This is the last week of inktober drawings. I’m sad. I know I can keep going, but it just isn’t the same. The community that’s grown out of the inktober challenge is so wonderful and I’m going to miss it.
If you’ve been viewing, liking, commenting or sharing my work, thank you very much.
If you’ve been participating, thank you for sharing your work and inspiring me!
This blog post is part of The Craft Challenge. Me and 4 other bloggers challenge ourselves to bring you a creative craft tutorial based around a different theme each month. This month, the theme is Halloween. There’s a link to their crafts at the bottom of this tutorial.
How many people do you think dress up as a witch for Halloween? You always see a few of them while you’re out and about, right? That’s why I decided to make a spell book for this month’s Halloween-themed craft.
The process is easy and cheap, but I’ll warn you that it’s time-consuming because of drying time. Toward the end, I got impatient and got out my hair dryer to make it move a little bit faster.
Want to make your own? This is what you’ll need.
DIY Spell Book Materials
Hot melt glue
Cup of water
Paper mache book
Acrylic pant: black and metallic copper
I found my book at Michaels for about $5. You can get the rest of your materials there as well.
Paint the entire book and your fake spider black.
Let it dry.
Cover the front cover of the book with Mod Podge.
Then, peel one layer off of your paper towel, get it wet and place that ply over top of the Mod Podge. You want it to be wrinkled and torn to add some texture and character.
Paint the paper towel black.
Let it dry.
Repeat steps 1-3 for the spine and back cover.
Using your hot melt gun, glue on your spider and draw a web around it. If you want, you can also add the title Spells at the top of the cover.
Cover that whole front cover in Mod Podge, again.
You guessed it. Get another paper towel, wet it and cover your newly made design.
This time, though, you’ll want to make sure you trace around your design with a wet paint brush so your spider, web and title stand out.
Let it dry.
Last step! Using a small, dry paint brush, brush on the metallic copper paint. Get just a little bit on the brush and lightly cover the edge of your spider, web and title. You don’t want to go overboard here. The purpose of the metallic paint is to make the design stand out and make the book look enchanted.
Cover any little wrinkles from the paper towels, the edges of the book, the details in the spine and whatever else you think needs a little bit of a pop.
Let it dry.
When you’re finished, you’ll have a creepy new spell book to carry around or to use as a prop for Halloween. I have a tutorial for the potion bottles, too, if you want to go all out.
Don’t forget to give me feedback! You know I love to hear your thoughts.
Check out the rest of the Halloween crafts in The Craft Challenge by clicking on the links to each blogger in the image below. Each blogger is supposed to have their posts up by the end of the day today.
Did you all know that Michael’s Craft Store is having a pumpkin decorating contest right now? You have to use one of their craft pumpkins, decorate it and upload the photo to their site. If they pick your pumpkin, you can win a $250 Michael’s gift card and $500 in craft supplies. Yep, I’m aaaaalllll over that.
This is my entry and I figured if I’m going to make it, I should share how I did it, right?
Every year around Halloween I’ve thought about making my own potion bottles for a Make Something Monday craft, but somehow I always get side tracked and end up working on something else. Not this year though!
This year, I planned these bottles into my craft timeline with one small change. The original plan was to design my own labels, but I found these on itsybitsyfun.com and fell in love with them. They’re perfect!
Halloween Potion Bottle Materials
Glue gun (not pictures)
Labels (which you can download here)
I got my bottles at Pat Catan’s but you can probably get them at any craft or hobby store, especially around this time of year.
Clean off your bottles and print and cut out your labels.
Note: The original labels from itsybitsyfun.com are pretty big. My bottles were smaller so I had to shrink the labels to fit on my bottles.
Using your brush and Mod Podge, adhere the labels to the bottles.
I put a layer on the back of the label and then another layer over the top to protect the paper.
Hot glue your rope to the bottles and your finished!
Pretty fun, right? Now, you can spice up your Halloween party! Fill the bottles up with some beer, cider, wine, or whatever you’d like, and serve.
If you’ve never heard of inktober, you should read about it, but I’ll give you a quick overview. Every year, for the month of October, artist, and non-artists, practice their ink skills by creating one ink drawing a day for each day in October. You can share it with the rest of us, or not, but we would love to see it! Watching skills progress throughout the month is one of the best parts of the challenge.
This is my second year participating and I’d love it if you joined me and the rest of the inktober community. The best place to follow along is Instagram, but I look at Twitter, Flickr and Pinterest sometimes too.
Here are my drawings since the first of the month. I will post a new set of drawings every Sunday.
If you have any ideas for drawings, please share them in the comments! If I use your idea, I’ll tag you (if you leave contact info or a link to your blog) so you can see it.
I always start the first day of inktober with the word in my drawing. This year, I decided on a literal representation with an ink bottle and pen.
Zentangle spider web.
Dandelions in a field.
Trees and moon.
A little bit of zombie action.
A scarecrow. I really wasn’t feeling it that day and it reflects in the work. But it’s still inktober!
More drawings to come next week! If you’re participating in inktober, I’d love to follow you. Tell me where you’re posting!