Hello friends,

Happy Thursday! I hope your week is going well so far. Mine has been OK with a few niggling health issues but at least the kitties are all much better.  The weather has turned cloudy and cold and one of the cats refuses to get out of bed before lunch time so I think she’s gone into hibernation mode lol.

today’s journal page . . .

Today’s spread is inspired by this week’s prompt over on Rain’s Thursday Art Date which is October Spooks – Villains!

I have this great fabric background for my page today – it’s full of classic movie monsters (or villains) like The Mummy, Frankenstein, The Wolfman and of course, my favourite, Count Dracula!  The fabric is called The Fright Monsters and was part of the Pleasures and Pastimes collection by Robert Kaufman, from a few years ago.

I could have just left this fabric the way it was since there’s plenty going on there lol but I wanted to add my favourite monster to it so I decided to paint on top of it.

I looked at the fabric piece and worked out that I could probably squeeze in Count Dracula on the left hand side, if I painted over the spooky castle since that’s repeated on the top right behind Frankenstein.  After measuring out the space, I did a quick sketch on some layout paper to practice and to get the size right, and then I used some white acrylic to block off the area where I wanted Dracula to go.

I started with pencil, went over it with black pen, then did the colouring and shading with Neocolour IIs and acrylic paint pens.

To help him stand out from the rest of the background, I gave him a fluorescent green aura.

As I mentioned above, the fabric is called The Fright Monsters, so I changed it to read The Right Monster, since for me, Dracula is always the right monster, and changed the yellow on the text to fluorescent green.

Christopher Lee has always been my favourite Dracula.  He used to scare the bejesus out of me when I was a kid.  I wasn’t allowed to watch scary horror movies when they came on TV, but sometimes I got to see the beginning if it started before bedtime.  But that was worse, as it was usually just enough time for Dracula to wake up and go on the rampage, so in my mind, as I tried to go to sleep, he was still at large!  It didn’t help that we had a dentist that looked just like him either!
Over the years I managed to get over my fear of scary monsters, vampires and Christopher Lee, and really enjoy all those, quite cheesy, Hammer Horror Dracula films.  I have even visited Bray, in Berkshire where the Hammer Studios used to be and saw the woods where they used to do the filming of the spooky black coach and black horses racing off to the castle before dawn. Hammer Studios stopped filming there in the 1970s but the studios have been reopened and the recent BBC mini series of Dracula (2019) had some scenes filmed there.  I have included some of my Hammer Horror Dracula DVDs above and one other, the classic Bela Lugosi Dracula from a few decades earlier.

If you need more October Spooks, check out Wednesday Addams, and Edgar Allan Poe – there’s a second Poe page coming up in a day or two.  Let me know what you think in the comments.   As always, thanks for reading!Ingredients
my handmade journal, watercolour paper, fabric, gel medium, Neocolour IIs, Pitt pens, black pen,


Art Journal Journey The Colours of October – October is looking very scary today with a hint of fluorescent green 🙂

LeighSBDesigns – 31 Days of Halloween Hop+Challenge 2021 – Day 28

Rain’s Thursday Art DateOctober Spooks – Villains!

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Vivian Foo
Vivian Foo
November 1, 2021 6:09 am

Love how you add the Dracula.

October 31, 2021 9:29 pm

Happy Day 28 of LeighSBDesigns 31 Days of Halloween Blog+Challenge, so wickedly delighted to see you joining the spooktivities with another of your faBOOlous spreads, this one is just screamingly fangtastic. Glad all the kitties are doing well and hope you feel better soon too!
Happy Haunting!

Andrea Priebe
October 31, 2021 5:51 pm

Well you certainly know how to make things scary. I am amazed at the fabric and good on you that you put Count Dracula in a prominent place. It has been years since I watched a scary movie but I do remember as a child shaking in my boots over many of them. This was an awesome post … 🙂 (I would draw fangs on my smile if I could 🙁

Andrea @ From the Sol

Bleubeard and Elizabeth
October 30, 2021 5:51 pm

I forgot to thank you for sharing this with Art Journal Journey, too.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth
October 30, 2021 5:50 pm

You turned this from wow to DOUBLE WOW!! This turned out great, Elle.

Susan Renshaw
Susan Renshaw
October 30, 2021 10:34 am

Love this ‘cartoon comic’ look. Fabulous page!

Val S.
October 30, 2021 10:07 am

Oh my this is spooktacular!

Val S – LeighSBDesigns DT 

October 30, 2021 5:54 am

I am still not allowed to watch scary movies! 🙂 I wake up having some terrific night terrors! But I do watch the really old Dracula movies where the gory bits are not so frightening in black and white! The homage to the Count is sPOOKtacular! I love his aura glow! Changing the title of the fabric was an extra bit that shows your artistic vision! I love your fabric stash! I would go crazy seeing all those wonderful piece of fabric!

October 29, 2021 5:09 pm

I used to love the Christopher Lee Dracula films, in fact a lot of the old horror films-it’s the more modern films I don’t like – far too realistic for my liking.
In fact I only saw the beginning of The Omen on TV as a picture fell off the wall behind my chair and I switched it straight off. I’ve never tried to watch it since.
I love the images on your page – a great reminder of the days when special effects weren’t quite so graphic.Hugs, Chrisx

October 29, 2021 2:25 pm

An awesome piece of fabric with the monsters faces and it has created a fantastic journal page. Thank you for linking with the theme at Art Journal Journey.

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