Soon it will be ... THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR
HALLOWEEN IS FOR WINNERS!
If you'd like to get a little craft crazy with me, I can show you some simple and impressive techniques to stock the coolest crypt on the block. I've worked on the Halloween staging of clubs and casinos in Vegas, and plan on making some giant masks for the Las Vegas Halloween parade this year.
POTLUCK! Please bring a lunch dish to share, and BYOB
The cost is $10 and covers all the supplies you'll need*, plus some you can take home to work on later.
I've posted two events, in case you want to start a project Saturday and let it dry overnight to come finish on Sunday (Sunday is free if you're doing both days.)
Paper mache / pulp scultping for pumpkins, gargoyles, skeletons, or any large 3-D characters. I brought mine to a pumpkin carving contest in 2009 and was disqualified because nobody believed I made them. They rock so hard, but they're stupidly labor-intensive.
Styrofoam sculpting for tombstones, aged planks of rotting wood, and dungeon walls.
Faux Barbed Wire to wrap around your furniture and loved ones!
And whatever else tickles my ghoulies. ^_^
You do not need art skills to make this stuff -- anyone can do it. I've taught this class a dozen times and everyone reported having a great time, and were shocked how cool the stuff is for being so easy to learn.
Wear something you can get goopy. I'll email the address to our Yes RSVP's as the event gets closer, but it will probably be at Cynthia's tiny condo near UNLV unless someone has a large patio we can borrow.
A lot of our supplies are easily grabbed from recycling bins or re-purposed from around the house, so I'll be providing (or you can bring your own if you don't want to share) ...
- Newsprint: Phone books, newspapers, or ad inserts.
- Flour, Water, Elmers Glue, Liquid Starch: To make mache paste.
- Cellulose Insulation: Provided
- 4' x 8' Styrofoam Insulation: Provided
- Brushes: 1" to 4" wide.
- Paint: Acrylic or latex, house paint, or primer - tons of black! No oil-based please.
- Plastic bags: Garbage, grocery, bread ... use 'em all up and still run short!
- Paperboard: One cereal box or soda box, whatever you've got that's stiff and clean.
- Twine: For barbed wire or making ridges on your pumpkin.
The techniques you learn here can be used for other holidays or party staging. For example, a pirate party could have styrofoam wood planks and paper mache skulls and bones. A Hawaiian party could use weathered wood and big tiki heads! Build a rocket ship and martian faces. Build the biggest SpongeBob your kid has ever seen! Once you understand the process, you can laugh yourself silly thinking up awesome things to build.
PHOTO CREDITS: Stolloween.com is my favorite resource for learning ghoulish crafts; several of the above photos are copied from his site. PumpkinRot.com is another source of dark inspiration.
NO-SHOWS UNACCEPTABLE: This event is super popular and space is super limited. If you RSVP yes and no-show, I shall be quite cross with you!