The Art of Darkness

Make Your Own Horns

October 18th, 2007 by Cobwebs

Horn TutorialThreadbanger forum member Meander has created a video tutorial for making costume horns out of polymer clay.

She makes twisty gold horns adorned with wire, but you could obviously use the same technique to make all sorts of head ornamentation. The method looks fairly straightforward, and the video subtitles are amusing.

Next time you feel like sporting demon horns or giraffe antlers (hey, it takes all kinds…), you can create a unique set just for you.

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Interesting Mantelpiece Display

October 17th, 2007 by Cobwebs

Mantelpiece DetailJennifer at The Felt Mouse has a very spacious mantelpiece, and uses it as a seasonal display spot. Her theme is “science,” but there seems to be an awful lot of inspiration for a darker, more organic theme.

She was good enough to link to her sources for a number of the items, so you can have fun browsing through science catalogues and finding your own oddments for display. Me, I’m going to go covet her giant mantelpiece some more.

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15-Minute Napkin Clutch

October 16th, 2007 by Cobwebs

Napkin Clutch“Napkin Clutch” sounds sort of like an illicit sex act, doesn’t it?

If you can sew a straight seam, you can make a clutch purse or similar bag-type thing (such as a jewelry bag) out of a cloth napkin in about 15 minutes. Less, if you have some sewing experience and/or you don’t have a small child insisting that you drop what you’re doing and lend your voice to his toy farm animals.

Novelty-fabric napkins and bandanas are abundant right now, so check out our how-to guide for full instructions.

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October 15th, 2007 by Cobwebs


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The Skeleton in Art

October 12th, 2007 by Cobwebs

The Cheim & Read Gallery in New York has an exhibit entitled, “I Am As You Will Be: The Skeleton In Art.” CoolHunting has a nice feature on the exhibit, including photos of several of the works on display.

I don’t know if I agree with the assessment that skull imagery is a passing trend–perhaps the mainstream fascination with it is–but I certainly agree that, done properly, these are lovely and timeless works of art.

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The Wurst Gallery

October 11th, 2007 by Cobwebs

Anatomical Nesting DollsThe Wurst Gallery is an online showcase designed to expose artists to a much wider community than they would otherwise enjoy.

Each section of the gallery has a theme–artists being asked to decorate nesting dolls, for instance–and I particularly like their Vintage Vandals theme: Each artist was instructed to find artwork at a thrift store and use it as a base for their own work. Strange beings loom above mundane landscapes and monsters invade still lifes. Mouse over each image to see the artist’s alterations.

I think it goes without saying that this is an idea just begging to be exploited. Next time you see one of those black-velvet paintings of waiflike children with eyes the size of manhole covers, snap it up and “improve” it.

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Fun T-Shirts

October 10th, 2007 by Cobwebs

Necromancy T-shirtFantasy Frontiers is primarily an RPG shop, but it offers a range of amusing T-shirts in categories such as “Cthulhu” and “Gothic.” I particularly like the Necromancy T-shirt. (The back says, “Necromancy – Helping To Lessen Our Dependency On The Funerary Industrial Complex,” which makes me giggle.)


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Lovecraftian Interactive Fiction

October 9th, 2007 by Cobwebs

The Commonplace Book Project is devoted to creating interactive adventures based on the unfinished story ideas that H.P. Lovecraft collected in his “Commonplace Book”. They’re free for download in exchange for user feedback.

For you whippersnappers who are unfamiliar with the concept of interactive adventures, here’s a Wikipedia entry to help fill you in. Kids today, with your fancy-schmancy graphics and your abundance of CPU cycles. In my day, all we had were a brass lantern and an Elvish sword, and we couldn’t even see them.

Uh, heh. Anyway, Lovecraft. Another excellent example of this type of horror interactive fiction is Infocom’s wonderful The Lurking Horror.

The best part of interactive fiction games is that the text-based play looks entirely innocuous when glanced at by, say, your boss. Try doing that with Halo 3.

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“Adopt” an Animal for Halloween

October 8th, 2007 by Cobwebs

Vampire BatFearless Freya turned us on to this lovely idea: Make a symbolic adoption of a vampire bat, anaconda, gray wolf, snowy owl, hellbender, or any other of 80 different animals, and receive a plush likeness of the critter plus a special World Wildlife Fund Trick-or-Treat bag.

Get out there and protect our slithery, slimy, ooky little brethren!

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What Kind of Ghost Are You?

October 5th, 2007 by Cobwebs

Here’s an amusing little personality quiz. I turned out to be a Guide Spirit, so I guess I’ll be helpy in the afterlife. I can live with that. Figuratively speaking.


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