Creative Creepiness

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My three-year Blogavarsary has come and gone, oops!

In honour of missing my big 3: for three years, I’ve been wanting to share something special to me. And for three years, I’ve never found that ’roundtuit’ that I needed.

No more! Tonight is the night. With Halloween so very close, I can’t wait another day unless I want to wait another year. Nope.

I love – love! – to paint three-dimensional objects. I’ve not done it in many years, but I’m going to have to look into doing it again. I miss it – and as you will see – I’m good at it, dammit.

I love painting tiny details; getting it just perfect, no matter how many re-paintings I have to do.

Some of these are ceramics from a shop in Akron, Ohio, and some are cheap plaster kits from a US craft store (probably Pat Catan’s). I love all of them, no matter if they are cute and smily or creepy and realistic.

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These were painted in 1995 (I dated the bottoms). Cute n cuddly plaster stuff! The witches are my favourites and I shout “I found the bitches!” when I unwrap them every year.

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More of the same cutesy set (there are six different ones). Also some of the tiny tiny candle holders which were painted in ’92. There are two of each kind: Frankenstein’s monster, witches, and my favourite of the set, spiders in sneakers and top hats! The pumpkin is ceramic, and I can’t see the date that I made it as there’s a candle in it. I’d say about 1999/2000? I really like it.

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Squeee, my spiders in sneaks and hats! I can’t believe they are in such good shape after over 20 years.

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The pumpkin stack is one of a pair – also plaster – never really liked my work on these as they are too monochromatic. The skull stack is ceramic and newer. I broke it last week. Thank fuck for superglue.

The fairy houses in the back? Not mine. Hand carved by my amazing dad!

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My pride and joy – a huge pumpkin bowl. Ceramic, the inside is glazed hard black and can be used for food. We use it for our candy-dish when giving out treats on the big night.

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23 responses »

  1. No woeful tale here! These are really amazing. How cool they have survive and you have them! Not using such talent should haunt you…ghost of a chance that other could equal…OK better fade or levitate out of here – but these are very very nice)

  2. Holy fuck woman, you definitely need to do more of this! WOW! Those are so far beyond amazing that I don’t even have the right English for it.

    I can entirely understand what you mean about needing to get motivated to get back into a hobby. I’ve been trying to do that myself with my knitting. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Wow! I remember my mother doing ceramic work and it looked nothing like this. Excellent! I hope you get the motivation to return to this soon, it seems very “zen” to focus on those details and be so creative ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I have to tell you, I did not know this about you! Just Hollow-Weenie stuff, or should Santa keep an eye out for other paintables?

    • Really? Well, I guess I only have my stuff out at Halloween and Christmas (I have a few fat Santas). Hard to find anything that isn’t nauseatingly cute! I suppose I’d paint anything that you thought was cool!

  5. Happy 3rd anniversary! These are awesome… Bloody love halloween. You’ve shamed me into a trip to the attic tonight to take down the (non handpainted) decorations!

  6. You are good at it!! The skull stack is my favorite, the shadows are impressive! I like that pumpkin bowl on the last one too, must make for an awesome center piece on the table for when you bring guests for dinner! I suppose you did cats too?

  7. I love these! I was never quite good at things like this, always getting so impatient and messing it up. These look like you’d find them fresh off a shelf! I bet they’re a lot of fun to make, too!

    Yay, art!

    Can’t wait to see more!

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