Saturday 30 September 2017

Once upon a time - GD Kerstin


Kerstin is back with a new mixed media fantasy project.
 It's an artist trading block and my inspiration was a very romantic fairytale.
 Can you guess which story I mean???
A little bit difficult, isn't it? 

...Lost in the forest, Belle's father Maurice seeks refuge in the Beast's castle, but the Beast imprisons him for stealing a rose. Belle ventures out in search for him and finds him locked in the castle dungeon. The Beast agrees to let her take Maurice's place.... 

How I did it:

before and after

Colour technique wooden shape 

  1. firstly a thin layer of diluted grey and black acrylic paint
  2. clear DecoArt Crackle Glaze  on some places
  3.   DecoArt White and Raw Umber Antiquing Cream diluted with water for creating drip lines with a brush
  4. sprayed with water to make them run and spread

 some close up's 

side views


Witching Hour
 and another inspiration for you

I live near the  'Harz' mountains. Their highest peak is the 'Brocken' and it has always played a role in legends and has been connected with witches and devils.  I love these fantasy stories about spooky forests with misty figures and phenomenons, where the fog creates eerie visual  effects.
Halloween time is near and so I had a lot of fun to create a little witches house with the amazing wooden shapes from Calico Craft Parts.

Calico Craft Parts wood shapes used:

this is how it looked before I started with decoration and painting

mainly painted with DecoArt Chalky finish Paint Vintage   and Glimmermist 'Woven Burlap'
plus a little bit diluted black paint

some close up's

I'm  always fascinated from this natural wooden shape look and I think it isn't always necessary to paint them, or?!
I only used orange and black acrylic colors, 
the classical Halloween shades with a little bit shimmer, to paint some wooden shapes


oh what is that??? a phenomenal magic effect ;-)

an old weathered roof

a long post with a lot of inspiration for you, I hope :-)

I really had a lot of fun to work with the amazing Calico parts and I am sure 
(in preparation for the time for creating Christmas gifts) it will certainly not be my last order.

Thanks so much for your invitation as your guest designer this month,
it was a pleasure for me!!!!

Happy crafting!


  1. Two absolutely jaw-droppingly wonderful projects, Kerstin. The techniques along with the Calico Craft Parts make for stupendous effects. xxx

  2. You know how much I love your Halloween projects, Kerstin,

    and this one makes no exception! I love how you have used all the gorgeous little pumpkins as dots of bright colour against the gloomy greys, beiges and browns! They go together so very well! I cannot decide which of the projects I like best - they're both just brilliant!

    Thank you so much for the inspiration and for being with us this month! I enjoyed that so much!

    Claudia xxx

  3. Thanks so much Julie Ann and Claudia, I really appreciate your friendly comments! Have a nice sunday! Hugs, Kerstin xxx

  4. Oh this is fantastic. so moody and spooky.
    you have been a suer guest.
    Vielen Dank für den Austausch mit uns, Kirsten. x

    1. Thank you very much, Louise <3 Hugs, Kerstin xx

  5. A fabulous fairytale box - full of magic and mystery... and I adore your Brocken mountain tribute. I know the Harz mountains from when I was very young, and grew up reading Otfried Preussler's The Little Witch, which I loved - so this brings back lots of happy memories.
    Alison x

    1. Thanks so much Alison, I really appreciate your friendly words! Hugs, Kerstin x