Tis the Witching Hour

Here’s another Halloween page, this time in a vintage style to celebrate the Witching Hour with steampunk clocks, recycled chains, bats and I thought I’d never say this but a spider too – eek!

I started by colouring the background of the page with Parchment Liquitex acrylic paint and Pébéo white gesso using a baby wipe. When dry, I tore a piece of Pion Design paper called Midnight Spell that details clocks, lace and cobwebs and stuck it to the page using a glue stick. Then I added stamping and collage layers to blend the paper into the background; firstly by stamping a Gothic Book stamp from Finnabair over the page using black Archival Ink. Then using the same Gothic Book stamp and ink I stamped some tissue paper from an old dressmaking pattern, and ripped and stuck pieces of it onto the page using Liquitex matte gel medium. Then I applied some more white gesso and layered more of the stamped tissue paper over the top. Next I stamped the pretty foliage over the page which was from a Floral Silhouette stamp set by Penny Black and some cobwebs around the edges of the page using a stamp by Molly Browns; both were stamped using black Archival Ink.

I used the black Archival Ink to create the “Tis the Witching Hour” wording using an alphabet stamp set by Hampton Arts and also to add the bats which were from an Autumnal Treasures stamp set that was free from a magazine.

The clock was made from wooden chipboard pieces from Boozybear which I covered with white gesso and then coloured with the black Archival Ink and a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker.

I backed the cogs and face with some recycled cream card that I die cut into circles and then I painted them with some watered down black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker. The clock pieces were stuck together using Ranger Glossy Accents making sure that the hands on the clock showed midnight (the Witching Hour!) and I added some highlights using a silver Daler-Rowney paint pen.

The clock is arranged on the page with some pieces of chain and pendants from an old necklace that I had coloured with the white gesso and then some black DecoArt acrylic paint. To finish, I suspended a spider from the top of the page; it was stamped using the Autumnal Treasures stamp set and black Archival Ink and I drew a line using a black Uni Pin for the little spider to dangle from (grin!).

As T Stands for Tuesday I’m sharing my hubby’s Hobgoblin beer which is brewed by Wychwood Brewery in Oxfordshire.

I thought of this beer as the Wychwood logo, (which is hard to see, but it’s etched onto the neck of the bottle), includes a witch flying on a broomstick which is perfect for my page too (grin!).

I hope that you’re all staying safe and well!

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Parchment)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Pion Design Paper (Midnight Spell PD8103)
  • Prima Marketing Finnaibar Clear Stamps (Gothic Book #966966)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Style Dressmaking Pattern tissue paper
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Penny Black Clear Stamp Set (Floral Silhouette 30-563)
  • Molly Blooms Rubber Stamps (Cobweb MB-0065D)
  • Boozybear wooden chipboard pieces (Clock Face)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Recycled Cream Cardstock
  • The Works (Cutting Dies – Circles)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Daler-Rowney Acrylic Paint Markers (Silver)
  • Recycled necklace – chains and pendants
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Hampton Art (Alphabet Stamp Set WM1037)
  • Creative Stamping Issue 61 (Autumn Treasures Stamp Set)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.5mm)

I’m pleased to join the lovely Chris aka Pearshapedchris, who is hosting the Hold The Line challenge over at Art Journal Journey with the lines of chain and cobwebs on my page.

I’m joining in the fun over at Country View Challenges and their Halloween challenge with my Tis the witching hour art journal page.

I’m joining the Purple, Orange, Green! Eek! It’s Halloween! challenge over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog with my vintage witching hour page.

I’m pleased to join the Not A Card challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge with my art journal page.

I’m also joining in the fun over at the Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge and their Halloween Jump Start challenge which is their very first challenge – thank you Dar for inviting me to join in the fun, I hope you like my witching hour page!

I’m so pleased to be able to join in the Anything Goes over at Paperbabe Stamps with my witching hour page too.

I’m also pleased to join Sandee & aimlee’s Steampunk Challenge and their Anything Goes -Steampunk/Industrial challenge with my vintage steampunk Halloween page.

I’m also joining the Mix It Up Challenge Blog and their Anything Goes + optional twist of Distressing (ink or tool) with the stamping and layering background techniques and the techniques I used to create the Steampunk clock.

Don’t forget that you still have another week to join in the Halloween fun over at Try it on Tuesday too!

33 thoughts on “Tis the Witching Hour

  1. I love the witchy beer! There are also lots of wines with spooky labels, which I’ve picked out in other Octobers, but this year I’m only ordering wine, or grabbing it in a hurry, not picking it out by pretty labels.

    be well… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  2. That is a super page Jo. That clock face is a great centerpiece for your Halloween page. The witching hour is a time I would rather ignore I think, but I like the fact your page isn’t too spooky. And I would try that beer. I have to say the hobgoblin on the label does look a bit scary, and I wouldn’t want to run into him during the witching hour or any time. Thanks for joining Chris’ challenge at AJJ. Have a super T day to. Hugs-Erika

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  3. What an incredible page. I’m in love with that clock and the bats and spider are traditional Halloween inspired icons. I truly adore this and it’s great for Chris’s theme at Art Journal Journey, too. I was super impressed with how everything went together flawlessly.

    Once you pointed the logo out, I saw it on the neck of the bottle. I was focused on the label at first. I would love the bottle for the (several) witch on a broom stick. Happy birthday to your husband. I am sure you have something fabulous planned for him, too. Thanks for sharing your incredible journal page and your beer with us for T this Tuesday, dear.

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  4. Cool page. Love the clock with the bat wings makes me things of the winged death head on old gravestones. Time flies when you’re in the afterlife 🎃 Cool beer label, too. Happy T Day.

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  5. Love your vintage Witching Hour! I just can’t believe how much I like it, because I am not into Halloween! Fabulous. Happy T Day! Can you believe I am actually here on T Day? LOL

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  6. WOW!! I’m not into scrapbooking but I always admire the creativity on the pages.
    Yours is amazing, all the details are awesome, love the papers and the chains, so creative.
    Thank you for sharing with us at TWO OLD BATS HALLOWEEN CHALLENGE.
    Stay healthy and safe.


  7. I love how you designed this Halloween page Jo, a great idea to use the book papers. Its super inspiration for Chris’s AJJ theme.
    Thank you for linking.
    Stay safe.
    Yvonne xx

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  8. What a great page. It really looks as if you have cut pages from a book. It’s hard to believe it is a stamp. Beautiful.
    I like Hobgoblin beer. I remember buying this some years ago. I liked the name, and there was a music shop in Bristol that was called Hobgoblin, so I bought a bottle and shared it with my hubby. Very nice too it was.
    That really is a special touch to have the witch on the bottle. I hadn’t spotted it myself.
    Sorry for the late comment,
    Have a good week,

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  9. Your AJ pages always make me smile and they look so fun to create! But this one just tickles me pink with the spooky yet elegant style to it. Your clock is fabulous and you’ve achieved a perfect balance of light and dark; bravo on this one! And of course, it makes me smile to know you’ve shared this with us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog! PS Hobgoblin is such a funny word, but that brew looks yummy!

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  10. Brilliant fun! Love the torn paper mixed with the beautiful background. The clock is fantastic all painted in black. Thanks for joining us in the Halloween Challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

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  11. Uuhu spooky whitching hour is creeping in on us Happy halloween. Thank you for sharing your lovely make with us at SanDee&amelies Steampunk Challenges. Hugs, Susan

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