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13 Days of Halloween….

13 Days of Halloween….
Okay kids… for today we have an old vintage favorite.
Today the imagery is from the old calendar pages from
The Antikamnia Chemical Company of St. Louis, Missouri.
Antikamnia was a scary little pill with caffeine, sodium b, citric acid.
and acetanalid…Used as a fever reducer and all around pain reliever.
During 1897-1901 theĀ  company produced several calendars
with “Skeleton Sketches”– based on watercolors
by the local physician-artist Louis Crucius.
I have taken my favorites of these and compiled
them into a collage sheet for ya…
Also I have posted my two fav’s in a bigger format.

– Lesley & Mike




13 Days of Halloween….

Wolfman Wolf Man Lon Chaney Jr Transform Change Transforming Emoticon Emoticons Animated Animation Animations Gif

Okay… so below is a rough…little video.

But we hope it inspires. 
A quick little video tutorial for 
Day 8 of our 13 days Of Halloween.
Also “Thank You” to all that have purchased Octobers Kit!
We are putting the  last few touches on them… 
They will ship out at the end of the week. 
If you are interested… we still have 20 available.
Closing date for this kit is 
Wednesday Oct. 27th at midnight.
Thanks everyone!
-Lesley & Mike

13 Days of Halloween….

 ATC “Creeper” Sheet #1
Happy Monday everyone!
Hope that you all had a great weekend.
A “big thanks” to everyone that came
and joined us for classes last week.
We had a great time.
Saturday’s class was the perfect way to end the month.
So for the 13 Days of Halloween… 
( I know… I’m behind..) 
Here is for days 10 & 9…. 
I created a deck of ATC sized “Creeper” Cards..
I think the word “Creeper” fits it best…
I hope that they inspire…
Feel free to use …however you like…
To download just click on the image… 
and follow the directions..  
Also for your viewing pleasure… 

Walt Disney’s La Danza Macabra The Skeleton Dance 1929

13 Days of Halloween

Elsa Lanchester as “The Bride of Frankenstein”

So here is imagery for the 11th day of
our 13 Days of Halloween….

This morning we have “The Bride of Frankenstein”.
In truth I can’t really watch the movie from start to finish.
I get bored….
Very bored…
But I love the romantic sense of it…
Monster needs a girlfriend… etc
I love the imagery in this movie…
Certain scenes call to me..

Bride of Frankenstein Scenes Animated Animation Gif

One of these days …

I will do a stunning acrylic or sketch of the bride…
One of these days..
At Mystic Paper ( one of our local shops) they
had  an “Altered Barbie Swap” last month.
My favorite was the “Bride of Frankenstein Barbie’.
Bravo to the artist.
So here are some images for your pleasure…

 Hope they inspire…

13 Days of Halloween….

13-Days of Halloween…Vamps….

I’m behind… but here we go….
This is for Tuesday….
We cannot think of Halloween without vamps….
Lesley and I love our vampy sirens of silent film…
Our favorite would be Theda Bara.
Theodosia Burr Goodman was her true name.
One of the early sex symbols of American cinema.
The first real “femme fatale”of the screen…
first to be labeled “The Vamp”.
One of our other favorites would be Pola Negri.
So day 13 is dedicated to the “vamps of early cinema”.

Hallowween Giveaway #1

Four more days… til Halloween!
In celebration…. a few giveaways and a Halloween music mix a day!
Today is a “surf n turf” collection of Halloween music!
Thought that I would jump on here for a quick post.

I’m heading back into the classroom today!
What does that mean exactly?
I’ll tell ya a little bit more tonight.

I’m damn excited.
Perfect timing.
I still have time to set up a Halloween Dance and a haunted house.
( I mean “Fall Harvest Dance”and “spooky harvest festival maze”).

Its been three years since I worked with a big group of youth.
It’s like riding a bike….
It makes me think of my teaching com padres.
I love co-teaching!
Ericka, Jared, Eric.
My fav’s!

Today I go it alone.

Jumping into a classroom that needs repair,
kids that have been bored to bad behavior,
non inspired projects, broken spirits, broken centers.
A lonely playground.

Nothing is more upsetting to me…
than a neglected classroom and an uninspired child.

Can’t wait to jump in and start inspiring.

I’ll be back with more tonight…
But here is a quick giveaway..

We have several “Halloween” packs of goodies
created from various classroom materials.
Halloween Transparency, ephemera, 3-d objects.
Putting them all together in a nice prize bundle for your crafting desires.
I will post a photo or two tomorrow.

For today’s Halloween giveaway-you need to leave a comment.

The question that you need to comment on is:
What is your favorite classroom experience?
Do tell…..

Tomorrow morning we will put all your names in a hat.
I will have Lesley pull 5 names out.
If she pulls your name- then you win.
If you happen to win-
We will mail the package to you/ or drop it off at a local store.
(For those that live out of country-we will gladly mail it to you as well!)
Comments close at 12:00 midnight.
Winner will be posted on Tuesday morning!
Happy Monday All!
Go do something unruly and exciting!
Talk soon!