Posts Categorized: halloween

Costumes + DIY + halloween + Party + Projects / Tuesday, 7 Oct 2014

Copenhagen row house costume

Row house Halloween costume made from a cardboard box

Let’s take a break from our Tortured Artist series and sprinkle it with some sunshiney Scandinavian delight. Shall we?

Here’s the story. Last year for Halloween Paul and I needed costumes last minute (surprise!) for an event we were attending. The idea came in a flash: Copenhagen! We needed to be Copenhagen. I drew it up in my mind, got the boxes, painted it, put it together AND THEN realized, DOH! The reason it came so easy is because it was Merrilee’s idea from her new book Playful, the book that you know, I just styled. The one that hadn’t been released! I couldn’t very well steal her thunder (though the one she created was a dollhouse) so I’ve had to wait a WHOLE YEAR to release this puppy. Do you know how hard that is for an antsy craft blogger?!

Since Paul LOVES to be in photos (NOT), I had Hillary come in and play my next door neighbor. She’s a bright ball of sunshine.

Row house Halloween costume made from a cardboard box
Row house Halloween costume made from a cardboard box
Row house Halloween costume made from a cardboard box
Row house Halloween costume made from a cardboard box
Row house Halloween costume made from a cardboard box

Row house Halloween costume made from a cardboard box
See the full instructions below.

How to make a row house costume
Materials
  • cardboard box large enough to fit into
  • piece of cardboard for the roof
  • craft knife
  • paints in your preferred colors
  • paint brushes
  • scissors
  • glue gun
  • duct tape
  1. Open the box so all the flaps are out. You need a shape that will feel like the height of a building so I made mine as tall as it could go. I sealed up the flaps with duct tape and reinforced it with glue gun.
  2. Create the shape of the roof by getting an extra piece of cardboard and creating your preferred shape. Cut it out with your craft knife. Cut a hole to the size of your face.
  3. Attach it to the box with duct tape and glue gun.
  4. Make the A-frame roof by bending a long piece of cardboard in half. Have it hang over the box by a few inches.
  5. Attach the roof to the rest of the house with duct tape and glue gun again. Make sure the roof is in a position where you don’t have to duck.
  6. Paint the box to your desired colors. If possible, use white cardboard so it’s easier to paint on top of (less layers). I went with traditional Copenhagen yellow and blue like the main harbor, Nyhavn.
  7. Figure out where your hands will be holding the box and cut out slits.
TIP: Make sure your boxes can fit inside your car! Ours didn’t so we had to hold them out of our sunroof. And drive 5 mph across town. Hmph.
And the best part about this costume is that you can customize it to fit any city’s row house aesthetic: Brooklyn, Amsterdam, London, Paris, you name it! Have fun and get creative!

See more rad ideas like these in Merrilee’s new book Playful
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Costumes + DIY + halloween + Party + Projects / Monday, 6 Oct 2014

Picasso’s Old Guitarist

Picasso's Old Guitarist Halloween costume with make-up tutorial
When you think of Picasso what style do you think of? He was so prolific and touched on nearly every style that it’s hard to nail one down, but I tend to think of his blue period, because it was so uniquely his. It lasted only three years, 1901-04, but it so melancholically gorgeous with subjects painted in moody blues and greens. 
We thought his Old Guitarist would be the perfect costume for our Tortured Artist Halloween party as the character both creepy and recognizable. Plus, the costume is SUPER easy and cheap! The trick is in the body painting and luckily, we had Rubie Huber, who does make up for films and commercials, come and show us how it’s done. 
Picasso's Old Guitarist Halloween costume with make-up tutorial
Picasso's Old Guitarist Halloween costume with make-up tutorial
Picasso's Old Guitarist Halloween costume with make-up tutorial
Picasso's Old Guitarist Halloween costume with make-up tutorial
Picasso's Old Guitarist Halloween costume with make-up tutorial
Picasso's Old Guitarist Halloween costume recipe with make-up tutorial
Art directed by Brittany Jepsen

See below for full instructions.


OLD GUITARIST HALLOWEEN COSTUME

Materials: blue dress, guitar with strap, blue and white hair chalk

  • We bought a blue cotton maxi dress with long sleeves from the thrift store. 
  • Distress the dress by cutting holes unto the shoulder, cutting off the neckline, and using a grater to rough the edges.
  • Paint your nails blue with Chinchilly Essie nail polish.
  • Victoria has dark hair so Aubrey dyed it blonde first then colored it with blue and white hair chalk before tucking it into a low bun.
  • Carry around a guitar (and make sure it has a strap so it doesn’t get int your way all night!).


MAKE UP TUTORIAL FOR OLD GUITARIST


I had so much fun with this one it’s ridiculous.  Take a few minutes channeling your inner Picasso and get ready to paint freely without self doubt or criticism, this look is all about the artist in you!  

I used Mehron FX liquid cream face paint in blue (get it here), white and black (get it here) for this whole thing.  Grab a cookie sheet or something easily washable to create a painters palette for yourself.  

Mix the colors around and get some lighter and darker versions of the mix. For the face you can apply a base blue/grey coat with a sponge, which is softer than a brush, but I would use a brush for all the rest so you get the stroke effect. Use any large soft paintbrush (grab a cheap one from Michael’s)! 

Take a look at your body and think about where you curve our and where you dip in.  Check out how light hits you and then just go at it with the paint!  Blend lighter colors where you feel like light hits more (cheek bones, collar bones, shins, tops of knees, tops of feet, the bulge on your ankle.  Paint darker blues on all the hollows or on the edges of the rounds (in dips in the neck, under the jaw, between bones, around calves).  

The Skeletal feel really comes out in the hands and feet.  Start by painting dark blue in between the fingers and extending those lines on the palm of your hand, you can just push firmly into the hand to feel where the hollows should be.  Next, paint a rough line of white on top of the fingers, adding splotches to the knuckles.  Extend this onto the palm as well. Repeat the same process on the feet.  

Once you’ve painted everything, step back and look in a mirror.  If you see any spot that looks too uniform or boring, blend in a different color, add more blue or white or grey than you had before and pile it onto your brush, swiping some thick strokes haphazardly. This will give you that painted look that is so beautiful.

It should not look perfect!  Keep it wild and fun and just get those creative juices flowing.  You’ll love the end result and so will everyone else! 
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Costumes + DIY + halloween + Party + Projects / Thursday, 2 Oct 2014

2 Frida Kahlo costumes

2 Frida Kahlo costumes
I’ve always wanted to host a “come dressed as your favorite artist” party and I found Halloween the perfect opportunity to do so. We invited everyone to come dressed as their favorite tortured artist for our Halloween party. Some of the costumes we’ll show you are a bit more “tortured” than others, but all are easy to make from your existing closets with a little help from the fabric and craft stores. 
A must for any Tortured Artist party is Frida Kahlo, who, as a person, was quite a tortured soul. We decided to go with her double self-portrait, The 2 Fridas, which is a great choice if you’re wanting a costume for two people. A lot of the costume came from my own closet, but you know me, I like my clothes bright and waistband-less.
Frida Kahlo costume tutorial
Frida Kahlo costume tutorial.
To give you a bit of background, this particular painting depicts Frida in the midst of her divorce from Diego Rivera. She left the two hearts exposed showing one broken and the other hole, the one that Diego loved. She depicted surgical pincers to show that she was cutting off the emotional ties.
Frida Kahlo costume recipe
Here’s how to get the look:

Frida Kahlo costume recipe
Frida Kahlo costume

Photography by Alpha Smoot
Hair by Aubrey Nelson
Make up by Rubie Huber
Crafting by Ashley Isenhour
Art directed by Brittany Jepsen

See the full tutorial below


HEADBAND by Ashley Isenhour

Materials: 3 silk flowers (1 large and 2 medium), 6 silk leaves, headband, black ribbon or fabric strip, scissors, hot glue gun, pliers with wire cutting section (depending on your flowers)

Step 1: Cut 3 silk flowers and 6 silk leaves from flower stems. If your flowers have wire in the stems you’ll want to use wire cutters for this. Leave about 2 inches of stem on the flowers to make gluing the flowers to the headband easier.
Step 2: Cut about 1.5″ of ribbon or fabric strip. Fold piece over one end of the headband and hot glue it into place. Glue end of ribbon to other end of headband. Start wrapping ribbon tightly around headband and add a bit of hot glue to secure ribbon to headband. Continue wrapping until headband is completely covered. Cut end of ribbon and hot glue end to headband.
Step 3: Hot glue 2 leaves (one on either side) to back of large flower. Squirt hot glue on middle of headband. Attach large flower (angling flower forward) and hold in place until hot glue dries. 
Step 4: Turn medium flower over. Bend stem to one side of flower. Hot glue 2 leaves on opposite side. Repeat with other medium flower. 
Step 5: Lift right leaf of large flower up and squirt hot glue on underside of leaf and along headband. Place one of the medium flowers in this space, making sure that leaves on medium flower are pointing away from center large flower. Angle flower forward slightly while glue dries. On back side of headband hot glue stem of medium flower to back of large flower to secure. Repeat (in opposite direction) with other medium flower.
Make a Frida Kahlo floral headpiece
ANATOMICAL HEART by Ashley Isenhour
Materials: 1/4 yard cream or muslin fabric, embroidery needle, red embroidery thread, embroidery hoop, scissors, white glue, scotch tape, water soluble fabric marker (like this), template (get it here)
Step 1: Print out embroidery pattern. Cut piece of fabric large enough to fit your embroidery hoop. Tape pattern to a sun-lit window. Tape fabric over pattern and trace heart onto fabric with a water soluble fabric marker.
Step 2: Stretch fabric in embroidery hoop. Stitch over heart pattern using a chain stitch (see a great tutorial here) or backstitch. (Good tutorials here.
Step 3: Rinse fabric with water to erase fabric marker. Allow to dry. 
Step 4: Trim fabric about 1/4″ all the way around outline of heart. Dab a tiny bit of white glue around edge of fabric and let dry. This will prevent fraying.
Note: If you don’t want to embroider, you can paint or draw it with a marker.


MAKE UP TUTORIAL by Rubie Huber

These two girlies were fun to work with, and I was able to express my love for one of the most beautiful female artists with their make up.  
Of course the main job with Frida was the eyebrows.  Don’t be afraid to go crazy here! You gotta go even bolder than your boldest brow to really get that Frida look.  
First brush your brows up and out and every which way you can to make them fuller and more prominant.  I used some eyebrow gel (get it here) to set them at all sorts of angles.  Darken them out with dark brown matte eyeshadow.  To make them more intense.  Spread the same dark eyeshadow between the brows.  Using a super thin tiny brush (this one worked great) get the same eyeshadow wet with water and draw a few lines in between the brows and all over the edges.  
Keep the rest of the face really clean, only adding nude cream eyeshadow and black mascara.  
For the cheeks I used a deep liquid blush more on the red or purple side than the pink; Frida was all about the rich reds. Blend it out on the apples of the cheeks.
You need a deep oxblood red to get the Frida drama.  I love the Kate Moss line by Rimmel London #11 (from here). It’s intense.  
Finish off the look with a little bronzing around the edges of the face with a non shimmery bronzer.  
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decorations + halloween + Party + Projects / Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014

Decor for your Halloween party

Decor for your Halloween party
Decor for your Halloween party
Decor for your Halloween party

Happy October! Right on cue, Utah welcomed fall in with crisper weather, rain, and falling leaves.

If you’re just joining us here on Lars, we’re showing you how to throw the perfect Halloween party, complete with printables (like this invitation), costume ideas, and today, food, and decor ideas. The theme of the party is vanitas, which is an art history reference describing the brevity of life and nearness of death. In art, this concept was portrayed with decaying flowers, blown-out candles, and rotting fruit SO, we thought, wouldn’t that make an awesome party theme? Because who doesn’t want rotting fruit at their party, right?

Here are some decor ideas for your party. Think “what would be in a Dutch baroque painting?” and create a number of vignettes around your space. To get you going:

  • Stacked old books
  • Skulls (I got ours at Michael’s. They’re made of styrofoam so you can carve them out and use them as a vase to put flowers in!)
  • Shells
  • Candles and candlesticks. Lots of them!
  • Honey and honeycomb
  • Dried or old flowers (finally, you black thumbs are in luck!)
  • Rotting fruit. 
  • Taxidermy
  • Linen tablecloth
Art directed by Brittany Jepsen
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halloween + illustration + Party + printable + Projects / Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014

Printable Halloween party invitation

For our Vanitas Halloween party (check out the full explanation of our theme here) we recruited the talented Danielle Kroll to design an invitation. We wanted something that was both beautiful yet a tad creepy and I love what she came up with. I think it really captured the feel of our event. We printed it off on an off-white card stock.

Print off your own invitation here (all blank version and partially blank version)

Illustration by Danielle Kroll
Photography by Alpha Smoot
Florals by Sarah Winward
Props by Mary Lee
Art directed by Brittany Jepsen

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