There are tons of great Halloween shadow boxes around. I have three of these shadow box frames I picked up at a garage sale. They are old and sturdy, and the front glass is glued in. I’d like to fill each of them in different styles this year. The first one is intended to be simple, and subtly eerie, using vintage photos.
I used The Commons at Flickr to find some photos that were free to use and modify. I wanted a house with some space in front of it, and a creepy girl.
I used charcoal and colored pencils to alter the house a bit. The charcoal looks much more subtle in person, thank goodness.
Creepy girl was part of a group photo. She’s printed on wood grain cardstock for texture. I cut her out, used an awl to scratch out her eyes, and inked the edges so they wouldn’t show white. I left a long bit below her feet so I could fold it and attach her to the box.
Next, a tree is cut out from some spooky paper. I also used purple blending chalk to give it subtle color. Again, I’ve left a bit on the bottom for attachment.
The house is attached to the back board of the shadow box. I decided that it also needed some blending chalk around the edges to create a vignette effect. Here I’m deciding on placement.
In the end, I wish I’d made the tree taller, and painted the bottom attachment flaps white. Otherwise, I’m pretty happy with this quick project. Though it’s madness to photograph–I’ll have to get better at that.
Raffle status: Yes, I’ll send this off.