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Batty for Halloween~my crafty project

Finished this 24×36 bat artwork today, and I’m so excited to share this beauty!  I LOVE it!!!  Every once in a while, I get an itch to do craft projects, and this fall I’ve got a loooong list.  I LOVE halloween and I’ve been so excited to decorate for the holidays in my new home.

I didn’t want to put all my spooky stuff around my pier canvas, I thought they would compete for attention, so I knew I needed something big to take its’ place, and thought….why not make something?  I realized the bat significance later.  If anyone knows about Austin, we are famous for a bat colony that lives under a bridge downtown.  It’s a tourist attraction in the summer to watch them come out at sunset. Here is my room before:

There is so much orange and black halloween stuff, but I love when green and purple are incorporated.  Since I have my green armoire, I thought I’d focus on purple (I mean, it isn’t really used much in other holidays, either).  It worked out well as the night sky in my bat scene.

My inspiration came from 2 places.  First, I saw this colorful board somewhere in blogland (I really wish I remembered where, if anyone knows, plase let me know) and it started my wheels turning.  I loved the empty space in the corner and the spiders (I couldn’t decide between spiders and bats for my project)…  …then saw this sheet of scrapbook paper:

 I planned to mirror this paper, but when I was looking for a bat hole punch, I found this card with the moon and decided to go in that direction.

 I went to Home Depot and had them cut down a $5 board to 24×36 (same as my pier canvas). I primed with a grey primer (what I had) and then painted the edges with orange toll paint.

Then I added the purple and taped off the orange edge for a straight line…I added another layer on top of the purple for texture…

I took the below shot with my pocket camera to show a friend the bats I had. I got a pack of paper bats at Joann fabric that was a Martha Stewart brand.  I was going to cut them myself, but I don’t have a steady hand when it comes to those things and I worried I’d get frustrated if it didn’t look great.

There were lots of big bats, but I wanted a variance in size.  I asked a bunch of my scrapbooker friends if that had a bat punch and no one did.  But my friend Lynn saved the day when she said she had a bat cartridge for her cricket machine and could make it any size.  I’d never played with the cricket before, so it was fun to watch the process. I got lots of cute littly baby bats!  The moon was sortof a last minute addition, and I really like it.  This project sat on my kitchen counter for a full week, so glad to have it off and in its’ place!  And guess what?  It’s GLOWS in the dark!

 This pic was taken with a 2 second shutter in pitch black…I’m not an expert on night photography, but you get the drift.  The purple has a light glow, but it doesn’t show up as well in this pic.

 I love colorful decor, and I feel this brings out the fun and bright of halloween instead of the gothic and dreary.   Oh, and can you see the pic in the green frame?  Hubby and I dressed as vampires 7 years ago:)   Happy Halloween!

P.S. Check back on October 1st (this Friday) for a really fun announcement with giveaways included!

Kristen Duke

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  1. Fun! Love this craft. And I ADORE my cricut. I am usually very cheap but I found a way to get one and I use it often. I am borrowing this bat cartridge to hang bats from the ceiling of our barn for our halloween party.

  2. Love it! I would love to feature it on my blog!

  3. This is awesome!

  4. I love how that turned out! It makes me want to decorate for Halloween now! With all 3 of my Halloween decorations…

  5. Cuuuute! Love this project- I love the size of it too! I want to see this in person! Spiders….hmmm….wheels are a spinning…

  6. It turned out soooooo good!! Totally love it!!

  7. It turned out sooooo good!! Totally love it!

  8. Kristen this is soooooo cute!! I LOVE it!!
    Stumbled for you! ♥

  9. Seriously cute – the whole mantel. Nice work on the craftiness!

  10. bravo. I love love that it glows in the dark!

  11. I love it. Somehow the crafy genes slipped in unawares. You have the photographers eye to go with the craftiness. THis is awesome!

  12. I love the bat painting. The colors look great withe the rest of your Halloween decor. Very nice

  13. Love this! Thanks for the love on my hacked up orange buffet!

  14. seriously a major success! It is awesome. I would buy it!

  15. This is so cute! I love it!

  16. I really really love this art. isnt it fun to create something from something you find randomly. I really am looking forward to seeing those bats. we were going to go last weekend but things happend.. it is about a 100 miles from my house. anyway maybe if they are still running out for there evening dinner. in the next couple of weeks we want to see them.

  17. So Cute! Yeah man, you and Michael were vampires before they were the big thing right? Way to set the trend. :) You’re awesome, again, wish we lived by each other, it would be so fun to do projects together. :)