Halloween 2014

December 9th, 2014

This year we had two Halloween displays. The first was for Home Depot’s Halloween Style Challenge during the last weekend in September and the second was on Halloween night at the studio. The Home Depot Halloween Style Challenge was a take on a dark carnival freakshow while Halloween at the studio was a display of previously built pieces.

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New Studio and Custom Work

June 27th, 2014

STOLLOWEEN Studio has recently expanded, we now have over three times the space and the studio now features a large gallery with over 100 papier mache pieces on display plus a large well lit workshop area, full reference library and huge storage area.

 

 

In addition to teaching classes I am now have the space to handle custom work big and small.  If you are interested in having a piece built especially for you or your haunted attraction just let me know.

 

Send me a message to stolloween@gmail.com describing in detail what you would like and I will give you a quote.

Whether you want a single pirate skull or large set pieces for your haunt we now have a facility capable of meeting your needs.

Looking forward to working with you.

Scott A. Stoll

STOLLOWEEN Studio

716 George Street,MidlandMI48640

(989) 750-6457

 

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Halloween 2013

November 11th, 2013

The yard display went up on Monday, October 28th and while technically it was the smallest display we have done since 2006 it did feature a lot of new pieces.

 

New for 2013 were three large Green Demons, two Green Goblins, a dozen papier mache Tombstones and two new Gargoyles.

 

The three evenings leading up to Halloween were beautiful but Wednesday night the rain started and by my estimation we received over two inches of rain by Thursday morning. This is the second year of crappy weather but we pushed through the mess and had a fun Halloween all the same.

 

Hope everybody’s favorite day was fun and safe….now get started on 2014!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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STOLLOWEEN and Home Depot

September 29th, 2013

What happens when Home Depot asks you to participate in their Halloween Style Challenge?

Find out here!

 

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Gone Batty

July 20th, 2013

Maybe it’s the heat but I went a little batty!

 

Made a few papier mache bats over the last couple of weeks including two large hanging bats complete with a three foot wingspan and five 17 inch high figurines each wrapped in a cloak.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Time To Make Pumpkins!

July 19th, 2013

The Great Pumpkin

Papier Mache Workshop

Tuesday, July 23rd.   6pm – 9pm

Thursday, July 25th.   6pm – 9pm

Tuesday, July 30th.   6pm – 9pm.

Thursday, August 1st. 6pm – 9pm

 

This is your chance to start building some great Jack O’Lantern props for Halloween. The July Pumpkin Workshop will allow participants to create their own large pumpkin complete with an elaborate carved face of their choosing. Past workshops have proven to be a very fun and enjoyable experience all while learning many different papier mache techniques.

 

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.

 

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 8 seats.

 

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Sculpting with Homemade Paper Clay

July 9th, 2013

Sculpting with homemade paper clay is a lot different than sculpting with oil or water based clay. Once you learn how it behaves you can make it do what you wish.

 

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July Pumpkins

July 8th, 2013

A patch of new pumpkins for the 2013 haunting season.


 

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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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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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