CT Anne here filled with Creepmas Spirit and the house is strangely quiet! But will worry about that tomorrow....I was inspired by the pictures, but too busy to take Derryn Mentock's "Merry Men of Christmas" online class currently on. I shared the link, and it became a springboard for some friends to make & swap our own. So I started "conventional", and the snowmen evolved from these, hung amongst a crop of a traditional Christmas food - fresh cherries. Yummmm, they're sure happy to be in the shade with such sweet treats in their grasp:
And in the glow of sunset they all gather for a bbq
Perhaps these snowmen are more worthy of turning up in this blog:
They decided it was a nice evening to go surfing at the beach
The Laughing Buddha is a familiar "face" - why does he laugh? Well wouldn't you with two dancing girls hanging onto your... I turned a shot glass upside down, glued fluff around the base, carved a flat spot on the polystyrene ball to take the buddha bead, then overpainted all with white gesso... strings of silver sequins dangle down, sprays of crinkle wire go up. Mirror mosaic squares round the base. And it's quite a sparkly piece. The jar to the right turned out a bit of a challenge as the skull didn't really fit the opening, and instead of polystyrene, had a hollow harder plastic with glitter all over.
The jar I attached this skull into can balance on its side:
Not scary, but a bit of a worry all the same - a Steampunk Snowman. What will the salt water do to all his Metallica?
All very odd and believable, but did you notice Evil Froggie hanging out with one?
In fact he's swinging off this chappy's rhinestone scarf. Should Nan be afraid? I gouged eyes and mouth out of the polystyrene ball, painted the hollows black then interference green in the eye sockets, interference orange in the mouth. The rest of the ball is Jacquard Lumiere silver over a coat of Golden's Clear Granular gel.
So, what do you think of my growing collection of weirdos gathering round my Christmas trees? Bet they would stress Applejack Sue's Kevin, no end.
Golden have a fantastic product, Pearl Mica Flake. Instant brilliant glitter WITH dimension. Little dabs for snow build-up, coating balls for snowman heads - there's not one character here without it.
A lot of the baubles & trinkets come from Silver Crow Creations - wee tree, mushrooms, the green coca cola bottle, cat & bat were cocktail toothpicks once, ballerinas, ming pine tree, crinkle wire, spider...
These snowmen are great stash-busters with scraps of lace, ribbon, fluff, die cuts, etc - just have fun, and work through to your dark side with them.!
And who else to pair with these snowmen? Why Sue's tale of Kevin and a whole house full!