time to start thinking about halloween

halloween mixed media canvas using old book paper collage pauge mod podge paper napkin black ink and paint

I adore Halloween.  It is such a fun holiday and I love decorating the house for it.

Over the last few years the boys have gotten more and more excited about Halloween and I have enjoyed making more and more fun stuff to decorate with.  This year to help get in the mood, I was lucky to get to participate in Margie’s latest class – Spooky Spark.  She is the queen of Halloween and I was very inspired by some of the amazing projects that she was doing.  While I didn’t recreate them all as she did, I took inspiration from her and applied it to some fun projects.

Over the next week or so, I will be making lots of fun Halloween decorations that I will be sharing here with all of you… then, next weekend I will get the house decorated and show how I used all of these individual pieces to create a fun look in my home.

With that in mind, here is a Margie-inspired Halloween canvas that I created!

halloween mixed media canvas using old book paper collage pauge mod podge paper napkin black ink and paint halloween mixed media canvas using old book paper collage pauge mod podge paper napkin black ink and paint

To start, I cut up some fun old book pages and collage pauged them onto the canvas.

halloween mixed media canvas using old book paper collage pauge mod podge paper napkin black ink and paint

Next, I cut a great napkin I found in the Halloween section at Target and added it to the front with another round of collage pauge.  The book paper showed through, adding a cool added layer to the project.

halloween mixed media canvas using old book paper collage pauge mod podge paper napkin black ink and paint

Once it was dry, I trimmed the excess napkin off and inked the edges.

halloween mixed media canvas using old book paper collage pauge mod podge paper napkin black ink and paint

To finish it off, I hot glued on some fun old trim and a cheap plastic skull that I had from my Halloween stash.  To complete it, I made a quick junk bow and hot glued it on as well.  The part that took the longest was letting the collage pauge dry.  Overall, this was a pretty quick and easy project to make!

halloween mixed media canvas using old book paper collage pauge mod podge paper napkin black ink and paint

Here is a final look at it…  Happy Halloween!


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