Saturday, October 15, 2011

Day 15 "The Lightning Flashes Through My Skull"

The lightning flashes through my skull; mine eyeballs ache and ache; my whole beaten brain seems as beheaded, and rolling on some stunning ground.

Herman Melville
Moby Dick

You've seen the paper mache skulls on another Wicked Blog
Here is the Dollar Tree Plastic version.
Begin by sanding the surface of the skull, just a bit, it will help the paint stick.
Apply a coating of gesso. Wait while it dries, and apply another coat or two.
After it dries draw a design on your skull with pencil.
I wasn't sure just what to do next. So I painted the flowers
with some basic craft acrylic, I really don't like this paint, but I had it.
It's also very cheap and one should just go ahead and use the stuff in your stash!
I was in a rush to finish, wanting immediate gratification and wanting to post for Day 15
so I outlined the images using my black copic marker. I was pleased with the way this worked
not sure of the effect on  my marker, but you can change out those tips!
I colored in some of the other flowers with other copic markers. Pretty pleased. But I wouldn't do the
\entire skull with the copics.
So....what about a rubber stamp? I took my tiny spider web from my Michael's stash
and stamped it as centers on the flowers and in some of the spaces.
Ideally I should have painted the entire skull, and applied a coat of modge podge or some other
similar finish, you could use a glossy or matte finish.
Check out the other wicked blogs and we'll see you tomorrow!


ike said...

WoWza - that is wonderful. I like it with some white showing. Glorious colours...super piece :-)

MaRyKaY said...

that is awesome. that paint almost looks like the kind that you use under a black light. thats what i thought when i first look at it. Turned out great I think.

DonnaMundinger said...

OMG, this turned out GREAT! Gonna have to see if I can find one of those skulls. Never though about painting on the plastic. Love the whole psychedelic vibeand the little spider webs are too cute. xxD

monique said...


this is so cool, love the skull and the colours you used

Susan said...

COOL sugar skull, and Hip too!
Very groovy!

Jane said...

Love your skull it is so colourful luv it
Luv Jane xxx

ldfdesign said...

thank you for this! it's lovely and i have a couple of extra of these. you did a wonderful job with it!

Sharon Sahl said...

Your painted skull is nicely laid out and beautifully painted. From the looks of it, no one would guess you were "using up" old supplies1

~Lady B~ said...

Brilliant! Looks great!

Steph said...

Wonderful skull, love the bright flowers and all the webs.

Scrap Vamp said...

Groovy skull! Love the colors!

Christy said...

OUTSTANDING!!!! I love this...


Kristina said...

you have done a terrific job on altering that skull, very creative! Well done! Is it for Dia De Los Muertos?

Sara a.k.a. Eternal Princess Ryan said...

Donna... I love how this turned out!!! You did a wonderful job!!! I love it and will not be afraid to get them and try it!!!

I Don't Do Straignt said...

You did a FAB job on this sugar skull. Love it!