Saturday, October 26, 2013

Dracula's Graffiti

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
Kathleen Breeding
Sue Kennedy
Diana Ptaszynski
Dianne Miller
Lisa Liddy
Toltec Jewels
Linda Landig
Laura Medeiros
Veralynne Malone
Lynn Jobber
Jayne Capps
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Joan Miller
Melissa Meman
Melissa Trudinger
Kari Asbury
Inge von Roos
Stephanie LaRosa
Lola Surwillo
Jennifer Cameron
Diane Hawkey
Nicole Valentine Rimmer
Tanya Goodwin
Sandra McGriff
Sarajo Wentling
Marie Covert
Lisa Stukel
Laurie Vyselaar
Pam Traub
Lori Dorrington
Kristen Stevens
Eleanor Burian-Mohr
Sally Russick
Dawn M. Gallop


  1. Your clay pieces are amazing. I love how you colored them. It was awesome to see where you drew inspiration from.

  2. Awesome work! I'm glad you joined in!

  3. oh I LOVE this! Wonderful piece and very interesting inspiration - tattoos!

  4. Beautiful beautiful beads. Love the colors!

  5. Oh.....Christine! LOVE!!!! Dracula's Graffiti is perfect for the necklace!!! Absolutely amazing!!! Tell your husband I'm saying HI! Waving here! Have a Happy Halloween!

  6. they are awesome, love the finished piece and your inspiration!!

  7. Grey. An underrated color - thats an idea to ponder! I love the necklace. I love the sound of your 3 day retreat even more...

  8. I love your clay 'tattoo' pieces are wonderful. I'm so glad you joined the hop, I look forward to seeing more of your designs. I'm a new follower. Cheers!
    Lori in Atlanta

  9. That's pretty funky! I like what you did with the colors and textures.

  10. Gorgeous and thought provoking. Lovely and textural and funky.

  11. Wow - the graffiti tattoos are awesome looking and your Dracula's Graffiti Necklace is super cool! I love the colors. Gray/Grey is one of my favorite colors - charcoal grey with hints of blue over-tones actually - and so although some people think it's morbid or possible a dull color - I too think it's a perfect fall color! :-)

  12. Great textures and colors. An almost skin like quality woven in among those many textures. And the colors just a flame with energy. Powerful necklace Christine.

  13. I have to say that I hate tatoos, so I was pleasantly surprised by the necklace you came up with -- which I love. You have such an open mind in looking for inspiration!

  14. Oh wow, I really love the colors and textures in your piece! Wonderful!

  15. Nothing short of amazing as always, Christine!

  16. I love the graffiti as well as the necklace! great work! love the blog