Tuesday 24 July 2012

Haunted Design House

First off A big apology for being so bad in blog land this week, I have not been on line much and not had a chance to blog hop like normal, so sorry for being quiet.I have been busy getting ready for my Holls, Off tomorrow to Vegas for a week. See you all when I am back.

Right, this week over at Haunted Design House the challenge is 'Movie Madness' Like last week I did not have to think long about what film I wanted to use. My fave film of all time is 'The Crow' The Brandon Lee version, I have been a big fan for years  in all its formats, especially the graphic novel the films were based on.For those of you who do not know the film It is basically a tragic love story.

I decided to do another wooden board,this one is 8''x8'' the back ground is a Tim Holtz paper, they are dictionary pages, I aged this up even more by dabbing the distress pads on to my craft mat and spritzing with lots of water and laying the page face down on top.It was then ironed dry and stuck to the board. I ringed a couple of the words, they seemed ideal for the piece. Memory and Forgive  both seemed to fit perfectly for the mood and feel I was going for.
The main image I tore from an old Crow calender I had laying around iI also scratched the image lightly with some sand paper to make it look more like he is standing in the rain, Its one of my favourite images from the film.
I found the font used for the film logo It's called October Crow and printed it out on to acetate (  ok I need to say a big thank you to my girlfriend who had to go out today whilst I was working to get acetate that could be used in my printer, normal acetate does not work, she then figured how to get it printing ok, I would have thrown the printer out of the window. So thank you Kelly xx) I also printed out the quote 'It can't rain all the time' again a favourite quote from the movie. These were attached by using panel pins.
I aged up the torn edges with vintage photo  and walnut stain to make it look as though the main pic was showing through the dictionary pages.


  1. Looks good, I remember the film, wasn't it his last? Francesca

  2. Hi Francesca, Yes it was his last, He died filming it.

  3. Hi Mark, the picture depicts the film so well and I really like that font you have used. Impessed too, that you used an iron to dry your paper, at least it would not be all wrinkled which happens sometimes with a heat gun. I had to smile at your girlfriend coming to the rescue, hope you treat her to something nice in Vegas - have a wonderful time! Anne x

  4. This is gorgeous! I love that film and the soundtrack is out-of-this-world!!! And Brandon Lee was fabulous in the film...it was such a tragedy to loose him.

    Carol (Carol's Creations)

  5. This is fabulous Mark - loved that film. Your creation is wonderful - love the aged paper and such a great font . :-)

  6. That's just perfect and atmospheric - fits so very well. I remember the film, too although it has been quite some time since I watched it. Liked it very much and I remember still the feelings the movie left me with ...
    Stunning as always. Although it doesn't look that complex at first sight, it reveals more the longer you look at it ... LOVE it! And I adore your sense for effective little details and twists.
    Glad you're back - and I wish you a wonderful an unforgettable time in Vegas :-) Suzanne xx

  7. although i have not seen the film , i can appreciate the art of this piece, love the way you have combined the distressed background, the image and the fab font..a great piace..happy hols! trace x

  8. You did an incredibly great job here, Mark!

    Love the film too and love how you captured the mood of it in every tiny detail!!!! So cool!!!!!

    Greetings from Vienna,

    die amelie

  9. That is so funny me and hubby absolutely love that movie and we only just upgraded from a video of it to dvd this week. Love the soundtrack. Brilliant work on this. Hope you have an ace holiday, don't lose too much money haha. ;)

  10. This is one film I keep meaning to see and have never got round to it. It's one of my sisters favourites too and reckons I will just love it. Must make an effort to watch!

    Love the imagery you've used and the techniques, especially how you made it look like it was raining!

    Have fun in Vegas - and yes GF definitely needs a treat for her efforts ;)

  11. Hi Mark,
    Great job on this beautiful wooden board :)

  12. Fabulous piece! I adore that movie. Thanks for taking the time to enter HDH before your holiday. Sure to bring you luck! Hope you hit the jackpot. BTW, I did enter Poisoned Peas, but not with The Altered Alice piece. xxD

  13. Great piece. Love the way you've pinned the acetate on.
    Have a fab holiday...

  14. Brilliant artwork Mark! Have a great trip!

  15. Great film. Enjoy Vegas....so jealous

  16. Hi Mark, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  17. My first thought was: How did he get that cool script on? Ah....again, cool idea to use acetate. Nice to have a helping hand at home as i always need mine, too (:o)I'm doing a google search now, if it's that crow, i know also. I really like your *Hounted Design*
    xo Elly

  18. Fantastic Mark, you are so very talented..... hope you have a fab time in Vegas, hope you get to visit Viva Las Vegas Stamps, it really is a fantastic store... we tried to get out there in Sept for a trip but no flights :( so no Vegas for me this year, maybe 2013....

    1. Hey Nikki, Yep made it their today and spent way to much, getting them sent to me un mounted as much cheaper with free postage :) thanks for the heads up on the place, hard little place to find, very weird layout but a right little gem of a place.
      sorry you are not making it out, we only made it last min as flight prices came down other wise we would not be here. catch you soon, mark