Daddy / Daughter Horror Cinema Decoupage Project

Decoupage Project - "Horror Film Collage on Canvas" - My Daughter the Model
Decoupage Project – “Horror Film Collage on Canvas” – My Daughter the Model

When I was photographing my latest Art Piece – my daughter Kenleigh insisted on Modelling it.

Decoupage Project - "Horror Film Collage on Canvas" - Starting with a Dry Layout
Decoupage Project – “Horror Film Collage on Canvas” – Starting with a Dry Layout

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.

Decoupage Project - "Horror Film Collage on Canvas" - Pasting First Layer
Decoupage Project – “Horror Film Collage on Canvas” – Pasting First Layer
Decoupage Project - "Horror Film Collage on Canvas" - Pasting Second Layer
Decoupage Project – “Horror Film Collage on Canvas” – Pasting Second Layer

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.

Decoupage Project - "Horror Film Collage on Canvas" - Adding Blood Spatter
Decoupage Project – “Horror Film Collage on Canvas” – Adding Blood Spatter

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.

Decoupage Project - "Horror Film Collage on Canvas" - Finished Dryed
Decoupage Project – “Horror Film Collage on Canvas” – Finished Dryed

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. 🙂

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. drhumpp says:

    What an awesome project! And I thought I was a good dad for taking my oldest to a horror convention with me…
    🙂

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    1. Ha Thanks! My daughter is a really eager and attentive helper…until she gets bored and scurries off! Lol. Usually when I sit to do a canvas painting, I have a station for her right next to me so that she can participate too. Also gives me a chance to help guide her.

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      1. drhumpp says:

        My kids are that way too. We try to make movies occasionally and the down times can be challenging. My oldest is pretty good in that he’ll do anything, but the others get bored whenever we have to shoot something more than once.

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