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I'm saving this guy (and many more) for a special display in October. Music by me. .
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#october


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Almost the last time I post this picture, lol. I had to update it as the background is now properly masked out and is sporting the logo for this wonderfully whimsical world we are creating . Be sure to visit Carefree, AZ the last 2 weeks of October to see Gourdy and the others in person. #enchantedpumpkingarden #historicspanishvillage #villafanestudios #gourdyghouligan #gourdyghouliganandthecarefreehooligans #pumpkincarving #tdmf


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Hoje a “ batata vai assar “ ... fritar no caso ! #🥔 #🍟 #💀#potatocarving #cookordie #chefsofinstagram #villafanestudios


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Hershel is taking this Guinness Book prophecy from Brujo rather serious. Gourdy has been helping him get his body properly conditioned. For what, I’m not sure. I don’t think they know either. Gourdy has Hershel convinced that most “cool” world records require a daring stunt. That being the case Gourdy has begun implementing a rigorous stretching routine to help limber Hershel up. In all honesty I think Hershel could give a rats ass about the stretching... as long as Gourdy continues the back rubs. #villafanestudios #gourdyghouligan #hershelhigginbottom #antoshka #enchantedpumpkingarden #historicspanishvillage #pumpkincarving #scarecrows #tdmf


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I’m busy trying to discover the joys of stop motion while Brujo the Brilliant is stirring up stuff with the Higginbottoms. I’m not quite sure what type of bullshit he’s feeding them now as it just sounds like a bunch of senseless mumbling to me. All I know is that earlier Brujo told Hershel that he would be in the Guinness Book of World Records someday. I congratulated Hershel and asked him what new record would he set. He said Brujo didn’t elaborate other than that Ray was also going to hold another world record... for smallest brain. It’s that type of shit that makes me want to throw his ass(if he had one) to the javelina. He’s always causing problems and no one else sees it but me. They just love listening to his “prophecies”. **** To receive your very own fortune reading turn on your sound and ask Brujo a question #villafanestudios #gourdyghouligan #antoshka #hershelhigginbottom #enchantedpumpkingarden #brujothebrilliant #historicspanishvillage #carefree #pumpkincarving #tdmf


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I have such appreciation for everyone and everything that has brought me to where I am right now. Everywhere I turn there is more fun and fulfilling stuff to create. Thank you to all of you who have taken an interest in my work 🙏. Today I’m going to focus on playing with Gourdy and Hershel. Trying to see if I can animate these two. Hershel wasn’t created with any sort of stop motion in mind so his armature is very limited. Eventually I believe much of the things we create will be stop motion capable. I have big plans for this wacky and whimsical world. Just ask Brujo. #villafanestudios #enchantedpumpkingarden #historicspanishvillage #gourdyghouligan #hershelhigginbottom #scarecrows #stopmotion #studiolife #tdmf


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Antoshka is not going to like seeing this but oh well. For the nose piercing on this “Hubbard Squash Sculpture” I used “Potato”... not the fangs from a prehistoric Peruvian sabertooth Jaguar. And for the bone carving in his hair I, me, Ray, the one who “sculpted” Brujo’s entire head used “Potato”...not a finger bone from a Machu Picchu mountain Yeti!! Gourdy is not even speaking to me anymore because I referred to his majesty as “Brujo the Bullshitter” instead of Brujo the Brilliant. I’m really shocked that Gourdy is falling for this guy. I think he’s just blind because he was told that he’d be rich and famous. Today Hershel was excited because he heard that Brujo was hiring. No one seems to want to answer my question, “Paying with what???” He has no money...or body. They seem to forget that he’s just a head sealed in a tank. I feel like I’m the only rational one here. #villafanestudios #pumpkincarving #gourdyghouligan #antoshka #brujothebrilliant #historicspanishvillage #enchantedpumpkingarden #carefree #tdmf


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As soon as I stepped into the studio today I was bombarded by Antoshka. He kept screaming ,” Gourdy was right, Gourdy was right” over and over again. I tried to calm him down as it was difficult to understand what he was trying to say. Antoshka stopped, took a deep long breathe then went right back to talking a million miles a minute . He said I had awoken the shrunken head when I was cleaning the tank and that Gourdy even saw him talk with his own eyes. I immediately reminded him that Gourdy didn’t have eyes yet and questioned whether he was just imagining it all. Antoshka looked me square in the eyes and calmly said, “His name is Brujo the Brilliant and he’s a real witch doctor!!! Ask him anything and he can tell you if it’s true! He said Gourdy and I that we would be famous one day! You, not so much...”
#villafanestudios #enchantedpumpkingarden #historicspanishvillage #antoshka #gourdyghouligan #brujothebrilliant #magic #pumpkincarving #tdmf


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Apparently last night Antoshka took it upon himself to get the small wooden ladder that the pumpkins use so that he could climb up the cactus and stare at the shrunken head all night. Gourdy has him believing that I somehow woke the pumpkin up during yesterday’s tank cleaning. Hershel saw the whole thing as he was out and about the studio all night collecting crumbs and chips from last weekends AZ Haunt studio tour. He said that Antoshka stood in front of the cactus tank rubbing the glass and telling the pumpkin that it was okay and that his friend Mr. Hops also has no arms or legs. Hershel said it was around 3 o’clock when Antoshka finally dozed off and fell off the ladder. Gourdy and Hershel tried to help but Antoshka clearly broke his wrist. Despite not being able to use his right hand at all he does not want me to fix him because he thinks “it looks cool and makes him like a zombie.” Luckily for him I’m kind of busy this weekend so he’ll have plenty of time to pretend! #villafanestudios #historicspanishvillage #enchantedpumpkingarden #carefree #antoshka #gourdyghouligan #pumpkincarving #pickledpumpkin #hershelhigginbottom #studiolife #magic #tdmf


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Today I changed out some of the vinegar/water in the cactus tank. This carving is just over 8 months old! Some mother vinegar had begun to grow along the top. During the changing I accidentally poked the siphon hose into the forehead of the shrunken head. I was bummed. To add to the drama Gourdy now has Antoshka convinced that I somehow “woke up” the shrunken head and that he’s going to “get” Antoshka. #villafanestudios #pumpkincarving #enchantedpumpkingarden #historicspanishvillage #carefree #gourdyghouligan #antoshka #tdmf


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I was sooo embarrassed!! Unbeknownst to me Gourdy invited Hershel to today’s Black Mountain Cafe outing. I turned around to see him holding Hershel by the tail and feeding him the rest of Antoshka’s cinnamon roll. I gently tried to explain to them that rodents are just misunderstood and typically not welcomed in restaurants. Luckily Don the owner was kind enough to make the exception with Hershel. All in all it was a great day in Spanish Village. #villafanestudios #enchantedpumpkingarden #historicspanishvillage #blackmountaincoffeeshop #gourdyghouligan #antoshka #hershelhigginbottom #tdmf


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It's so cool what this group of artist do with natural materials,like pumpkins, potatoes, wood etc. Check out their ig page. from @villafanestudios - Antoshka was beyond excited to order his cinnamon roll. When the waitress brought it out he sat and stared at it telling Gourdy how beautiful it was. Gourdy just shook his head and told Antoshka that he was probably going to get a stomach ache from all of the sugar...as he filled his coffee with packets and packets of sugar. They were quite entertaining to watch. #villafanestudios #enchantedpumpkingarden #historicspanishvillage #gourdyghouligan #antoshka #blackmountaincoffeeshop - #regrann #art #creative #pumkin #gourds #wood #naturalmaterials


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Antoshka was beyond excited to order his cinnamon roll. When the waitress brought it out he sat and stared at it telling Gourdy how beautiful it was. Gourdy just shook his head and told Antoshka that he was probably going to get a stomach ache from all of the sugar...as he filled his coffee with packets and packets of sugar. They were quite entertaining to watch. #villafanestudios #enchantedpumpkingarden #historicspanishvillage #gourdyghouligan #antoshka #blackmountaincoffeeshop


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I’m pretty proud of Antoshka. I think this is the first time that I’ve ever seen him do a drawing without someone being decapitated. Perhaps it’s because it was of him and Gourdy. He sure loves Gourdy. #villafanestudios #gourdyghouligan #antoshka #enchantedpumpkingarden #historicspanishvillage


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Locked in my spot for the @villafanestudios potato carving workshop at the end of the month. Stoked to be heading back out to Carefree, AZ to spend time learning the fine art of tater carving from the Master himself. Had a blast during the pumpkin carving class last October. Much love to Ray and Tammi for hosting this at their new studio. #VillafaneStudios #RayVillafane #PotatoCarving #BiohazCreations #BiohazGlass #BiohazardousCreations
#Repost @villafanestudios
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This weekend was the first time that I’ve had a group of visitors out to the new studio. It’s a work in progress but it was still satisfying to share my personal work space with others. I think I will host my first workshop in the new space later this month. I’m going to keep the class size VERY small (limited to 5!)so that I am able to personally work with each individual. The medium will be potato:) I find the potato to be an ideal material to learn subtractive carving with. It is especially useful if you wish to apply some of those techniques to your pumpkin carvings. Everything will be supplied...just show up. Each student will have a premium set of Triangle carving tools at their disposal as well as a bag full of potatoes to hone their carving skills. The 6hr workshop (plus 1hr lunch) should allow for each individual to create 2-3 potato characters that can be preserved in white vinegar for years. Carving kits will also be available for purchase if you decide you must have them. Come create some magic with me at my studio located in the Historic Spanish Village section of Carefree, AZ.
Class size strictly limited to 5.
Workshop fee..225.00
Tools, potatoes, lunch and refreshments included.
Email contact@villafanestudios.com to reserve your seat at the Villafane Creation Emporium;)


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Two lazy potatoes sat on a couch,
Baked and bewildered they began to slouch,
They waited and waited but not even a flicker,
As neither had arms to turn on the clicker. #villafanestudios #potatocarving #tdmf


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These two little spuds will be heading off to @tattoosbyhalo tomorrow morning. I’ll honestly miss them being around the studio . I actually get a little attached to my potatoes, lol. These two were soaking in vinegar for some time before being sealed in their final display jars. They should remain crystal clear for years and years! #villafanestudios #potatocarvings


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Patrick McPlunger hated his work,
Cleaning the shitter drove him berserk.
The toilets backed up, Overflowing his bucket. Patrick kept mopping and just mumbled *%#@ it. #villafanestudios #enchantedpumpkingarden #pumpkincarving #historicspanishvillage #carefree #tdmf


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The Daily Smash loved to spread lots of chatter,
About stupid ass shit that didn’t really matter .
Eugene sat frozen while his coffee grew stale,
Reading all about ,
the Mayor’s moldy toenail. @n.torkhov #enchantedpumpkingarden #villafanestudios #pumpkincarving #historicspanishvillage #carefree #dailysmash #tdmf


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Wurble Whimpleton worried for the worst.
Wondering when and what,
Would go wrong first.
He wasted his weeks whimpering his woes.
Never living a day, but that’s how worrying goes. #optimism #mindfulness #villafanestudios #enchantedpumpkingarden #historicspanishvillage #pumpkincarving #tdmf


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In order to create a potato with a nice crispy outer layer I was advised to cook it in two steps. The first step was to fry him at a lower temp of around 250 degrees until the potato was soft. I then removed it from the oil and refrigerated him for 1.5 hrs before frying him up again at a temperature of 350-375. This clip shows him coming out of the first lower temp frying. I hardly ever cook al so I’m rather grateful for all the mistakes I was able to see and then apply to my next go around. It was so satisfying to see and hear this skull cook. I’m not so sure I would get the same satisfaction out of frying a potato that had an animated or cute face. #villafanestudios #potatocarving #potatoes #enchantedpumpkingarden #tdmf


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After I finish wrapping up my Gourdy Ghouligan scarecrow I think my focus will move towards developing my first potato headed scarecrow character:) He will stand about 4.5-5ft tall with a potato carved head. I have a few ideas that I can’t wait to explore with this concept. #villafanestudios #scarecrows #enchantedpumpkingarden #tdmf


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More crispy potato fun:) #villafanestudios #tdmf #potatocarving


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I had a fucking blast last night!!! I have LOTS of footage and pictures to go through yet. Here are a few peeks. Tasted alright. I’m no chef. I probably could have hollowed him out more. Last image looks like it belongs to the Misfits. I didn’t go all out on trying to garnish things. I just wanted to finally see him fried! I definitely would like to do another. I learned quite a bit and can imagine several badass photoshoot settings. Next time:) Tonight was for discovery. #villafanestudios #potatocarving #skullopedpotatoes #tdmf


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Who’s going to the Phoenix Comic Convention this weekend? I will be a speaker for Alice Coopers Solid Rock Foundation at 10:30am in Room 221. Hear about all the wonderful opportunities the center offers. Such as art, dance and music that is free to any teen who walks through the door. The place has an incredible staff who truly enjoy inspiring kids to find their creative gifts.
Please join us to hear more about the center as it’s an absolutely incredible resource for our youth here in the valley. My shrunken head pumpkin was even carved during one of their events. Be sure to stop by and say hello. I’ll be bringing some of my works. Come take a picture with Gourdy:) See ya then!

#PhoenixComicCon #AliceCooper #AliceCoopersSolidRockFoundation #teencenter #art #music #dance #mentoring #inspiration #villafanestudios


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More potato spam. Here’s a close up video showing the delicacy of details. Luckily everything held together. Wouldn’t want to be deep frying and eating superglue. When carving potatoes it’s important to bathe the carving in lemon juice every now and then as to avoid browning. Once the carving is complete it can be placed in vinegar for preservation. After a couple of weeks of soaking in the vinegar the liquid can be swapped out for fresh vinegar and sealed. The vinegar will cause the meat of the potato to whiten quite a bit. Sweet potatoes will also lighten up but not as much as the standard russet potatoes. #villafanestudios #skullopedpotatoes #potatoes #tdmf


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Watching a creative genius at work is always super fun because you never know what you’re gonna get. How do you serve up your potatoes? #rayvillafane. #villafanestudios #skullopedpotatoes


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An outdoor shot with natural lighting and Arizona skies. I think I’m going to deep fry this spud later this week. Until then I’ll be taking lots of pictures while he’s still with us;) So far all of the pictures have been taken with my phone. Later today I’m going to grab my SLR camera from the studio and take a few more shots before putting him into the hot oil🔥At first I was going to preserve and display him at the studio but I’m just way too curious to see him bubble in oil, getting all crispy until he’s all done. He may even taste good as he’s been marinating in vinegar:) I’m going to carve up a couple non detailed mock up potatoes to practice the deep fry filming with first. I’m really want to end up with some quality footage and I’m no videographer so some practice taping will help. Should be cool. #villafanestudios #potatocarving #deepfriedpotatoes #skullopedpotatoes # skullart #tdmf


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Skulloped potatoes. Rinsing a potato has never been so satisfying (make sure your volume is up:). The potato was carved using small ribbon loop tools and a paring knife. (Available at http://www.villafanestudios.com/index.php/catalog/premium-carving-tool-set/ ) I’m going to post a free tutorial soon. Probably on a regular face. These skulloped potatoes take a bit longer than the standard potato . #villafanestudios #potatocarving #potatoes #carefree #enchantedpumpkingarden #pumpkincarving #historicspanishvillage #triangletools #tdmf


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Preparing some skulloped potatoes for dinner. #villafanestudios #potatoes #potatocarving #skullopedpotatoes


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Final minutes before being sealed up forever in a jar of vinegar. #potatoes #potatocarving #historicspanishvillage #villafanestudios #pumpkincarving tend


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What do you do when your plane has a mechanical issue and can’t take off? Make hands and feet! These armatures will be covered with wool and eventually be part of a super cute mouse! Follow @villafanestudios to see all of the amazing stuff we do there! #villafanestudios #lovemyjob


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Cutting this beautiful stump flat on the bottom was a bitch as it’s hard as a rock yet I’m determined to convert this into an enchanted mouse house. I’ll be adding windows, doors, steps, lights and everything else a cozy little mouse house needs:) I’m hoping to have this on display at this years Enchanted Pumpkin Garden in Carefree, AZ. #villafanestudios #enchantedpumpkingarden #carefree #historicspanishvillage #mouselife #pumpkincarving #scarecrows #tdmf


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Despite Hershel being out of town at a chess tournament, Antoshka swears that he heard strange noises coming from his mouse pad. I doubled checked and nothing.... I think Gourdy needs to lighten up on the telling of spooky stories at night. #gourdyghouligan #hershelhigginbottom #carefree #villafanestudios #enchantedpumpkingarden #historicspanishvillage #studiolife #tdmf #mommasplay #bringmommatoworkday


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For Gourdy Ghouligan’s eyes I think I’m going to explore making two, one eyed bats that hang upside down in his pumpkin head. I threw some clay onto a wood ball to help me visualize how it might look. I’d like to make them stop motion capable. I think he will be a really fun character to develop. When the bats fly out at night Gourdy would lose his sight and become a fumbling, blind as a bat scarecrow;) Maybe some kooky split personality issues as well. #villafanestudios #scarecrows #gourdyguligan #antoshka #enchantedpumpkingarden #carefree historicspanishvillage


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When Warner Bros. reached out wanting a pumpkin carving of Johnny Depp to kick off their dvd release of Dark Shadows:) Trevor Grove did a bang up job on this piece. He used pastels to add the iconic shadows around the eyes. Always a treat to see Trevor’s work. #johnnydepp #pumpkincarving #villafanestudios


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Skull pumpkin carving with some filters. Looks more like a painting than a carving. Love the juicy brows and guts in the eyes. #villafanestudios #pumpkincarving


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When I arrived at the studio this morning I was surprised to see Antoshka and Mr. Hops waiting for me with a suitcase. Apparently they were up all night wondering if what Gourdy told them about Ouija boards was true. Despite desperate warnings from the pumpkins, Antoshka was on a mission to get his hands on one of these mysterious boards. He had his suitcase packed waiting for me to take him to go find one. I told him that Gourdy tells lots of tall tales and that I had a very busy day. If he wanted a Ouija board that he would need to make his own. Haven’t seen him since... #villafanestudios #scarecrows #pumpkins #carefree #enchantedpumpkingarden #antoshka #gourdyghouligan #ouijaboards #studiolife #tdmf


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Before crawling into his box for the night Antoshka loved to have Gourdy tell him and scary stories. He craved all things creepy and would stay up well past midnight asking Mr. Hops if he believed in Gourdy’s spooky tales. Mr. Hops never had much to add but Antoshka would just nod his head and say, “yeah, I bet you’re right Mr. Hops.” #villafanestudios #scarecrows #historicspanishvillage #carefree #enchantedpumpkingarden #antoshka #gourdyghouligan #tdmf


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For this picture I borrowed the head from another larger scarecrow just to see how it might look. I’ll be creating a slightly smaller whimsical burlap head for this guy as well. There doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day for me to play:)) #villafanestudios #enchantedpumpkingarden


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When it comes to scarecrows this is the real McCoy. I put a lot of time and effort into constructing this guy using strictly traditional types of ingredients. No epoxies, foam or clays. I wanted a real scarecrow! Just sticks, straw, fibers, rope, hardware, metal as well as an authentic pumpkin head! This perfectly preserved pumpkin defied all odds and never rotted!!! Instead it dried to a hard shell and lives forever on the worlds most magical scarecrow:). Eventually this scarecrow will sport several different fun and whimsical looking heads. I’m having too much fun. Still a few more final touches left to do here and there before I try and call the body done. I’m also working on a couple of other bodies/hands that lend themselves to creepier scarecrows;) Thank you to @deanearnold for gifting me this amazing pumpkin. #villafanestudios #scarecrows #scarecrow #enchantedpumpkingarden #carefree #historicspanishvillage #pumpkins #realscarecrows #stopmotionanimation #stopmotion #tdmf


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To enhance the magic that I already feel for this scarecrow I’m going to dig out a little area in his chest and pad it straw so that it can house my favorite rock. This particular rock is extremely special to me and I actually believe it to be magical:) The universe and my mind were in tune and synchronized when I found it.. Tam and I took a little road trip to the ocean for her birthday last year. I wanted and expected to find a rock with a naturally eroded hole going clear through it. As soon as I stepped onto the rocky beach I told Tammi how incredible it was and that I was going to find one of these rocks. I found this beautiful rock just a foot or from where I said that. It was found almost immediately. To me, that is magical. I’m going to use an old rusted flap to a can (seen in the picture)as the door to his rock nest. This scarecrow is filled with magical intentions. The magic started in my mind and is destined to grow and manifest because my mind is so incredibly consumed with overwhelming excitement for this world of scarecrows, pumpkins, rocks and potatoes;) #grateful #play #villafanestudios #scarecrows #magic #imagination #rockswithholes #hagstone #tdmf


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I’m having soooo much fun. I have never played with stop motion before but damn am I loving this! I see so much I can fix and or do with this guy. Once the costume is finished being sewn I can then start engaging motions in the shoulders and torso. Right now I have clamps and pins holding everything up...zero access to the armature. The finished costume will allow me easy access to the articulation. I’m having too much fun imagining the possibilities. I also want to build a rigging system so that I can suspend him for animations like walking and jumping. So many ideas:)))))) #villafanestudios #scarecrows, scarecrow #stopmotiontest #stopmotion #organicart #allnatural #pumpkins #realscarecrow #pumpkincarving #enchantedpumpkingarden #carefree #historicspanishvillage #tdmf


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I am absolutely going to have a blast creating some stop motion clips with this guy. Last night I did a quick and crude test. I am now so excited to actually sit and execute a well thought out and naturally flowing animation loop. It will be so much easier to finesse once his overall torso and body is sewn and secured. I was just getting impatient:) By the end of the week his clothing should be complete. So much fun!!!!! #villafanestudios #scarecrow #scarecrows #organicbuild #carefree #historicspanishvillage #enchantedpumpkingarden #magic #stopmotion #tdmf


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I chose this burlap coffee bean sack from Honduras for my Happy Jack Haystack scarecrow. The burlap onesie skin will be sewn on Monday.... right now it’s just pinned on. Today I reworked his elbow joints so that he now has 100% range of motion in his arms with stronger locking abilities . I also added some rusted spray can tops for his elbows. I’ll eventually rust all of the hardware on him. Simple stop motion is definitely going to be a possibility:)))) I’m so excited to get him skinned and clothed. He will just have pants, boots and suspenders for now. I’ve been going back and forth trying to decide if I will give him a pumpkin or burlap head. I guess it’s a moot point as I will have the ability to swap out and interchange heads anyway . I guess I’ll start a burlap head first :) #villafanestudios #scarecrow #scarecrows #enchantedpumpkingarden #carefree #historicspanishvillage #tdmf


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Here’s a shot of the scarecrow frame WIP. The brackets connecting his chest to pelvis will be shortened. Still building layers with the coconut fiber trimming. When complete his articulation should allow for me to pose and lock him into any position that I can imagine. I’m excited to animate his body gestures and bring him to life:) If I set the tension on the armature just right I may even be able to create some simple stop motion clips. He’ll end up getting a straw stuffed belly held in place by a custom sewn burlap onesie skin. I still need to apply the coconut fiber to his thighs before creating his custom pants. He’ll have a very slender build. Perhaps a bit thinner than Toy Story’s Woody. Fun, fun, fun. #scarecrow #scarecrows #villafanestudios #pumpkincarving #carefree #enchantedpumpkingarden #historicspanishvillage #tdmf


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Been busy lately so I haven't been posting much, but today I got inspired by @villafanestudios and carved this potato head. Gonna bake it later for dinner. Sorry plant rights activists..
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#villafanestudios #potatocarving #potatohead #potatoface #potatoart #veganaf #vegan #vegans #veganfood #vegetarian #plantbased


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🎥📸 Credit: @villafanestudios .
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Several thought our last pumpkin post looked a bit like a baby Trump. Here is the true Trumpkin. This rotten pumpkin was carved over a year ago by the ridiculously talented @patrickburkeart. #villafanestudios #trumpkin
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#carving #carvingwood #pumpkin #pumpkincarvings #pumpkincaeving #villafanestudios #trump #donaldtrump #usa #woodworking #woodcrafts #woodcraft #woodcarving #handmade #handmadecraft


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For over a week now I’ve been reminding the kids to keep the damn potato sealed in the jar of vinegar. I might as well have been talking to the wall because every five minutes they have him out bathing in that little bowl of lemon juice. With the amount of aspiring “vegans” that we have in this family I was honestly hoping he would be dinner by now. He has them all brainwashed. They are now convinced that potato farming is somehow barbaric and that free range potato’s are the way of the future!! Seriously??? #freeloadingpotato #bakedpotatoes #villafanestudios #potatocarving


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#fanart for one of my favorite artist @villafanestudios . If my friends love me they would purchase me a set of #carvingtools ..... #fanart #autodesksketchbook #dellxps #somethinglikeanartist #villafanestudios #bakedpotatoe


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Apparently he took it upon himself to invite a friend. Now my pipe has mysteriously disappeared and neither of them seem to know what the f*#k I’m talking about. Tam and the kids think they are too cute to eat and that I’m over reacting. With all the weed that has been coming up missing I can’t help but to imagine a very satisfying potato edible with a punch. #bakedpotatoes #villafanestudios #potatocarving #carvling #tdmf


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Girl power! Sue Beatrice @allnaturalarts and Gina Kaegi helping to bring Chessy the elephant to life. Sue and I carved this sand sculpture a couple of years ago. You can see where we embedded fibers from palm trees into the sand in order to create hair. I must confess that the inner child in me hid a tiny little penis amongst the peanuts. No one knew but me:) Making magic in Carefree, AZ. #villafanestudios #carefree #enchantedpumpkingarden #sandsculpting #sandsculpture #tdmf


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This guy looks so funny when he’s surrounded by relevant props. I’m having a hard time preparing him for supper. He seems to think only one herb matters;) Baking these guys destroys much of the look. I test baked a practice one at 420 degrees the other day. I suppose if I were having a party it would be fun to bake a bunch but I’m torn between baking him for the photos or saving and pickling him in a jar. They do look awesome when displayed together. Here are some pics of the oven baked potato and some sweet potatoes that have been pickled. Hmmm, should I bake or preserve? He looks too fun to ruin without an actual dinner party planned. I was selling these a few years ago. I may put up a few for sale again as I’m really having fun with these again:). #villafanestudios #bakedpotato #bakedpotatoes #baked


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*POTATO EYEBALLS. I promise to make and post a more comprehensive video showing how I make these potato eye transplants. For now I hope these clips answer some questions you may have had. It’s quite easy to do and adds a nice touch of color to the carvings. In this video I used baby carrots for the iris but you can play with various colored fruits or vegetables. All you really need for tools is an ice cream scooper and a few brass tubes of varying sizes. Superglue is also used to secure pieces such as the highlight. Whenever using this technique on a realistic pumpkin face I typically carve eyes into the pumpkin material first. Once I am happy with the eye placement I then cut them out and replace them with the potato versions. Soaking the potato in lemon juice prevents browning. #villafanestudios #pumpkincarving #realisticeyes #enchantedpumpkingarden #carefree #historicspanishvillage


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New born scarecrows lack arms/legs. They typically sprout their limbs between 6-8 months old. .#villafanestudios #scarecrows #enchantedpumpkingarden


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Various stages of one of our first scarecrows. The first image shows him prior to getting his burlap skin. I’ve always liked this mud type look. The second image shows him with a clean burlap covering, much less intimidating. The final is a bit more edgier. Punched straw hair with combover. I was shooting for something creepy without the horror. The bird shit just seemed like a necessary accent. #villafanestudios #scarecrows


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Poor Clarence. Part of the 2017 Carefree Enchanted Pumpkin Garden. Be sure to check out the new displays and fresh carvings this October in downtown Carefree. #villafanestudios #carefree #enchantedpumpkingarden #pumpkins #pumpkincarving #magical #tdmf


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A quick scan of my my workshop. Still a work in progress. I love creating here:) We aren’t a retail shop or gallery that is generally open to the public but I do have a couple of big windows that people can see some of our creations through. There is also a scarecrow and small sand sculpture on display in the courtyard of the Historic Spanish Village section of Carefree. If you are in the area go check it out. Carefree is a beautiful place to visit anytime of year. #villafanestudios #carefree #historicspanishvillage #scarecrows #balance


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The kin get a little overprotective when the creepers in the neighborhood are out! #thuglife #pumpkin🎃 #creeper #skeleton #halloween #villafanestudios


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