Since I have a image in my mind of what I would like the scene to look like, I am building all of the characters I deem absolutely necessary for my graveyard scene. I haven’t built the base just yet because honestly I am making things up as I go. I know that it will need to have a lot of hills and stone walls, but the materials for this are what I need to really think a lot about.
I love to use air drying clay, but it can be a little pricey for the amount of hills and other features for the base. I am considering trying to make my own air clay to drive down the cost because it can be around $9.00 per bag, but I keep seeing mixed reviews from people about the home made stuff. I do like to just completely experiment and do things that I haven’t seen others try with some good luck sometimes, so I may try homemade play dough that is covered with paper mache glue after it dries so that it’s smooth and will be easier to paint.
For now the only things I know that I will have for sure are Jack Skellington, The Mayor of Halloween Town, Lock, Shock, Barrel, the spooky tree from the beginning of the movie with the skeleton’s hanging on it, zero and his dog house. While I was at my local dollar store yesterday I found the perfect skeleton garland that I can make hang mans noose’s and use in my cemetery for added drama.
I am taking my time with this project because I am hoping that if I make it just right that I can store it with my other Halloween decorations and use it every year as display on my front porch. As you can imagine I drive my husband crazy each year with decorating our house for Halloween. It’s bittersweet and fun each year taking my son out to go trick or treating though since it has been my favorite birthday activity handing out candy to all of the neighborhood children so that I can watch their faces light up when they see our decorations. Although, it is always amazing watching my son delight in the activity that I as a young child always thought was just a massive celebration of my birthday with the whole world (silly little me)!
Well, it’s time to get back to my creating. If you have any good ideas or tips to share with me on how you think I can create my hills for the scene feel free to leave a comment or two for me to consider. Happy Halloween and remember it’s all for the love of craft!