HOLIDAY DIY: Halloween Wood Bowl of Eyeballs with ClearSnap Inks

I'm working on Halloween and Day of the Dead project simultaneously this year, filling my house with bright decor mixed with spooky elements like eyeballs and skulls. I've been working with wood and inks a lot lately, so that was the perfect combo when ClearSnap challenged me to make Halloween decor. ClearSnap provided me with all their products I used. Marisa Pawelko The Modern Surrealist has a new line of Surfacez Ink with ClearSnap in bright colors, which fits in perfectly with my bright current style. I found a nice large wood bowl at Goodwill...where I find a lot of my project bases. I inked it with stripes and eyeballs to create a decorative bowl that looks like polka dots to the casual observer. To fill the bowl, I used flowers and eyeballs from past projects...which was a great solution to another project I've been trying to finish, but wasn't quite right. I'll show you how to make the flowers soon, as I finish that project.

  • Wood bowl (thrift store find)
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Blue painter's tape
  • Cotton swab

1) Sand the outside of bowl with fine grain sandpaper, until it's dull and smooth.

2) Use blue painters tape to make evenly spaced vertical stripes, overlapping the bowl top and bottom slightly. My bowl had stripes formed by the construction, so I followed those. Two pieces of painter's tape slightly overlapping, made a nice width of stripe. Smooth down tape edges, so they adhere to wood well.

3) Use the ColorBox® Art Daubers, Marisa Pawelko Modern Surrealist Surfacez Ink in Paradise PInk, Gecko Green, and Bahama Blue to cover the exposed wood stripes with ink. Use a different dauber per color. Let dry. Remove tape. I reuse the tape when possible, by placing it back in the roll.

4) On the non-stamped wood stripes, make three circles with a clean art dauber and ColorBox® Full Size Pigment Ink by Teresa Collins in Posh White. Use a heat gun to dry the ink.

5) Using ColorBox® Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink in Dusk, Coastal, and Juniper, paint smaller circles inside the white circles. Use a heat gun to dry the ink.

6) Using a cotton swab and Marisa Pawelko Modern Surrealist Surfacez Ink in Beyond Black, add smaller circles in the middle of the medium circles. If the black isn't solid, add more ink with the cotton swab.

7) To make the ink more durable, use a clear spray sealer on the outside.

I used bright colors for this project, but you could use more traditional Halloween colors or any of your choosing. The Surfacez, Pigment, and Smooch inks come in a variety of colors. You need a heat gun for my project, but you could certainly experiment with other ClearSnap products to find a combo that doesn't need heat setting. You can use this bowl to hold fake flowers, treats, or candy. For anything wet, you'll want to put a glass bowl or vases inside. I used a big wood bowl that I found, but you could do this eyeball and stripe technique on any wood object. It would make an awesome frame, charger plate, vase, box...etc. Whatever you chose to make, have fun with it. Happy Makery!


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