Friday, October 31, 2008

Vector Hair

I'm learning how to do vector hair. Or at least I'm trying to learn. This is formal attempt #1. The original image is from Anthropologie by way of

The goal is to not completely replicate the source material but use it as a guide.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Dia de los Muertos

Perfect timing! This week's Inspire Me Thursday is Dia de los Muertos. I was originally going to post these after I sent them off to family and friends...but tomorrow is Halloween and I still haven't. (Sorry Andrea...yours is totally coming...eventually)

Happy Halloween!


Last year for Halloween I folded a bunch of envelopes out of lime green wrapping paper. It was a lot of fun and a lot of work. This year I took white envelopes and had at them with stencils and inexpensive craft paint. Some came out better than others but it was a good excuse to let my mind wander and just play.

Now...if only I'd send those cards.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Halloween Fabric Ornaments

Cereal Box Cardboard
Ribbon (I used 3/16 in)
Hot Glue Gun

1. I used the top of a Jacquard Textile bottle to trace circles. Cut the circles out and place them on a small square of fabric.

2. Tape the ribbon down on either side of the cardboard. Circle the cardboard with a ring of hot glue.

3. Place the second piece of scrap fabric over the top to create a sandwich. Press down lightly with your fingers. (Careful it's hot.)

4. Cut around the hot glue.

5. Hang on your gesso-painted branches.

Painted Pumpkin

This pumpkin is simply a combination of 3 inexpensive craft paints (orange, brown and copper) and a final coat of gloss Mod Podge.

This project was fast and easy and could make very cool decorations for either Halloween or Thanksgiving.

Mummy Fingers

I'm making little mummy fingers for the cast and crew of the show I'm in. Here's a finished bundle. Originally I was going to make them into a necklace or at least give each person 5...but then I ate them. And I know myself better than to go back to the store and buy more...because I'd eat those too. (Ahk!)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Twix Mummy Fingers

Mini Twix
Plastic Wrap (Saran wrap)
Brown Floral Tape
Small Sponge
White Gesso
Brown Acrylic Paint
Red paper
Red Fingernail Polish

1. Cover wrapped Twix with plastic wrap. Just enough to hold down the edges of the Twix wrapper. Tape.

2. Wrap in brown floral tape. I wrap the ends first and then the length.

3. Use a small sponge and dab on brown paint. Dab on white gesso. Let blend a bit on the finger.

4. Cut out fingernail from red paper. Glue on end. Paint with red fingernail polish.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Halloween Card-work in progress

This makes it Halloween.

I need vines but I'm terrible at drawing vines. There is something I can never quite get right. I don't even know what it is but after I finish trying to do vines something just always seems off.

I'm not sure about the placement of the type. Maybe the pumpkin needs to be bigger.

OK, number 2 is bigger. Still unsure. I want to see more of the green damask pattern.

Work in progress.

Damask and Polka Dots

These are kind of Halloweenesque?

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

October, really.