1) The theme is the ocean, more specifically what if those creatures struck back.
2) I made everything but the garland you will see in these pictures.
3) It's actually green. The fabric creatures are stuffed with recyclable materials (newspapers, to be specific, which will go to the recycling center on Monday). The wood was left over from previous projects and not chopped down to fit the design. The fencing was removed from my grandmother's house when we got rid of a garden and will be reused for various projects. The burlap on the squid will be sewn into bags for my father to use while fishing. The muslin tentacles are going to be used for bags and stuffed creatures. The detailed wood pieces - hook, dollar bill, etc. - were scraps from my grandmother's house renovations that were close enough to the shapes I needed to be painted and used. The fishing line hanging system will be reused for mobiles. The balloons were special ordered through a friend and are 100% biodegradable. The draped fabric will be used on other projects. The eel will be separated and re-stuffed as bolster pillows, and the shark will hang in my room as is since it's pretty badass. The poultry netting was bent, but not cut. It will be removed from the wooden form, rolled up, and reused in the garden next year.
Here are day pictures. Click title of picture to get larger size. I will edit later with night shots that show off the lighting and effects scheme. After day pictures, naturally.
I raided my Mom's ceramic studio and found this guy hiding, already fired, on a back shelf. It's a mostly 3-D vampire rising out of a coffin; the back is flat behind the head, which still confuses me. Painted it with a high gloss acrylic and sprayed with a matte finish.
I'm mad that I can't get my video to upload for this. This is a headstone done with a black color wash and dry-brushed details. The color wash wouldn't take to the grooves of the epitaph, so I had to go in with a fine brush and black paint. I then sponged and stippled a stone effect to finish it off. The light inside changes colors. Finished with a matte spray.
You ever reach for a glaze, see something that's in the same container as every other glaze, has the same title as the glaze your looking for, only to realize it's a stain? That's what happened here. I think I made it work out all right for this should-have-been glazed gargoyle figure. Sprayed with gloss finish.
I found these great wood cut-outs at Joanns for a quarter each and knew I had to make them ornaments. I stained them with watered down acrylic, then used acrylic to detail them. I still need to punch the hole, stain the edges and back, label them, and seal them, but this is pretty much how they're going to wind up.
Skull and Crossbones:
Forgive the filthy desk in the second and third photos, it's second hand and didn't look nearly as bad in person or on my cellphone.
Progress Updates linked under respective yard header.
I've worked my yard for years with bizarre themes and massive scale projects. Now I have 2 other yards to deal with: my brother's and my grandmother's. Each will have a radically different theme and approach.
I'm going with an undersea theme for my yard, with massive critters and some new tricks I haven't tried before.
For my brother's yard, since he now lives in the sticks and actually has to deal with a bear that constantly comes into his yard (codename: Baloo), there will be a reverse hunting theme, with traps gone wrong and a bear (more Yogi in style than National Geographic) literally pulling the strings.
Finally, for my grandmother's yard, it's more of a traditional Halloween feel based off of a greeting card she enjoys:
She runs a window art business and gets all her inspiration from a massive collection of greeting cards, and this one jumped out as a possible collaborative effort. I get to do my wire and light work, while she get to put her stamp on the paint element.
Basically, I taught music, drama, and dance at a local summer camp this year. Their carnival was two days ago, and I was told the day before that I needed to come up with some kind of booth activity for the campers to visit whenever they wanted.
This is a 40x60 1/8" black foam core sheet, three dowels sprayed blue, about 120 neon golf tees, green popsicle sticks, and some green paint to show them where to start. Each player had three tries to roll a ball (red, blue, orange, or yellow) down the board and get it into the green popsicle stick scoring zones. Winners received a fun foam animal sticker that magically held up when they all ran to the waterslide afterwards.
Since it was just golf tees going into the foam core, I could move and adjust the pegs throughout the day depending on who was coming. I made it nearly impossible for the pre-K and kindergarten students to miss, but much more challenging for the 4th and 5th graders to score. Everyone could play until they won, depending on the time available for the group.
It was a huge hit and the line only died down for the snack break halfway through the day.
I've been wanting to try the Gallery Glass fake stained glass paint for a long time and finally built up the courage to do so yesterday. Whenever I try a new craft, I intentionally choose a really ambitious first project so I can really focus on the techniques and figure out what my strengths are.
The project? Recreating the US publicity poster for one of my favorite films: The Eye.
The finished piece:
The free-handed pattern:
The finished piece was painted on a 5x7 top loading metal picture frame, then glued into place using E6000 and sealed on top with a thin layer of Liquid Leading. The side blue panels and top/bottom black sections are finished with the Gallery Glass crackle medium. It's not clear in the picture, but the small white slit in the doorway is one of the glittery paints with crackle medium on top. And the child's skin is a very pale flesh tone, not the same bright white as the surrounding lighted hall.
Other than the text not being clear on the bottom, I'm pretty satisfied.