Gobble, gobble, toil & trouble! We at wonderstrange are in a state of denial about the massive cook-stravaganza tomorrow, so instead, we’re concentrating on BLACK FRIDAY. And Cyber Monday. Because for both of those days (and every day in between), we’re having a sale that you should totally check out, so stay tuned for details!
Last week we marveled at the Marker Wallet that Ann made from an unused photo album. Although I loved the idea of repurposing something that was laying around the house (or in this case, the trunk of my car) to carry art supplies, I confess that all my photo albums were spoken for – and if you have ever seen my gorgeous daughters, you know why! My CD collection is another story, so I decided to make use of an old CD case to create a traveling watercolor kit.
Last Christmas, I received an insanely gorgeous leather photo album, and by “gorgeous,” I mean expensive. (And gorgeous.) Staring down at the leather, I felt so guilty that I almost blurted out the awful truth: I don’t use photo albums. Ever. Even the gorgeous ones get banished to the closet, where they languish in the dark – or did, until the guilt became too much for me. When that happened, I sat down with a photo album, and I didn’t let myself get up until I figured out a way to make practical use of my gift. I’m pretty excited to share my solution, because what better thing to do with an expensive photo album than use it to store expensive art markers?!
Two weeks ago, Sarah floored us with a jaw-droppingly remarkable bone cathedral chalkboard made from a frame and skeleton garland. The rest of you were, no doubt, awed and inspired. Me too. Then Ann rolls in with a corkboard and the awe and inspiration grew to gargantuan proportions, similar to their talents.
Inspired by their awesomeness (and also required by Wonderstrange Law) I dug around for a frame, some garlands, and an idea. I finally settled on trying out a product I have looked at several times with interest but never actually used, Krylon Looking Glass . This is a spray paint that can be applied to an ordinary piece of glass (like in a picture frame) to transform it in to a mirror.
As you may know, we’ve started a new practice at wonderstrange: On the first Friday of the month, one of us introduces a brand new project, and for the next three Fridays, the rest of us put our own spin on the idea. On October 7, Sarah kicked things off with her insanely cool Bone Cathedral Inspired Chalkboard, which at heart was a project with three components: 1) a picture frame; 2) a garland of plastic skeletons from the dollar store; and 3) extreme awesomeness. After some consideration, I settled on this variation: Instead of a chalkboard, I would make a cool cork board with a two-headed skellie centerpiece. As for the extreme awesomeness, I just had to cross my fingers and hope for the best.
I am sure I have mentioned this before, but Halloween makes me all tingly in my special places. Like my spleen. And my inferior vena cava. Probably also my skeleton, which is convenient since I’m going to show you how to make skeleton-covered displays reminscent of the Bone Cathedral in Kutna Hora. [Read more…]
I get ridiculously excited when Halloween comes around. Of course I love the costumes and the skulls everywhere and old ladies dressing like Elvira, but what I really love is candy corn. I specifically love indian corn, the ones with the brown butts, but any candy corn will do. So, for this most corny of holidays, I’m offering a candy corn stuffy/feltie pattern. You can use the pattern to make boring candy corn or you can use the pattern to make yourself a pair of party-goers, a devil and an angel. Maybe they can sit on your shoulder and whisper virtues and vices into your ears! [Read more…]
We at Wonderstrange love Halloween, and not just for the free candy and the chance to wear cat ears to the grocery store. We like making Halloween art, and we want to be sure you have fun making some, too! This week I have made some simple step-by-step Halloween drawings you can follow along with. All you need is a pencil, marker, and an eraser, so gather those up, and let’s draw!
We like our monsters with one eye around here. To be honest, we like our kittens that way, too.
One big eye.
You can draw this guy scary or goofy or stick a bow on him and make him a her. I road tested this one on real live 10 year olds, and they can do it . . . so you can too!
Here are some other super-fun things to draw!
Let me say up front that I am not the world’s foremost expert in the polymer clay arts. Where clay is concerned, I may, in fact, be the world’s hindmost ignoramus – but that’s not altogether bad, because at the back of the line, we do things quick and dirty! This project requires no special tools, no experience, and absolutely no expertise, so grab some clay, and let’s go!
Do you love a vintage look? Are you damn tired of disappointing crackle paint? If so, I might have the product for you!