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. 



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

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




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 .


Plans change.


Stay tuned for information on the upcoming workshop.






Twelve creative pumpkin designs so far in the “Build Me A Pumpkin” contest…who will be number 13?


Visit for contest rules and entries.





Boris Completed


Finshed Boris The Bolter yesterday and soon he will be delivered to a local company for an industrial polycoat application.


The build took from February until mid-March and resulted in over 100 hours of work.


To see more photos and documentation of the process including links to some time lapse videos click here.

Boris Pre-paint


The Boris troll is now completely built and waiting to be painted this coming weekend. The assembly proceeded according to plan and there were no real surprises other than the amount of time it took to complete the texturing process.

The assembly started by attaching the body to the feet. Four 1”x3” pieces of lumber were bolted the short pieces of lumber that had been built into the feet design. The four pieces were secured to the inner structure of the papier mache body then the cardboard chambers were filled with recycled water bottles and expanding foam.


The feet were further refined by adding cardboard strips creating a natural looking connection between each foot and the body.


Next the top of the body was cut to allow a proper fit for the head. Before the head was attached the hands were mounted onto the body using a combination of screws, hot glue and wire. After the hands were in place the head was positioned then all of the connection points were covered with multiple layers of papier mache strips.


A tattered cape was added by coating pieces of distressed burlap coated in a combination of joint compound and latex paint (Monster Mud).  Ignore the color of the cape in the photos because it is the result of the recycled paint used to make the Monster Mud.  After the cape had dried (hardened) the hair was extended off the back, flowing over the cape.

The final step was to apply different textures to the entire sculpture. Texture is very important for this project because the painting technique that will be used is dry brushing. Early on I had decided that I wanted a lizard or elephant-like hide and this could be accomplished by pressing loose weave burlap into the partially dry clay.

Because the troll is so large I didn’t want the same small texture to be used on the entire body so I created three different sized “weaves” that could be used on different parts of his body. The smallest texture was used on the nose and eyelids, the medium size was used on the head, ears and arms and finally a large scale weave was used on his body and feet.


The hair and fingernail texture was achieved by running the tongs of a plastic fork through the wet clay. The cape retained the natural burlap texture and each fray will pop when the paint is applied.


The wrench and bolts received no special texture other than the imprint lettering, again the dry brushing technique will make the lettering stand out as the words will be black against a rust colored surface.

Before the painting begins I need to scrap and sand the base, drill some holes so that the piece can be mounted to a concrete base and do a little tough up sanding to remove any burrs or other unwanted imperfections.