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Halloween Lantern Mixed Media Tutorial

Hello everyone! It’s Asia here and today I am sharing a project I had soooo much fun making. I couldn’t keep all this fun only to myself so I prepared a tutorial for you as well. My today’s tutorial is for this altered metal Halloween light. I’ve had this lantern for years and most recently kept it in the garden. Unfortunately during the recent winds the lantern fell, breaking some of the glass panes. It was a perfect ‘excuse’ to put my hands on it and do some creative Hocus Pocus with my lovely media and favourite adhesives.

Halloween Lantern_Asia King3 OK. Let’s begin. First you will need to prepare: your lantern to be altered, Adhesive Sheets 6″x12″DODZ™ – 3D, embossing powder and your paints.

Halloween Lantern_Asia King4 1. Tear a few pieces of Adhesive Sheets 6″x12″ and crumple them in your hands. Peel off the yellow backing sheet and apply the adhesive randomly all over the lantern. Repeat until you are happy with the amount of adhesive transferred.

Halloween Lantern_Asia King5 2. Sprinkle the embossing powder all over the adhesive and brush off the excess.

Halloween Lantern_Asia King6 3. Add DODZ™ – 3D around the domed parts to mimic metal rivets. Cover with the embossing powder.

Halloween Lantern_Asia King7 4. Heat the powder with a heat tool. Use a wooden stick to rotate the lantern during the heating process – do not touch the lantern with your fingers until it had time to cool down. When the powder cools down, rub it off gently to get a gritty, distressed texture.

Halloween Lantern_Asia King8 5. Now the messy part. First dry brush some Steel Grey paint for an ash dusty look. Next randomly apply School Bus, Muted Gold and Country Red with a piece of foam all over the lantern. Next spray the lantern with Black Marble and Butterscotch sprays. Heat set. Finally apply Rub’n Buff with your finger all over the piece, more in some places and less in others. Use it to highlight any raised and textured parts.

Halloween Lantern_Asia King9 7. Using one of the ‘surviving’ glass panes as a guide, draw outlines for the inserts on your illusion film (be careful when handling the glass in case there are any sharp edges). Cut out the required number of inserts with a Stanley/craft knife.

Halloween Lantern_Asia King10 8. As I was going to use collage style stamps, to ensure clean, precise stamping onto my film inserts, I first prepared a stamping guide by drawing extended lines along each edge of the insert. I used the lines as a guide for positioning of the stamp, so the stamped impression included the intended part of the image. Before stamping I secured the inserts within the guide lines with E-Z Dots® Repositionable. 9. Stamp the panels with Halloween images using black StazOn ink.

Halloween Lantern_Asia King11 10. Next fill the inner edges of each side/frame with Thin 3D Foam Squares – Mix Black. Cut them into smaller pieces where necessary.

Halloween Lantern_Asia King12 11. Peel off the protective layers from the foam adhesive and place the stamped images over them and into the frames’ recesses.

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Here’s the lantern fully assembled.

Halloween Lantern_Asia King14 12. You can leave it as it is or add further embellishments. I added a Halloween looking ribbon around the neck and some metal feathers, coloured with alcohol inks for an aged look. The photo below shows the close up detail of the lovely texture you can achieve with your Adhesive Sheets and DODZ™ – 3D.

Halloween Lantern_Asia King15 And here you can see the lantern lit up as part of my Halloween decor. I love the light effects on the illusion film!

Supplies used: Adhesive Sheets 6″x12″DODZ™ – 3D, Thin 3D Foam Squares – Mix Black, E-Z Dots® Repositionable Other supplies: Stampendous stamps: Mirror Mirror, Raven Background, Skeleton Poem, Damask Bats Media: DecoArt Americana Country Red, DecoArt Multisurface Satin in Muted Gold, School Bus, Steel Grey; Ranger Butterscotch Color Wash, Dylusions Black Marble Ink Spray, Rub’n Buff  Grecian Gold, Jet Black StazOn ink, Spiced Marmalade Distress Embossing Powder. Rowlux Illusion Film Gold Moire; metal lantern, ribbon (May Arts), metal feathers/embellishments. I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s tutorial. Please also visit my blog if you’d like to see more of the close up pictures for this altered Halloween lantern. Happy Halloween everyone! Asia King Blog signature



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