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21  Ghost Mantis Chocolatiers Zine Box Set! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by BananaAmbush on: December 09, 2009 06:08:02 PM
OK, so this is a project for my screenprinting class. The assignment was to make a zine, in an edition of ten, and here are my ten!

So here's the story: these are made to look like corporate-manufactured packages from a fictional company called Ghost Mantis Chocolatiers. I screenprinted everything in this package: all the box logos, coupons, letters, and the zine itself. Here's what the package looks like when it's being opened:

From the top left, there's a white chocolate box, two coupons that read "One free truffle redeemable at any Ghost Mantis location," a black chocolate box, and a sealed letter with the actual zine itself underneath. The letter is abaca paper that I made myself, and I sealed it with red wax and a "G" seal; here it is unopened:

The letter reads: "Dear Loyal Customer, as a member of the ATHENS-CLARKE COUNTY community, either you or someone you know has most likely been affected by the tragic events that occurred over the Thanksgiving holiday. Some have pointed to Ghost Mantis Chocolatiers as the source of this disaster, but we would like to stress that test results with the potential to substantiate this claim have not been released. As such, we must all remember that we do not yet know the cause of the accident. That said, although Ghost Mantis does not yet take responsibility, any disturbance to the ATHENS-CLARKE COUNTY community affects us, too. That's why we have prepared these complimentary chocolates, coupons, and Collector's Edition Ghost Mantis Company History Pamphlets as a reminder of our concern for the community and as a sign of our goodwill. We sincerely hope these packages find you well. Happy Holidays, Mortimer Windle, CEO Ghost Mantis Chocolatiers."

That's right, these packages are sort of apologies for some sort of unexplained tragedy that was, in all likelyhood, caused by this company. Here are the chocolates that come in the package (white and dark chocolate, with painted chocolate G's on them.) I made these by painting G's backwards into a chocolate mold, then pouring the opposite kind of melted chocolate on top. For the boxes, I bought truffle boxes, then used them as a base to design my own to be the right size and printed the logo on them:

And finally, here is the zine itself, the company history pamphlet:

Text: "Ghost Mantis Chocolatiers
A history of painstakingly observed tradition"

Text: "In 1884, Gregor Mantodea, a wealthy Englishman and the future founder of Ghost Mantis Chocolatiers, moved to Warwick, Rhode Island, to make his fortune and to escape a father who had difficulties accepting his many eccentricities. One of these eccentricities was his fascination with the ghost mantis, a small African species of praying mantis. In these glossy, black specimens, he saw not only himself, but the decadent allure and polished aesthetics of chocolate."

Text: "Mantodea adopted the ghost mantis as his mascot when he founded Ghost Mantis Chocolatiers and began selling chocolates out of a small cart in 1886. The American public were willing to ignore his rather offputting mascot in order to get their hands on the delicious chocolate that he was making in his own home. By 1891, the Ghost Mantis Chocolatiers company boasted its own factory, situated in the heart of Swansea, Rhode Island. His fortune made, Mantodea retired early in 1893, leaving Ghost Mantis Chocolatiers to a series of individuals hand-picked to run the company."

Text: "Since Mantodea's time, Ghost Mantis Chocolatiers has altered neither its chocolate recipes nor its machinery, despite all modern advances in the field. We believe that this respect for tradition is the key to our success. Aesthetically, however, our company continues to improve. In 1902, company CEO Humphrey Carasik created the iconic "G" that now appears on all Ghost Mantis Chocolates when he discovered his daughter Isabelle painting in her room. He wasted no time in putting her to work hand-painting each chocolate. To this day, every "G" is painted by hand."

Text: "CEO Artemis Gadebush, too, developed our company's look when he introduced the black and white motif, based on the aesthetics of the mantis itself, that still graces all Ghost Mantis buildings and packaging. Today, Ghost Mantis Chocolatiers has nine factories and hundreds of specialty stores around the globe. We look forward to overcoming any obstacle that we meet and providing our customers with unparalleled service and quality."

So, at some point I'm thinking I'll don a Ghost Mantis representative uniform, take a few of these babies to the streets, and hand them out to the unsuspecting public. Delicious!
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22  Gang's All Here Mini Book! (Image heavy!) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by BananaAmbush on: September 23, 2009 03:25:11 PM
This is an accordion book that I put together and illustrated: The Gang's All Here! Here's the front:

And opened up:

Each page has a face on it, and each face flips up to show the skull underneath:

Ta da! I would highly recommend making these little accordion books...they're really easy and all you need is book board, canvassy book cloth, glue, and paper (I used paper for the long strip, and cardstock for the individual pages and faces.) All the color is paint, sharpie, and colored pencil. Hope you like it!
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23  Electrobug! A little paper beetle that moves in Completed Projects by BananaAmbush on: July 22, 2009 06:37:22 PM
I made this little guy today after seeing this video from Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories about Bristlebots! I loved the cockroachy movements of the little robot, so I made my own and built this body out of paper around it:

To turn him on, you open up the wings and connect the little red wire to the battery:

And here's a video of him running around  Cheesy

I'm glad I found the bristlebot instructions, as the paper body was really easy to build around it and now I've got little beetley pal  Wink
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24  Re: FOC 2nd Chance wishlist swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by BananaAmbush on: May 02, 2009 12:02:02 PM
Hooray, I received from RawrBoogers today! I'm not actually at home right now, but I'm leaving college in a week so I'll get to see it all in real life! Here are the pictures, though:

Grungetastic shirt:

Ziggy Stardust tote (!!) and squid and octopus book cover:

Squid necklace, rose shrinky dink charm, nail polish, and candy:

Yay! It looks awesome from the pictures...I can't wait to see it in real life! Thanks so much!
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25  BananaAmbush's Gallery O' Joy 2009 Edition! (Updated 2/28/09) in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by BananaAmbush on: February 28, 2009 02:41:20 PM
Hey guys! So I've been pretty slack about making ATCs recently, but I'm going to try to churn a bunch more out soon! So here's what I've been working on. First of all, two cards for the Love/Hate Valentine swap:
This one was for phizzychick, called "I Give You My Heart"

And this was for craftydame, called "Too Much Candy"

And finally, I did this one just for fun. When he folds up, he's the normal ATC size and nice 'n' square.

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26  Re: Love/Hate ATC Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by BananaAmbush on: February 14, 2009 02:39:34 PM
I got my card from crafty_dame!

Thanks so much! I love the doily lacey kind of business and the little cupidy baby peeking up  Tongue And it arrived just in time for Valentine's Day, hurrah! I hope you get yours from me soon!
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27  Re: Love/Hate ATC Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by BananaAmbush on: February 11, 2009 07:03:17 PM
I got my card from the lovely and illustrious Phizzychick!

I think my picture may have jacked the color up a little (I tried!  Cry), but you can still see Phizzy's devious handiwork: two zombies fighting over a heart! So awesome! I love the anatomical heart and little blood drop (and Phizzy, I hope you like the card I sent you...it's "similarly themed"). She also sent me some BA goodies that were so awesome they couldn't be captured with a modern camera. Thanks Phizzy!
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28  Chinese Dragon Mask in Costumes: Completed Projects by BananaAmbush on: September 01, 2008 05:04:41 PM
Hey gang! So I've always wanted to own one of those Chinese dragon masks that they make dragon trains with, so recently I decided to make one with a little of my own style mixed in. So here it is (thanks to my awesome roommate and her mannequin head for modeling for me  Cheesy)

Oh! And I wish I had a picture of this, but his teeth and two little pinpricks in his eyes are glow-in-the-dark and look pretty freaking horrifying, since all you can see in the dark are a big pair of jaws and beady little eyes.

Aaaanyway if you want to make your own dragonny friend, what I did was get a thrift store baseball helmet (only about $1.50) and make the basic form out of newspaper and masking tape. Then I took plaster bandages and plastered over the whole thing. I painted it with regular acrylic paint and added lots of detail with dyed/painted paper. The teeth and eye pinpricks are polymer clay. Whew!
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29  Re: The Mighty Boosh Swap 5 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by BananaAmbush on: September 01, 2008 04:30:04 PM
Yay, I'm so glad you like it, spooks  Cheesy Here's the amazing stuff I got from her and am now posting ruefully late  Undecided. But the package is AWESOME and I love it all! Here are the lovely items:

First off, some super nifty shrinky dink tags! I'm sorry to report that the one attached to my cellphone was taken out in the pouring rain and became a bit smudgy...learned my lesson for the other shrinkies  Cheesy

And an AMAZING keychain that is currently travelling about with my keys:

A sparkly, extremely character-appropriate Vince shrine:

And an adorable Vince-the-human-coke-can plushie!  Cheesy

Here's some detail of my favorite part, the fuzzy boots!

And obviously spookshowbaby did a little stalking, because she included a my little pony!  Cheesy Yeah, I love them and am extremely dorky. But super appreciative!

Thank you SOOoooo much, I love everything and apologize for posting so late!
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30  Another My Little Pony Makeover in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by BananaAmbush on: July 14, 2008 04:22:31 PM
Yep, after the Zombie pony I decided to one sliiightly less creepy. This one's inspired by crazy Harajuku fashion.

Wooo! I am a dork.
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