Due to the weather our display is now closed for the season, thanks to everyone that had a chance to stop by and have a fun and safe Halloween!
The GateKeepers are large gargoyle/demon/alien hybrids that stand guard at the gate of our 2012 Halloween Display. Based on a sketch I created this past summer these creatures are made from papier mache over a wood form.
Complete documentation of the process can be found here.
Added a Faux Wrought Iron Fence tutorial that uses wood, PVC and foam to create a creepy old fence to dress up your Halloween display. The process is fairly simple and the results are quite impressive.
The complete instructions can be found here.
Currently working a set of demonic style gargoyles based on a simple sketch or abbozo I did one late night while doodling by candlelight.
The heads are basically done and the wings will be complete once clay is added and detailed.
The heads were built from a half section of an inflated balloon covered in papier mache strips with the mouth, ears and teeth formed from recycled cardboard.
Each wing was cut from a piece of corrugated cardboard then coated with several layers of strip mache…the tips of the wings were bent into an upward position and supported during the drying process to give a nice three dimensional shape as opposed to just being flat.
The next step will be to give the wings some interesting veining and texturing although I’m not quite sure what medium I will use to achieve this effect.
Legacy Art Studio and Gallery and STOLLOWEEN present The Great Pumpkin Workshop II in Midland, Michigan.
You have never built a pumpkin like this before!
Join us in September for The Great Pumpkin Workshop II where you will create your very own papier mache pumpkin over the course of four evenings.
This workshop will teach a variety of papier mache techniques including a new process that has never been made public until now.
Participants will learn everything they need to know about building armatures, mixing paste, working with paper clay and utilizing different painting techniques.
The class is fun, fast paced and chances are good you will make a few new friends during the process. There are only ten seats available for this workshop which allows for a personalized experience.
All tools and materials are supplied and no experience required.
Cost is $100 per person.
Tuesday, September 11th: 6-9pm
Thursday, September 13th: 6-9pm
Tuesday, September 18th: 6-9pm
Thursday, September 20th: 6-9pm
Participants will need to use a variety of tools such as scissors, sharp tools and hot glue guns.
The class is somewhat physical requiring standing, bending and lifting during each three hour session. Please wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing.
The workshop uses wheat flour based paste, joint compound and latex paint and may be unsuitable for those sensitive to these materials. No toxic materials are used.
The Great Pumpkin Workshop II is recommended for ages 16 and up.
If you register and are unable to attend please notify us at least 72 hours prior to the first class so we can fill your spot in the workshop
To register please contact Hannah Manges at 989-835-1655.
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.
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
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.