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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Temperence and Auroria Play Amongst the Crypts

It's that time of year, so buckle up for Halloween crafts! I just finished up a couple of crypts, along with some Victorian girls in bat costumes.

First up: Temperence. She gets bored sitting at home, so she loves to decorate the crypts in the nearby cemetery. Here she's placed several carved pumpkins around the base of the crypt, and is busy stringing up some smaller jack o'lanterns to hang as lanterns. It's dusk, and she's evidently disturbed a few bats, who fly around her head.

To help Temperence stand out, I used adhesive foam tape to attach her to the crypt. The columns and the black vines also help to give this piece a 3D look.

Here's Temperence's younger sister, Auroria. She's known as a bit of a flibbertigibbet. Somehow, she's managed to open the spiderweb gate and gain admission to the interior of this crypt. She hasn't got a care in the world, running around with her glowing jack o'lantern and her three skully balloons. I hope that rat doesn't bite her. That sucker is huge!

A little sideview of the gates. The gates are made of chipboard. I used paint and copic markers to make the columns look a little more like they're made of marble. I toyed with the idea of painting the webbed gate black, but I liked the way the brown color looked with the "bricks" of the crypt. 

The crypts are flat, so in order to enable them to stand, I took some shirt cardboard, folded it as shown, and glued it to the back. Now the crypts stand easily. You can see how the large bat is attached as well. He's actually a cupcake decoration. He was a deep black, but I painted him with gesso and then inked him to help him blend in with the "stonework".

Here's one more photo of the girls. They'd better hurry on home. I'm sure their mummy is getting worried.

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