Tuesday, July 7, 2015

My creative soundtrack

I don't know about you, but I simply MUST have music playing while I'm creating.
Although, I did have TerrorVision playing on You Tube last night while I finished 
up my latest Haunted Design House - Macabre Monday challenge piece.
The new challenge is "I Love Rock & Roll"
and you are to choose a song as your inspiration. It can be the music,
the lyrics, or even the video imagery to whet your creative appetite.

I originally chose "Rat Trap 666" by Die Antwoord, but after listening closer to the
lyrics (they're from South Africa so it gets hard to decipher at times), I chose to
go in another direction. Have you ever ran across an old CD and have no idea
who it is? I found an Otep CD that I totally blanked on, but the very second I put it
on I instantly remembered this chick. I am usually not a big fan of women fronted
metal bands,  but this chick is bad ass. I really dig her and her gritty sound.
The lyrics to "Blood Pig" really spoke to me, and allowed me the freedom
to create something that represents me. The lyrics are a bit "colorful" so
I'll warn you now, and show you the lyrics I used for my altered mouse trap.
Yeah, an altered mouse trap was what I wanted to make, hence the idea to use
the first song, if only for the title.  

Blood Pig on the album Sevas Tra by Otep 

I'm fucked up
I'm different
Words remain
My only escape

Art saves
All of me

Yeah, that pretty much sums me up.

I have recently started collecting ideas for this project on a Pinterest board
I created here: Glo's pinterest board . I really like how small these are,
like an ATC, but a little larger at 1 3/4" x 3 3/4". They make great note holders
and just neat little bits of altered art. 
I began by purchasing a set of four traps for under $2, and I'll be checking out the
Dollar Store next time I'm out and about. After removing some of the unnecessary
hardware,  I gessoed two of them, one in black and the
other in white. I was still very undecided at this point.

I decided to use some Silks acrylic glaze, and I love how it turned out!
 I used Spiced Pumpkin and it gave such a beautiful, fiery color to the
black gesso. Like the flames of hell fire coming to get me...

After the paint dried (it actually takes 48 hours to cure completely, so this was a bit tacky),
I used matte medium to apply some images I had saved on my computer. I felt that these
images represented me in some way. Either in aesthetic, or attitude.

My sinister sistah, Donna hooked me up with some super kewl
charms when we finally made contact, so I used this guy as my
main focus. I used black acrylic paint to the recessed areas to
bring out the details more, and even went so far as to use Inka Gold
in green, purple, and orange to add some color to the crown.
I also went nuts with the Glossy Accents and Glossy Crackle products. 
Crackle on the Ouija board, and Glossy on the spider punch cuts.  

I love me a good Cthulhu image, some (paper) spiders, 
a 'Going to Hell' charm, and a sentiment that pretty much sums it all up. 
I usually go with a matte medium to seal everything, but once I saw how the
Glossy Accents really showed off the color of the Silks, I opted for a glossy medium.  

I was just turned onto shopmissa, where everything is $1, and I saw
these spikes that are used on nails as nail art (can't imagine wiping my butt
with hands festooned with spikes, but that is pretty heavy metal). 
I knew I could use them in multiple ways in my art. 
I bought a bunch. They were 20 for $1, c'mon! 

I used Glossy Accents to glue them down, and then thought they needed to be
embedded in GA to stay on forever. Perfect!

I added some Tim Holtz Halloween rub-ons for some
interest on the sides.

So now you know a little bit more about me, and hopefully you'll be
back anyway.

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:


  1. Not a shocker to me, kinda knew you are this way LOL! I really love your rat trap project. I really want to know what your going to do with it, please PM me. Love your charms. Those "Nail Art" pieces, are freakin to awesome!! I too would have bought a shit ton of them! I am now following your RT board on Pintrest. You could use this as a note holder?? I love it! You really did an amazing job on this! Now I know what gel medium is for... adding clip art.

  2. EEEK! I'm so thrilled you used one of the charms I gave you! Now I've got to come up with something fab for the mousetraps you gave me. Super cool project. Love, love, LOVE! xxD

  3. Wow, this is soooo great! I have seen some mousetrap art (is that the right name?) but your rock'n'roll trap really got me! Okay, after work I'll hop to the dollar store to get some traps :)
    I hope you rock all the challenges, my dear!


  4. Wow, this is soooo great! I have seen some mousetrap art (is that the right name?) but your rock'n'roll trap really got me! Okay, after work I'll hop to the dollar store to get some traps :)
    I hope you rock all the challenges, my dear!


  5. I saw you pinning Altered Traps the other day and am so glad I didn't have to wait too long to see you create your own. Love the finished piece, the paint colours are gorgeous and those spikes are perfect :)

  6. Simply Awesome my friend. Might have to give this a go as my mind is reeling with the possibilities right now. As always you are an Inspiration my friend and lovin them spikes :) xx

  7. Wow love this!!! Great substrate.
    Thanks for playing along at Altered Eclectics,
    Lisa Altered Eclectics DT

  8. This one inspired me! I went out and got some mouse traps today at the dollar tree. Hopefully soon I'll actually get some time to actually craft something. Thanks for the inspiration, Glo!

  9. :) This is awesome! Thank you for sharing it with us at Mixed Media World! Ingrid x

  10. Love,love,love this...great alteration and theme.
    Fab entry for our challenge over at http://rheddscreativespirit.blogspot.co.uk/

  11. WOW is all I can say - I wish I were as creative as you - a rat trap oh my x Thank you for sharing with us over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month and hope to see you again in future challenges.

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    Mother Hen for Altered Eclectics
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  12. Fantastic project. Thanks for joining us over at That Craft Place, Nicola X

  13. That is a terrific use of a mouse trap. Inspired really! Thank you for joining us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month.


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