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Celebrate : Spider Art

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Today's post is from Anduin Havens, the Director of Video Design here at Martha Stewart.

I usually don’t watch horror movies or like to be scared, but Halloween is the one time of the year that I embrace the macabre and creepy! It’s even more fun when I can combine it with my love of crafting. Here is an idea for spooky artwork. It could work in a haunted house, or simply on your mantel for a Halloween party.

I used four great Halloween colors in satin finish: black, orange, green, and yellow; two glitter colors: black and orange; thick yarn, large brushes, and spiders from the 99 cent store.I used four great Halloween colors in satin finish: black, orange, green, and yellow; two glitter colors: black and orange; thick yarn, large brushes, and spiders from the 99 cent store.

02_startingThis pre-stretched canvas is 30” x 30” – very large. You can use any size canvas you like. Draw a spiderweb on the canvas using a long straight-edge and a pencil.

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After drawing five long intersecting lines, draw the spiral of the web. Don’t make the lines too regular or too even. Include some random lines disconnected from the spiral. Spiders don’t make perfectly regular webs!

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Regular white glue works well to adhere the yarn to the canvas. Wrap the long pieces around to the back of the canvas. I used a really thick yarn for this large canvas but a thinner yarn would work, too. Let the glue dry before adding paint.

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Paint the canvas and the yarn at the same time. Mix the colors as you go. Blend them in bold and subtle ways. You can also go back while the paint is wet, or after it dries, to add more texture. Martha Stewart Crafts paint has a wonderful texture. It doesn’t dry too fast, so you can rework your blending for a while.

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Here is the canvas completely painted. I used some stronger, unblended strokes of orange and green to highlight the web. The bright yellow spot offsets the center of the web nicely. Don’t forget to paint the sides of the canvas!

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Martha Stewart Crafts paint can adhere to plastic, so I painted the spiders black before I used hot glue to attach them to the canvas. Some of them look like they are crawling onto the board!

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Lastly, add glitter paint. It really highlights the texture of the spiders and the web, and adds a wonderful sparkle to the dark areas on the canvas. These glitter paints have a beautiful mix in each bottle – you will see some green glitter in the orange, and some silver in the black. It gives the glitter a lot of depth.

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I find it really satisfying to create my own multimedia modern art, and will be a decoration I look forward to bringing out every October.

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