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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Congratulations go out to Scott Alan Dimmick, the winner of the “Build Me A Pumpkin” contest on the STOLLOWEEN Facebook page. Scott’s name was randomly drawn from over 90 entries scoring him a custom built pumpkin of his liking. Scott’s concept was a “ground breaking, undead pumpkin, pushing itself out of the ground with its [...]
These three pumpkins were started a couple of weeks ago and are the result of mixing three of my different projects into one…the trash bag pumpkins, the new cardboard strip pumpkins and the screaming ½ skulls. The progress so far is promising…these guys will eventually have eyeballs and get painted with an airbrush.
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 [...]
This year’s construction of our annual Halloween display called “The Papier Mache Nightmare” is behind schedule (as always it seems) due to a very busy last couple of months. To everyone that has sent me questions via email please know that I am working on getting them answered and those of you that took [...]