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Haunted Houses- Mixed Media

Haunted House

Mixed Media


Now that Halloween is almost upon us I thought it a good idea to use this theme for the art blog post.

I hope you enjoy getting creative!

Why not take a look at the description of Halloween on Wikipedia if you want to learn a bit more about the history of Halloween, here:



This is a mixed media piece, so you can use a combination of the following:

  • Paper
  • Pens,such as felt tips, sharpies or posca pens ( I love posca pens and have quite a few in my art box!)
  • Colouring pencils
  • Pastels
  • Paint or ink
  • Whatever art materials you can lay your hands on!

When you have finished your haunted houses I would love to see them, as I am sure others would too. We are creating an online gallery of work so if you would like to show the work then email your creations to:

[email protected]

How I started and what to include :

I looked at images online to get an idea for the shape that I wanted. Think along the lines of a tall haunted house, this seems the most effective to conjour up the feeling of a haunted house, wouldn’t you agree? Think about what makes something feel spooky. 

That is what we are after, a spooky feel. I looked at what makes something feel haunted and spooky, so I have included :

  • Spiders
  • Cobwebs
  • Pumpkins
  • Black cat
  • Ghosts
  • Outlines of bats
  • Moon
  • Trees

Can you think of anything else?

I added some pumpkins to the pictures too.


Fun fact:

The pumpkin is known as a jack-o-lantern associated with Halloween . The name comes from the phenomenon of a strange light flickering over peat bogs , namely will-o-the-wisp or jack-o’-lantern.


There is an extra element that I have incorporated which you can add if you wish. I have created a bat, ghost and pumpkin using watercolour paper which I cut out and added to one of my pieces (using blu tack) It looks rather good because it gives a 3D effect to the drawing.

Let’s get started:

  • Have a think and plan your piece.
  • The size of the house- is it tall, and is this what makes it feel more haunted?
  • The colours you will use – will you colour in the sky or keep it plain?
  • What materials will you use to get your desired effect?
  • Will you need to use a ruler or draw around something for a shape? For example, I used a bowl for the moon, see below:


Here I drew around a bowl to get the moon shape


Here is a break down of one of the haunted houses I have drawn:

1.Here I created the outline, I used a fineliner, or you can use a pencil if you wish:

2. I have added the outline of a bat and started colouring in the windows:

3. My house is going to be mainly purple:

4. I have added spider webs:

5. Here is the final image:

If you wish you can colour in the background a dark colour, but you need to make sure you leave space around other dark things ( like the bat) on the image so that it is visible, like this:




Here are the 3D pieces I added. I have simply drawn onto watercolour paper (because it is thick and can mean it gives a better 3D effect) and stuck it onto the piece with blu tack. You can use sellotape folded over itself, or some glue just in the centre of the pumpkin/bat/ghost instead.