Oct 25 2017

Tricks and Treats for Halloween Fun

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Recently my flower friend and color chum, Shannon Cosgrove-Rivas of FlourishDesigns.com and I designed a covey of Halloween decorations. Inspiration was quickly engaged while sourcing goodies at Floral Resources in Sacramento CA. Floral Resources is a full fledge Design Master wholesale distributor that’s conveniently in our backyards. Many of the products used are universally available and our techniques transferable. So open your treat bag for some wicked fun halloween tricks. No costume required.

Imagine a gothic curiosities shop. Fantastical botanicals, including a purple tillandsia specimen, make a dynamic focal of a fresh flower bouquet. A little Design Master hocus pocus color shifts queen anne’s lace in Just For Flowers® Purple Pansy or TintIT.® Plum and disguises a silver plastic urn. It’s no apparition, it all started with Flat Black applied in the super simple water resist technique. A topcoat of überfrost™ cuts the shine making a centuries aged look.

Catch the undesirables at your front door in a web of creepy crawlies. Angel vine is tied onto a wreath form and lightly misted with übermatte™ Ink. Random areas are misted with Super Silver then the same areas lightly layered with Purple Pansy/Plum to create a purple metallic effect. Hatch more fright with a companion spider’s nest! An angel vine orb is colored the same as the wreath and an opening is forged to host mini LED lights… aka spider eggs. EWW!


Seemingly innocuous supplies transform into haunted cemetery staples. Classic styrofoam crosses are deformed with a heat gun, engraved, then colored in ColorTEX texture spray… the RIP cross is in Quarry. The smaller YOU cross has a basecoat of Black Chrome with random sprits of Super Silver.

Even the corpse in the crypt likes to receive flowers! Scrap silk blossoms become a carved stone bouquet. Each blossom has a base of Super Silver. Then, when dry Quarry is applied in two coats. Flowers are arranged in a plastic cemetery vase turned stone. It has a basecoat of Black Chrome with a splattering of Quarry. Don’t forget the hot glue spider webs for the final touch.

So you see, nothing supernatural about these decorations. Just rely on these quick tips and Design Master’s creative color tools to pull off some Halloween delights!