Monday 10 March 2014

Haunted Design House. I Want To Play A Game./Saw movie inspired.

Ok, So just how many followers will leave after this little post? ;)
This monstrosity has been created for our new challenge over at Haunted Design House  Our latest theme is 'I Want To Play A Game' If you are a fan of Horror you will recognise the quote as coming from the Saw franchise.
Over the next two weeks we want to see your Saw or Game inspired creations. Head on over to see what our DT have created.

For my make I have gone more down the lines of creating something that might look at home on the set of the films, I am picturing tens of these on a wall with some macabre contraption with he victim strapped in and having to go through all the keys to get out and survive.
I started of with a candle holder available from Country Love Crafts, you should be able to find a stockist list on their page somewhere.
All the mediums and paints are from the new Decoart Media Line
The whole piece was given a coat of gesso, Modelling paste was then applied with a pallet knife to add texture,some fabric mesh was pushed into the paste and in places more paste was added to give a worn and decayed look. After the first layer of modelling paste was dry I used the 12" Harlequin stencil from The Crafters Workshop and applied more modelling paste , quite thick this time as I really wanted the diamonds to stand out from the background.. To finish off on the texture front I used some of Decoart's texture sand mainly applying this with a stiff brush to the raised areas.Once dry I painted the whole piece with a watered down Gesso mix.

Using the new fluid acrylics I mixed up my bas colour. How you use the fluid acrylics is a little different to using a normal paint, they are still water based and non toxic like all Decoart products but these new fluid acrylics are pretty much pure high quality pigment, they are an artist quality paint.With them being packed so full of pigment they are ideal for colour washes and mixing with a base white to get what ever colour you require.
I squeezed some white Americana paint out which will form the body of my paint, I then added just 3 drops of fluid acrylic and mixed together to get a nice grey blue base colour. It is incredible how little was needed to get the colour I wanted.A mix of washes and dry brushing came next to give the aged look and I really like how the candle sconce turned out.
The hooks were added as was the chain and old keys.The number plate was given a rusty finish, again using the media products the numbers were stamped over a grungy painted piece of paper.
The Charlotte doll was aged using some paint and one of the new antiquing fluids.

The dolls head was Gessoed and then painted with red and black acrylic paint and was spritzed to get some of the pain to run together. once dry some of the crackle medium was added and paint rubbed into the cracks. I finished off by adding an old jubilee clip to the base of the neck and added it to the shelf.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope your tummy has not been turned to much ;)
I had so much fun playing with this project and love all the different textures and colours.
Hopefully I wont lose to many of you ;) 
If you fancy getting your freak on we would love to see what you will come up with. you do not need to be quite as macabre as this ;) we just want to see your take on our theme. You can alter a game piece or go for a full on Saw experience. Just have fun xx
Hopefully Ill see you next time xxx

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge are having a D is for Distress challenge.

Punkyou Girl are having a fairy tales gone bad theme. Not sure if Saw counts as a fairy tale but things have defiantly gone bad.

The Stampotique Designers Challenge No137 are having a Textured Background challenge. My go to texture is modelling paste and texture sand. I love these two mediums together, As for my stamp, it's the numbers, its the october crow font from de stempelwinkel

Left Of Center are having a special 1st anniversary event, and along with loads of fab prizes are having an anything goes challenge.


  1. Fantastic piece Mark, I love the rusty elements particularly the stencilled diamonds in the backdrop. A wonderful,textural piece and the dolls head is brilliant . Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

  2. awesome love the txtures and the doll head

  3. Thanks for participating in the Stampotique Designers' "texture" challenge this week, Mark. While what I am seeing is not the usual artful projects submitted, but, I must admit, I am intrigued! Great texture in the background. In addition to the modeling paste and texture sand, I love see the plasterers' tape in the background! Well choreographed! (P.S. Love seeing a guy here!)

  4. I don't think this is creepy. I think it's a terrific, if a bit unsettling, piece of art.

    I especially love the texture you created with the various media. I'd so love to see this in person, just to get its full effect.

    Great work!

    Thanks for playing along with us at Stampotique Designers Challenges.

    P.S. I have never seen and never want to see any of the Saw franchise of movies.

  5. The sconce is AMAZING. No comment on the head lol. You definitely rock the textures.

  6. Really macabre, but looking at it from a crafting techniques point of view it's an amazing piece of art!

  7. Anyone truly looking at this will see a piece of art, very cleverly constructed and not necessarily something macabre. You have used some amazing techniques on this Mark and it really is fabulous. I do love scary movies (a lot) but I also like a good love story - I wonder what that says about me!!! I also love your art. Anne x

  8. AMAZING! Thank you for joining Stampotique Designer's Challenge. Gez

  9. Wow, amazing ! Thanks for joining us at Stampotique this week !
    Corrie x

  10. I love this, especially how you managed to keep those blue eyes so free of paint and stain so they really jump out at you. Great use for the clip too-I have a ton of those in the shed!!


  11. This is soooo creepy fun!!!! Love the doll head! Wow totally wish I could create something like that even if it would totally freak everyone around here lol

  12. So awesome! I'm with Anne - not macabre but pure art! You are simply a pro :-D I adore your kind of art and I'm still blown away by how quickly you move onwards. Hugs, Suzanne xxx

  13. Creepy in all the right kinds of ways! The texture you've created in the background is just stunning - love the mesh and those rusty harlequins, and the beautiful layered greens. And the doll is fabulously distressed and taps into that inevitable haunting quality of dolls. Speaking of which - you might enjoy this little film...
    Alison x

  14. Not a fan of heads myself, everyone to there own, but the background is fab. I am dead jealous you are playing with the new paint already.

  15. Love this Mark! Gorgeous textures. Thanks for joining our Stampotique challenge this week.

  16. Awww this is so f*ckin' cool!!! I love it <3 You're a really gloomy artist :)
    Thanks for joining us at Stampotique DC

    xx Arwen

  17. Fabulous! WE expect nothing less from you, Mark. amazing txture and of course I love the way you think. LOL xxD

  18. Love this Mark!! I think it definitely counts for PunkyouGirl! Not quite the bedtime story I want to be reading but a scary tale none the less! Thanks for explaining the process in your post too, great to read how its done! Thanks for joining us this month! Mo xxx
    Why not link up at the Anything Goes challenge at Left of Center this month too! Lots of prizes to be won and you can enter 5 times.

  19. brilliant love this project -if somewhat macabre lol love all the texture and details a brilliant piece
    carol x

  20. Whoa what an entry! This is an amazing piece. It is wonderful that you explained all your details; I'm sure you will have lots of mixed media artists following your path. Thanks for entering the Punk You Girl Challenge and hope to see you again. Loving your style!! Samara DT PYG

  21. Thank you so much for entering our current challenge FAIRYTALES gone wrong, over on the "PunkYouGirl" dark challenge blog...

    This is a brilliant but really freaky make. The saw movies, are the only movies that I refuse to watch as they really do mess my head up!
    It looks great how you have left the folks eyes bright blue an just darkened and distressed the rest. Great embellishments and detailing.

    As this is my first challenge with this brilliant DT, I really hope I will be seeing more dark and creepy entire from you in our future monthly challenges...

    Dark <3 & creepy hugs
    Lisa xxxx PYG DT Member

  22. this piece is awesomely creepy, even I am a little bit scared! I love the amount of embellishments and distressing , it really works well!
    I saw some of the saw movies and they were gut churning!
    thanks for playing with us at PYG and also at the LOC anything goes. Rachel, DT for PYG and LOC

  23. This piece is fantastic I love it fits our theme perfectly dark and gruesome just the way we like thanks for joining in at Punk You Girl ! Kay (DT)

  24. I love this!!!!
    Fab work as always and it's perfect for our Fairy Tales Gone Bad challenge at PunyouGirls!
    Thanks for joining us.

  25. Heheheh - I bet not one single solitary follower will leave Mark because we all appreciate SUPER CREATIVITY and that is YOU - thru and thru. What wonderful colors, textures and rusty "nails"!! It's really a unique and amazingly fun piece. j.