You don’t have to be Dr. Frankenstein to stitch together these Ghoulish DIY Halloween favors. This quick and easy Hershey candy bar wrapper project makes it easy to whip up a a treat for those little monsters.
Step 1. Slice open a paper bag. Scissors will do if you don’t own a scalpel. Dissect a piece large enough to drape your candy bar.
Step 2. Dampen the edges with a operating sponge (or whatever you have on hand) then gently tear away pieces to get rid of the straight cut. Wrap the ragged flesh (A.K.A paper bag) onto your candy bar and tape it in place.
Step 3. Pencil in your stitch lines. Use inks or paints in browns and reds to define the blood seepage areas. Make the final stitches on top of that with a brown or black marker.
Step 4. Add a little more distressing with brown in or paint. Finish things off with a stamped Halloween message. Wait for lightening to strike your creation and you’re done!
Happy Halloween from Marie Young Creations!
These zombie love birds are actually Halloween presents for my niece and nephew. They are polymer clay ornaments sculpted over hollow egg shells.
The lady bird for my niece, Jessie, is a mainly frilly with a touch of ick. The one for my nephew, Ryan, oozes ick, but that was a happy accident. I had his head and wings sculpted and cured when I dropped him on the floor. The break looked so cool that I decided to try to secure the edges to salvage it. After several layers of “guts” and varnish, it turned out great!
Growing up next door to my grandparent’s farm, I’m very familiar with the benefits of fresh chicken eggs, but I have to admit, I never noticed pullet eggs. These are smaller than average eggs from young hens who are just beginning their egg laying career.
I discovered this rare find from a colleague Tim Whisler, who runs a small family farm when he isn’t moonlighting as a college dean and history professor.
As with most things for me, I was more interested in the artistic application than the culinary ones. Pullet eggs are damn cute! I purchased some of these “first lays” to create ornaments. Of course I had the added benefit of being able to eat the eggs.
It is a fleeting find, however, because the hens are already mastering their craft and the eggs are getting larger. Still, the shells are wonderfully hard, a trait you don’t find in the typical grocery store egg.
Here is one of the first creations. He’s available in my Young Creative Etsy store.
It is no secret I LOVE black cats. They are some of the most docile, loving, and expressive cats that I have ever encountered. I guess that’s why I’m drawn to them as models. In this sculpt, I imaged “Agatha” as a black cat who tired of her life as a familiar and decided to master some witchcraft of her own.
I sculpted “Agatha” from a combination of opaque and translucent clays to give her a wonderful glowing waxy finish. Most of the color comes from the clay itself rather than paint which adds to the depth of color.
From her precious whiskers to the playful patch on the back of her dress containing my maker’s mark, Agatha also delivers on devilishly sweet details. She dangles a tiny mouse over an amber glass caldron.
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She’s looking for a loving home. Visit my online shop to see her listing: Agatha Black Cat Witch Sculpture on Etsy
The Quest for “Opulent Whimsy”
My Halloween Owl Shadow Box project began as a part of Christine DuMont’s course “Ways to Wow” on Voila. The course was a 6-month exploration of emotion in art that has really helped my think about technique, flow, color, and proportion in my work. I chose to work toward something that evokes what I call “Opulent Whimsy.”
Image 1 of slideshow: I started with a series of sketches. I settled on the bottom right hand image as the one I wanted to move forward. I pictured a 3-d owl jutting out of a shadow box frame.
Images 2 & 3: Here is where I started to encounter some of my first challenges in the project. I loved the stylized look I had achieved in the face under layer, but once I started adding detail it lost that feeling. The branch also lost the sensual curves that I had envisioned through the early drawing stage.
Image 5 Prototype 1: In trying to convey a feeling of “Opulent Whimsy” I got far too carried away with textures and colors. There isn’t a strong focal point and the roughness of the owl does not reflect “opulence.”
Image 5 Prototype 2: For version #2 in my quest for “Opulent Whimsy” I did some serious sanding of the owl which helped tremendously. I tried to simply some of the over the top patterns on the moon and add some elegance back into the branch, but I had limited success on that front. The piece still does not have a clear focal point.
Image 6 Final Project: For version #3 on the path to “Opulent Whimsy,” I took Christine’s advice and moved the moon behind owl. I also scrapped the busy background and created a new thinner, darker branch that didn’t compete so much with the owl.
Still not everything I wanted it to be, but I’m calling this one done. Great learning experience!
This wise old owl is another experiment in sculpting over a hollowed out chicken egg shell. It is my entry in the Polymer Clay Artist Guild of Etsy October Challenge: Forest/Woodsy. Head over to vote by midnight on Oct. 7 and you could win a prize: http://polymerclayartists.blogspot.com/2013/09/forest-woodsy-october-pcagoe-challenge.html
Stop back here later in the week and I will share a couple posts on the ups and downs of creating this piece for those of you who are interested in the artistic journey.