Batty Halloween

I love this time of year, so my page today is inspired by autumnal colours and some spooky bats to celebrate Halloween; I hope you like it!

I started by adding the large leaves, which were some leftover pieces of Botanicals Collage Paper by Tim Holtz, sticking them in place using Liquitex matte gel medium. When dry, I smooshed lots of Distress Inks over the page, the colours I used were Seedless Grapes, Spiced Marmalade and Twisted Citron. Next I added more foliage using an Urban Tapestry stamp set by Tim Holtz and black Archival Ink and then I splattered the page with black DecoArt acrylic paint. The black wreath circles and bats were die cut from black cardstock using a couple of Sizzix Thinlits sets; they were Pretty Wreath Thinlits by Peter Hughes and Halloween Hangouts Thinlits by Tim Holtz. The “Halloween” wording was created using letters from some Chipboard Quote chips by Tim Holtz. To finish, I added three Small Talk stickers which were also by Tim Holtz and read “stay curious”, “don’t forget to fly” and “be brave”.

Tracey was asking if I have lights on my autumn window display, well as you can see here I do (grin!).

I even have bats up for Halloween too and I managed to capture them here with the moon shining through the window – so spooky (double 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.

For the sake of brevity I am no longer listing the individual items that I used to create my page, however I’m more than happy to let you know which particular product was used if you contact me via comments below or using the following contact me link.


I’m pleased to be able to join the following challenges today with my Batty Halloween page:

Art Journal Journey and lovely Tracey from Hotchpotchcreations  who is hosting this month with her My favourite colour is October challenge as Halloween and the colours are synonymous with October.

October Anything Halloween challenge over at the Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge.

Grunge, Ghouls or Giggles over at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog with my grungy page.

Paperbabe Stamps and their Challenge #154 – Anything Goes with my page.

Spooky/Halloween challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

LTSCB #150 – Anything But A Card over at Love to Scrap Challenge Blog with this Halloween art journal page.

Spooky/Halloween challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Challenge #6 Mixed Media Lovers with my mixed media Halloween page; this is a new challenge so I thought I’d join in the fun!

25 thoughts on “Batty Halloween

  1. This is a fabulous page, Jo, love the colours and all the batty bats. I had a bat in my living room last week, and the bat was even more scared than I was, but I manged to get it out with a net.. I didn’t want live Halloween decorations! Your decor looks great! Have a lovey weekend, Hugs, Valerie

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  2. Jo, your Halloween page is gorgeous!! I love the background colors and the cute little bats, love the black wreath too! Your window displays are awesome, the cling bats with their big eyes are so cute! Enjoy your weekend.
    Hugs, Tammy

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  3. One of the first things that struck me was the big wreath with the word Halloween inside. Then I noticed the way you skillfully moved the colors around. This is a truly beautiful Halloween entry with bats, which are iconic favorites when it comes to Halloween. I love how you arranged the leaves on the page. I like the composition, but the background colors were simply amazing. Thanks for sharing this with us at Art Journal Journey using Tracey’s theme.

    As always, I like your autumn window. Nice to see it at night as well as the bat with the moon behind it,

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  4. Great page, Jo. Love the bats (just watched a special on why they are so beneficial to our world – pollen spreading and mosquito eating – makes me actually love them now – lol), the folliage, and those gorgeous ink colors. It is such a lovely composition. Erie and pretty. Hugz

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  5. WOW Jo this is AWESOME! LOVE your choice of colors and Halloween elements! GREAT JOB! Thanks for sharing your decorative photos too … how cool you caught the moon reflection … spookalicious!! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at the Two Old Bats Halloween challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back each month. Remember, if we have 50+ entries, we will give a PRIZE.

    Please stop in for a visit!

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  6. Sorry I didn’t get by yesterday. My daughter and her beau were here. I love the colors you used in your background Jo. The leaf details in black give it a real feel for autumn. And those bats. How fun! What a great page for the season. Thanks for sharing with Tracey’s challenge at AJJ. and those lights work perfect in your window display. I love your silly bats and fun owls too. Have a a wonderful rest of your Sunday and start tot he new week Jo. Hugs-Erika

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  7. I just love the colors on your spooky, eerie page and how cool to see the moon reflected in your bat display! I’m getting a little tired of seeing our cemetery out front, but we still get lots of visitors to check it out old and young alike!

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  8. This is so BOOtiful Jo! I absolutely adore that background and the colors are stunning! You never think to say that bats are “pretty”, but this is such a pretty design! I’m always inspired by your AJ pages and hope to “one day” be able to start getting into them again! In the meantime, thanks for inspiring!

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  9. That’s a lovely display in your home Jo, bet it’s spooky when the lights are low. I really must get mine up or it will be too late.
    The page you created is gorgeous, I do like the colours you chose to use. The addition of the purple to the usual autumnal colours works really well and adds that touch of spookiness to it. One thing I notice about you is that you have perfect balance to your pages and this illustrates it well. I thought the diecut circle was actually a piece of wire that you had fashioned to use on your page – it is fabulous and works so well.
    A wonderful piece –
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  10. Jo this is a very beautiful journal page the spiced marmalade with the seedless preserve is a lovely combination. With its collage and batty bats filling the sky, it certainly spells out a wonderful time of year indeed. So happy to see you share this and join me @ Art Journal Journey again during October. I had a feeling there would be lights on your Autumnal window display.. they lead the way so those bats can find their way home hee hee..
    Sorry i’m a little later than intended the weekend got a little bit crazy Hugs Tracey xx
    P.S and thank you for joining us @ PBS x

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  11. Stunning background you created!! Thank you for taking the time to join in with our challenge and sharing your creativity with us, I love to see your talent, creativity and imagination at work. I hope to see more of your creativity in the near future.
    Ann Love To Scrap! Challenge DT

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