Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Dark World of Carnivals

Hi!  Lady Brayton here!  I made some creepy fun inspiration for everyone today using Rick St. Dennis images, but the images are no longer offered as digital singles. Instead, pages upon pages of these awesome images as well as scenes can be found in Rick's "The Dark World of Carnivals" adult colouring book which is listed in the comments below.  This is brilliant because you don't have to think about what to create with the images.  You can just colour and enjoy!  Anyway, if you're looking for digital singles or sets, many other cool images can be found in Rick St Dennis Mfa​'s Etsy and Zibbet shops.  Also, both shops have instant downloads so you can have instant gratification. The zibbet shop has the more mainstream images and the Etsy shop has the darker images.

My piece is a mix of copic coloured images as well as digitally coloured images and the scene was created in Photoshop.  I added some elements and light effects from Mischief Circus, Gothic Inspirations, and Lotta Designs. Click the image to enlarge.  Cheers!

To purchase "The Dark World of Carnivals", check the links below.

the dark world of carnivals

Authored by Rick St. dennis
Drawings by Rick St. dennis
Cover design or artwork by Monique Van Dijk
Guest editor Bonnie Irvine
Assisted by Monique Van Dijk
Edition: 1
a combination colouring book/informational nook about one artists reflections on the American Carnival. Many full page detailed illustrations interspersed with short one page essays, quotes and quips about Carnivals-the publication does not attempt to be definitive it's aimed at a market that would enjoy a scary carnival film or story combined with whimsical drawings teen to adult softcover suitable for colouring with dry media (pencils, Crayons).

Publication Date:
jan 21 2016
1523641274 / 9781523641277
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5" x 11"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Non-Classifiable / Non-Classifiable

Available at


Amazon USA

Amazon UK

Amazon DE

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Plague triptych

My DT project for Rick St.dennis combined with the Andy Skinner class in Wanderlust, Stamping in modeling paste (is much harder than you think) .

Products used:  Deco Art Media fluid Acrylics in :Pyrole Red, Cobalt Teal Hue, Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, Prussian Blue, Quinacridone gold, Paynes Grey, Primary Yellow.  Deco Art Media Antiquing cream in Carbon Black. Deco Art Media Matte MediumDeco Art Media Tinting base and Crakle paintDeco Art Media  Modeling PasteDeco Art Media GessoDeco Art Media  Crackle Glaze, and  Matte Varnish Deco Art Americana Weathered wood, Deco Art Americana acrylics in Traditional Burnt Umber, Antique White and Deco Art Dazzling Metallics in Venetian Gold. Deco Art Metallic Lustres in Black Shimmer and Copper Kettle.
 The plague doctor is called Dr. Noir and is a digi specially drawn for this project by Rick St.dennis (thanks Boss, you are the best !!). The skulls are stamped in the modeling past (nightmares.....the paste has to be dry enough to not be too sticky but not too dry so it won't get the impression of the stamp.  This is take 2, take 1 desperately failed, which is my fault cuz I have been warned to practise on a test piece first, but I am just too impatient so I just jumped in with the real thing lol). The skull stamp is from the Morte set designed by Rick St.dennis and sold by Smeared Ink but no longer available since they went out of business. The Tryptich is MDF and bought at a dutch store called Action (sorta like a dollar store kind of store), it came with all kinds of cute decoupage images that I threw away immediately, cuz  who wants a cute cats and roses and a home sweet home tryptich .....This just screamed to be turned into somethng scary.

 I gessoed the triptych on all sides  and followed the instructions of the Andy Skinner class ( sorry I can't share those but if you check out the Deco Art Mixed Media program here you will find videos how to use Deco Art Media products to get a simular effect.
For the frame and hinges that are on the back of the Triptych I used Tim Holtz alterations dies and cardboard/ cardstock. If you look closely you will see the same skull stamp that has been pressed in the modeling paste, stamped on the crackled background behind the mask.

 The digi is a plague doctor in steampunk style, so I adjusted the background to steampunk style using gear stamps, stamped in venetian gold paint (it jut had to be venetian gold lol). the side pannels were painted in Antiqu white first and got a crackle glaze layer over them when stamping as done. The digi was coloured and scanned then resized to fit the pannels and mirrored, printed on a laser jet color printer. Cut them out and used matte media to glue them on.

The mask was bought on my trip to Venice last year, I am facinated by the Plague masks you find there on evere street ( or canal ) corner, but I could not take a big one on the plane with me. So I bought 2 fridge magnet plague masks with the idea to use them in my craft projects someday :-)

And because I was inspred by the shrines you find in Venice I thought this was the perfect match, I just had to age it a bit and get rid of the gold and glitter. So I sanded it and gessoed it. next painted it Antique white and added crackle glaze and antiquing cream.

the back of the triptych I painted to make it look like wood boards, I use Tradiditional Burnt Uber and a sponge, used a paint brush to make lines and stamped crackles using the Andy Skinner Crackle stamp by Stampendous.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Winter Wonderland with Lady B and Rick's Singing Zombie

Lady B here. I decided to enter the DecoArt Winter Wonderland Challenge.  Today is the last day for submissions.  Looking at my piece, there a few more things I want to add, but time is not on my side.  FYI, I made a similar canvas previously, decided to experiment a bit, and had to start from scratch.  Ouch!  Anyway, click on the image to enlarge and I will do my best to describe my process.

DecoArt Supplies:
Americana Gloss Enamels Stick-On Stencil "Mod"
Fluid Media Acrylics in Prussian Blue Hue, Payne's Grey, Titanium White, Colbalt-Teal Hue, Quinacridone Violet, Dioxazine Purple, Cerulean Blue, Yellow Oxide, Raw Sienna and Titan Buff.
Americana Premium Matte Acrylics in Purple Cow, Wisteria, and Antique Mauve.
Dazzling Metallics in Ice Blue

Other Products:
A Snowflake Stencil I made with my eClips cutting machine
An old gift card, credit card or business card
A Brayer (optional)
Paint brushes of various shapes and sizes
Fan brush to add splatters of paint
A Black Micron Pen
A White Paint Marker, fine tipped
A Canvas Board sized 8" x 10" or A4 size.
"Singing Zombie" digital stamp by Rick St. Dennis, reversed and printed with a laser printer.

  1. Although my canvas board was pre-primed, I applied another coat of DA Gesso.
  2. I applied DA white tinting base as well as Prussian Blue Hue, Colbalt-Teal Hue and Dioxazine Purple to my canvas board and spread it around with a plastic gift card.  I kept repeating this process until I ended up with a look that I liked.
  3. I used White Gesso, Payne's Grey, and Quinacridone Violet along with a plastic gift card to make various hashes, marks and lines with the paint.
  4. I cut out a sample of my focal image, traced it onto the canvas, and coated the section with white gesso.  I used 2 coats.
  5. When dry, I applied Media Matte Medium to the white image block and to my reversed image on printer paper and allowed to dry. 
  6. Once dry, I applied a second coat of Media Matte Medium to both areas, applied my digitally stamped image (laser ink side down) and smoothed out the paper with a brayer, cleaning up any matte medium that may have oozed out.  I let this dry overnight.  No heat gun.
  7. The next morning I took a wet sponge and removed the paper off my canvas leaving a cool image transfer.  Andy has a tutorial on this process here.
  8. I then painted my focal image (colours will be listed in step 11). The "rays" coming from the image were painted with White Tinting Base, Dioxazine Purple and Cerulean Blue. When dry, I covered my Singing Zombie with a mask and used a fan brush with various colours of the fluid acrylics to add a splatter effect.  
  9. After various layers of paint, I went in with my Micron Pen to go over the lines of the image. This dried a bit shiny.  I've since put a layer of Media Matte Medium over the image, but haven't had a chance to take a new picture yet.
  10. I used the DA Stencil "Mod" as well as my handmade snowflake stencil with Glistening Snow-Tex to add dimension, some shimmer, and to add to the winter feel.
  11. The Zombie skin consisted mostly of Tinting White base, Colbalt-Teal Hue, Prussian Blue Hue, Purple Cow and Wisteria.  The wounds and mouth consisted of Titanium White, Antique Mauve and Quinacridone Violet.  The dark areas had Payne's grey added.  The teeth consisted of Titan Buff, Yellow Oxide and Raw Sienna as well as some highlights with my white marker. The hair consisted of various shades of grey using White mixing base with Payne's Grey. Dazzling Metallics in Ice Blue was used for the eyes.  
Things I'd like to add:
  1. I think it would look cool to add some DA Crackle Glaze to the zombie skin and once dry, add some antiquing cream to the image.  Cracked Zombie Skin would rock!  Perhaps I'll give that a go later.
  2. I had thought about adding the words "Winter Wonderland" along with some music notes to the rays coming from the Zombie to give the appearance of him singing.  I held off on this in fear of ruining my piece.
  3. I think I would have liked to grunge up the canvas a bit more, but sometimes less is more so I let it be.
Thanks for Looking!
~ Lady B ~

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Inspiration jar - Zombie Choir boy - Crafting Vicky

Hello!  It's Crafting Vicky with you today. I wanted to share with you what I have created.  I love journaling but there are days when it's harder to have inspiration.

So I prepared a little Out of the funk Jar with the fabulous Chorus Boy.  Unfortunately the digi that I used is now retired but you can find some other great ones in the shop here.

I have also made a little video that you can find here
And here's a closer look at the jar that I recycled.  It was previously the house of nuts.... bwahahahahah fitting right?!?

and here's a closer look at the digis colored with my copics.
And here is the other side of the jar

I had fun making this little jar. As the year does by I will be adding more to it as I get inspiration.  So in the future I should never run out of inspiration!

I hope you have liked my little make for you.

Have a fab day.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Creepy New Year with Lady B

Lady Brayton here to show you a creepy cute January Calendar I made using Rick's "January" digi stamp.  The stamp was coloured with Copic markers and scanned to my PC.  I then added a free calendar page I found on the net and added some cool background paper from the retired store of  Crafty Chaos Designs.  The paper came from the set "Technologie Fantastique".  
Click on image to enlarge.  I will be showing my Feb. calendar in a few days.

For those who did not see my December calendar during the Creepmas hop, here it is below:

The calendar above was made with Rick St. Dennis MFA's image "Fresh Decor 2015".
Once again the image was coloured with Copic markers, scanned to my pc, and a free printable calendar was added as well as a snowflake and sand timer.  The striped paper was in my stash and I scanned that as well.  Assembly was done in PhotoShop.

To find Rick's colouring books, click here.


Monday, January 4, 2016

EDT Call ~ Open from January 4 - January 18, 2016

Hey everyone! We have some exciting news to share. We are putting out a call for a few enthusiastic creative people who love images by Rick St. Dennis and would like to join his Elite Design Team. This team promotes and creates with Rick's images on two blogs, as well as on social media forums. Sparkle and Glitter is our blog for Rick's cute/fun/glamourous images and Airless Chambers caters to for who love the darker ones. You will be able to create for one or the other or both depending on your interest.

We are looking for people who:
  • have good colouring skills and enjoy creating finished projects featuring digital images
  • are reliable and able to meet deadlines on time
  • are friendly, supportive of others, and team players
  • produce and feature high quality photographs of their projects
  • maintain an active blog and participate on Facebook and other social media
  • love meeting new people, sharing their passion and skills for creating
  • want to be part of a dynamic and amazing team

You will be required to post two projects on the blog(s) as well as completing a challenge project each month. The term will last for 6 months at which time you may re-apply if you wish to stay on the team.

To apply, please send an email to Bonnie Irvine ( with RSD DT Call in the subject line. Please include the following information as well as two samples of your Rick St. Dennis creations.
  • Your name and where you live
  • Your blog URL and Facebook link plus links to anywhere else you share your creations
  • Your DT experience including teams you are presently on
  • What strengths you bring to our team
  • which blog (Sparkle and Glitter or Airless Chambers) interests you more
  • Anything you would like us to know that we haven't already covered...tell us a little about yourself

The EDT call will close on January 18, 2016 at 6:00 pm ESTWe are so excited to get your applications :)

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

12 Days of Creepmas ~ Day 12 with Bonnie

Bwa Ha Ha! Airless Chambers has once again been celebrating Creepmas by joining the 12 days of Creepmas Blog Hop organized by Smeared Ink. The AC Crew has been using Rick's awesome Creepmas digis which are available at his Zibbet and Etsy shops or some of his rubber stamps which are available at I Brake For Stamps. Looking for more chances to colour Creepmas images? Check out Rick's new adult colouring book called Creepy Creepmas: A Holiday Adventure for Colorists. Details are here.

Welcome to Day 12, the last day of the 12 Days of Creepmas Blog Hop. This has been such a blast. Huge thanks to Smeared Ink for making it happen, to all of the participants for their inspiration and to the intrepid hoppers who made it so much fun.The blog roll is in the sidebar for those brave enough to hop through the entire line-up one last time. It's Bonnie here with an art journal page about my perfect solution to all of the stresses of finding just the right gift for each person on my list. I hired a personal shopper, the star of the image known as Creepmas Shopper. Isn't she amazing? I coloured her and all of her purchases with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils. Red Stickles was added to her cigarette end and the holly berries in her hair. White embossing paste was added to the Santa hat, and Glossy Accents to all the eyeballs. The image was fussy cut leaving a narrow white border and then matted with black.

The background started as a 6 x 8 inch rectangle of green glittery dotty paper. A wreath stamp was added with Library Green Archival ink and a crosshatched pattern with Fern Green Archival. Washi tape was applied to white cardstock, trimmed with a fishtail end and applied in three places. The one grounding her eas given a black triangle end and a white metal snowflake coloured with a red Copic marker. The other two were topped with purple buttons threaded with purple floss to connect to the purple in the image. Black cardstock corners were added and black snowflakes punched and adhered randomly. The sentiment was computer generated, printed on white cardstock and matted with black. Both the words and my shopper were popped up on foam tape to create dimension. To finish the page, black Big Brush pen was added to the edges and black matting to the entire page to frame it.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have enjoyed this hop as much as we all have.

Merry Creepmas!

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