When I was photographing my latest Art Piece – my daughter Kenleigh insisted on Modelling it.
The art piece is a Decoupage on Canvas Horror Film Collage. Kenleigh helped a little bit with painting the poly glue on and setting some images onto the canvas. The strips are paper “filmstrip collages”, which I’ve previously designed for my former horror blog, all lined up as the background. Once I laid out the look I wanted, it was time for the polyglue.
Once the first layer has been applied, I pasted several horror movie posters randomly across the canvas. Kenleigh liked this part, brushing glue on…lol. She loves helping me. Kenleigh’s a great helper, and loves to take part in any Arts and Crafts activities. I have 2 easels in the basement (a regular sized one for me, and a tinier desk top easel for Mini-Me) and I set them up side-by-side. When I sit down to paint, Kenleigh does as well on her own canvas right beside me. It takes me longer to set everything up and clean up then it does for her to paint, but it’s good Daddy/Daughter time nonetheless. At this point, we propped the canvas up to dry overnight.
For the blood splatter effect, I did this part on my own. It was fun trying to come up with a nice blood red mixture with a good spatter velocity. Once I found what I liked, I placed a drop cloth on the floor and laid the canvas on top. To get in the horror head-space, I played a pre-arranged playlist of classic horror themes — including The Shower Theme from “Psycho”, and The Halloween theme from…well, Halloween.
Because we had worked on most of it together, I unveiled it first to Kenleigh. She loves that Daddy likes “scary movies” and always asks about them, I always have fun coming up with ridiculous cartoon-y and kid-friendly make-believe plots as answers. Like that Jason Voorhees is a bully that chases all the counsellors around the camp to scare them for splashing water on him in the lake. Or that Werewolves became extinct in the 1940’s.
Good wholesome, Scary (not really), fun. 🙂