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Day of the Dead Skull

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Suppliesdayofthedead72

FloraCraft®:
Foam Head, Female, 7-1/2″ deep x 6″ wide x 10″ tall
Make It: Fun® Foam Cutter

Design Master®:
ColorTex Spray Texture, Quarry (white)
ColorTool® Spray Color, Flat white
Glitter Spray, Opal Essence (optional)
Mess Master spray solvent (optional)
DecoArt® Americana® acrylic paint, Lamp Black
Paintbrushes, fine and medium
Paint marker, fine tip, Black
Craft knife
Large cardboard box (for spraying)
Internet connection, computer and printer (optional)
Misc.: Pencil, copy paper, paper plate, water container, paper towels, old newspapers

Instructions

  1. Optional: To help in creating the skull, go onto the Internet and search for skulls. Print a couple that help you see the shapes of the eyes and teeth. To give you additional ideas for the painted design, also search for Day of the Dead Skulls to see the various types of swirls, flowers, flourishes and curlicues you can create.
  2.  To carve skull, use Foam Cutter to cut neck off Foam Head. (Tip: Use a back and forth sawing motion, since this foam cuts differently than Make It: Fun® Foam.) Set Foam Head on table. Trim more at back if needed so that Foam Head tilts back a bit as shown in photo.
  3.  Referring to skull photos, use craft knife to hollow out rounded, rectangular eye areas, about 1 1/2″ across and 1 1/4″ high and about 3/4″ deep. Cut off nose, even with cheeks on each side. Then hollow out that triangular area to the same depth.
  4.  Use pencil to draw diagonal lines under cheeks, about 2″ long and about 2″ up from bottom of Foam Head. Use craft knife to cut along line. Then carve away foam beneath that line to define cheekbone. Smooth the area as much as possible with craft knife.
  5.  When satisfied with skull shape, prepare paint area with newspapers inside large box turned on its side. In a well-ventilated area, inside box, spray skull with two coats spray texture, letting it dry between coats. Apply two light coats of white. (Optional, then apply one coat of opal finish.) Let dry completely.
  6.  Use paintbrush and black paint to paint eye and nose openings, leaving 1/4″ edge all around, unpainted. Then use pencil to draw teeth by looking at skull examples. (Reminder that pencil lines are much thinner than painted lines will be so make shapes large enough and far enough apart.) Draw line designs, starting by making scallops around each eye opening, a flower between the eyes and on each cheek. To draw filigree designs, draw one curlicue on one side and then draw exactly the same thing, but reversed on the other side. Continue switching from side to side until design is complete.
  7.  On paper, practice by drawing curlicues with paint marker. Then try it with small paintbrush and black acrylic paint on paper plate. Decide which is easier and looks better. Then trace over pencil lines in black. Let dry. (Note: If you “goof”, quickly wipe off with damp paper towel. Try to repaint area so any darkness is covered. If you can’t cover it that way, let the area completely dry. Then spray some spray texture into the lid and paint over area. Clean brush with solvent like Mess Master, right away.)
  8.  For a bright Day of the Dead look, arrange skull among colorful pink and blue fabrics, tin pots and flowers.

 

SOURCES

FloraCraft®
(800) 253-0409
One Longfellow Place
Ludington, MI 4943

Design Master®
(303) 443-5214
P.O. Box 601
Boulder, CO 80306
www.dmcolor.com

DecoArt®
(800) 367-3047
P.O. Box 386
Stanford, KY 40484
www.decoart.com                                        

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