Monday, February 23, 2009

Picture a Day - Day 82

One of our big scores at the major After Christmas Sales was to get our hands on not only those little boys with the snowballs (that I then turned into two kids throwing mud at each other in the cemetery, and lead me down this painting spree) but also something a bit bigger.

We got a large Vineyard that while originally $49 was marked down to about $7 by the time we came around. I had some little ideas in my brain on how to make it fit into our Halloween village but it was put away for a few months to simmer.

In the meantime I've been learning a few different painting techniques and mostly been getting in a Halloween mood (can I have Halloween in April?) so I decided to attempt it this weekend.

Here is what the cute little vineyard looked like to start with:

And this is what I did to deface the poor thing. My thoughts were to make it look like Vampires have invaded the Vineyard and run it now.

For the front window I had to think outside the box a touch as I couldn't get in and paint the wine and cheese. Instead I added some "cracks" to the windows and if you can see a pair of bloody hand prints.

The leg bone was from another kit that we just had sitting around. The hardest part here was adding the word "blood" to the sign. I was so focused in the middle of painting it I had to ask my husband just how to spell "blood." I only wanted to give it one "o" for some reason. That is one grinning skull there, though the cat seems none to happy to have Vampires around.One of the windows, with some bloody visitors. But what I really love is what I did to the grape edifices to make it look more like a monster out of Lovecraft.
In the windows on the back I tried to paint to different silhouettes. It sort of worked.
It's amazing how the addition of a little paint can make something go from a cute little Christmas themed village to the Vineyard of the Damned. Just have to add a few vampires outside and it's all ready to go.

Ah this creativity stuff is tons of fun some days. Anyone else like to buy something for decoration and then alter it to your own purposes?


Leslie said...

You know, I think you're the only one that modifies things to this extreme. know I do like to turn things into things that they weren't meant to be. Sometimes some "rigging" is necessary.

Lindsey said...

Very cool! I wish I was as creative as you!

Chesney said...

I wish I had the talent and patience you do! This is really cool! Can hardly wait until Halloween to see your entire village! You have a great eye for seeing what is not there!

Rachel said...

This turned out sooooooo cool!! I wouldn't have thought to do something like this.
Can't wait to see your place at Halloween this year!!! All those extras you collected for your wedding, AND the time to put them up this year!