Day of the Dead Art


I love Halloween. I love dressing up, I love candy, I love parties. But you know what I don’t love? Grotesque things. I think skulls are very Halloween-y, but some of them are downright scary. That’s why I’m glad that el dia de los muertos has been gaining some traction. Don’t ask me all the history behind it, I don’t really know. But I do know that it involves brightly painted skulls, which is something I can definitely get behind.

I saw an idea on Pinterest for making a skull out of googly eyes, and decided to put both ideas together: a brightly painted skull made out of googly eyes.

It was super easy and fun and even relaxing gluing on all of the eyes.

Materials needed:

– 16×20 black canvas (or white, and paint it black)

-white chalk

acrylic paints, various colors

-craft glue (or Elmer’s – if that’s what you have on hand)

-googly eyes, various sizes (+/-300)

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I Started with a very rough sketch of a skull. I chose to buy black canvas instead of painting white canvas. But that works too. I sketched with chalk since it shows up well, and wipes off easily.


Then I looked up some designs online of day of the dead patterns and added what I thought looked good.


Next, get out your paints and go crazy. I’m not the world’s most talented painter, but it turned out the way I wanted.


Now comes the fun part: the eyes. I bought a multi-pack with lots of different sizes. I recommend that. It came with 100 each of 3 different sizes. With regular old craft glue, I started with the biggest size so that I could cover more area. Then I filled in the gaps with the next size, and finally covered all of the rest with the smallest ones. I ended up needing an extra pack of the tiny ones, but your may need more or less depending on the size of your canvas, how large you draw your skull, and how much empty space you have to fill after you paint your designs.

dscn1353I touched up some of the paint after I added all of the eyes. Some of it didn’t show up every well.


And there you have it. It’s not a professional masterpiece by any means, just a fun project to add some color to your Halloween-y decorations. And, since el dia de los muertos isn’t until November 2, you can leave it up a little longer and people can’t judge you!


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