Every year about this time, I do a special piece for Hallowe'en. I've blogged about this in previous years, with various themes about color, scary talismans, and the Celtic celebration of Samhain.
This year I'm fascinated with tattoos as art. In looking for inspiration for a new line of polymer jewelry elements, I bought a magazine last weekend featuring tattoo sleeve and wrist designs. The best work seems to be from coming from Europe-- lots of new techniques there, including watercolor styles and graffiti looks.
While my class was working on their pieces at the recent 3-day Intensive at my home, I had a chance to try out some new textures on elements that I had made to demo techniques for them. I finally got them out to finish this week and I was struck by the graphic quality of the designs. I played around with different acrylic paints on them and got out some gray pastels, which I've been using a lot lately. Gray is a very unappreciated color but it really says “autumn” to me--gray skies, rainy clouds, deep sunsets.
After adding some red for accent, I had the perfect urban/tribal piece, with colors that Count Dracula would love. A bit different from previous years but I like it and it will be very wearable with my winter wardrobe.
Thanks to my new friend Diana Ptaszynski, who kindly added me to her Hallowe'en/Day of the Dead Blog Tour at the last minute. Be sure to visit all the other talented participants. This wonderful, spooky holiday only comes once a year!
"Dracula's Graffiti" - polymer clay
Staci Louise Smith http://www.stacilouiseoriginals.com
Kathleen Breeding http://99bobotw.blogspot.comSue Kennedy http://www.suebeads.blogspot.com
Diana Ptaszynski http://www.suburbangirlstudio.com
Dianne Miller http://www.artbydianne.blogspot.com
Lisa Liddy http://www.lisaliddy.wordpress.com
Toltec Jewels http://www.JewelSchoolFriends.com
Linda Landig http://www.LindasBeadBlog.com
Laura Medeiros http://Www.zoeowyn.blogspot.com
Veralynne Malone http://www.veradesigns.blogspot.com
Lynn Jobber http://thecreativeklutz.blogspot.co.uk
Karen Totten http://www.starryroadstudio.blogspot.comJayne Cappshttps://mamasgottodoodle.blogspot.com
Jenny Davies-Reazor http://jdaviesreazor.com/blog
Joan Miller http://metalmudandsand.blogspot.com/
Melissa Meman http://melissameman.blogspot.com
Melissa Trudinger http://www.beadrecipes.wordpress.com
Kari Asbury http://hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com
Inge von Roos http://www.ingetraud.wordpress.com
Andrea Glick http://zenithjade.blogspot.comStephanie LaRosa http://Www.stringaholic.blogspot.com
Lola Surwillo http://www.beadlolabead.com
Jennifer Cameron http://glassaddictions.com/blog
Diane Hawkey http://dianehawkey.blogspot.com
Kristi Harrison http://kristibasket-itsanewday.blogspot.comNicole Valentine Rimmer http://www.nvalentine.blogspot.com
Tanya Goodwin http://www.Pixiloo.blogspot.com
Shai Williams http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com/Sandra McGriff http://skyescreativechaos.blogspot.com
Sarajo Wentling http://www.sjdesignsjewelry.blogspot.com
Marie Covert http://thistledown-and-swaddlings.blogspot.com
Lisa Stukel http://www.carefreejewelrybylisa.blogspot.com
Laurie Vyselaar http://www.Lefthandjewelry.wordpress.com
Sherri Stokey http://www.knotjustmacrame.comPam Traub http://www.klassyjoolz.blogspot.com
Lori Dorrington http://lorisglassworks.blogspot.com
Kristen Stevens http://kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.com
Eleanor Burian-Mohr http://cornerstoregoddessjewelry.blogspot.com
Sally Russick http://thestudiosublime.com
Dawn M. Gallop http://www.flipflopsandpoptarts.com