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Radio Makeover

on October 15, 2011 - 9:00am

Before I did my Rip Van Winkle routine and dropped into slumber for days as my body wrestled with a virus, I had time (and energy) to work on another piece from buycostumes.com. This time it was a radio.

I liked the old fashioned shape of it, and the idea that a skull presses out against the black screen of the speaker. 

While not for me, some people might like the feature that when you turn it on, lights flash red and blue. The skull moves forward, pressing against the screen, and then there is a recording of a voice speaking spooky sayings.

For my display, I turned the radio off just when the skull was sticking out the furthest, freezing him in place. 

The drawback to the radio is it comes in a light milk chocolate colour, almost like toffee (see images below).

The colour draws attention to the fact it's made of plastic, and since there is no contrasting colour on the main body of the piece, you can't see all the great grain detailing on the face of the radio. 

The brass look of the buttons are fine, and the colour of the mesh at the top half of the radio is perfect.

I grabbed black, white and brown acrylics, and a can of black spray paint.

Hack! Snort! Groan.

on October 14, 2011 - 7:32am

I think we should replace the spirits and traditional monsters who are referenced in scary stories with the change-of-season virus. It's much more terrifying.

On Sunday, I thought I was just about free of the festering fingertips of whatever cold had me in its grip.

But when I spent 19 hours on Tuesday unconscious,  or wishing I was unconscious, I had my doubts regarding recovery. 

I've tried to reason with the bug. I've weakly pointed toward unfinished projects, unmailed items, and important dates on the calendar, but it hasn't made much of a difference. 

This morning I made noises like the Tasmanian Devil as my body tried to clear my lungs and air passage. Instead of being saddened by this new state of phlegminess, I was encouraged. If it's finally in my chest, it means my body might actually be purging it from the system instead of letting it hide behind my kidney or whatever spot it's been lurking the last few months (where you always feel like you're about to get sick, then don't). 

Paper Monsters

on October 8, 2011 - 8:36am

Macula has offered up some free paper toys with Halloween themes.

And there's quite a lot of them!

Witches, pumpkins, Frankenstein monsters, vampires, zombies, cyclops, unicorns...any scary creature you can imagine.

They are all posted at the top of the page. Simply scroll through the images, click the one you like, and download.

Get out your trusty-dusty scissors, a bit of glue (or tape) and get going!

I think it's a great way to spend a Thanksgiving weekend. Sadly, unlike most of my Canadian counterparts, I have to work.

Have a Happy Gobble Gobble Day, everyone!

Great Pumpkin Poster

on October 7, 2011 - 1:39pm

 

This is a beautiful silkscreen poster by strongstuff that's up for sale this week.

It's 18" x 24" with three different versions/printed runs
• regular edition: 280 prints
• variant edition (Printed on French Speckletone Cream 80 lb cover): 50 prints
• steel edition (printed on steel): 20 steel signs

Prices, of course, vary depending on which you want to purchase.

They officially go on sale on Oct 12, but it looks like they all sold out in the pre-order.


Try Not to Scream

on October 7, 2011 - 8:29am


Triple fear threat.

 

A dummy.

Has a dummy.

Who has a dummy.

 

Just walk silently backwards out of the room.

 

If you want to see more creepy goodness, check out snailbooty on flickr.

 

(via Spookshows.com)

 

 

Who Says Plastic Doesn't Have Panache?

on October 6, 2011 - 11:16am

Mirror, Mirror on the wall. Who's the ghoulish of them all?

Wait. Don't answer that. Let me pretend it is I.

Here is the first makeover mystery item from buycostumes.com.

In this post I'll show you how to add simple detailing anyone can do. I'll then continue with uncomplicated dressing ideas, and eventually (as it isn't dark in my part of the world right now) I'll share with you how this style can be dramatically altered using lighting.

I have a store-bought mirror that reflects images upside down.

The frame and "glass" are made of plastic (issue number 1 I'll be focusing on).

The size is 14" H x 21" W which is pretty decent. Placed in a hallway or a nook of the room, it would work well as a focal point. But if you want to display it on a large wall, it suddenly looks smaller than it is (issue number 2 I'll be focusing on).

Plus, the mirror itself has a curved back (in order to create the upside down effect). The dressing approach I use will camouflage that as well.

Let's begin with adding depth and texture with acrylics.

The Return of the Children of the Candy Corn of the Damned II

on October 4, 2011 - 11:51am

Andrew Bell is the artist behind the monsters on The Creatures in My Head.

He constantly updates with illustrations of playful creatures - often drooling and with bad posture - that always make me smile (even the ones that are decidedly sad).

Today was no exception, for what should appear in my blog feed but a post entitled "Out Out Damned Corn (Patient 0)" with this new figure.

At 4″x7″ high (including the glass dome with wooden base), I think I could certainly make room for him in my house. 

Be sure to follow the links above and check out all the images.

(Updated: Oh look! He has a friend)

Halloween in a Box

on October 3, 2011 - 10:44am

As you know, every year I choose a different theme for my Halloween parties. Based on that theme, I assemble a collection of ghoulish goodies to display: some I make from recyclable items you find around the house; some are store bought items that have been given a makeover of some sort.

I've shared with you my work so far this year - the lanterns, the candle skulls, the ingredient jars and the organ specimens.

Now comes the fun part.

The folks from buycostumes.com have sent me a box of haunter treats to play with.

Five items, to be exact. And they've arrived.

Two will be getting a simple paint upgrade.

And the other three - including two larger items - will receive more attention as they will be the stars of this year's theme.

What is this year's theme? You know I won't reveal that just yet. I will say it's more like a scene telling the story of a lost soul. And an unfortunate soul.

Bone Dump and Nuit Blanche

on October 2, 2011 - 12:19pm

Last night was Nuit Blanche, when many of the streets in downtown Toronto are turned into living art exhibits. It runs from dusk (6:59 pm to be exact) till dawn.

Yetch and I got an early start since I didn't think I'd be able to stay up late (I'd been working all day, and recovering from a nasty week of migraines and cold viruses) .

We actually didn't get home until 3 am, but that was more due to having to wait for a subway train that was actually in service (we had three go by that weren't picking people up. Thanks for extending hours, TTC. I could've caught the bus faster. Or walked).

There seemed to be less art exhibits this year, which is a shame, because it's such a big night in the city and it's one of those things that defines who we are (to me, anyway). Hundreds of thousands of people, all walking around in the middle of the night, pointing and smiling at the sights. Even when the throngs of bar-goers come out, you generally don't see any scuffles along the art routes (there was a LOT more drinking happening last night than previous years. That and the prevalent waft of pot that hit you every five minutes. I joked with Yetch that if any tourists are visiting, they'll go home telling everyone that in Toronto, everyone just walks down the street getting high) .

Ta Da! New Website for October 2011

on September 30, 2011 - 10:33pm

Here it is, the new look for My Ghoul Friday.

There's still some details to add here and there, but overall I'm pleased with the site's organization (and I hope you'll be happier with it too, and be able to find things more easily).

The only sad sacrifice that had to be made were the comments from the past 4 years. I had no way to import them here (I spent hours resubmitting all the comments people left on the "About" page over the years), and had to make the decision to let them go. *sigh*

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