I've managed to catch up and get a little bit ahead on my Magical Friends art journal. Finished both Octobers and Novembers Magical Friends and they are indeed magical!
Disclosure: These are totally fictional characters that are based on historical records.
For October: meet Sarah Black, a direct descendant of Mary Black, one of the Salem Witches from the 1692 trials. Given her family history she has a bit of a love/hate relationship with Halloween. Her family went through some trying times and managed to not only get past the bad but thrive in a town that at one point in history was not very welcoming. She has a small shop in Salem and 'plays it up' this time of year for the tourists who frequent her store.
I started with a magazine image that I scanned and resized for my page and I used A LOT of Tim Holtz products for this! The only things that are not from his product line are the black paper doily, flowers, Spider die cut & sticker, webby ribbon, millinery feathers and the black cabochons I used for the skulls eyes on her fascinator.
For November: Meet Jill O'Lantern. You are probably more familiar with her brother Jack. She likes to do a lot of baking (especially with Apples!) this time of year.
The main image is a variety of stamps from Character Constructions. Everything else is Tim Holtz. After stamping & coloring the main image parts (upper body/head, skirt, feet) I fussy cut them out and assembled them. For the background I used one of Tim's new mini stencils with clear embossing ink and clear embossing powder to create the resist effect. Once the whole surface was covered I used Distress Inks to color the background with Fall-like colors. For the leaves (one of Tim's Thinlet die sets from Sizzix) I colored three pieces of glossy cardstock with alcohol inks then diecut all the leaves and edged them with brown archival inks. Everything is applied to the background page with a variety of clear adhesive dots and foam dots.