Archive for the 'RAMBLINGS' Category
October 29th, 2011
We decked out our back yard in a very scary fashion. Saturday, October 29th will be the only night to view our Halloween display. This year the props are in the back yard along with a roaring fire, s’more fixings and other assorted treats. Dress warm and help us celebrate our favorite holiday.
Please park across the street and use caution crossing the road as it is currently under construction. The display is scheduled to operate from 7pm until 10pm weather permitting. Please email me if you need our address or further information.
October 9th, 2011
There are two approaches I take when building a project. The first is working from preconceived designs such as sketches or photos and the second is creating freeform where I just wing it and let the project go where it needs to go.
Here are some examples of projects that were built from concept art. Some examples are well refined designs and some are very loose sketches representing the desired goal.
Boris The Bolter
Charles McScardeylantern designed by Jasper Anderson
Sir Rip D. Fleshkin designed by Breck Torres and Dustin Obermeyer
October 9th, 2011
This pumpkin was the most creative concept winner in the 2nd Annual Build Me A Pumpkin contest held on the STOLLOWEEN Facebook page.
Introducing Sir Rip D. Fleshkin designed by Breck Torres and Dustin Obermeyer.
Fun concept to turn the stem into arms and hands, during the build I decided to remove one of the fingers because it seemed to work better.
Sir Rip also features removable eyeballs which can be displayed during the day and removed at night to allow the light to shine through the eye holes.
October 9th, 2011
This pumpkin was the random drawing winner in the 2nd Annual Build Me A Pumpkin contest held on the STOLLOWEEN Facebook page.
Introducing Charles McScardeylantern designed by Jasper Anderson.
Charles mcScardeylantern was a very fun build, especially the rotted side which was achieved by soaking blue shop towels in papier mache paste.
The pumpkin also features five large black flies which can be repositioned or removed if desired.
October 9th, 2011
Wrapped our four day Great Pumpkin Workshop this past week and the results pretty amazing…nine very cool pumpkins were created by nine very awesome people.
August 20th, 2011
Spend four fun filled evenings at Legacy Art Studio and Gallery in Midland Michigan creating your very own papier mache pumpkin.
Scott A. Stoll will teach you a variety of techniques and lead you through the process of building an incredible pumpkin using your own design.
The class is fun, fast paced and chances are good you will make a few new friends during the process.
All tools and materials are supplied and no experience is required.
Time and Dates:
Tuesday, September 27th 6-9pm
Thursday, September 29th 6-9pm
Tuesday, October 4th 6-9pm
Thursday, October 6th 6-9pm
Cost: $95.00 per person.
To register please contact Hannah Manges at 989-835-1655
Legacy Art Studio and Gallery, 716 George Street, Midland, Michigan
The Great Pumpkin Workshop is recommended for ages 12 and older. Participants will need to use a variety of tools such as scissors, sharp blades and hot glue guns. The class is physical requiring standing, bending and lifting during each three hour session. Please wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing. The workshop uses wheat flour, drywall joint compound, white glue and latex paint and may be unsuitable for those sensitive to these materials.
August 2nd, 2011
This year I told myself I was not creating anymore papier mache pumpkins…none, nadda, zip, zero.
As always my plans change during the course of the year…need to be flexible.
First off I will be teaching a papier mache workshop in late September, four sessions teaching the techniques required to make a pumpkin from a trash bag and recycled materials.
I’m working on the course description and details but will tell you that the classes will be offered at Legacy Art Studio and Gallery in Midland, Michigan.
Legacy is a great place with a good vibe, check them out if you live in the Midland area, you can also check them out on Facebook.
The second reason I’m making more pumpkins is that I’ve had requests for more tortured pumpkins…so I’ve got about 20 in the works that will be offered in my Etsy Shop in a few weeks.
And finally I will be making two more pumpkins for the winners of the “Build Me A Pumpkin” contest held on my STOLLOWEEN Facebook page.
You can find the details on www.torturedpumpkins.com .
Stay tuned for information on the upcoming workshop.
July 31st, 2011
We are at the “92 days until Halloween” point in the year and for the last couple of weeks it has averaged 92 degrees at least here in Michigan.
This is the time of year where most DIY home haunters kick it into high gear attempting to scratch those items off the to-do-list as quickly as possible.
So as you are hunkered away in the air conditioning remember this….
As you are building your masterpiece(s) keep in mind that The Mad Lab contest is currently underway, you still have plenty of time to build and enter as the deadline is September 21st, 2011.
There are two contests going on simultaneously with each winner receiving a Bucky Skeleton…here’s the best part….chances are good that you are probably already planning on using the required item in your prop.
One contest requires the use of foam:
“Foam is the weapon of choice for the static prop build. This includes, well, pretty much any foam. Great stuff, insulation foam, styrofoam, pool noodles, craft foam, egg shell foam, upholstery foam, foam board, foam packing peanuts…Ok you get the picture.”
The second contest requires the use of a wiper motor:
“Ahhh the wonders of the wiper motor! Whether you are well acquainted or a novice this little device can open a door of haunting possibilities. Hit the salvage lot or head to Monster Guts. Use of a wiper motor is the only SEI requirement for this challenge.”
Pretty cool, thanks Doc for another cool Mad Lab….and did I mention she is giving away two Buckys?
Click the picture to enter The Lab!
July 23rd, 2011
Twelve creative pumpkin designs so far in the “Build Me A Pumpkin” contest…who will be number 13?
Visit www.torturedpumpkins.com for contest rules and entries.
July 19th, 2011
There be pirate skulls in my Esty shop.
Click the pic to begin your voyage matey!