Sunday, October 4, 2015

Tim's 12 tags of 2015 - October

I was so excited when I saw Tim's October Tag that I got to it right away!  He used the new Zombie Thinlit -  I don't have the Zombie........
But I did purchase the MONSTER!   and here is my version of Tim's Oct Tag.

I followed Tim's instructions pretty much - but used the different colors, different paper and ribbon.  Here are the colors I used to make my monster.  Chipped Sapphire, Iced Spruce and Hickory Smoke.  Tim's technique was to rub the ink on the craft mat - spritz with water - and pull the tag panel through it until you get the color and spottiness you want.
I used Linen Ribbon that I inked with Hickory Smoke and a Fright Oddities Adornment attached with a Loop Pin.  I rubbed the circle with Picket Fence Distress Paint - let it dry a bit and then rubbed most of it off.
I used these colors for my monster - since if we are considering this is Frankenstein - he was just pretty much black/gray but I wanted to have a little contrast on his different pieces!
I used the Splatters stencil on the background sponging it with Hickory Smoke ink.  I rubbed Picket Fence Distress paint on the Word band - then rubbed most of it off  so the word would show - and adhering it to the tag with Long Fasteners.
The piece of paper I used from Regions Beyond Paper Stash is an old page of newsprint showing births, deaths and marriages -  I thought it was a good choice to have behind my monster given his colors,  look at the name right next to his left eye in the photo below -   ASTON - that's my name (well, it's my married name anyway)  Apparently on the 27th  of Sept 1904 Paul Meredith Aston of Waveland Brevard Co., FL died of pneumonia, only son of the late Rev. M. M. L. Aston, Vicar of King's Norton.   I had to place the monster's head off-center on my tag so the name would show!
This was a quick tag to make - the hardest thing was to decide what colors I wanted for the monster!  The die goes together really quickly - Tim has a great video on his tag post with a few helpful hints.
I absolutely love this great MONSTER die - the 3 dimensional look is just awesome! 

My father was a professional artist and one of his specialties was paper sculpture -  he would have loved seeing this die!  He actually made a Frankenstein mask when he was in his early twenties (he scared someone right over a bridge into the stream wearing it as a camp counselor in New Hampshire one summer evening!) - and he had it on the wall of his work room in our house growing up - that room was right next to our one bathroom - for the longest time I was scared to go to the bathroom at night if the door to his work room was open!

Are you ready to be scared?   Here is my dad's Frankenstein Mask -  the mask is about 80 years old - he has a few chips and cracks and he lost one of his 'bolts'!
But he's in pretty good shape considering he's been in the attic for most of the past 50 years - I'm pretty sure my dad used real human hair on this.  It's paper mache with a skim of  maybe Plaster of Paris or Gesso and then painted.  And it's human size!  This pic below shows his green color better.  Can you imagine walking down the street at night and seeing someone with this face???!


12 comments:

Samra Leshinski said...

Fantastic tag Julia and that mask is sooo cool! It should would be very scary to see someone walking down the street wearing that mask!
Hugs :)

Samra
Paper Talk with Samra

Lucy said...

Both of those Frankenstein's are great. You can tell that you got your artistic talent from your dad. Great work.

Redanne said...

Oh wow Julia, I love what you did with the monster, he looks fabulous. I didn't think I needed this one too but after seeing your tag, I may just have to get it now....

Your Dad's mask is absolutely amazing, what a talented man he was and it has clearly rubbed off on you! Hugs, Anne xx

Renee said...

Well, you clearly inherited your father's talent...
that mask is amazing!!
And it would have kept me in bed at night when I was a kid too...
honestly it'd probably still keep me in bed!
A spookingly gorgeous tag!

Annette Allen said...

so totally cool.. love those fun monsters..

Betty Wright said...

What a fantastic family story. Your tag is fantastic! I sure your dad would be proud!

Mona Pendleton said...

Wow Julia! Love your take on Tim's challenge! Your tag is amazing and that mask is spectacular! Thanks for sharing!

Charlene said...

Fabulous tag!!! And that mask is awesome, I love it!!!!!!

Tia Otto said...

Great Tag! I absolutely love the mask! How cool that you have something that your father created so long ago!

Marybeth said...

Wow on your fathers mask ,that is increadable! I can't wait to show my husband ,he will love this!
Your tag is quite amazing as well, you went all out! Thanks for sharing Julia!

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Great take on Tim's tag Julia, love your monster! And the mask your Dad created is incredible, I can see where you got your creative genes from! Thanks for sharing both of them, wonderful! Deb xo

butterfly said...

I love your muted colour tones and very spooky monster. Great take on Tim's tag. It actually feels quite similar in some ways to your father's magnificent creation. What a brilliantly creepy post!
Alison xx