It’s Halloween Time at CoOp 28 (if you’re local please check it out! Great store and terrific owner).
I’m working on the window display and trying to come up with some fun, new(ish) ideas.
I’ve been slowly collecting things to put in the window – a skull here, a hay bale there…. you know…Halloweeny.
But I got in my head that it would be cool just to do a big, wooden, 31 sign.
I sanded them and painted them black and……..?
…..and that’s when I got bit overwhelmed with (and perhaps a bit too excited by) the possibilities.
I could distress them! I could decoupage them! They could have pictures! patterns!
I kind of short-circuit when my brain goes off like that – stuck trying to decide which of the many options is the very BEST option. You know what I mean?
So…….I decided to make them all. Perfectly reasonable solution.
I wasn’t actually thinking of this as a product – more as an eye-catcher – but maybe…….
So, for version 1 I went with classic black and orange.
I wanted that distressed, decrepit look so after a base coat of black I rubbed some candle wax all over the edges and front and then gave it a top coat of orange.
My intention was to use my new (to me at least) wax, heat gun and duct tape approach like I’d done with my distressed backgrounds.
But I discovered something interesting. The first time I did that I used flat latex paint. This time I used spray paint for both coats. Once it had all dried I used the heat gun but it turns out that the heat gun heats up the wax AND the paint and doesn’t yield very satisfying results. So it was back to my sander and a rough sanding disc.
These are 12″ high but I might make a really big one for the window (time permitting).
But they could be different colors! Covered with poison labels! Covered with candy wrappers! Covered with Halloween scrap paper and on and on and on…..