Come Play With Us

July 9th, 2013

 

There is still time to register for the Weekend Warrior edition of our Severed Zombie Head Workshop. Spend two consecutive weekends building your very own drippy, gooey, rotting zombie head. This workshop is a lot of fun and it’s one of a few weekend classes offered at STOLLOWEEN Studio.

This unique experience is recommended for those 16 years and older. The workshops can be physically demanding requiring participants to stand, kneel,  lift and work in uncomfortable positions. Papier mache can be a bit messy so please dress accordingly. The class uses a variety of non-hazardous materials such as flour, glue and joint compound, as well as latex and acrylic paints.

Workshop cost is $100 per person which includes all tools and materials.

Call (989) 750-6457 to register. Payment is due at the first class. Class size is limited to 8 seats.

 

Severed Zombie Heads Workshop #4

– Weekend Warrior Edition

Saturday, July 13th.   1pm – 4pm

Sunday, July 14th.  1pm – 4pm

Saturday, July  20th.  1pm – 4pm

Sunday, July 21st.  1pm – 4pm

 

 

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Mantis On Display

July 8th, 2013

My Mighty Midland Mantis sculpture is on display in downtown Midland until mid September. The Mantis is located on the corner of West Main and Gordon…across the street from the H Hotel. He’s big, he’s bright and pretty photogenic. As one of the participating artists I was invited to Dow Diamond to watch a Loon’s baseball game in the Chemical Bank suite…good food and good company.

 

 

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Kid’s Monster Factory

July 8th, 2013

As a child I used to draw monsters and as an adult I continue to doodle monsters every chance I get. This is very special class designed for children 6 to 12 years old who along with an accompanying adult will use their imagination to draw a monster then turn that artwork into a fabulous papier mache sculpture.

 

During the first two hour session we will look at inspirational monsters in movies and books such as Monsters Inc., Where the Wild Things Are and the Dr. Suess books, then create a drawing and start constructing the sculpture. The second and third sessions will use papier mache and the final class will be painting.

 

The workshops can be physically demanding requiring participants to stand, kneel, lift and work in uncomfortable positions. Papier mache can be a bit messy so please dress accordingly. The class uses a variety of non-hazardous materials such as flour, glue and joint compound, as well as latex and acrylic paints.

 

Workshop cost is $100 per adult and child duo which includes all tools and materials.

 

You are encouraged to bring your own drink and snack. No alcoholic beverages please. Call (989) 750-6457 to register. Payment is due

at the first class. Class is limited to 5 adult and child duos.

 

 

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STOLLOWEEN Studio Tour

July 8th, 2013

On April 17th, 2013 we moved into some new studio space at 718 George Street in Midland, MI.

 

The new workshop is not huge, around 900 sq. feet but it’s a huge improvement over working out of my basement, garage and dining room table.

 

Renting studio space serves two purposes.

 

First it gives me more room to build and a place to hold papier mache workshops.

 

And secondly, and most importantly it gets the majority of my Halloween stuff out of the house, a huge selling factor for my wife.

 

Basically this is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, my own little space dedicated to something I really enjoy.

 

If you ever find yourself in the Midland area please take a moment to stop in and check it out.

 

 

 

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How to Smooth Paper Clay

July 8th, 2013

One of the most commonly asked questions….here’s the answer.

 

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July Pumpkins

July 8th, 2013

A patch of new pumpkins for the 2013 haunting season.


 

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Tale of the Big Blue Bunny

July 8th, 2013

 

 

Mr. Bunny was a cheap little dollar store stuffed animal that was our oldest son’s  best friend growing up.

 

 

The little blue bunny was a tremendous source of comfort during doctor visits, thunderstorms and those days when it felt like the whole world was against you.

 

 

During the years Mr. Bunny lost an ear and had many “surgeries” leaving him pretty tattered and torn…but he remained Carter’s best buddy.

 

In honor of Carter’s High School Graduation we decided to build a large papier mache Mr. Bunny, complete with his array of odd stitching and single ear.

 

The Bunny was made from recycled cardboard that was assembled into a Mr. Bunny shape then covered with papier mache.

 

 

 

The project was a lot of fun and was greatly appreciated by our oldest son….everybody needs a Mr. Bunny in their life.

 

 

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Zombie Gallery

July 8th, 2013

Finished some new papier mache zombie which feature some pretty amazing textures considering they were created with everyday household materials such as paper towels, facial tissue and toilet paper.

“They’re coming to get you Barbara!”


 

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Etsy Shop Now Open

June 12th, 2013

 

Severed zombie heads, pumpkins and children’s monster sculptures…the STOLLOWEEN Shop is now open with lots of new items to be added in the following weeks. Click the photo to visit the shop.

 

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Son Of Buster

May 23rd, 2013

My entry for the HauntForum $20 Prop Challenge is a companion piece to my 2010 entry titled “Buster Gravesley.”

 

 

Buster Gravesley had a son named Buster.  Buster’s son was a gnarly surfer dude head banging sort of guy, always on the look out for the perfect wave. Unfortunately Buster Jr. met his end in the jaws of a Great White Shark and joined his father in the afterlife where he still raises Hell every chance he gets and never misses an opportunity to break free from the confines of his rotting grave. Like father, like son …. Meet Son of Buster.

 

 

The Son of Buster Prop was built almost entirely from recycled materials and papier mache.

 

The prop features a mechanism which allows it to be manually operated. When operated the tombstone cracks in half revealing the Son of Buster creature lurking behind the tombstone.

http://youtu.be/q6mSnbw8ivM

 

 

This piece had to be created for under $20 dollars so the hardware choices were economical, if you plan on building this I would suggest using additional material resulting in a sturdier prop (such as larger hinges, etc.).

 

Son of Buster took approximately 30 hours to create over the course of a month. This was a fun build and there was a fair amount of experimentation and new techniques in regards to creating the head and the hands. The final prop stands about 3 ½ feet tall and is 2 feet wide.

 

Click here for the tutorial.

 

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