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1061  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Month of Fright (My Makeup and Costumes) on: October 22, 2007 08:59:19 AM
wow, love the neck wound. is it done with liquid latex?
1062  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Adult Costume: Little Apple Doll 'Circe' on: October 22, 2007 08:56:03 AM
i love it, nice job Smiley
1063  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: any scratchboarders here? on: October 22, 2007 08:45:47 AM
Wow, thanks for all the lovely comments everyone!
In response to a few:

Craftewoman: Ive been told before to try to make my own but honestly it sounds pretty intimidating. The clayboards are boards coated in clay and then with a layer of India ink, but theyre perfectly smooth and I dont think Id have the tools to do something that smooth. Im thinking youd need to sand the clay but even then it would be hard to get the surface level without a planer or something and then to get a thick even coat of ink Id rather just buy the premade ones while I can. The only thing Id love (and that would get me to try my own) is some more interesting sizes, particularly a size I could do ATCs on.

From multiple posters: I will check out Dick Blick, thanks!!! Literally, my friend and I went to every art supply place in Montral and Ottawa and bought out their stock. Places like Omer des Serres and Wallacks have stopped carrying them because, apparently, this sort of art work is all done on computers now so there is no demand for them anymore. Oh, and no Hobby Lobby around here that I know of. Ive never even heard of that chain before the only craft store I know of is Michaels, and they dont carry them.

And I envy anyone whos in a school that offers this! I would have loved to have taken that class

kelsi.kay: I think Ive been doing this for about 4 years now Ive done 17 boards so far. Like I said, I do them mostly as Christmas or birthday gifts. So about 2months of the year I work on them.

Anam: Calvin is awesome ^_^ he has a heart murmur though, I made this for mom a little while after she found out because she and he are very attached and when he leaves finally for good, I wanted her to have something nice to remember him by.

Studiomcc: most people (actually probably all the people Ive shown my boards to) have never heard of scatchboarding. Its fun to explain the process. And before I started, Id never heard of it either till one of my friends showed me one she had done a few years prior. Concerning dyeing, you dont have to smooth out the ridges if you dont want to. It can create shadows if you dont but sometimes that makes for a nice effect. I do try to smooth it out a bit though if its a largish area by giving it a good erase with a pink eraser. I also use either my widest blade or a fiberglass tool to clean out the area so there arent too many ridges to begin with. With the red, I usually put a couple of coats on otherwise it appears pink. And I try to stay off the black as much as possible because the inks always dry glossy, though this is mostly neutralized when I spray the finished board with a sealer.

RondaS: I love adding in a touch of colour, any board I make has one if I can find a place to add it effectively. I did one of a border collie and painted one eye blue and the other brown Smiley I did one board of poppies though that I coloured completely but Im not as fond of that look. It was also my first time using the inks so perhaps if I tried again it would turn out nicer, but I honestly preferred it in black and white.

Loveandasandwich: fur is, like, the easiest thing to do on scratchboards! Its so fun, give it a try! For calvin, I used a blade (and for any long fur on other boards) but for my short haired friends I used a fiberglass tool. I much prefer doing animals than people in this medium, though if Im drawing I find fur a huge challenge. Not that Im saying scratchboards are easy, but the fur is almost meditative to do =)
All this guys fur was done with a fiberglass tool and his mane was done with a blade. the really smooth areas on his muzzle was done with a hard pink eraser. (sorry, Ive never gotten a proper scan of this one and there is a crazy lens flair in this pic)

Thanks again to everyone for the great comments! It has inspired me to get to work on some boards Ive been thinking about for a while.
1064  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: more gooey zombies! (warning: image heavy and gross factor HIGH) on: October 22, 2007 07:59:03 AM
hahaha, sorry, i'm not a mom! that's my boyfriend, not child Wink
i'm only 27, a little young to have a 25 year old son!

and in response to another comment: the prosthetics have to be painted up with makeup, they're just a base. they would look terrible if you wore them "as is"! but with these kinds of prosthetics in particular, the messier you do your makeup, the better it looks, so it really isn't too hard to get it looking good as long as you invest in the makeup you need.

1065  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: more gooey zombies! (warning: image heavy and gross factor HIGH) on: October 19, 2007 07:40:38 PM
contacts were from here: http://extremesfx.com/
They were the cheapest and the product seemed pretty much the same as the more expensive brands. I think ours took about 11 days but thanksgiving fell in there and another weekend...maybe 6 business days. i'm in canada though - i think they have 2-3 day delivery for the US.

they look really cool, though i find them hard to get in as a non-contact wearer. worth the effort though ^_^ we got the white-outs, black-outs and the vampire red.
1066  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: any scratchboarders here? on: October 19, 2007 11:47:30 AM
i just painted the white with inks. Smiley
did she have a paper scratchboard, or clayboard? all mine are done on clayboard - i tried paper once and i hated it!
1067  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: any scratchboarders here? on: October 19, 2007 11:12:52 AM
actually, i draw it out first on paper from a photo reference, then use white carbon paper to transfer the design. the boards are so expensive that i dont' trust myself to draw straight on the board or just free hand it. even extra pencil lines, if they're in an area that stays black, often show even after i've erased them and sealed the boards with a fixative spray, so i find that this is the best way to get a nice clean finished product.

here is the only one i freehanded (and it was also my first board). his fur was really wild though so it wasn't too hard to just add more when things didn't look quite right. for the ones i've done of horses or people though, you can't really correct mistakes (unless they're really small) without it being obvious.


1068  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / any scratchboarders here? on: October 19, 2007 10:48:32 AM
Hi all Smiley

I've been scratchboarding for a couple of years now, though usually only in december and april (i do the boards as gifts [april is mom's birthday]). I just wanted to share one or two of them and ask if anyone else here scratchboards? it's fun and the product makes for nice gifts, but its becoming near impossible to get the boards anymore, other than online. a year ago, i could only order from the company (and minimum $500 order) but i see that they've become more available online recently.

here we go:




1069  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / more gooey zombies! (warning: image heavy and gross factor HIGH) on: October 19, 2007 08:58:11 AM
I saw Izzy55 posted a photo from the ottawa zombie walk, so i thought i'd post a few more of the rest of the people i did makeup for!
i'm fairly new at posting on craftster and i haven't found a way to put the photos behind a cut, so i apologize if i've caught anyone unawares with the images.

onward to zombies!
my sweetie:

and a closeup:

Izzy55's (the jogger) closeup:

Our other Silent Hill nurse (she did her own makeup), myself, Izzy55 and our eyeless zombie M...

Eyeless zombie

our school girl zombie

All done with Woochie prosthetics (Bear Maul for both Izzy55 and the school girl (one worn inverted), See No Evil on our eyeless guy (only half of the prosthetic used), and Skin and Bones on my guy) and liquid latex, scarring liquid, graftobian creme makeup in geisha white and blithe spirit, injury stack, blood gel and blood FX, tooth decay paint (in "tobacco" and "nicotine") and some homemade fake blood. took about 3.5 hours to get everyone ready. we ordered costume contacts but they didn't arrive till the day after the walk ~pout~

i now have a considerable arsenal of fx makeup supplies!
1070  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Asky the Squidopus - [image plump] on: October 17, 2007 10:47:47 AM
eeee, he's awesome! i love that you had a bid war to get the fabric for this- its great when things have background stories like that, makes them special.
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