Hello friends,

Happy Halloween!  Our clocks changed last night so we got an extra hour of sleep but somehow it never feels that way.  Today I have my second last page for October, only one more page to go, plus the cover once I put it all together.

today’s journal page . . .

Today’s spread is inspired by another favourite Halloween movie – Beetlejuice (1988). I have a few quotes from this movie, one is even a Poe-related joke!

The only one I think I can deal with is Edgar Allan Poe’s daughter. I think she understands me. — Betelgeuse

I’m the ghost with the most, babe — Betelgeuse

It’s showtime! — Betelgeuse

I myself, am strange and unusual — Lydia

When I think about Beetlejuice, I think of the iconic image of him sitting on his throne/headstone as depicted in the movie posters, DVD covers etc, so that’s the one that I think most people would recognise.  I started with Beetlejuice himself working out how I wanted to position him on my page, then did some pencil sketching then with ink.  I blocked in some of his main features so that I wouldn’t forget about them later on, including the stripes on his suit and the shadows around his eyes.  It won’t win any awards but I think it’s close enough to recognise him if you know the movie.


I drew in the throne/headstone using paint pens, and then since he would be in a graveyard, drew in two more headstones at wonky angles, just to get a rough idea of the scene

I knew that I wanted to include the flashing Betelgeuse sign so I pencilled that in, before painting the rest of the background with purple acrylic.

I added more detail and shading to the headstones and then painted the sign in bright yellows

I was thinking about what to attach the floating sign to, and also thinking of how to hide the masking tape down the centre of my pages, and the answer was, to draw a creepy tree that would serve both purposes!

Next day I added the finishing touches to the page. The sign is what always springs to mind when I think about images from this movie.  It has flashing lights and a big red arrow that points towards Betelgeuse.  I made mine a little differently.

I had some trouble trying to do his hair, which is wild in the movie, white mostly with touches of yellow.  The green stuff on his face is supposed to be decay lol.

I don’t have any glow-in-the-dark paint on this one but I did do some outlining with fluorescent neon pens to give an eerie glow to the scene.

Thanks for reading all the extra posts this month!  Let me know what you think in the comments.   As always, thanks for reading!Ingredients
my handmade journal, watercolour paper, fluid acrylic, paint pens, Pitt artist pens, black waterproof pen, fluorescent neon pens – yellow, green, Neocolour IIs,


Art Journal Journey The Colours of October – October is looking grey and purple today 🙂

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


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November 6, 2021 8:17 pm

This is awesome! Love the tree, tombstone, sign, the deep purple and of course the Beetle Juice!! Another gorgeous page!

Susan Renshaw
Susan Renshaw
November 3, 2021 9:17 pm

Another great page. Loving all your drawings and then how you finish them. Happy Halloween!

Vivian Foo
Vivian Foo
November 1, 2021 6:18 am

One of my favorite character, you did well.

Val S.
October 31, 2021 7:54 pm


October 31, 2021 6:09 pm

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Happy Day 31 of LeighSBDesigns 31 Days of Halloween Blog+Challenge, so wickedly delighted to see you joining the spooktivities with this totally creeptastic Betelgeuse spread, you knocked it right out of the graveyard! I just got the Mattel Monster High Skullector Betelgeuse doll release so yep, I love this! Thanks for playing along with us and hope to see you for November’s Falling into Winter Hop+Challenge starting Nov 5th!
Happy Haunting!

October 31, 2021 1:19 pm

I loved this film in my youth & it never ages (unlike me..) I had a pair of jeans just like those hee hee.. Fab draw n paint journal page. Thanks so much for sharing so many arty October things during my GH spot @ AJJ.
Happy Halloween.. Tracey x

Erika N
October 31, 2021 12:29 pm

I’m trying to remember if you have to say his name 3 times or twice. I watched the movie in the summer of 2020, and now I can’t remember. Augh. anyhow, I definitely knew what you were referring to with this page, and you did a great job. Thanks for sharing him with us at AJJ for Tracey’s challenge, and Happy Halloween and end of October to you Elle. hugs-Erika

October 31, 2021 11:08 am

On my goodness but this is SPOOKtacular! You spotlighted all the things that I remember from the movie! Old Beetle Juice is looking thoroughly handsome!

Susan Renshaw
Susan Renshaw
October 31, 2021 10:45 am

Am loving all your pages Elle! Happy Halloween!

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