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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Challenge #194 - Ghostly Goings On

The Opus Gluei Poobahs are feeling spooooky, scary, silly, costumey, retro/vintage....all things Halloweeny....
(Halloweenie? eh, whatever)

That's right, it is time to get into the SPIRIT of the Halloween mood and create some


It's fun to pull out the Halloween decor and crafty goodness.
So, please do just that and then share your creations with us here at Opus Gluei!

Chat Noir here with a Halloween inspired card, even though we don't celebrate Halloween in Australia....yet.  

I was given this digi from Zoe at Make It Crafty but I'm new to digital images in my work, so I probably didn't make as much of it as I could have done...... BUT, I like the unraveling zombie/mummy creature so I made him balance on the cobweb and it all came together from there.  He's supposed to drawing on the bat for support, but I forgive you if it isn't clear. I think the silliest bit is the roll of toilet paper - surely that's not what he's wrapped in??


I think ghosties should be sneaky.  Well, I think they ARE, actually.
What you you think?
You might need to look hard to find the ghosties in my piece.
They are there.
And they are coming!

Rosemary here and I really enjoy Halloween, I like more of the scary that isn't gory and decor that is more vintage and retro.  So, I made a cross stitch home decor item because I like to fill my mantle with plenty of stuff!!!!

Not too scary, right?  It stitches up very quickly.  I love their patterns!
It's a Prairie Schooler chart from Cats, Bats and Witches (#174)

Deena here:
I am not really one to make halloween type cards...not that I don't like them, I just would never hand them out...not sure why??  Maybe because it is usually snowing by halloween in my neck of the woods and it is hard enough to get candy out to those little ghosts and goblins...I did however have this paper burning a hole in my pile and I had to use it, so this is what I came up with:

You have lots of time to play along with us.  Just create, link below to your blog post in the comments, and then prepare for visits to admire your art!

You have until the witching hour on November 1st to link up!  


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Challenge #193 - Time

The theme for this fortnight is....

Time.  It waits for no man.
Use clocks in your work (or just set the alarm to make sure you get it finished in time).  Here's what we've been up to....

I was in Joshua Tree Park this year and standing in the desert which seemed to go on forever, I was struck by the enormity of time.  How it's always been and always will be. So I made a page with that in mind.

Chat Noir here..........  I made two ATCs with clocks in mind, and using an old stamp I bought on a whim (simply had to have it) but have rarely used.

Here's the first

I love the sentiment "an unhurried sense of time is in itself a form of wealth"and so I let it take pride of place on this one.

....and here's my second one: 

....which is really just a celebration of some paper I foundATCs are so versatile that you can make them into anything.  

Rosemary here and I want to show you an art journal background that I've made which perfectly works for this challenge.  I'm showing it without the words that I've put in because well, sometimes an art journal page is very personal and this one is for me but the images of the butterflies should be a hint that this has to do with transformation - ...just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.  I'm realizing that all growth, even painful growth, can lead to something really beautiful.  It just takes TIME.

This was fun - decoupaging, dimension, tissue paper, sparkle, pop dots, watercoloring with Distress inks, pearls, etc.  (in case you were wondering - the metal tag in the center of the watch element says ARTFUL)

What have you made? What has this theme inspired in you?

Please link your creation 
below in the comments

You have until late Saturday, October 18
to share your concept of TIME with us here at Opus Gluei!