Monday, June 29, 2015

Happy last Monday of June peoples!!!

Wowzers.....can ya believe it's the last Monday of June? I feel as though I've been caught up in a time warp that's on the fast track. To where? Not sure....but I do so love an adventure. ^_^

I've not been doing to much except working and visiting with the vampire den here of late. (that's the lab peoples, for those that didn't know) I don't normally ask and I won't go into details but a few healing thoughts and prayers would be greatly appreciated if you could. Thank ya kindly!!!

I did work on the June EWWL (go visit if you aren't familiar with this AWEmazing group of artist. Blog / Facebook pages) vintage horror character challenge some this weekend. I would love to work on it before I leave for work in the mornings but I'm afraid I'll let the time slip up on me. OH HECK FIRE....I know I would let it slip up. BAHAHA!!! I can just see the expression on the bossman's face when I say that I'm late because I was "playing" with dolls.

If you are new to sitting here under the old Southern ooak tree then let me explain what character I picked for this challenge. I chose Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for my piece. I have always been fascinated by that story and it's one of the reasons that I started to follow a path into psychology. One day I want to go and finish and get my degree. I'm wacky enough to be my own case study...hehehe!!  Now...what was I talking about? Oh yes....Dr J and Mr H. Since the story is the tale of "split personality" I didn't want to make two separate men. I'm making one man with a different front and back. Now in planning this piece I must admit that it has caused me to really have to snatch my muse up by her wings to come up with how to do the arms and feet. I decided to do the arms with one in front of the character and one behind the character. OR would that be one behind the character and one in front of the character? HAHA!! Arms decided upon and now for the feet. That one my peoples took some time in figuring out how one set of feet would work for this piece. I stood every which away trying to figure out what would look best and even had the Chazman posing for me some. I finally decided on a ballet position....the first position....which is where the feet are turned outwards. I think it will work. Hopefully it will work!!!

Here's some WIP images of where I am at the moment.

Love making hands. I made them both be lefties. No, it wasn't a mistake. There's a reason to my madness......I think. 

I did the feet as just a basic foot pattern since I'm going to be making the leather boots for him umm them. 
Him/them was so excited about finally getting baked that they slide onto the glass yelling "Yeah baby". 
Okay...not really but I think that's what it looks like. Bahahahahaha!!!

Dr. Jekyll side. Got the legs wrapped to fill them out and working on his underpants now. 

Mr. Hyde side. See why I made two left hands now? So that it looks as though the character has his other arm behind him. 

I'm planning on working on him/them when I get home from work this afternoon. I like the part I'm getting into now and that's making the costuming. Victorian ruffled shirt along with scruffy open shirt. Interesting, eh?

Until next time..................


Sunday, June 21, 2015

A WIP on EWWL June challenge

Happy Sunday peoples. I hope that all the Fathers out there have a wonderful and very Happy Father's day!!!  A Happy Father's day to my love and the Chazman's Daddy. We are so blessed to have him as ours. He works hard and does without so we can have the things we need and loves us with all he has to give.

I worked on my Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde piece some yesterday afternoon. Working on it and still in the planning phase apparently. BAHAHA!! Does anyone else do that as they are working? I was going to do two different pieces and let them be standing back to back. After going back and reading some of the original novella I decided that I wanted to stay with what the story was really about....split personality. One person with possible multiple personas residing in the one body. Making of two different pieces is out!!

 I still have some major tweaking to do with it before it goes into the oven but it's getting there. I think you will get just what I'm going for though.  Remember.....these are WIP ("work in progress" for those that didn't know) and I'm still working on the face(s).

 Dr Jekyll. I broadened his nose and chin and smoothed out his lips some.

Mr. Hyde. I puffed out his cheeks a bit more to give his smile hopefully a more sinister grin. 

The two faces put together. I like Mr Hyde's profile but not the Doc's. His needs to be pulled back some. He will be wearing a victorian lace collar so the jutting of his chin won't show as much but I'll know it does. That drives me bonkers sometimes....even though something will be hidden in the costuming, I still know it's there. 

Until next time.................

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Which vintage Horror character do YOU like?'s the weekend peoples!!! I hope that you have plans to get up or get out (or both) and do something FUN this weekend.

I'm hoping to do some treasure hunting today. That's going to yard sales, flea markets and such for those that don't know. Ya know the saying "One man's junk is another man's treasure" and I have to totally agree. Ummm, most of the time that is. ^_^

I'm planning on working on yet another EWWL (EVErY WiTcH WaY LaNe) challenge. This is such a fun group. They do a monthly challenge with each month being different and then put the finished pieces on their blog page to sell. Those of you that are Halloween lovers would LOVE this group AND their blog....just sayin!!

This month's challenge which I'm sure y'all have guessed by my title is "Vintage Horror" characters. I LOVE vintage anything and when ya add the horror factor in, then, well, I'm one happy camper indeed. Just not one of those campers at any of those haunted, scary camps.....with a guy in a mask and with a big knife and scary, creepy music going. Bahahaha!!!

Once again my quirky whimsical muse wanted to do one that perhaps others wouldn't do. I know my first thought was of Frankenstein's monster or the king of hickeys....Dracula. I love those guys but decided that I was going to do another character that was both handsome and creepy. Can ya guess?

Well, did ya guess right? I have always loved this story and I think it's one of the reasons that I studied psychology in college. BAHA....a decision of what to study based on a horror story. Only me peoples...only me. The original story was written in 1886 by a Scottish writer named, Robert Louis Stevenson. (probably heard of him, eh?) He was always intrigued by how personalities could affect us, being both perhaps a good and evil side. His story had such a strong impact that when someone referred to a person with "split personality" that they would also use the term "Jekyll and Hyde".

My muse is just a humming with so many ideas for this piece. I'm even going to use this movie poster in my piece. My thoughts are running to doing a clay bust piece with the handsome Dr. Jekyll as the front and then when you turn him around.....there is the creepy Mr. Hyde. I'm toying with doing a full body as well and doing the same thing with the faces. I'm sure it will tell me soon which it wants to be.

If you come and sit under the old Southern ooak tree then I bet you remember the latest clay piece I have been working on. It's been sitting in one of my bins for awhile because it just couldn't decide what it wanted to be. That problem is no more peoples.

Meet Dr. Henry Jekyll....the handsome, debonair and reputable doctor.

Meet Mr Edward Hyde....the evil, dastardly villain. 

I hope that you will check back in to see the progress on this new piece. I'm kinda excited myself to see how it's going to turn out. ^_^

Until next time.................

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

No more stinking cute lil rocking horse BAHAHA

OMGOSH.....I've finished my EWWL (Every Witch Way Lane) Halloween Flea Market swap piece. Hold please,  while I do the happy chachacha dance, will ya?

If you've been following along then you know just what I'm talking about. If not then slide down to the bottom of this post and look at a few of the latest past post. ^_^

Just in case you don't have time right now to go look at the past post and you're scratching that noggin wondering what in the world I'm talking about then here's what's been happening. I started with my swap partner sending me this cute lil wooden rocking horse.

Very cute indeed BUT this group loves Halloween so the cuteness just had to go.....far, far away!!! I must admit that I had to do a day or two of thinking and scratching MY noggin trying to decide just what I was going to do with this piece.

I thought "Ahhh Haaa" I'll paint it black and then do a Day of the Dead painting on it. Ya know, horse skeleton bones showing and then a pretty skull face painted. Once I had it painted black though I decided that idea would be something that everyone would probably think of and I wanted to be my quirky, whimsical, total unique self and do something different. Yeah. yeah, y'all already know I'm a bit weird.

Just like a light bulb going off I knew exactly what this lil horse really wanted to be. A DRAGON!!! I thought about covering in clay but decided that would take a whole lotta clay plus make it awfully heavy for shipping out to my next swap partner. I love working with paper so paper it was. Do ya like the scales? In one of those past post I wanted YOU to go look at I did a "How To" on making dragons scales. *HINT: dragon scales can also be made into corner bookmarks.....just sayin!!!

After the tail was complete I started on the body. When I make my clay dragons I don't do the individual scales like the tail but do the larger overlapping scales. I think this worked out good for the paper too, yes?
I went ahead and doodled what I wanted the face to look like along with the ears and horns. Some of the face got tweaked a tiny bit but it was a good tweak.

I started to paint the face but once I did it just didn't POP to me enough. So of course, that meant I just had to make a trip to Hobby Lobby and see what I might could find to give this dragon that "POP" he needed. Ohhhh, did I ever find what I was looking for. Awesome glass dragon eyes!!

Once all the wrapping was done (bet he felt like a mummy for awhile....hehehe) I painted the whole piece red. Perfect color for a fire breathing dragon. Added the eyes, eye lids and rhinestone embellishments.

Close up of face. 

It's hard to see on the computer image but once everything was completed to this point I washed the whole piece in a orange glitter. Not a whole lot but enough to give it a dragon sparkle.

Now since this is a FIRE dragon he needed some flames coming out of that snout. He also has beautiful flames wings as well. Once I decided it was a fire breathing dragon which meant that he had the ability to scorch peoples then he was surely a fire breathing man eating dragon.

I covered the rockers in a creepy spider paper and then attached a chalkboard label (so that the wording can be changed) and of course added the bones of his victims. Well......they shouldn't have gotten close enough to be scorched and eaten.....DUHHHH!!! ^_^

I'm very happy with how this piece transformed and so hope that whoever my swap partner is for the trading that they will like it too. However, I will NOT be held responsible for any scorching this lil guy may do once he leaves here. 

Until next time.............

Monday, June 15, 2015

WIP on dragon....almost complete.

I hope that you had a lovely weekend and did something fun, adventurous or creative. Or perhaps you just stayed indoors, curled up with a good book and lived in another time and place. Any of those things done would have made for a very nice weekend indeed!!!

I'm still working on my EWWL Halloween Flea Market Follies swap, the dragon. This weekend I gave him a good glittering of orange and used red crystals as part of his scales. I really like how the dragon eyes turned out. He's definitely not that sweet little rocking horse anymore, eh?

I have a doctors appointment in the early A.M. (I've decided that this old age thing really is for the birds) and then it's off to work I go (HiHo HiHo) but I do plan on working on his wings when I get home and hopefully do the embellishments on the rockers as well.

Until next time................

Thursday, June 11, 2015

WIP on EWWL swap piece!!

Good Golly Miss Molly but I'm beginning to think that perhaps I should have done a simple Day of the Dead painting on this rocking horse. What was I thinking? Well.....ummmm....I was thinking of dragons. BAHAHA

Since I work part-time and am dealing with a few medical issues I'm only getting to work on this piece for short time periods. I still have until the 25th to "get er done" so I'm not panicking........YET!!!!


I do have all the under scales on and the skin painted red. The little white tabs on the legs are claws and will be painted too. I mean, seriously, what man eating dragon would have such white claws, ri iight? I'm going to highlight the scales with orange and some other detailing but I'm not giving that away at the moment. I know, I can be so baddd!!!

I made a trip to our local Hobby Lobby (SO SO SOOOOO happy that we have one now in our little town. The hubbikins, not so much. HEHE) and found some really cool items to use for this piece. 

I'm going to use the papers on the rockers and then the skeletons will be disassembled and dem bones attached over the papers.

Y'all should have been at Hobby Lobby when I spotted these AWEmazing dragon eyes. I actually did a little happy dance right there in the aisle. Oh yes, I did peoples!!!

Now, I'm going to work on the dragon for a bit before I have to finish getting ready for work AND if I'm not completely POOPED by the time I get home this afternoon then I'm going to work on it some more.

Until next time..................

Monday, June 1, 2015

WIP on EWWL Halloween Flea Market Follies Swap

Having such FUN with this swap project. I was able to get all the under scales completed on the body and also got started on making some of the tiny scales. The horns and ears are sketched out but I'm going to paint them before I permanently attach them to the piece. The face I'm planning on cutting out the individual pieces to give it a little bit of depth. After looking I think I'm going to droop the upper eyelid to give it a more menacing look. I mean this is a MAN eating dragon peoples!!!

After work this afternoon, I'm going to do the under scaling for the legs and then start attaching the individual scales to the body. Want to come help? Dragons have LOTS of scales!!!

Until next time............

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