Saturday, August 7, 2010

Wind Witch Update

Did a little detail work on my Wind Witch for the porch this season. Cheese cloth dipped in flat black acrylic paint and stretched and torn can be arranged to look like old filthy witch hair.
Works great for corpses too.




Still looking for a light black plastic so I can make her cloak. Something light to blow in the wind as she swings from a wire. (She's just a seasonal decoration - she won't be a part of my 2010 plans.)

23 comments:

Jay's Shadow said...

Looking good!

Did you ever try looking at Lowe's and check out any of their plastic sheeting? Maybe they have something thin enough.

Rot said...

Thanks!

I planned on checking Lowe's but I keep putting it off : )

Theodore said...

This is looking amazing rot!
i love the crooked, wilting nose!
how do you make your eyes so deep and dark?! looks great anyway. i cant see why cheesecloth died black wouldn't work. I would look more authentic than plastic. But if you do stick with the plastic approach i'm sure you'll do something magical with it. by the way, is that the actual complete hat you will use for her?

Rot said...

I'm designing her to be similar to a plastic wind ghost. And Old School design... something to blow around in the wind. Last year's wind ghost came to life in even light winds. So I'm hoping to achieve the same thing with her. Thin strips of black plastic won't get weighted down in the rain like cheesecloth or fabric would. I need her to be light as possible at all times.

Since she was built around last year's ghost, and it had hollow eyes, I stuffed her head with paper and then worked mache into her sockets with my fingers. They aren't too deep, but I like them deep enough to create shadows in even weak light. Shadows are key.

Rot said...

Yep, that's the hat. I'm using a store-bought witch hat for her. I'm running the wire up through the hat's point.

The Captain said...

She looks spooky! I bet Lowes or HD has different weights of black plastic sheeting, or you could buy cheap-o-la black trash bags at maybe the dollar store.

Rot said...

Good idea if the plastic sheeting fails.

Thanks.

Pam Morris said...

well, she looks perfect to me...

crudedoodle.com said...

Man, I can't wait for windy fall nights that smell like smoke.

House Bloodthorn said...

I was actually going to recommend the black trash bags, too, as they are much lighter than most of the black plastic sheets sold at Lowe's etc. The only drawback might be the slightly off-black color or subtle texture on some of them. Just check the smoothness first I guess. A little spray paint should fix any color issues. She looks great, man. Outstanding as always.

Dave the Dead said...

check your local party store for black plastic tablecloth...super lightweight and surprisingly strong.

Eric said...

Weed barrier fabric would probably be your best bet - flat black color, and very lightweight.

HalloweeNut said...

Wow. What I wouldn't give to have something like this in my home. Too cool, Mr. Rot!

The people said...

Seeing pictures of this wonderful witch reminded me to finish my own one. Your blog and site does that a lot to me, and many, many others i'm sure.

That is why you need to just write your book. There are so many people waiting for it, so i'm just nudging you in the most polite manner. It's the kind of thing i just NEED.

or a least some information about it, or previews or ANYTHING!?

i think i speak on behalf of everyone here. PLEASE! HAUNT THEORY!

Sara said...

really, REALLY haunting. bravo!

FULL MOON INDUSTRIES said...

I would recommend you look into ripstop material (extremely lightweight without that plastic noise). You can find it cheap in bulk. Check your local Military Surplus store or Joanne's.

Rot said...

Thanks, all : )

Autumnleaf said...

Just too cool, Rot!!

Sam Kadi said...

Rot, looks great as usual. Any teasers for the 2010 Haunt?

SmartLiLBtch said...

It might be too light, but the cheap table plastic from Big Lots, Dollar Tree or Oriental Trading might work.

Josie said...

I think places like Joannes or Hancock Fabric have that wing sock fabric - I know I bought some to make my own flag and it was somewhere btwn $4-6 for a yard or half off with a local ad coupon

Rot said...

Great suggestions.
Thanks!

Sorry Sam...no 2010 teasers until the big reveal : )

Hallow31 said...

hey does anyone know if party city has halloween stuff out yet? I looked in micheals they had a pretty cool 2 shelf display but looking for skeletons to work on for my friday the 13th haunt display this year.