Using techniques from Victorian times, I have created a spun cotton black cat spooked by a ghostly apparition at a nearby headstone, which is paper mache. It is now available in my Etsy Shop. I have painted a ghost coming from the ground in addition to adding a skull and pumpkin face at the top and skeleton hands around the ghost.
A spun cotton gnarled tree almost reaches out to grab the cat. Two spun cotton pumpkins sit at the base of the headstone. One is a tiny jack o lantern. I have sprinkled the feel of fall at the base.
All sit on a wooden base and are firmly attached. Black dresden trims the edge. The piece is 9" tall and 8" wide. Check out all my offerings in Etsy, including my Halloween watercolor prints.
Although Halloween 2015 has come and gone, the happy memories remain! Spending time with family and friends enjoying the season is the best part of the holiday! The days leading up to it include seeing many of my Halloween art-loving collectors at shows. And I am able to see my dear friends and beloved family who live afar. Closer to home, my husband and I had our annual Halloween party with many of our friends dressing up as all sorts of spooky and kooky characters! What fun we had celebrating with lots of yummy treats including caramel apples, witch's bones (an Emerill recipe) and witch's fingers (pretzels) made a la Martha Stewart. Not to mention all the other delectable treats party-goers brought for all to enjoy and tasty spirits. And friendship is what inspired me to create my latest spun cotton piece pictured above. It is available and featured now on the EHAG Emporium, along with a slew of other wonderful Halloween pieces from my fellow Eclectic Halloween Artist Guild members. Halloween Friends is made of spun cotton using techniques from Victorian times. Ms. Spider measures almost 6" across and the pair are about 3" tall. With a wire armature, her legs can be positioned how you like. She wears a vintage crepe paper collar and tiny witch hat. All were handmade by me, painted and aged to fit in with other vintage Halloween pieces. I hope you enjoyed your Halloween surrounded by friends and all the sights, sounds and tastes of October 31!
My studio is filling up with spun cotton creations for upcoming Halloween art shows in California and North Florida. There will be many wonderful Halloween artists, including moi, at the following shows. Hope to see you at one of them!
It's that time again when the Halloween artists of EHAG come together and display a selection of Halloween themed art for sale on the EHAG Emporium, Aug. 31, the last day of the month at 9 pm EST. My offering this month is a mixed media painting that combines printmaking, watercolors and colored pencils. (You can read about my process below.)
"Black Cat Halloween"
Mixed media painting just under 9"x12" and comes in an acid free protective sleeve. It is unframed and unmatted. And of course it is signed by me, the artist!
$125, plus $4.50 shipping
My Process I start with a drawing that I hand carve into linoleum block. I add ink and make a black and white impression on Stonehenge cotton paper. Next comes the fun part! I paint with watercolors and embellish with colored pencils. These have such a glowing effect, I just love the lights and darks!
With the Halloween season right around the corner, I am burning the midnight oil creating more spun cotton creations for my upcoming shows. This piece, however, is currently in my Etsy shop! I am planning on listing other pieces for those of you who can't come to Halloween and Vine, Sept. 26, in Petaluma, CA, or Spirits in Sanford, Oct. 9 & 10, in Sanford, FL. Watch for more fun spun cotton creations in the coming days. Also, I have started listing my watercolor art cards and small originals in my eBay shop. They are listed on Sundays and/or Tuesdays for an end date of Sunday. Hope you find something that tickles your Halloween fancy!
It's the end of the month and another unveiling of Halloween goodies available for purchase from my fellow Eclectic Halloween Artist Guild members. This month, I have turned to my spun cotton again and created a pumpkin witch, complete with handmade stick-like arms and glass eyes. Be careful!
She will give you the evil eye if you stare too long!
She is about 10 inches tall and is all handmade by me. Her arms bend, so you can pose her any way you'd like.
She stands near a small picket fence, and a tiny spun cotton jack o' lantern sits near the base of her tattered skirt. So many details you don't want to miss! Click the photos for a closer look. She is one of a kind, but she does have sisters!
Be sure to check out all the great items available on the EHAGEmporium blog! Happy haunting!
It's the end of the month and the EHAG Emporium's doors creak open with another slew of Halloween art up for grabs. My offering this cold month of January is a light-up theater that is perfect for getting you in the Halloween mood - all year long! I have created a 16" tall theater featuring a squat witch made from a vintage German porcelain doll's head. Under a spooky tree, she holds a real twig broom and stands near an old fence. A large pumpkin sits nearby. In the foreground, a vintage-style cat hisses at passers-by. A smattering of fall leaves covers the top of the theater along with the image of a vintage clock face and a banner that reads, "Witching Hour." The theater is covered in textured paper to give it that old, antique quality. All details inside are lit by a low watt light bulb, that is easily replaced when burnt out. Simply plug the lamp in, imagine that dark and stormy night and Halloween is right around the corner!
Every last day of the month means my fellow Eclectic Halloween Artists Guild (EHAG) members and I will offer unique and wonderful Halloween art pieces for the public to purchase. The opening of the Halloween art sale on the Ehag Emporium is a fun event, even if you simply want to browse the wondrous offerings. Set your clocks for 9 pm, Eastern, and click the link to the website. You'll be whisked atop a broom to the site, where the art awaits. Above, I've included a sneak peek of the piece I will have available. If you want more of these sneak peeks, head on over to the EHAG Facebook page, where you'll find announcements of upcoming events and art to be had! Stay warm and look forward to seeing you in the Emporium!
I am a mixed media artist living in the oldest, continuously occupied city in the nation, St. Augustine, Florida! I love to create with paper mache and paper, as well as paint watercolors. Halloween and Christmas are favorite holiday inspirations, as is nature. Remember, each day is a gift.