Thursday, March 28, 2013

HDH 163 - A Divine Comedy

Haunted Design House Challenge 163 is Dante's work, A Divine Comedy.  Phew there is a lot of inspiration in this.  I went from idea to idea to freakin' out a little because nothing was working.  I made the mistake of looking at all the great ideas and finished projects from the other posts and decided to let the concept sink in a little.  Be sure to check out "the others" projects and what a fantastic job they all did.

I started on a couple of projects that I will eventually finish, but not in time, because my printer decided to take a dump on me and die.  May have to use it for parts...So I decided to go another way.

Smeared Ink has a Design Team Throwdown going on right now (awesome!!)  and the winners from last round, Haunted Design House, got to choose the theme for this round, Faux anything.  With this in mind I created my little wall hang using foil.

My project features Minos, a judgie character who sits outside of the 2nd Circle of Hell.  His tail curls around his body indicating which level/circle of Hell that the soul will go to.
I found a wonderful sketch from the artist Caleb Gresham which I used for my main image.  In this, Minos's tail is made from snakes.

I had printed out Caleb's sketch and laid it over a piece of foil.  I used a stylus to trace over the sketch lines to make the imprint on the foil.
Once finished I colored in with markers (SU!), and Sharpie's.  When finished with main image, I used Crystal Effects to seal in colors and add a little dimension.
I used a skull stamp from Inkadinkado (Creepy Creatures Cling) to make it look like Minos was sitting on a bunch of skulls.  Then colored in with Sharpie's and Burnt Umber Acrylic Paint.
I used the stylus to add texture to the backgound around Minos and to write in the name.

For the frame I cut out a 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" from card board for the base.
Scruched up foil, flattened, and used brayer to make the backgound texture.
I glued Pleated Satin Ribbon (SU!) to the card board base for the snake skin texture.
Glue the foil to frame.  Use brayer over top of covered frame so that the ribbon shows up.
I added acrylic paints (Dark Pine from Deco Art Americana and Burnt Umber from Fold Flrt) to help bring out the textures.
Last I used Basic Black re-inker (SU!) and the Aqua Painter around all edges of frame.


  1. Lovely colours and texture. Looks like you had great fun once you got going. I hate printers. Mine is often found flying across the room. X thanks for joining us at haunted design house.

  2. WOW, what inspiration! Fabulous colors and textures here and so creative. Loved the story of Minos, too. Thanks so much for joining us for our Dante Challenge at HDH. xxD

  3. Very creepy cool. Thanks for sharing with us at Haunted Design House xx

  4. Wonderful - a great image to use and such gorgeous texture. Thank you for playing at Haunted Design House.
    Ike :-)

  5. Very creepy and beautifully done. Thanks for sharing with us at Haunted Design House :)

  6. HDH, you all inspired me! Comments so welcomed and can not wait for more challenges. All off beat inspiration and creativity welcomed here, s.