Unleash Your Inner Artist with TikTok Grammy Ghostly Thrifty Art

I know! My title is a total tongue twister? But I have to jump on the trend bandwagon just this one and create a ghostly thrifty art piece busy mom style! My version uses paint pens and 3D glue with just a little acrylic painting.

I Have A Fun Story To Tell You!

Today, I have an amazing story and a vibrant project to share with you all – the Tik&Gram (Tik Tok and Instagram) Ghostly Thrifty Art Project. Picture this: a casual visit to my neighborhood thrift store, Merry Hall Tree, turned into an afternoon of sheer creative joy. Let me walk you through this journey where I transformed a glazed print into a piece of art that feels straight out of Vincent van Gogh’s world.

The Treasure Find at Merry Hall Tree

Merry Halls Tree is not just any thrift store. It’s a magical place that supports a convalescent hospital, adding a charitable dimension to every purchase made there. This time, I stumbled upon a glazed print clearly inspired by the mesmerizing Vincent van Gogh’s work, “Cafe Terrace at Night”. I knew at that moment, it would be a part of my next art project!

What is Thrift Ghost Painting?

The trendy version is more vintage landscapes with a ghostly presence painted in acrylics and a few pumpkins. They are just so cute! But I scored a really cool piece in the “Cafe Terrace at Night” and knew it was ideal for 3D Black Ghoul-y Paint! Leave it to. TikTok to find the next big thing in upcycling!

Busy Mom Tip – Pictured above is a Canva mockup of a seaside of ghostly art, the perfect way to plan your scene. Take a pick of your thrift’d art piece and load it onto Canva. Add a few ghosts and bats or whatever, and then print. Use a piece of chalk if you need to sketch before drawing. Then get to painting!

Momma’s Thrift Store Ghost Pick

I scored at the Thrift store with the fabulous Van Gogh copy in beautiful colors! I gave it a good cleaning, and hindsight… probably should have sanded the parts I intended to paint flat and then Gesso over it, but oh well, still came out pretty cool!

Found Thrifted Art - Van Gogh, Cafe Terrace at Night

Gathering the Supplies for Ghostly Thrift Art

Equipped with the mission to transform this print into a vibrant work of art, I gathered the supplies:

  • 3D black glue
  • Posca Paint Pens (Gotta have white! A little yellow or red to highlight)
  • A little of white acrylic paint

Created a cheat sheet, sort of….

Canva Version of Ghosted Art Print from TikTok Craze, planned it on CANVA first

How I created a Ghostly Painting Guide using Canva!

  1. I took a quick photo of my thrift image.
  2. I loaded it onto the Canva platform.
  3. I created an image using and added ghosts, a few pumpkins, and a bat.
  4. I printed the guide.
    In the end I did not add the pumpkins, but goofy eyes in the stone walkway.
    Using the guide helped me sketch out the ghost, the key components of the altered ghostly art piece.

The Transformation Begins

With all the enthusiasm of a child entering a candy store, I embarked on this artistic journey.

Painted white blobs for Ghost painting on Thrifted Art
Outlined Ghosts with 3D glue Momma Can Blog
  1. My first step was to outline the gobbily-goop looking ghost to match as best I could the image I printed as my guide for the art piece. Then I let it dry thoroughly. You can speed this up a bit with a hair dryer!
  2. After the first paint pen layer was completely dry, I added a coat of acrylic, white acrylic paint to hide anything other colors from the original art piece peaking through. After all, I wanted the ghost to really stand out! And yep, had to let it dry completely because the next step was the 3D black glue!
  3. Using a firm hand to squeeze the black 3D glue, I outlined the ghost bodies. Next I added eyes.
  4. After the yes where dry, I highlighted them with a yellow paint pen.
  5. For fun, I added silly eyes and mouth dots on the stones and in other spots.
  6. Then I got real brave, and hand drew the bat. It was not as challenging as I thought! But if you are nervous, practice a few times on paper first! =

And tada! My TikTok Grammy Ghostly Thrifty Art was complete!

Ghost on Van Gogh - Easy Upcycle Thrift Craft

How To Make Black 3D Glue

Creating a 3D black glue with Elmer’s Glue can be a fun and creative project, often used in crafts and art projects like making raised designs or decorations. To make 3D black glue, you’ll need Elmer’s Glue and black acrylic paint or black food coloring. Here are the steps:

Materials you’ll need:

  • Elmer’s Glue: You can use regular Elmer’s White Glue.
  • Black acrylic paint or black food coloring: This will give your glue a black color. Acrylic paint is more common, but food coloring can also work if you want a non-toxic option.

Steps to make 3D Black Glue:

  1. Prepare your workspace: Cover your work area with newspaper or a plastic tablecloth to protect it from any spills or messes.
  2. Pour the glue: Start by pouring some Elmer’s Glue into a plastic squeeze bottle. You can also use an empty glue bottle if you have one available.
  3. Black acrylic paint: Squeeze a small amount of black acrylic paint into the glue bottle. Start with a small amount and add more as needed to achieve your desired black color. Shake or mix the bottle well to combine the paint with the glue. Keep adding paint and mixing until you achieve the desired shade of black.
  4. Before using the black glue on your actual project, it’s a good idea to test it on a scrap piece of paper or cardboard to ensure the color and consistency are what you want. Adjust the color by adding more paint or coloring if necessary.


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