Friday, October 29, 2010

'Creepy' scarecrow wins contest

Over the last week, early voters at the New Harvest Park polling station also got to cast a vote in a decidedly scarier election.

The Knox County Parks and Recreation Department hosted its second annual "Scarecrows in the Park" competition and announced the winners Thursday at the weekly farmers' market held at the park.

First-, second- and third-place winners in the youth and adult categories were chosen by a public vote and a panel of three guest judges. This year's competition featured 16 scarecrows, 10 in the adult category and six in the youth, that lined the park's quarter-mile greenway.

This year's youth winners were Matthew and Jordan Graham. They competed against each other last year - Matthew winning third place and Jordan winning first.

"It was not fair," said Matthew. "She is too good."

The adult category also featured a repeat winner. Vic Zanoni, who has made many Halloween props, won first place for the second time with an impressive papier-mache scarecrow named Ivan.

"A lot of the stuff that I have done is kind of creepy and scary," he said, "and I wanted to have that creepiness, but I wanted it to be good for the kids."

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News cast about scarecrows

First place again

I brought home first place for the second year in a row.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Winners to be announced today!

The winners of the scarecrow contest will be announced today at 5. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

More of Ivan


I went out to new harvest park this morning before work to see if Ivan survived last nights storms, and much to my surprise and joy he is still standing! From the brief look that I got he looks like he came through pretty well

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


I was able to fix the leaning problem, (the ground was so wet that the support stakes were pulling out) but I discovered that Ivans head was really soft from the rain. It is supposed to be dry today, but really windy with more storms tonight. I am hoping that he dries out enough so that he can survive tonights round of weather.

Monday, October 25, 2010


Last night into this morning bad storms blew through the area, but Ivan is still standing. He has a really bad lean going on but I should be able to easily fix that this afternoon when I get off work.

Thursday, October 21, 2010


I hate to admit it but I actually liked this movie. It was nothing compared to the original and Robert Englund will always be Freddy but as a film on its own it was entertaining.

Information on the construction of Ivan

As a challenge to myself, i decided to build my entire scarecrow from scratch. Ivan is made of paper, flour, water, pvc pipe, plastic trash bags, wire, masking tape and paint. After trying several different papermache recipes, I settled on plain four and water to make the paste. It dried quickly and was rock solid. All of the vines are made from the paper you find on the exam tables at the Dr office. (I saved a few rolls left by a drug rep that were headed for the dumpster a few jobs ago) His head is made from issues of Metro Pulse going back a few months. i used a heatgun on the plastic to make it ugly and sealed the whole thing with spar urethane.


MY SCARECROW IS UP. GOOD OR BAD IT IS FINISHED. I am not very happy with the way he turned out but at least it is done.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Monday, October 18, 2010


Spent the weekend working on my scarecrow, it is mostly paper mache which is going to be interesting because I have only had success with mache once and the dog ate that.

Friday, October 15, 2010


This weekend I am going to start and finish my scarecrow, I can only hope that it will turn out good.

Monday, October 11, 2010


Spent Sunday working on tombstones. They are rough at t his point but they are coming along nicely.

Friday, October 8, 2010


The technique that I use for all of my corpse props has been used in Hollywood for decades. It is a simple way to take an existing skeleton and add, what looks like, rotten flesh. Here is the grand secret, cotton balls and liquid latex. I use latex flooring adhesive instead of liquid latex because of the price difference. Liquid latex is $49 per gallon and flooring adhesive is $10 per gallon. The only drawback with the flooring adhesive is it takes forever to dry and will be sticky for months unless you paint it. The method for corpsing is simple, unroll the cotton balls, paint some latex onto the surface to be corpsed, put the cotton down, and paint latex onto the cotton until it is saturated. (use an old throw away brush). Layer the cotton on until you get the desired look and sculpt it as you see fit, this is a messy process so lay down some paper or plastic. A sunny day will help in the drying process.

The Misfits - Halloween

Monday, October 4, 2010

Web spinner

All of the spider web on and around the ghost wind chimes was made with the web spinner. I tried making a hot glue web gun but the results were no where near as good as the simple spinner.