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1  Haunted Yard Contest Entry: Deep Green Sea in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by TrentSketch on: October 31, 2008 11:44:01 AM
Three things to know about the display.

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.

Two Wide Shots from different angles:

Fish Monsters:


Electric Eel:

Fishing Line:



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2  Vampire in Coffin (ceramic) in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by TrentSketch on: October 05, 2008 01:02:42 PM
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.




Enjoy  Wink
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3  Light Up Headstone (ceramic, pic heavy) in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by TrentSketch on: October 04, 2008 04:17:07 PM
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.

Front (unlit):

Detail: Raven:

Detail: Epitaph:

Detail: Base:

Lit: Green:

Lit: Yellow:


Enjoy Wink
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4  Gargoyle (ceramic figure) in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by TrentSketch on: October 04, 2008 03:39:57 PM
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.




Size Comparison:

Enjoy. Wink
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5  Halloween Bear (ceramic figure) in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by TrentSketch on: October 04, 2008 03:30:27 PM
This is a Halloween bear I painted. I used a dark brown color wash then dry-brushed with acrylic for detail. It's sprayed with a matte finishing spray.




Size Comparison: slighty taller than straight pin

Enjoy  Wink
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6  Halloween Window Art: Scarecrow, Ghost, Bat in Completed Projects by TrentSketch on: October 04, 2008 03:21:24 PM
My grandmother runs a holiday window decorating business. Today, we finished up the display for the local deli.

Full Display:

My Grandmother Painting:

Close-up: Bat:

Close-up: Scarecrow (reflected cameo by me):

Close-up: Ghost:

Craft acrylic on glass. Enjoy.
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7  Stained and Painted Halloween Ornaments in Halloween Decor and Parties by TrentSketch on: September 30, 2008 06:51:21 PM
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.


Witch's Hat:

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.
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8  Re: Not 1, Not 2, but 3 Yards to Decorate: House Haunt 2008 in Halloween Decor and Parties by TrentSketch on: September 24, 2008 06:50:31 AM
I've been so sick that I haven't made anything new in a week. This project was the first I finished for my brother's yard. I just forgot to take pictures when I finished.

The gag is a bear has turned a trap on a hunter. So this poor soul is trapped in his own net. It will be hung from a tree and supported using monofilament attached to plant hangers in his yard.


And a distant shot to better show the design

The character was purchased by my brother last year. I made the net.
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9  Re: Not 1, Not 2, but 3 Yards to Decorate: House Haunt 2008 in Halloween Decor and Parties by TrentSketch on: September 17, 2008 04:08:12 PM
My detail work is messy still. I have to patch a few holes still and it's not waterproofed yet. The glue is even still drying.

But I think this picture is a pretty good indication of what the pumpkin patch will look like during the day, unlit:

The vines are made with shiny green costume fabric, stitched in a tube, with plastic English Ivy stitched on to hold the stems in place. They are then glued to the pumpkins and held in place with pins until they dry solid.

I'm also going to start linking these progress photos on the top post of the thread to make it easier to navigate.
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10  Re: Not 1, Not 2, but 3 Yards to Decorate: House Haunt 2008 in Halloween Decor and Parties by TrentSketch on: September 15, 2008 06:20:25 PM
started with recycled wire:

molded to rough pumpkin shape:

added handle:

repeated twice for complete set:

Almost done with one of the three pumpkins for the patch. Used tissue paper with watered down glue to layer, watered down paint to add depth. Still need a few more layers to better disguise the wire underneath. The tissue paper should still be translucent enough to glow when a light is placed underneath.
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