The Art of Darkness

Dark Candles

July 17th, 2007 by Cobwebs

This company offers handmade candles with scents like “Dracula,” “Crypt Moss,” and “Harvest.” Their votives would make nice wedding favors, too.

I got their “Vampire” collection (Cain, Dracula, Lilith, Nosferatu) a while back, and I hated to light them because they smelled so good. They currently live a quiet existence in my prop closet, hitting me in the face with a wave of patchouli and clove and making me smile whenever I open the door.*


*Which is fairly often. I wondered the other day how many suburban homes have a big box labeled “Bones” in their basement.

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When Gothic Eyes are Moping

July 16th, 2007 by Cobwebs

Here are lots of tips for doing pretty eye makeup, with plenty of illustrations for inspiration.


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Eyeball Pincushions

July 13th, 2007 by Cobwebs

Eyeball PincusionThere’s a lovely little set of photos on Flickr showing you how to make your own eyeball pincushions. These are just adorable.

Link (via BoingBoing)

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“Follow the Shadows” Art Show

July 12th, 2007 by Cobwebs

Art of Joshua ClayJoshua Clay has a new show opening at thinkspace gallery in Los Angeles tomorrow. He’s also got a site called Follow the Shadows, devoted to the creation of some of his pieces. These are gorgeous and moody and I like his artist’s statement:

I’ve always been fascinated by the things that hide in the shadows. The things that shape the people we are as individuals and as a collective. Shadows walk up walls and under doors, they influence our choices as they hiss in our ears and they cause us to destroy the things we’ve worked so hard to build. Shadows are the life experiences that follow us from one relationship to another, from one lie to the next and from one generation to another. They are the bad choices we refuse to accept responsibility for and the justification of lust and greed.

(via BoingBoing)

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Vampire Wine

July 11th, 2007 by Cobwebs

I served this wine at my wedding, but it appears that they’ve expanded their selection significantly when I wasn’t looking. They may also be offering a soft drink called “Dracola,” but that part of the site is all in Flash, which I hate with the white-hot fury of a thousand suns, so you’re on your own if you want to check that out.

Anyway, these guys used to sell a couple of red wines with funky labels, but now it looks like they’ve got a whole range (including white, which somehow seems all wrong) and the labels are a little more polished.


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Tormented Picture Frame

July 10th, 2007 by Cobwebs

Here’s another easy project, requiring little more than a cheap picture frame and some paint. It doesn’t even require much manual dexterity, which is good, because I don’t have much.


  • A wooden picture frame. It really should be wood, because you’re going to inflict mayhem upon it with nails and/or screws. Other materials will split or break or, for all I know, explode. Wood, please.

  • Some matte black spray paint, otherwise known as the Duct Tape of the Goths.

  • Various sizes of nails, wood screws, or other fastening devices that look sort of spiky and Torquemada-inspiring. Those little tiny C clamps might be nice.

  • Acrylic paint in a contrasting color. Use blood-red to suggest, duh, blood, or maybe choose a nice bile yellow or pea-soup green.

  • Paint sealant (optional).


  1. Decide whether you want the nails/screws/implements of destruction to remain their natural metal color or if you want them to be black too. If the former, paint the frame black now and skip Step 3.

  2. Pound nails and screw um, screws haphazardly into the frame, leaving them sticking out partway. Attach whatever other hardware suits your fancy.

  3. If everything’s supposed to be black, now’s the time to spray everything. Let dry thoroughly.

  4. Spatter on the acrylic paint. An easy way to do this is to dip a brush in the paint and then flick it over the frame. Let dry.

  5. If desired, spray with a sealant. Let dry.

Insert your favorite photo of Pinhead (or, y’know, any other photo) and display with pride.

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Gothic Postage Stamps

July 9th, 2007 by Cobwebs

Goth StampAlthough you can have your own images printed on stamps at PhotoStamps, this site has done the hard work for you. They offer all kinds of lovely, dark artwork as postage stamps.


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July 6th, 2007 by Cobwebs

I think the Farker who posted this sums it up nicely:

After 14 failed attempts at joining the United Nations, Taiwan turns to the big guns by enlisting the assistance of noted political leader… Ozzy Osbourne?


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Aunt Bat’s Advice for Renters

July 5th, 2007 by Cobwebs

Aunt Bat has some Goth decorating tips, including some suggestions about what to do when the place ain’t yours.

Use a light-weight fabric like tulle, muslin or thin cotton to cover the walls from top to bottom. The best technique for this is to staple the fabric along the wall at the ceiling, gathering as you go. Once a panel is stapled to the top of the wall, simply hold it taut and staple it at the bottom. Repeat this procedure across the wall, and if desired, all the way around the room.


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Terror in the Aisle

July 4th, 2007 by Cobwebs

Cooing doves and pastel almonds make you cringe. The idea of a big white dress with a bow on the butt keeps you up at night. Don’t despair! There are many ways to inject your own tastes into your wedding for a memorable, personal celebration.

Since I run the Halloweddings Website, it occurs to me that I should probably offer the occasional tidbit about planning a Halloween/Gothic wedding. So I will. Here’s one now!

If you can’t quite bring yourself to dress your bridesmaids in black, they can wear a dark color such as cranberry or burnt umber with black lace shawls, black velvet cameo choker, or some other spooky accessory.

I’ll post tips here from time to time, and in a wonderful synergy of function I’ll also steal them for use over at Halloweddings. Because I tend to be rather lackadaisical about adding new tips to that site. Because I have a toddler. Because of my wedding. See? Synergy!

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