Boo! Halloween Door Hanger

I've recently been experimenting, creating beautiful painted projects using the pour paint technique like my wedding fans. This plaque is more scary than beautiful but I continue to be excited by the effects you can achieve with acrylic craft paints and Testors Marbling Medium. If you're into Halloween, this simple project will make your day. Just mix acrylic paint with the medium and pour it on this cute die-cut wooden plaque. Both the medium and the plaque are available at Michaels. I chose Orange, Black, White and Green for my plaque. Pick your favorite color for Halloween and have fun! By the way, the green paint casts a slight glow in a very dark space.

Slip into your disposable gloves for this project!

Directions

step 1 - Remove tags and stickers from the wood plaque. Set it on a disposable foil pan that is inverted to raise the plaque off the work surface. The pan will allow you to easily get underneath to tilt the wood and distribute the paint.

step 1 - Remove tags and stickers from the wood plaque. Set it on a disposable foil pan that is inverted to raise the plaque off the work surface. The pan will allow you to easily get underneath to tilt the wood and distribute the paint.

step 2 - Pour approximately one ounce of each paint color into small disposable plastic containers – Orange, Black Ice, Alien Green, and White. Pour about two ounces of Black paint for the base color in a separate container. Add Testors Marbling Medium to each container in a 50/50 ratio.

step 2 - Pour approximately one ounce of each paint color into small disposable plastic containers – Orange, Black Ice, Alien Green, and White. Pour about two ounces of Black paint for the base color in a separate container. Add Testors Marbling Medium to each container in a 50/50 ratio.

step 3 - Stir the paints gently with a craft stick.

step 4 - Pour the Black paint onto the plaque. Spread it thickly over the surface with a sponge brush. The coating should not be thin. Add more paint and medium in equal portions if necessary to cover the plaque.

step 4 - Pour the Black paint onto the plaque. Spread it thickly over the surface with a sponge brush. The coating should not be thin. Add more paint and medium in equal portions if necessary to cover the plaque.

step 5 - In a clean larger container, pour in 1/3 of each of the four colors one after the other. Do this twice layering the colors. Put aside the remaining paint in case it is needed for touch up.

step 5 - In a clean larger container, pour in 1/3 of each of the four colors one after the other. Do this twice layering the colors. Put aside the remaining paint in case it is needed for touch up.

step 6 - Squeeze the container to create a pour spout.

step 6 - Squeeze the container to create a pour spout.

step 7 - Distribute the paint onto the plaque. It’s not important to cover ever bit of the black base color. Let the poured paint rest for about five minutes.

step 7 - Distribute the paint onto the plaque. It’s not important to cover ever bit of the black base color. Let the poured paint rest for about five minutes.

step 8 -  Drip a bit of the base black paint onto the poured paint.

step 8 - Drip a bit of the base black paint onto the poured paint.

step 9 - Slowly tilt the plaque, allowing the paint colors to marble. Expect that paint will drip off the sides. Don’t rush this tilting process. The patterns will continue to change and blend. If paint doesn’t reach some edges, that’s okay. It will only add to the creepy, irregular look. Tilt the plaque in different directions until you are happy with the effect.

step 10 -  With a gloved finger, paint the raw inner and outer edges of the plaque with paint that has dripped down the sides. Pick up more from the work surface as needed. Use any color. The plaque should not look perfectly outlined.

step 10 - With a gloved finger, paint the raw inner and outer edges of the plaque with paint that has dripped down the sides. Pick up more from the work surface as needed. Use any color. The plaque should not look perfectly outlined.

step 11 - Allow the plaque to dry for several hours. It needs to be level as it dries, otherwise the paint marbling may shift. Set the painted item on a clean sturdy container.

step 12 - Optional: When the plaque is completely dry, flip it over and cover the back surface with the black base color.

step 12 - Optional: When the plaque is completely dry, flip it over and cover the back surface with the black base color.


Supplies

At Testors

  • 330467 Marbling Medium
  • 297494 Snow White Paint  
  • 297528 Black Ice Paint
  • 297504 Flourescent Orange Paint
  • 297500 Alien Green Paint
  • 9441 Black Paint

At Michaels

  • Plastic gloves
  • Craft Sticks
  • “Boo!” Plaque measures 20” x 9”
  • Sponge Brush

Misc.

  • Disposable foil pan
  • Miscellaneous containers for holding and mixing paint

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