Happy October everyone. Wow are these months flying by or what?. Thought it would be fun to share with you all a fun Halloween project to get you in the mood for ghost, scary cats, and jack-o-lanterns from long ago.This is a pretty quick DIY and it comes with a couple “Nailed it” moments. I tried but was unsuccessful in painting detailed faces. Might have rushed through this DIY too fast to post something new for everyone. Has anyone else done this? Yep, still working on that plate of projects I wanted to finish in the month of August.
I still had time to do a quick DIY project for you all. Here are the supplies you will need:
Self hardening clay
Paint- black, orange, red, white.
Black felt or wool for tiny witch hat,
Polka dotted red or orange ribbon.
Fine tip paintbrush (very important when painting tiny detailed faces)
First step is to to knead your clay piece you will be forming into shapes. Then start shaping out circular bowls for pumpkins, balls for pumpkins , cats, and shapes of ghosts. Use toothpicks to add lines to the balls you roll out to give your pumpkins more detail and shape. Poke holes for eyes and a mouth using toothpicks.Then let them dry over night. I added wire to the clay bowls for handles.
Once dry, start decorating and painting. I am in desperate need of a paintbrush for fine detail.I haven’t gotten around to shopping for some. I used a toothpick to paint on the faces so it came out sloppy. Oh well, you guys get the point, Guess every now and then we are all allowed some nailed it moments. Every time I try to copy something this is what happens. I do so much better designing my own things.
This is what I was going for.
And this is what I got with the tools and materials I had at the time. So don’t let my mistake be your mistake. Also, I think it would have helped if the items were sculpted a little larger. Anytime something is extra small, it is also extra hard to work with.
This old cat ad photo from long ago was my inspiration for little black cats.
And this is what I did, very simple and primitive in style. I have always been inspired by folk art. Just create and what ever happens is okay…it’s all good and fun.
So have fun everyone, mistakes and all. Happy creating and Happy October. I need to make a pretty Fall wreath before this month is over. I better get to that.
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