Archive for the ‘Halloween Props’ Category
That would be Mache with a long A. I’m working on Mauly this weekend and I’m going to be making some witch jars as well.
Mauly is covered in paper towel mache now, I still need to build her left arm, her right hand, add some rooty’ness to her base and then covered her with TP mache. I’ve already covered her foam pumpkin head with TP mache to give her some wrinkles.
The day I finished Cucur I started work on Mauly. Mauly is a small female companion to Cucur. She will be partial height, roughly 3ft tall and may be holding hands with Cucur… you will have to watch and see.
More photos of Mauly and photos of Cucur can be found in the Gallery.
Here are a couple work in progress pics:
I’ve finally gotten Cucur finished. Only took 4 hours of hand painting to get him done…phew. Layer on layer on layer… don’t like that layer, re-layer, layer. Needs more highlights, layer.
So the paint went: Black base coat, dark brown heavy dry brush, lighter brown dry brush, grey’ish dry brush (didn’t like that layer, had to much blue tint), Antique white light dry brush over grey. I’m not putting a sealant coat over the paint. I did seal the mache with Polyurethane so I’m not worried about him falling apart. Why am I not sealing him? I can’t find a sealant that is not shiny, even though it says ‘Flat’ or ‘Matte’ it always tends to be shiny.
Oh, and I attempted to use tissue paper on this guy, not toilet paper but the tissue paper that you use in gifts. It doesn’t absorb for nothing and is so slick it is hard to get a texture.
I’m posting all the pictures I’ve taken so far over in The Gallery, I need to get some night shots but since I live in Alaska and its not fully dark until about 10pm, it’s a bit difficult.
He stands 5′ 6″ and will either stand with the wooden stand or can be slid over rebar.
First things first… I must apologize for not posting about Deadspiders site long ago. My head must be so far into creation land that I could not see clearly. :::bows::: Me apologies Angie and good spooky vibes are still being sent your way in getting your health reigned in.
Deadspider is another prop/dark artist that I have admired from a distance. Most of us Home Haunters and fledgling dark artists tend to lurk in the shadows of the artists that inspire us. We watch, immitate, criticize our own work because it doesn’t compare to theirs, then we start to blossom. We slowly realize it isn’t about having our art look exactly like someone else’s but about finding ourselves in our own art. We never forget who inspires us though, even if we forget to thank them, and most of all we keep watching. Think of it like never forgetting your first grade teacher that you had the crush on.
Now Deadspider, beyond being utterly imaginative with a jar and a label, she is also an incredible prop artist. The first prop that I saw of hers was the Halloween Tree then there was the Winged Demons which I still want to create a version of. The one prop that got me creating was Mr. Hemlock Dench. I actually created a prop that I named Morimal Von Hearsestein, and still use in the cemetery haunt, that was inspired totally by Mr Dench.
Treat yourself and check out her sites, it’s no trick!
Here are a few pictures that were mentioned:
Mr Hemlock Dench
Witch Potion jars
I have watched Kurt, aka Krough, aka Grim create for a couple of years now. I have secretly oogled over his creations and when I saw Dolly for the first time I knew I would have to secretly stalk him.
Then there was Mr. Lo Pan, this prop was the ::: insert Angel chorus here ::: of prop building. He was so thought out and so complete. Not just your typical single standing prop, oh no. He had crates, and a flute, plus that hat! He took it to the next level and showed that it doesn’t need to be just a single creature standing on his own. The creature can and should have their own props to really stand out from the rest, and Mr. Lo Pan does that.
Since then Kurt has created many other prop heads and smaller bookshelf centerpieces. His mummy heads are something to check out. They could fool you if they were sitting in a museum!
I’ll show you a tidbit of his stuff, then you must jump on over to his site. He recently has done a few how-to’s on technique and products used, that are immensely helpful to the new comers and the long timers alike. He has also breathed life back onto some old props by re-blogging them. Don’t miss out, go check them out!
Dolly, click on her picture to go to her new blog entry.
Peruvian Mummy for sale at Grimvisions Etsy shop
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Krough (Grim) over at Grimvisions is giving away a OOAK Grim made Skull Book via a contest. To join the contest run right on over to Grimvisions Skull Book Giveaway blog entry. While you are checking out the blog entry you MUST check out the his Etsy site.
This is what Grim had to say about the contest and the picture of said skull book:
The item is one of my Skull Book Lights: What arcane tome is this? Perfect for a cluttered spell crafter’s desk or witches bookshelf, this ancient tome with a aged skull and battery operated flickering tea light candle is nice for anytime or your Halloween display. Each one is OOAK and may look slightly different than the picture shown here. Each one is crafted with great attention to detail.
Contest Ends: Sept 13th 2009, 12 Midnight PST
Dave has created another for the Grim Parade. This one is named Acolyte…
The man just does not slow down!!! I have got to sneak into his garage/basement/evil creature lab and find out his secret!! Honestly…I think he has created minions to help him out. Yup…that has to be it.
Here is Acolyte, click on the pictures to go to his blog entry.
Ophelia is absolutly gorgeous, if you can say that about an old hag. Heh!
Here is what Laurie’s comments were on creating her:
I finally finished this old gal. She was fun and challenging, but I really enjoyed every aspect of this build.
Her head and arms/hands were made using styrofoam, Celluclay, and Paperclay. Her body was made using wadded up newspaper, fiberfill stuffing, and quilt batting. Her stand is made of 3/4″ galvanized pipe and a 24″ round plywood base with castors.
The eyes are handpainted over a downloaded iris print after being glued onto a 1″ wooden ball. Eyelashes were applied using fake ones trimmed and inserted into tiny holes with super glue.
The outfit is a combination of vintage textiles (shawl, apron, and skirt) as well as newer fabric. I used both fabric dye and acrylic paint to dirty her up.
Her hair is made up of very small pieces of an acrylic wig and glued on. She stands 5’6″ tall.Here are a couple of photos of Ophelia. Clicking on the picture will take you to the photo album of Ophelia.