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Welcome! Artfully Musing is a blog dedicated to sharing art and the techniques and products used. I'll be showcasing collage, altered and mixed media art as well as miniature. I hope you'll check back often and are inspired. Thanks for visiting! Laura

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Halloween Haunted Village Event - PART 3 - GHOSTMORE MANOR

The Halloween Haunted House event continues with Part 3!  

Every village has its haunted mansion, a place that is whispered about and strangers are warned not to go near.  For Grimsley Village it's Ghostmore Manor. Some say it's cursed other say it’s full of dark magic.  Even the dastardly Cadaver and Diggers Undertakers avoid Ghostmore.
But don’t be afraid, as I know the mistress of Ghostmore Isabella, who comes from a long line of witches many of whom are pictured on the walls.
The ghost in the mirror above the fireplace is Isabella’s sister Ophelia.  It’s a long tragic story that I think had to do with lost love.
There is no dark magic here, only light.  Isabella isn’t the least bit bothered by the gossip in town and dismisses the townspeople as “nothing but a bunch of skeletons and zombies”.
The bust at the top of the staircase is of Isabella's aunt Maudlin, an absolute shrew.  The painting is of Isabella's beloved mother Estace.
Sitting on the top of Isabella's secretary (his favorite spot) is her companion owl Dominic.  I can see that Natasha the cat (at the top of the stairs), is trying to sneak up on Dominic. 
From the view in the window it looks like it’s a full moon tonight.




Ghostmore Manor is a 7 sheet collage set  or a digital image set.  Both sets include all of the images you'll need to create the manor.  You can purchase either the 7 collage sheets set or the digital image set separately or with the Ghostmore chipboard house pieces.
For those who purchase PDF collage sheets, you might find this older video tutorial of mine that covers how to how to re-size PDF formatted collage sheets, how to cut and paste individual images from the collage sheets (which is great for only printing the images you want and printing multiple version of the image) and how to re-size individual images, helpful.

CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO TUTORIAL - WORKING WITH COLLAGE SHEETS THAT ARE IN A PDF FORMAT

GHOSTMORE MANOR DIGITAL SET
The digital set includes a total of 83 images, most of which are included in the Ghostmore Manor Collage Sheet Set, plus an additional 7 images: a table, a rug, stairs, stone trim, wood trim, large lion medallion, and cherry wood veneer.

ALPHA STAMPS KITS
Alpha Stamps has created some kits for the Halloween Village. Many of the products in the kits are available individually.

This is a special set with ALL SEVEN collage sheets for creating Ghostmore Manor — architectural pieces, designed to make a Gothic manor.  This special set is not available as separate collage sheets.

This is a special KIT with ALL SEVEN collage sheets from the Ghostmore Manor Collage Sheet Set PLUS 4 custom chipboard houses sized for Ghostmore Manor! This kit includes the collage sheets printed on cardstock.



This is a special KIT with ALL 83 digital files from the Ghostmore Manor Set Download PLUS 4 custom chipboard houses sized for Ghostmore Manor!


HAUNTED HOUSE KIT
The Haunted House kit contains a chipboard house, chipboard window, 3 collage sheets and 12 x 12 papers.  Click on the image below for more details.

HAUNTED HOUSE ADD-ON KIT
The Haunted House add on kit contains all four of the chipboard houses, all four of the chipboard windows, 3 chipboard skeletons and 4 sheets of 12 x 12 paper.

HAUNTED VILLAGE COLLAGE SHEET SET PART 1
The Haunted Village Collage Sheet Set contains all 11 of the new Haunted Village collage sheets from Part 1.  Click on the image below for more details.

HAUNTED VILLAGE COLLAGE SHEET SET PART 2
The Haunted Village Collage Sheet Set contains all 6 of the new Haunted Village collage sheets from Part 2.  Click on the image below for more details.

For the most part the Ghostmore Manor tutorial can be view without watching Parts 1 & 2 of the village.  However, there are some references to products used in the other parts.


Below is a free 3/4 collage sheet for Ghostmore Manor.  The sheet contains 3 strips of stone trim for the exterior and 3 strips of wood trim for the interior.   In addition there is a staircase.  Below the collage sheet is a free image of cherry wood veneer that I used for the secretary.  If you purchase the Ghostmore digital image set it includes all of the images on the free collage sheet and the cherry wood veneer.




If you have any questions I suggest you use the Email Me button in the left side of the blog.  If you post a question in the comments section, your email address may not be linked to the comment so I have no way to respond to you. If you have asked me a question in the past and have not gotten a response this is why.  

If the Email Me button doesn’t work for you other options are to send me an email through my Etsy store (https://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtfullyMusing?ref=shop_sugg) or send me a message through my YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/ArtfullyMusingLaura). 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Ghoul & Sons Chemist Artwork by Kerstin and a Slight Delay for Part 3 of the Haunted Village Event

Sorry all but there is going to be a slight delay in Part 3 of the Haunted Village Event.  The technology monster struck this past week and I lost the first half of my video tutorial.  So, I’m working to get everything back on track and will post Part 3 on October 1.  I think I’ve saved the best for last and I hope you all think so too!

Now I would like to share this fabulous interpretation of Ghoul & Sons Chemist by Kerstin.
She has more pictures and detailed instructions over at her blog Scrapbook Dreams.  I checked out other pieces of her art on her blog and I just love her style.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Halloween Haunted Village Event - PART 2


The Halloween Haunted House event continues with Part 2!  It’s time to check out some of the other fine businesses in Grimsley Village.
First stop is the Black Cat Emporium where you’ll find unique, strange and sometimes ghoulish items.  If you want to stay the night you can always get a room at the Buzzard Bed & Breakfast and should something unfortunate and final occur, Cadaver & Digger Undertakers will take care of everything.
Before you leave be sure to stop at the town square where you can say hello to the mayor.
BLACK CAT EMPORIUM
You can tell by the name and the d├ęcor that the owner is very fond of black cats.
The shop proprietor is Mr. Grimsley.  As you might guess, the town was founded by his ancestors.  What a lovely cabinet full of all kinds of goodies.
In the shop window you can see a beautiful crystal ball and a bowl of very rare dragon tears.
Look, they have a one of a kind All Seeing Eye.  I have no idea what’s in that bell jar and I’m not sure I want to know.

BUZZARD BED & BREAKFAST
The Buzzard Bed & Breakfast doesn’t get many customers.  The last were a couple of honeymooners who came and never left. You can see the bride's ghost in the front window.
I bet she was a lovely bride, but now, not so much.
For a spookier look add spiderwebs.

CADAVER & DIGGER UNDERTAKERS
I see Mr. Cadaver si directing one of his zombie minions.  There are rumors in the town that Cadaver and Digger are digging up more than they are burying.  I suspect they are the ones supplying Ghoul and Sons Chemists with the skeletons.
You don’t suppose that this is where the Retching Toad Eatery's food comes from???  The place looks a bit torturous.
Yes, there is really an embalming solution named “Frigid”.  I guess when you deal with the dead you have to have a sense of humor.
GRIMSLEY VILLAGE SQUARE
The main square is in the heart of the village.  The residents are proud of its lovely 13th hour clock.  Looks like it's a full moon tonight.
There’s the mayor waiting to great newcomers.
And look, the Halloween Carnival is coming and you can buy your tickets at the clock tower.
Looks like the evening addition of the Grimsley Village Herald is out and tonight’s headline is “Halloween Carnival Comes To Town – October 1”.  There are some other interesting articles too; “Thrifty Witch to Expand”, “Unhappy Customer Sues Grizelda’s House of Beauty” and “Strange Noises Heard at Night at the Dying to Get in Cemetery”.  
Things are never dull in Grimsely Village!


There is a collage sheet for each of the 4 village pieces covered in PART 2 plus a spooky windows collage sheet like the one in Part 1 and collage sheet with blank signs and plaques.  For each of the collage sheets there is a corresponding digital image set which contains all of the images in the collage sheets and more. 

For those who purchase PDF collage sheets, you might find this older video tutorial of mine that covers how to how to re-size PDF formatted collage sheets, how to cut and paste individual images from the collage sheets (which is great for only printing the images you want and printing multiple version of the image) and how to re-size individual images, helpful.




This set includes 23 images.  All of the images from the Black Cat Emporium collage sheet are included in this set plus a gargoyle pediment.
This set includes 28 images.  All of the images from the Buzzard Bed & Breakfast collage sheet are included in this set plus an additional 4 images; a pair of shutters, a door, a large version of the clock face and a large version of the coffin clock.
This set includes 30 images.  All of the images from the Cadaver and Digger Undertakers are included in this set plus an additional 7 images; a stack of crates, a cauldron, a guillotine, 3 tombstones and a skull.
This set includes 22 images.  All of the images from the Grimsley Collage Sheet are included in this set plus an additional 7 images; 13th hour clock, moon, skull streetlight, black skull, blank newspaper, stone arch, and a blank street sign.
This set includes 21 images.  All of the images are from the Spooky Windows and More Spooky Windows Collage Sheets.

This set includes 25 blank signs and plaques.  All of the images from the Blank Signs & Plaques collage sheet are included in this set plus an additional 8 signs.

ALPHA STAMPS KITS
Alpha Stamps has created some kits for the Halloween Village Event & Haunted House Swap. Of course all of the products in the kits are available individually.

HAUNTED HOUSE KIT
The Haunted House kit contains a chipboard house, chipboard window, 3 collage sheets and 12 x 12 papers.  Click on the image below for more details.

HAUNTED HOUSE ADD-ON KIT
The Haunted House add on kit contains all four of the chipboard houses, all four of the chipboard windows, 3 chipboard skeletons and 4 sheets of 12 x 12 paper.

HAUNTED VILLAGE COLLAGE SHEET SET PART 1
The Haunted Village Collage Sheet Set contains all 11 of the new Haunted Village collage sheets from Part 1.  Click on the image below for more details.

HAUNTED VILLAGE COLLAGE SHEET SET PART 2
The Haunted Village Collage Sheet Set contains all 6 of the new Haunted Village collage sheets from Part 2.  Click on the image below for more details.


If you are new to the event you will want to watch the Part 1 videos first before watching part two.  I reference several things covered in the Part 1 videos so if you haven't seen them they might not make sense.  


CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL THE ALPHA STAMPS PRODUCTS I USED FOR THE VILLAGE PIECES IS PART 2.

Below is a free collage sheet of wood trims in a PNG format.  The sheet contains 8 different wood patterns in 2 sizes.  You can use them to trim doors, windows and as baseboards or paneling.

Click here If you would prefer to download an Adobe PDF version of the collage sheet.


AWNING TEMPLATE
Below is a sheet of the awning template I used for the Black Cat Emporium. Feel free to download the template. 





If you have any questions I suggest you use the Email Me button in the left side of the blog.  If you post a question in the comments section, your email address may not be linked to the comment so I have no way to respond to you. If you have asked me a question in the past and have not gotten a response this is why.  

If the Email Me button doesn’t work for you other options are to send me an email through my Etsy store (https://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtfullyMusing?ref=shop_sugg) or send me a message through my YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/ArtfullyMusingLaura). 

Halloween Haunted Village 
GHOSTMORE MANOR
Every village has its haunted mansion, a place that is whispered about and strangers are warned not to go near.  For Grimsley Village it's Ghostmore Manor. Some say it's cursed other say it’s full of dark magic.  Even the dastardly Cadaver and Diggers Undertakers avoid Ghostmore.
CLICK HERE TO JUMP TO THE PART 3 TUTORIAL 



Halloween Haunted Village - MAD SCIENTIST LABORATORY
It’s a dark and stormy night in Grimsley Village, the kind of night Dr. Deranged has been waiting for.  Tonight he will be taking advantage of the lighting storm to further his work on animating a giant brain.
With help from his mechanical minions, Dr. Derange hopes to see the culmination of his diabolical plans.
Inside all preparations have been made.  The brain is resting on the platform being fed by tubes of fluid.  The electrodes are in place leading up to the lightning collector installed on the roof.
In a fevered frenzy, Dr. Deranged works to finish the construction of his electrical plasma machines which he hopes will harness enough energy to animate the brain.  His work is cutting edge and dangerous.  If things don't work out, no doubt Cadaver and Digger will be the first on the scene.
You can see his formulas on the chalkboard, books, charts and laboratory equipment.  It’s taken years of work culminating in this one night.
On the outside, the lab appears calm and serine surrounded by seasonal pumpkins and vines, but inside it’s a different story.
The storm is getting closer, which means it’s time to fire-up the machines.
Everyone in Grimsley Village senses something is about to happen.  After tonight, the world might not ever be the same……BWAHAHAHAHA