Wednesday, 31 October 2012

HALLOWEEN it's a kind of magic!

In the chill of this late October morning, my tags remain shrouded in darkness; but hold them in your hands and something magical happens! 

As the tags slowly warm in your hands,   striking contrasts of orange and purple, black and white start to emerge.  Suddenly before your eyes the full moon emerges from the mists of time,  illuminating the sky

and pumpkins below.

The tags become fully visible when  brought close to a fire or other heat source, I used a heat tool.  But as the heat fades, so does the magic and the pumpkins return to their twilight world, once more shrouded in darkness.

I’m no scientist,  but I used to work for a pioneering  company in the Research and Development of Thermochromic Liquid Crystals (pigments that change colour with the temperature.)  I was really surprised to find that nowadays you can buy TLC paints on e-bay!!
I made the first two tags by using thick handmade purple paper as a base. I cut a hole for the full moon, with white card behind, then attached die-cut bats, pumpkins, and the word October.  Next I painted over the whole tags with black thermochromic paint (ZuperPaint from KILABITZZZ).  I used silver ink, applied with pen and brush for the writing.  The tags are completed with a silver ribbon tie.  When the tags are heated to 37 degrees the black thermochromic paint slowly changes to transparent, revealing the colours underneath.  As if by magic!

 Here’s Bailey relaxing with our pumpkin harvest that we picked yesterday!  Can you spot what might be the smallest pumpkin in the world?

Here’s wishing you all a safe and happy Halloween! I’m looking forward to seeing all your spooky tricks and treats!

Bye for now,
Jane xx


  1. Clever use of paints.Great ideas here.

  2. Hhhmmmm thermo paint, I remember clothing that did stuff like that back in the 80's! Sure works a treat on these tags, very clever.


  3. Wow amazing paint, never knew about that! and what a great idea to use it in your spooky tags which are fab!

  4. Wow! That's amazing - clever you! :o)

  5. What a spooktacular find! Brilliant idea for brilliant tags! Bailey looks quite happy :0) I-spy the teeny pumpkin atop the biggest. You still going to carve it or eat it? :0)

  6. Thats clever and spooky too. Hugs Mrs A.

  7. Wow, Jane, that is so clever! Really impressed! I love the photo of Bailey!
    Jane x

  8. What a fantastic idea for your tags - they are so spooky and perfect for Halloween! I've never heard of that paint before - it sounds great and I want to play with some!
    Love the picture of Bailey relaxing in the pumpkin patch - he's so cute!

  9. Checked again and I think the teeny pumpkin is the one atop the middle one? You're right Jane, definitely not enough there for pumpkin pie, haha x

  10. Brilliant use of an unusual material! Really spooky tags.

  11. Very sweet post - loved reading it and all your artsy stuff - wonderful shot of your puppy too!

  12. Jane your tags are fantastic and you dog so sweet, love them all.


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