Wednesday, 15 November 2017

A Burtonesque Christmas Baubles tutorial by Kat Hazelton


I recently bought some wonderful Halloween wood shapes from Calico Craft parts. They do a fantastic range of wood shapes in a variety of themes including seasonal shapes for Halloween, Easter, Christmas and also more unusual shapes such as Steampunk cogs and chandeliers. They also do baubles, boxes and 3D shapes.
One of my recent orders I bought this fabulous pumpkin skull head and thought ooooo it looks like Jack Skellington from a Nightmare before Christmas and an idea popped in my head for a tutorial. So here it is how to make a couple of Burtonesque inspired baubles.

What you will need:
2 x Wood Baubles medium (Calico Craft parts).
1 x Pumpkin skull (Calico Craft Parts).
1 set of Flying Bat Colony - MDF Wood Shapes(Calico Craft Parts).
Acrylic paint in red, black and white. 
Gloss varnish.
Paint brush.
PVA glue.
White and black glitter.
Scissors.
String to hand your baubles.




Setting up my materials 


Give your wood pieces a coat of white paint.
Leave to dry then give them a 2nd coat.
Leave to dry.


On one bauble paint wobbly red stripes. Don't worry about them being untidy that is half the charm!
Leave to dry.


Now paint wobbly black stripes next to the red ones and on your other bauble paint a black swirl. This looks better if it is done free hand you want it to be Burtonesque!
Leave both to dry.


Now paint a thin layer of PVA. On your pumpkin face and sprinkle with white glitter.
Leave to dry.


Before gluing your glittered pumpkin face to your striped bauble I painted the area where the eyes and mouth are going to be with black paint.
Now paint your chosen wooden bats black.

Leave to dry.

Once dry glue on your pumpkin face on to the red and black bauble remember to line up so the eye and mouth are black.
glue on your bats on the top of each bauble and add some white highlights with white paint to add interest.
To add a bit of extra sparkle to the swirl I painted on pva glue on the black swirl and added black glitter.Any escaping glitter paint it white it adds texture to the bauble.

Leave to dry.

Paint both baubles with gloss varnish.

Leave to dry.

Then using scissors cut two lengths of string, loop through the holes.
Now your baubles are ready to hang on tree or Gothic winter twigs.

To visit Calico Crafts please visit:
http://www.calicocraftparts.co.uk


Coming soon more tutorials by me ๐Ÿ˜‰


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©Kat Hazelton 2017.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Sybil Leek Burley's real witch!

I hope you all had a fabulous Halloween. I was lucky enough to visit the beautiful village of Burley in the New Forest. The village was beautifully decorated for Halloween with brooms on the gates, bunting and pumpkins. Even though Burley is a small village it has a number of fantastic shops which are full of witches, fairies and other related gifts and souvenirs which they sell all through the year. They also have a fudge shop, tea rooms and pub. Why is the village such a hot spot for witches well the whole area has had a long history of witches and witchcraft but it was during the 1950's that Burley became famous for having their very own real white witch called Sybil Leek. If you visit the Coven of Witches shop you can see photos and a brief history of their famous celebrity.

Whilst researching Cybil I found this fabulous article on Cybil Leek by Chris Packham (of BBC's Springwatch) well worth a read. Please visit.



Tributes to Cybil Leek in 'The Coven of Witches' shop.



On arriving I was greeted by a rather witchy pumpkin! 

 A Coven of Witches shop in Burley
http://www.covenofwitches.co.uk


The ceiling inside The Coven of Witches shop

                     Cybil Leek


Cybil Leek and her pet jackdaw Hotfoot Jackson.

Well I hope you enjoyed my little write up and maybe take a trip to Burley yourself one day. 


Coming soon to my blog.........how to make Nightmare before Christmas inspired ornaments.

Monday, 30 October 2017

Win a painting by artist Jacqui Lovesey



You can win Algorin's portrait by artist and illustrator of Matlock the hare books Jacqui Lovesey, and win many other 'witchy' things, too.... Please visit the youtube link below for more details and join their facebook page for updates on the upcoming book  https://www.facebook.com/leagueoflidcurvingwitchery/

 https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5jDgvhQpXZM

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

๐ŸŽƒPumpkins๐ŸŽƒ


I just love this time of year I often spend most of October gathering ideas by visiting parks, Castles and walking in woods. I often take photographs of fungi, interesting trees, lichens and I also make lots of sketches. Something about this time of the year with the autumn colours and the excitement of the build up towards Halloween gets my imagination going! Recently I visited Clumber Park, Clumber park is set in a beautiful woodland near Worksop and down the road from Sherwood Forest. Wonderful place well worth a visit if like me you enjoy photography. Not only is it a beautiful place to walk they have both woodlands and water fronted places to explore by foot or by bike but they also have shops, cafes, Discovery centre, which is perfect for children and a large walled kitchen garden.  It was here I found this fabulous display of amazing pumpkins! Its been a long time since I have seen so many varieties! I loved the old carts too!

 For more details on Clumber Park visit National Trust website https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/clumber-park











Here are some of my needlefelt pumpkins and gourds I made last year. I really must get organised and make some more as they are so easy and fun to make! If you fancy a go please visit my youTube tutorial and have fun!  https://youtu.be/FKBxdJTXQ7c 


Monday, 23 October 2017

Calico Craft Parts: Once upon a time - GD Kerstin

Had to share this link here! This is a stunning project and not just for Halloween. Would make a fabulous Gothic gift for a friend.

Calico Craft Parts: Once upon a time - GD Kerstin: Welcome! Kerstin is back with a new mixed media fantasy project.  It's an artist trading block and my inspiration was a very romant...

Monday, 9 October 2017

Fairy house and garden part 6!


 I found these fab paper mushrooms in Hobby Craft the other day just perfect for decorating the roof of my fairy house. First I cut off the wires and then glued some on the grass roof. I used Gorilla glue as it needs a strong glue, I found other glues such as pva were not strong enough.



I used a little pot to keep the mushrooms upright while the glue set as they kept falling over lol!

My grassed roof now has mushrooms I now need to repaint them and add some additional grass to blend them in. I also need to paint my mushroom chimney pot!

Will post an update soon.....

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