My friend Cathy just made my day! She sent me of photo of herself on vacation in California. But this wasn’t just any photo. It was one to add to my collection of people next to my What Nightmares Are Made Of – Tim Burton portrait on display at Beetlehouse LA. I just LOVE getting these!
Are you planning a trip to Beetlehouse LA? Make sure to take a photo next to my art piece to be featured just like Cathy both here and on the Freaky Fanatic slideshow on my portfolio website!
The Beetle House LA location officially opened this weekend. So if you live or visit the West Coast please make sure to stop in there and support them for featuring my work and others in this creative collaboration. For those of you who may have just discovered my Eulogy Blog you can read more about the piece and it being chosen for this incredible project here. If you are looking for something fun to wear when you go there make sure to snatch up one of my t-shirts that feature the piece!
Don’t forget to snap a photo of yourself with my piece on display at Beetle House LA to be featured on my website! I have been told it’s hanging in the main dining area! Anyone that sends in a photo will get a special discount code off their next purchase for anything in my Etsy shop! If you fall in love with the piece while you are there don’t worry. I have prints for sale and you can use your coupon for that as well.
SHE’S ALIVE! Elsa is finally ready for her first show this weekend. We will be taking her with Frankenhearse and Franky to the Hardcore Hearse Club Munsters Themed Show at Fables Frights to meet Butch Patrick and hang out with the club.
My final step of her transformation was to distress the wedding dress we found for her at the thrift store. I always have a blast distressing clothes and this was no exception. I will admit at one point during the process I did wonder whose dream dress I was destroying as I was taking a box cutter to it and spraying it down with a mixture of water and paints.
Then when it was all said and done I could not help but think I just created a new dream dress for Elsa. I couldn’t help but clap after Frank helped me get it on her and I saw the whole thing come together. I could not be happier with the way it all turned out.
Here is a side by side comparison…
The 1st photo shows what the mannequin looked like when my mother in law found her for me. The 2nd photo is after I painted her, added my wig and necklace and then tried on the vintage wedding dress we found at the thrift store. The 3rd photo is my final creation after distressing the dress and putting her all back together again!
I may still paint her nails black just for some added girly fun. The great thing is her hands come off so I can do that whenever I feel like it. ha ha.
See more of my random creations on the Remains page of my Website!
Living Dead Girl Nicole
From my past posts you all already know that I have an amazing mother in law. Judy is always thinking of me and always supporting my craft. She is a thrifty shopper with a great eye for stuff that I can use for up-cycling into my latest creepy creations!
She knew I was on the look out for a female mannequin. My goal was to find one in decent shape and paint it to look like the Bride of Frankenstein. I had multiple visions on how I planned to use it once I got my hands on one and transformed it….
- Unique eye attention display for my art show vending table
- Incorporate it into our Frankenhearse display for car shows and events. With our Frankenstein display already in the back of the hearse (yes that is a real body bag he is in) who better to display in the driver seat.
- When not on display at shows it would be up in our house with all our other horror movie memorabilia.
Well Judy and some of the family were on a flea market travel expedition and she came across a woman who had a “traveling mate” in her trailer and was willing to sell her. She brought her home and I could not have been more thrilled. Not only was she in excellent condition but she was EXACTLY what I was looking for.
This past weekend I took her apart and got to play Dr. Frankenstein and totally transformed her. She started off looking like this….
Then once I was done with her she came out looking like this………..
Goodbye Barbie! Hello Elsa!
The wig and necklace are actually ones I wore when I dressed as the Bride for Halloween a few years back. As you can see in the background I also painted her arms and legs to match. They look hilarious hanging from the ceiling in our basement. Which I guess is not as crazy as all the mannequin body part pieces that were all over the dining room before I finally got the paints I needed to start this project. My next step is wardrobe for her. I already have ideas for doing it on the cheap that are going to still look spooktacular!
Keep an eye here in my Eulogy (blog) for update posts on this project and many more! I got another one in the works and there will be no more Mr. Nice Guys left when I am done with it! 😉
See more of my misc. art projects in the Remains section of my official portfolio site!