A twist on the papier mache zombie head, now you can display your zombie slaying prowess with these all mounted zombie trophy heads.
Last August I started offering Papier-mâché miniature village classes where participants could created small houses or building in a scale that matched that of Dept. 56, Lemax and HO model railroads. The classes proved to be tremendously fun and creative. I have never been a fan of working on small scale Papier-mâché pieces but this workshop proved to be an exception to the rule. The classes started as making haunted structures but evolved into Christmas themed, Gingerbread and Seuss inspired Who-ville buildings.
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.
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!
What happens when Home Depot asks you to participate in their Halloween Style Challenge?
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.
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.
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.
One of the most commonly asked questions….here’s the answer.