Wednesday, March 31, 2010

SOLD ~ Thank you!!! EHAG Emporium ~ "Weathered Jack" Candy Container and Luminary

"Weathered Jack" 
One of a Kind ~ Jack O' Lantern
Candy Container and Luminary

Made of papier mache composition, vintage crepe paper, paint, paper and chipboard.

Many layers of green and orange paint were applied to his ridged and slightly warty pumpkin shell.
Antiqued paper inserts in a warm shade of avocado green have been sealed with a paper preservative and applied within.
The exterior of this piece has been sealed with a hand rubbed blend of waxes to age/weather and enhance the texture of this piece.

Size of this piece:
9.75" high by 10.0" wide.
32.0" in circumference (that's pretty darn big)

... and that's good, because he likes candy!

$250.00 SOLD, thank you!!
+ airmail shipping and insurance.

Please be sure to take a closer look at all of the pictures. Enlarge them by clicking on them, that way you will be able to see the texture and minute details in this piece.
As usual, I would advise that this piece be lit by artificial means only. - NO REAL CANDLES, please!

If you are interested in purchasing this piece, please send an email to:
Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! ~ Lori

Friday, March 26, 2010

The EHAG Emporium has snuck up on me

and all too quickly, I may add!

It's no BIG surprise (at least to me) that I am not ready for this month's EHAG Emporium... yep, I said I am not ready! BUT, I will get my butt in gear and finish off my piece asap!
Do you want to know what it is I am in the process of finishing?
Well, I'm not telling because it's supposed to be a surprise!

Truth be told, I have spent the week debating about whether or not I have time to finish my piece for this month's Emporium, BUT after a phone call I have decided I should get my piece done. 
Motivating factor:
I heard that this month's artist offerings are phenomenal!

Speaking of which you should hop over to the EHAG Emporium blog and enter for a chance to win a beautiful ornament by The Gourdqueen aka. Linda Kennon.
Good luck with your entry... and please wish me luck with finishing my piece :) ~ Lori

Monday, March 22, 2010

With a deadline looming - no, I'm not panicking... too much!

Here's what I have done so far in preparation for Spooky Time Jingles at the National Halloween Convention.
It doesn't look like much does it?

Well, I can say aside from the business cards/postcards and hang tags (pictured) I do have all my papier mache pieces sculpted, sanded, gessoed and base coated with colour in some cases.
Nope, I'm not showing them to you because some of the base colours look too hideous at this point... they won't after they've been toned down with multiple layers of colour.

Things yet to do: (more of a check list for me than you)
1.) airbrush 
Done - but forgot one teapot ornament... oh well.
2.) hand paint details
Facial details are done - there's nothing like a brand new 20/0 detail brush!.. the old one was iccky!
3.) attach paper inserts
4.) attach base plates
I made the base plates - at least it's a start.
5.) sign and date
6.) seal/antique
7.) make crepe collars
8.) attach wire handles
9.) determine pricing
10.) attach multiple hang tags
11.) photograph
12.) itemize and briefly describe
13.) pack securely and ship to USA (remembering to add in the business cards)
14.) breathe a deep sigh of relief because that's one Halloween show down... provided I get to this number!

Again, I will say please excuse my absence... it's crunch time! ~ Lori

Monday, March 15, 2010

30ish pieces and counting....

What the heck was I thinking?

Really, did I think I could get a couple dozen pieces completed by April 1st? I don't know... it's not looking very do-able is it?
The pic posted below is of the work in progress (wip's) I am striving very hard to complete because I don't think it would be especially funny to send absolutely nothing to the National Halloween Convention and not participate with so many other fine Halloween artists from Spooky Time Jingles in the Artist's Alley.

That being said, if I am as "silent as the grave" for the next two weeks you'll know why.
Never mind the fact it's March Break, which means Bailey is home and Brian has returned from the hospital after a week long stint of misdiagnoses and surgery.

I better get back to it, (the sculpting I mean) I just noticed the large teapot still needs a lid and handle, the candy ball figures need arms, hands and scalloped collars. 

After which I'll be able to design the paper inserts, break out the sandpaper, gesso, paints, waxes, wire and chipboard and get to the final stages. 
Thankfully my hang tags are all ready... I made those one late night last week. 
I am also still waiting for my rack card/business cards and postcards to arrive... hope I find time to package those up.

Have a great week or two... I'm outta' here! ~ Lori

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

A roasting pan of possibilities... so little time!

Just thought I'd pop in quickly to show you what I have been doing since my last blog post. As you can see below I have been amassing a stockpile of blanks. Nope, I did not count how many pieces are in this turkey sized pan, but I do have another 27 blank pieces (not pictured) that are also waiting in the wings. There are many ideas whirling around by brain, but less than one month to make many of them a reality! Sheesh, just stating that makes me feel a bit panicked.

Important stuff: For those of you who may not know I am returning to Spooky Time Jingles on March 13th YAY!!! Luckily, I do have two pieces completed for STJ and will talk more about those next week.

The end of the month marks the second blog sale at the EHAG Emporium, but you can head over to the blog now and enter to win a great "Lucky" black cat brooch by Suzanne Davis of Surprise, Delight, Joy

Jumping ahead to April 1st (April Fool's Day)... well... let's just say this giddy fool will be shipping pieces off to the USA. I'm keeping you in suspense for now - that way you may pop back in again to find out more :)  Have a great and very productive week! ~ Lori