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.
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.
The Dungeon Rats were finished just in time to be included in our 2009 Halloween display. Named “Riff” and “Raff” the rats are mangy, malnourished and have a nasty disposition, their overall length is five feet long from tip of the nose to the tip of their tails.
The rats were made from recycled empty one gallon paint cans, newspaper, cardboard, plastic milk jugs, utility wire, plaster and plastic broom bristles.
A combination of papier mache strips and homemade paper clay were used to cover the armature, strengthen and add texture. The complete instructions can be found here.
In the next week or so I will unveil my Hauntforum $20 Prop Challenge entry.
The new prop is big and highly detailed.
Clues are being posted at ScottyArt, so if you are easily amused feel free to stop by and try to figure out what’s in the works.