Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween Weekend Book Sale

Did I write about this before? I'm having a strange sense of having done this before... oh well. Yes! Every end of October is a HUGE book sale and here be some treasures.

These two are my favorite - they were in the 'special' collections part of the sale.

I remember when (AAGGH!!SNOCK!!I don't like saying that phrase...) Cartoon Network used to play Space Ghost Coast to Coast at night and I freaking loved that show. I still have SG Musical Barbecue somewhere...
So here's an amusing picture of Space Ghost.

And I had to buy Aquaman because he's the most hilariously useless superhero in the world. He...talks to fish. and gets caught in nets, apparently.

The main villian(s) of this book; ENCOURAGED ALIENS!!!!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Halloween Things

I didn't realize how many Halloween related images I had on my computer.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Top Hat Tutorial

I've had a few requests on how to make your own top hat so I thought I'd give it a go. So, you're going to need:
- Cardboard
- Two different sized bowls (the quickest and easiest way of measuring)
- Hot Glue
- Elmers Glue
- Tape (I've used masking tape here, it holds very well)
- Some clips to hold fabric in place
- Black thread
- Black felt
- Gauzy material (black tulle would work great. In these photos I've used scrap
material I bought from Savers)
- Black head band
- Decorative items (beads, feathers, flowers, buttons, whatever)

The first step is to trace the bowls onto the cardboard in a donut shape. You will also need the top part of the hat (by tracing the smaller bowl) and finally the band for the hat which can be done by cutting strips from the cardboard to circle the inner part of your donut.

You can see here the parts that will make up your hat. Tape the two long skinny lengths together, measuring that they will fit the inner circle of the donut and cutting away any excess.

And now you are ready to cut out black felt to fit your carboard pieces.

Here are all the parts you will assemble. When you are cutting the felt I found it useful to make sure you cut a little bit extra around the edges and I'll explain why later.

Cover the cardboard pieces in Elmers glue than carefully place your felt pieces over them. With the two flat parts I found it useful to place heavy books on top of them while it dried. For the band of the hat I placed clips around the fabric while it dried. When its all dry you get the hot glue gun out and glue the pieces together. Hopefully it will end up looking something like this. Now this is where that extra edging comes in - you notice that when you sandwiched the two felt pieces you can see the cardboard peeking through? To make it look nicer I blanket stitched the edges together. This is the most time consuming part of the project but the end result is worth it.

So now you have a top hat in need of decorating! This part is optional but if you want a lovely trail on your hat cut a long strip of tulle or whatever fabric you are using. You can hot glue it to the back, or like I did just blanket stitch it into place.

You can leave it just like it is or like I've done here gather a bunch of the fabric then hot glue it in a bundle in the back.

Now your hat is ready to be hot glued onto the head band. Before you glue the top hat put on the head band then place the hat over it at the angle you want then mark the spot with a white colored pencil. I put two strips of hot glue over that spot then placed the hat over the hot glue. I also went back and slathered a lot of hot glue to make sure it stayed in place.

Now comes the last and most fun part, decorating! I had so many ideas for decorating it was hard to limit myself! I've found that Ben Franklins and Michaels has a wide and wonderful variety for decoration - including a new line of Steampunk accessories and beautiful feathers. I hope this has been helpful in creating your own Victorian/Steampunk top hat, enjoy!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Halloween Spirit

One of the more memorable professors from my university had a thing about the occult and every Halloween out would come the Goya's and occult themes in art history. Interesting stuff.

Oh that Goya. He's one of those artists that was ahead of the times and completely off his rocker. His nightmarish visions are fantastic and disturbing. Perfect for Halloween.

The professor who taught art history had an impressive collection concerning the occult including this Goya print in which she would bring to class for us to look at. I had a great time taking art history.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Steampunk It

I got tired of not having enough money for a Victorian hat to buy on Ebay so I went ahead and made my own Steampunky Victorian hat. I think it turned out just fine. You know, it looks complicated but its really not.

I used;
-a cardboard box
-two different sized bowls
-black felt/recycled material
-black thread
-hot glue/elmers glue
-old parts from a clock
-feathers bought from Michaels
-head band from a dollar store

I cut out three different parts from the cardboard - the rim, band and top of hat then covered it with glue and applied black felt to it. I hot glued the parts together, sewed the edges of the felt together then added the decorative elements (I was super lucky to find an old broken clock to scavenge for parts. Those parts make all the difference but you can get gears ect. at Michaels)
Then I just glued it to the head band. The End!

Thursday, October 14, 2010


I've never really gotten into drawing mechanical type things before but now there seems to be a reason. My very first attempt at gears and bolts and pipes ect. ect. and a hamster...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Collection 2

Sadly, its getting harder to find retro flower pins and if you do find them they are going up in price. All the ones I have here I didn't pay more than two dollars for.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


I do have an appalling amount of collections. This is but one and not even the whole of it - a ceramic box full of weird vintage pins. This does not include the flower pins I have in another container. I guess I could photograph that one too while I finish inking some more art.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Halloween Vintage

I have some more pen/ink projects I'm working on but for now enjoy the vintage photos.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Vintage Halloween Cards

Its unfortunate they are so hard to collect; seeing how they're harder to find and more expensive then some post cards. There is some truly odd artwork involved in vintage Halloween postcards that make them fascinating to collect.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Guns n Stars

I found similar guns like these in a 1900 sears robuck catalogue and loved the look of them. very wild west. This picture is thanks to the scrupulous use of a ruler and a micron pen.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Penned Rose

I have been looking at a lot of 19th century advertisments for the last couple of years and I have to admit I've always loved the linework. So detailed, so crazy-intricrate and that fascinates me. So every once in a while I'll try my hand at it. I have a few going on at the moment and here's one.

Sunday, October 03, 2010


I have actual drawings to share but am away from a scanner at the moment. So, have some bats.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

A Steampunk Halloween

After such a long time loving Steampunk style I've finally decided to go ahead and attempt to make my own steampunk costume. I've never really done clothing before so it should be interesting. These are some of the patterns that have inspired me.

I wouldn't use the exact colors (or even the exact shape) but I was thinking a walking suit/blouse/skirt/jacket combo in a nice navy grey. Or blood red. Haven't decided yet.

and the hat. you can't forget the hat. I found this one on ebay and while I can't afford to buy it it has given me inspiration. I think one of the local Halloween stores will probably carry top hats in which then I can dress up with peacock feathers, ect. ect.

Friday, October 01, 2010


Fall is here! If only the temperature would go down (97 today!!) then I would be even happier.