band had picket fence distress crayon added to highlight the text. I used a ring fastener and swivel clasp as the trailer tow. All adhered using distress collage medium, (I’m a total adhesive convert since creating this piece)! I even used it to adhere those skulls!

iGirlZoe: The Bone Collector Caravan
I have to make a special mention of the idea-ology skulls that I used in this project! The detail on them is incredible and yes, I admit it… I hoarded!!

I hope you enjoyed the walk through my bone collector caravan and it’s been “all the fun of the fair!”
Cheers
Zoe x

 



3 Comments »

  1. Holly M. says:

    This is just all kinds of fabulous. I don’t even know where to start. I keep going back to look at it again. The witches in the birdcage…brilliant. The whole thing is Halloweenie Brilliant! Thanks for the tip about using the white pen on the back of the remnant rubs. That will solve a problem for me that I haven’t been able to figure out.

  2. Mary Elizabeth says:

    So incredible. Those skulls are insanely detailed. Love the creative caravan. I too love the white gel pen tip. Can’t wait to try it ! Happy Halloween ! Mary Elizabeth

  3. Anne R says:

    Absolutely incredible, I loved seeing all the details, the witches look superb in the bird cage and the finish on the cage is amazing! I am loving the skulls too, and hoarding a few myself. I am going back up for another look at your fabulous caravan… Anne xx

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