Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Wednesday Art

Hi everyone.  Happy Wednesday.

With Halloween less than a week away, I thought I'd share a couple of related Halloween journal pages. I enjoy getting a little bit spooky once a year, even if I'm not really very spooky as a person.

My first page is all about Esmeralda and her teenage daughter Trixie.  (Both of today's pages were hard to photograph straight as they are in the middle of a big book that wouldn't lie flat. My edges aren't exactly straight.)

I made my page by putting down some printed tissue paper directly on the book page, and then I added a bit of green paint. After that dried, I  rubbed on some black paint to  create this abstract forest view. Esmeralda is stamped and colored, but Trixie is a die cut as are her 2 kitties.

It is Halloween, and Esmeralda was busy stirring up an appropriate potion. She had asked Trixie to go out and collect some apples to inject the poison into, but Trixie forgot all about the apples once she wandered off. She was too busy looking for her latest crush, Magnus the Wizard. You can see Trixie coming home on my page, holding only an apple core from her snack in one of her hands.

Esmeralda was frustrated as every mom of a teenager can be. She was hoping that Trixie would be more helpful now that she isn't a very young child any longer, but since she wasn't, Esmeralda left Trixie home watching the Hocus Pocus movie when she went off to gather the apples and then deliver the poisoned treats to a local Halloween party. The party is taking place in a haunted house that was built by a local billionaire as an empty shell just for parties on this October holiday. 

On this next page Esmeralda has just dropped off the apples and  is sneaking away. She hopes that no one will notice that she wasn't a guest but was just a delivery person. 

This page started with a 12x12 inch piece of scrap paper that was already printed with the haunted house scene. I added the die cut  Esmeralda and some yellow paint for her light. I also added some tape,  the stamped and fussy cut moon, a die cut bat as well as a stamped quote. I also rubbed a drop of glue behind Esmeralda to help create a funky moon shadow around her.

And do the party guests eat the poisoned apples Esmeralda made? Since I don't see any silhouettes in the windows, I am guessing they did.  They must all be asleep on the floor. It is exactly what Esmeralda wanted to happen, as she can't stand the noise and the loud music on the most important night of the year for witches. 

I am linking up to Elle's Fairy Tales, Folktales and Fables: Tell Me a Story challenge at Art Journal Journey. This challenge runs until actual Halloween, so I hope you will join in with a journal page. 

And just a note: AJJ is a blogging site. If you link up through Facebook, Instagram, etc, we might not be able to comment on your link.

Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope your week is going well.


Iris Flavia said...

Great works and story!
Love the bat especially. I once found one in our sink after bringing in the plates of the bbq.
Ingo carefully put it on a tree - think it was a very young one.
Next day it was gone.
And once at Volkswagen once lonely bat got lost in the floors - we helped him (or her) out.
And then the fruit bats in Australia, sooo cute, too.

Probably I missed the point... Jan showed me how to bake apples in the microwave and I hope we get to it this weekend. They look old and... hopefully are not poisoned! ;-)
Have a great day, hugs!

Angie's Recipes said...

Excellent pages, Erika. The one with the bat looks particularly great.

Valerie-Jael said...

This is fun, love the page, with the shadowy background, and nice to hear about Esmeralda and the poisoned apples. If I go to a Halloween party I will be sure not to eat apples! The turn back page is good, too. You are having soyme spooky fun! Hugs, Valerie

Empire of the Cat said...

Love your spooky pages today Erika and your story, gives me some ideas on how to deal with the noisy neighbours haha. Thanks for joining me for the October theme at Art Journal Journey this month Elle/Empire of the Cat xx

Christine said...

Lovely Halloween pages!

CJ Kennedy said...

Fun pages and stories. Turn Back could also be for the clocks in 2 weeks. Looking forward to Thursday weather and hoping it will reach 70 like the weather dudes are saying.

kathyinozarks said...

I rally love your art pages Erika and the stories-happy mid week Kathy

Aimeslee Winans said...

Wicked cute pages and funny stories, Erika. Great use of the 12x12 paper. I have more than a few sheets from the old scrapping days, especially Karen Foster, and I've actually been able to use a few up on cards and pages myself. What goes around comes around, thank goodness! XOX

Neet said...

Phew! Am so glad really, just wanted a night without dreadful music.
Erika, your storytelling is fabulous and I am going to have to up my game I can see in the story telling department.
Love both pages. The last page is so powerful with that red and the house stands out so well but as it is not 'black' we can still see the little figure with her lantern.
Your first page is full of spookiness and a delight to look at. Each time i look up I see something else there.
Two fab pages for Elle's theme, both so brilliant.
Hugs, Neet xx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Loving Esmeralda. What a fun and clever way to add a bit of spooky to your Halloween journal. It's also a great way to use that scrapbook paper. I love the story you spun, It's a great entry for Elle's theme at AJJ. I like your take on the poisoned apples.

Divers and Sundry said...

What a fun seasonal spooky story :)

Jeanie said...

Your Halloween posts are such fun! Very spooky and delightful1

Michelle said...

I love both of these pages, and the great story you wove. Poor Esmeralda! Trying to be a serious witch herself while Trixie is anything but. Trixie looks so cocky. And the Haunted Mansion is beautifully spooky.