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.
Finally getting some projects completed for our Halloween Display 2010, these three large pumpkins stand almost three feet tall and are a mash up of several different projects.
The pumpkins used the trash bag method, the cardboard strip method and the face techniques use for DEMONIKUS.
The tutorial will be available after Halloween, for now I need to keep checking projects off the list.
So what do 13 tortured pumpkins waiting for their final paint look like?
The pumpkins have been base coated with flat black latex paint then dry brushed with flat white latex.
The next step involves colorizing with some various color of oil stains…this is sort of experimental, something I’ve never done before.
If you are really a keen reader you notice that there are actually 14 pumpkins in the picture, the 14th pumpkin was made as a guinea pig, an experimental pumpkin on which I can play around with the color.
Often I will take a work in progress and look at it in the mirror, for whatever reason looking at the reverse image reveals things I don’t notice with the naked eye.
The mirror reveals problems with proportion and placement such as a crooked eye or lopsided nose, issues that otherwise go unnoticed.
If you don’t believe me take one of your creations and hold it in front of a mirror and spend a moment to examine the details, chances are you will see things you have never noticed.
Looking at things differently can really help in your prop building endeavors.
In addition to the mirror trick try photographing your props from a variety of different angles then study the photographs.
Another trick is to turn your prop upside down, take a few steps back and analyze your work, chance are you will notice details that have escaped you.
Take a moment to look at things differently and you just might improve the final result
This is a very easy way to make some convincing rusted looking barbed wire to enhance your props or costume and the best part is that it’s safe and inexpensive.
This prop does not involve the use of a papier mache (gasp!) but it does make a nice enhancement to your papier mache props.
The Faux Barbed Wire is made from twine, craft foam and black latex paint.
The complete instruction can be found here.
Another approach to making papier mache pumpkins using recycled cardboard to create a simple armature that can be papier mached.
This technique is great for making smaller pumpkins perfect for tabletop or mantle displays.
The armature technique is simple and very dependable allowing you to create your very pumpkin patch with relative ease.
Complete tutorial can be found here.
Thank you to everyone that commented and supported the creation of Buster Gravesley, my entry into the HauntForum 2010 $20 Prop Challenge.
Buster clawed his way to victory after a week long battle for the top spot and I must say that it was a thrill and an honor to compete along side these top caliber props.
Thank you to HauntForum and Zombie-F for hosting the challenge and to all the sponsors that donated prizes.
Finally I would like to thank the HauntForum members that cast votes and those that submitted entries into the contest.