July Pumpkins

A patch of new pumpkins for the 2013 haunting season.


Sir Rip D. Fleshkin

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.

 

 

 

Charles McScardeylantern

This pumpkin was the random drawing winner in the 2nd Annual Build Me A Pumpkin contest held on the STOLLOWEEN Facebook page.

 

Introducing Charles McScardeylantern designed by Jasper Anderson.

 

Charles mcScardeylantern was a very fun build, especially the rotted side which was achieved by soaking blue shop towels in papier mache paste.

 

The pumpkin also features five large black flies which can be repositioned or removed if desired.

Great Pumpkin Workshop

 

Class Description:

 

Spend four fun filled evenings at Legacy Art Studio and Gallery in Midland Michigan creating your very own papier mache pumpkin.

 

Scott A. Stoll will teach you a variety of techniques and lead you through the process of building an incredible pumpkin using your own design.

 

The class is fun, fast paced and chances are good you will make a few new friends during the process.

 

All tools and materials are supplied and no experience is required.

 

Time and Dates: 

 

Tuesday, September 27th 6-9pm

Thursday, September 29th  6-9pm

Tuesday, October 4th 6-9pm

Thursday, October 6th 6-9pm

 

Cost: $95.00 per person. 


Registration:

 

To register please contact Hannah Manges at 989-835-1655

Legacy Art Studio and Gallery,  716 George Street, Midland, Michigan

 

Disclaimer:

 

The Great Pumpkin Workshop is recommended for ages 12 and older. Participants will need to use a variety of tools such as scissors, sharp blades and hot glue guns. The class is physical requiring standing, bending and lifting during each three hour session. Please wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing. The workshop uses wheat flour, drywall joint compound, white glue and latex paint and may be unsuitable for those sensitive to these materials.

 


 

 

 

 

Looks Like More Pumpkins…..

 

 

This year I told myself I was not creating anymore papier mache pumpkins…none, nadda, zip, zero.

 

As always my plans change during the course of the year…need to be flexible.

 

First off I will be teaching a papier mache workshop in late September, four sessions teaching the techniques required to make a pumpkin from a trash bag and recycled materials.

 

 

I’m working on the course description and details but will tell you that the classes will be offered at Legacy Art Studio and Gallery in Midland, Michigan.

 

Legacy is a great place with a good vibe, check them out if you live in the Midland area, you can also check them out on Facebook.

 

The second reason I’m making more pumpkins is that I’ve had requests for more tortured pumpkins…so I’ve got about 20 in the works that will be offered in my Etsy Shop in a few weeks.

 

And finally I will be making two more pumpkins for the winners of the “Build Me A Pumpkin” contest held on my STOLLOWEEN Facebook page.  

 

 

You can find the details on www.torturedpumpkins.com .

 

Plans change.

 

Stay tuned for information on the upcoming workshop.

 

 

The Life of Charlie: Day 89

This is the final post of “The Life of Charlie”, the experiment where I put one of my sealed papier mache pumpkins outside to withstand the elements and see how it goes.


 

The good news is that Charlie survived without a trace of damage due to moisture, this information should give you a little confidence when displaying your hard work outside.


 

Charlie is still outside, but now he has a little bit of company as he joins 22 other pumpkins for a pre-Halloween display on our front porch.


 

He’s happy to have some company and even happier that a good coat of Spar Urethane kept him safe and sound.


 

Thanks Charlie and have a great Halloween!



Five More

Finally painted five pumpkins that were created for a Great Lakes FrightFest demonstration last spring, these pumpkins were painted with an airbrush, sealed, then washed with black paint.


The final coat of black paint was wiped from the surface with a damp cloth leaving only traces of the paint in recessed areas.


The coat of sealant protected the paint applied by the airbrush.


The resulting pumpkins are a little brighter but still have a lot of visible texture due to the addition of the black paint.



Great Pumpkin Mash Up

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.


Build On!