Thursday, October 13, 2011

Halloween Inchies Part 1

Well I just can't seem to get enough of these inchies or in my case a "twinchie" as I make our squares at school 2" x 2", just easier for those little fingers.

Now normally I only do a 9 square composition but I threw in an extra row in case you don't want the "BOO". Remember each one of these squares can also be a large art just might need to alter it a bit.

As always you can click on the picture to see larger.

I'm dividing this "How to" into 2 parts (it's just too big) so check back for Part 2.

I always start an "inchie' project by doodling out a plan.  Once I have an idea of what I want in the squares I fiddle with it to make them interesting to then goes thru the assembly line process at school where I'll change things based on supplies we have on hand or how independently the kids can manage the process.

MATERIALS REQUIRED:  Remember use whatever you have, these are just suggestions

- wax paper
- black and red sharpies
-repositional contact paper 
- 2" x 2" squares of wc paper or nice drawing/sketch paper
- tempera disk paint
- Black liquid tempera
- masking tape
- googly eyes
- black crayon
- colored paper
- glue
- white labels
- tissue paper
- buttons
- letter stamps and stamp pad
- white crayon or twistable


For the Mummy square I first took some masking tape, ripped off strips and stuck them onto the inchie.  Work on top of a piece of wax paper.

Using some watery black tempera (disk) paint over your square.

Wipe off the excess.

Trim off excess tape from edges, glue on 2 googly eyes, and draw in a mouth with a sharpie.

For the haunted house square first paint a background (graded wash) in stripes of color staring with yellow, to orange, to purple.  Let the colors mingle a bit.

When dry drop in a bead of black liquid tempera paint at the bottom.

Using an old credit card or gift card scrape the paint up creating a spooky looking building.  Add a bit of paint to the bottom edge for a horizon.

When dry you can cut out pieces of colored paper to glue on for windows.  Use a fine sharpie to add a nice roof line to your house as well as a tree.

This project is similar to the Halloween Silhouettes.

The pumpkin square has a purple background, just paint it in with some tempera disk and set aside to dry.

Take a piece of white paper and using a glue stick glue down strips of colored tissue.

Cut out a pumpkin shape and glue this on to your purple background when it has dried.

You can add a green stem.  Glue on 2 button eyes an a mouth.

The "B is for BAT" square is just a B stamp with little bats drawn in in sharpie.

For the eyeball square I cut out a sticker from repositional contact paper and stuck it to my square.

Paint yellow and let dry.  The contact paper resists the paint.

When dry remove sticker.
Paint in a green iris and black pupil.  Add some red wiggly lines for that "bloodshot" look.

For the other "O" I printed off some Halloween type words from the computer.

Glue inchie on to paper, I like to make mine titled.  Trim off excess.

Using a crayon make that other "O".

Well that's part 1 check back tomorrow for the "how to" on the rest of the squares.

You have until midnight tonight to enter the "How To Be The Best Bubble Writer In The World Ever" book.

See you tomorrow.


  1. Hi,
    I love seeing your creative clever. I am going to paint some old storm windows...and I just got the idea from this on how I could do them. Maybe I could divide them into smaller "panes" and paint them all different. I have been wondering how to paint the bigger panes.Thanks for the idea. Balisha

  2. I am so inspired by your blog. Your projects are great for people of all ages, which is something I deeply appreciate.