The Art of Darkness

Second Secret Santa (Sorta)

December 23rd, 2009 by Cobwebs

One of the participants in our Secret Santa Can Suck It virtual gift exchange has a bad case of the flu, and she sent me a note yesterday tearfully apologizing to her assigned giftee for not having a chance to follow through with a pretend present. No problem! My bag of gifts is large and I’m sure I can rummage around and find something appropriate for a second recipient.

This gift is for Melissa, and it’s almost a no-brainer. Melissa loves crafts and sewing, so she gets a big craft room of her very own:

Craft Room

(Image from Younge)

The gift includes a fabric storage area stocked with bolts of velvet, brocade, and satin; a new sewing machine and serger; and a crew of shirtless workmen to help with organization.

Happy Holidays, Melissa! (You, uh, might want to claim your gift quickly before I change my mind and keep it myself.)

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Good Books Gone Bad

December 23rd, 2009 by Cobwebs

Black BookMRX Designs is doing a series of prop books made out of thrift-store encyclopedias that are completely awesome.

The books are covered in fabric or vinyl and the custom fixtures are cast resin. The artist adds gilt edges, end papers, closures, and other whatnots to make the “tome” seem more realistic. His posts are a wonderful source of inspiration and include lots of pictures and design notes on the build process.

Reclaimed books so far are:

Baphomet Tome
Rites of Azathoth
The 9th Gate
The Black Book of Evil
Unholy Cross of Cthigla

Be sure to check out the rest of the site as well, since there’s all kinds of marvelous stuff to be found.

In case you’d rather buy than build, he also has an Etsy shop and does eBay auctions. Given their quality, his props are surprisingly inexpensive.

(via Propnomicon)

Update: I’m pleased to announce that we’re also going to carry a few of his books in the store as wedding guest books. I can’t wait!

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