Thursday, August 20, 2015

Art with Heart - August Challenge - Frank's Shoe

Today I have a fun project to share - that I made for Eileen Hull's August Art with Heart  challenge - Old is New.  Use one of her older dies for your creation.   Eileen designs for Sizzix and I just LOVE all of her dies!
I decided to use her - Shoe 3D die - and I had all intentions of making a sweet little baby boy shoe for a friend who is having a baby boy in a few months.   But something dark and ugly came over me and this is how my shoe ended up!  
Kent says it looks like Frankenstein's shoe and, yes, I guess that is the look I was going for!  I left the ribbon hanging instead of tying a bow as it looked more sinister somehow......
 I have several step by step photos to share just how this all came about!  First I die cut the shoe out of Little Sizzles Cream Matboard.  Then I assembled it.  Next I covered the outside with Graphite Texture Paste using my palette knife.  It has a rough sandy texture and a little glitter  in it.  I poked a wooden barbecue skewer through the lacing holes to clear the paste out of them.  I left the shoe overnight to dry.
I used the shoe die to cut out pieces to line the shoe with - I just had to cut them down a little bit to fit inside.  I trimmed the side pieces along the bottom edge so I didn't mess up the lacing holes.
I painted around the inside seams and along all the edges of the shoe and any other parts that the cream matboard showed through.
and then I fit the lining pieces inside - being sure to match up the lacing holes.  On my finished shoe - you can't even see the lining! (but I know it's there!!??!)  The papers are from Paper Stash - Regions Beyond.
I colored a piece of Crinkle Ribbon with Black Soot and Spiced Marmalade Distress Markers.  Tim showed us this technique on his July Tag.  Then I spritzed it with water so the colors blended.
I crunched up the ribbon and dried it with my heat tool.
I threaded the ribbon through a large eye needle (that I made sure would fit through the hole before forcing it!) and laced up the shoe - being careful when I pulled the ribbon through the holes that they didn't tear.
Then I started preparing things I wanted to put on my shoe.  I colored the Crossbones and Oddities Spider by dropping Espresso Alcohol Ink on them - purposely not covering them completely so some of the silver still showed.
I dabbed Espresso and Butterscotch Alcohol ink along with Blending Solution on this Oddities word tag.
I filled the shoe with orange/black/white basket shred to hold the tongue of the shoe up.  I folded a piece of cool spider web ribbon in half and stuck it into the shoe against the back,  I added the spider to the web with a jump ring (see it there?!)  I backed the ephemera moon to a piece of black card stock and stuck it into the back of the shoe on a Memo Pin. I glued the web to the back of the moon to help keep the web up.  The ephemera skeleton is just sitting on the edge of the shoe.
I used Alpha Parts/Newsprint to spell out BOO on one side of my shoe.  I adhered it with Multi Medium.
and with a 'nod' to the fact it's supposed to be a baby shoe -  I spelled out 'mummy' on the other side (a little double entendre!)  Since the letters are black - I rubbed some Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stain over them with my finger so they stood out a bit better against the black shoe.
I attached the Oddities word charm to the lacing with a Loop Pin and adhered the Crossbones and Ephemera 31 with Multi Medium.
I really love how my Halloween shoe came out - I think it will be a fun decoration for my kitchen windowsill!  My little shoe measures approx. 1 3/4w"x4d"x2h" - perfect size for a little party favor.
This month we can win a Sizzix Prize Pack!  Check out all the details at the Art with Heart Blog.

I'm also linking my creation to:

Paper:  Little Sizzles Cream Matboard - Sizzix, Paper Stash/Regions Beyond - Tim Holtz
Ink:  Ranger Distress Vintage Photo
Accessories:  ScorTape,  Shoe 3D die - Eileen Hull/Sizzix, Adirondack Alcohol Inks - Espresso, Butterscotch and Blending Solution, Brushed Pewter Ranger Distress Spray Stain, Idea-ology - Alpha Parts/Newsprint, Adornments/Crossbones, Oddities, Crinkle Ribbon, Loop Pins, Frightful Ephemera, Jump Rings, Memo Pin,  Ranger Distress Markers Black Soot and Spiced Marmalade, Multi Medium - Ranger, Graphite Texture Paste - Prima, Spider Web Ribbon - May Arts, Umber Acrylic Paint - Dina Wakley.


Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I LOVE your beautifully wicked Frankenstein shoe. I love it when dies are repurposed in unusual ways, as you did with the baby shoe. Thanks for your recent visit to my blog and blessings!

jdmommy - Anne Harmon said...

Fabulous and sinister indeed!! Surgery for Jay next Tuesday, so he'll be flat on his back for three weeks. What a summer! These are truly the Dog Days! Hugs, my friend!

Redanne said...

Your Frankenstein shoe is one of the best Halloween decorations I have seen for many a day - I LOVE it!! How clever of you to come up with this. I really, really love that spider web ribbon (not sold over here sadly), it looks amazing behind the skeleton and the coloured ribbon is fabulous too. Love, love, love this fabulous creation!

Thanks so much for joining in Eileen's challenge at Art With Heart too, always lovely to see you there. Hugs, Anne xx

Mona Pendleton said...

Super spooktacular and creative project Julia! Love the altered shoe! Perfect for the upcoming Fall season! Puts me in the mood to decorate for Halloween!

Karen Crossen said...

Wonderful project! Love the spooky 'shoe!' Thank you so much for playing with us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

Annette Allen said...

Oh my word how awesome.. girl you are on a roll.. loving all the fun projects you have been making..

Kim Heggins said...

Is there anything you can not do???? this is just amazing and incrediblely spooky!

Sue from Oregon said...

Amazing project Julia!!!

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Julia, that is fabulous, well done I love it! Deb xo

Lisa H said...

this is sooooo cool Julia! I love how you made it a Halloween "baby shoe". Thanks for joining us at the Art with Heart Challenge. =)

Meme said...

This is boo-tiful! I love the creepy shoe! You did a great job on this! Thanks so much for joining us at Art with Heart!

Pammejo said...

So stinkin' cute, love, love your Halloween Shoe...thanks for joining us this month on Art with Heart.

Donna B. said...

Wow, that's some spooky kind of shoe. When you open it up it kind of looks like a coffin. Perfect Halloween project! Thanks so much for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

Melanie said...

What a fun and clever project! Thanks for playing along with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog!

Rachel said...

fabulous project!! this will look great on your halloween table! Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!