2018 Art Fairs

 

If you follow me on social media such as Instagram and Facebook you have already seen these photos, but I hope you stick with me for the little stories that go with them.

I had the opportunity to sell at two art fairs this October, it was a little chilly both weekends; but still a nice time to be out soaking up the last bit of sun for the season.

Fall YArt

The first event was YArt (A Yardsale for Art); an all-local fine art sale with nothing priced more than $50. YArt was held outside near the beautiful grounds of Angel Mounds. I had a selection of leathercraft masks, keychains, bookmarks and block prints. The feather bookmarks were a real hit this year.

For a closer look Click any of the above photos to enter into photo viewer

Upcycled Glass Jars

I also had a chance to launch a new project, shown below, at Yart. Belt loop jars! I started off with 3 prototype jars; by the end of the day this was the only one left for me to snap a photo of. After Halloween sales wrap up I’m going to get started on batch #2 in order to have them in the shop for the holidays.

They are made from upcycled glass yogurt jars, the same vegetable tanned leather and dyes I use for my masks, aluminum rivets, and the ‘stick’ closure is actually a old paintbrush. I love giving a second life to materials and I hope you all will love these jars as well. I’m looking for something to call them, if you have any suggestions I would love to know. I have been calling them ‘fairy jars’ or ‘elf jars’ because that is what spoke to me the most.

fairy jar by nondecaf.png

 

Vine Street Makers Market

My second event was a new one for me; “Vine Street Makers Market” in lovely Fort Branch Indiana. This was their first Fall event, usually it is a Spring gathering, but even in the Fall it had a large turn out in attendance. The Market was on the ground of the Fort Branch Community Park. The park is a nice open space with a few community buildings dotting the grounds. It was a nice but windy day, thankfully my tent held up and the show went smoothly.

For a closer look Click any of the above photos to enter into photo viewer

Fall Shop Sale

I will be posting the leather bags and cat necklaces you see in this post in my shop for the upcoming gift-giving season. My shop is running a 30% off sale on selected masks, mostly the ones you have seen in these photos. The current sale will run through the 20th of November.

 

 

Thanks for reading!

IMG_0723.jpg

Tractor photo op set up at Vine Street Makers Market

Making Oni Masks

I recently received some requests for a Oni mask & thought I would take this opportunity to show you how I make my resin masks.

I’m not covering the process of creating the mold in this post; you would be much better served checking out Smooth-on.com for a very extensive library of mold-making and casting videos!

Also; If you follow me on Instagram you have probably seen some of these photos before, I update there more often than here (oops)

_________________

 

resin mask process 01_nondecaffeinatedart

These are my molds, made from silicone (the pink stuff) and a layer of plaster to hold the silicone mold in shape. I mix up the two part Smooth Cast resin 65D and pour it into my mold. The process is called slush casting or rotocasting, you pour the resin into your mold and rotate it to get the resin evenly coating the mold surface.  (I have some extra molds set out, so if I mixed too much resin I can pour it into the other mold and not have wasted materials.)

 

resin mask process 02_nondecaffeinatedart

I used 3-4 coats of resin for each mask, what you see below are some de-molded masks with the flashing not trimmed off, I will also have to so some light sanding on the edges so there are no sharp parts.

 

resin mask process 03_nondecaffeinatedart

Batch of Oni and Skull half-masks with the flashing trimmed, I still need to cut the eye-holes out for the Oni masks – and drill the holes for the elastic cord that will be used to secure the masks.

 

sanded resin masks

Sanded masks! – I use a dremel tool to smooth out edges and drill the holes where the elastic cord will pass through.

 

resin masks with first coat of paint

Painted masks! – These have been sprayed with a coat of metallic spray paint, then I do washes of acrylic paint to achieve the look I want. After everything is dry they are coated with a clearcoat sealer.

 

 

il_570xN.1563657871_3ybv

Finished Oni Masks – they have been sold & shipped off to their new homes.

 

My next post will be about the Skull masks in the 2nd to last photo.

Also, If any of you desperately want a unicorn horn to use for a costume or in your own craft projects let me know – I am thinking about posting a few in my shop depending on the demand for them.

 

Thanks for reading~

 

Infinity Gauntlet prints

With the Infinity War premiere last week and Free Comic Book Day just around the corner I have made a limited run of 13 Infinity Gauntlet prints. They are hand pulled 5×7 embellished art prints, making each print a unique piece.

The below images showing the process of printmaking; from the initial block design, to the first prints in a light gold ink, to the final stage of hand embellishing each print with acrylic paints

Printmaking Process

Printmaking Process

finished prints

finished prints

Prints comes sealed in a plastic sleeve and ships in a bubble mailer with a cardboard insert to prevent wrinkles. Since this is a Limited Edition, no other prints will be made of this set.

If you would like to grab one of the 13 prints please check out my shop on Etsy If you are not a fan of Etsy but still want a print let me know, I also accept business through Paypal.

Let me know in the comments below if you would like to see more of these types of prints (ie small prints, fan art prints, prints in general?) I think I may do an Ironman styled Gauntlet next ~

 

 

 

 

Nature masks

This years crop of greenmen masks have lost all their leaves in time for fall –  or how I really like carving ‘woodgrain’ patterns into leather…

Here are a few of this years newest crop of Forest Spirit themed masks currently posted in my Shop.

Druid masks 2 by nondecafDruid masks 3 by nondecafDruid masks by nondecaf

My intention for these nature fantasy masks are to have them be worn as part of an druid, elf, witch/sorcerer, or a really woodsy steampunk themed costume – for a Halloween or Larping event or even to attend a Masquerade Ball. Ultimately it is up to you what you do with the mask, be it constructing a costume or hanging it on your wall!

(Have you herd of the Labyrinth Masquerade Ball? It looks amazing i’m in awe of the costumes, seriously, check out the photo gallery)

I really appreciate the interest and enthusiasm everyone has had for these nature style masks in the last few years; especially for use in theatre and film. I can’t believe its been over a year since I got a an order for 25  of my ‘Druid Warrior’ masks shipped out and sent off to bigger things! (see the instagram post below)

Thank you for all the enthusiasm for these masks over the last few years!

 

 

Bonus: These three masks were made in celebration of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse! Two of these are still up in my shop. **The crescent moon, my favorite, has sold.

2017 Total Solar Eclipse Masks.png

 

 

Creature Feature

Welcome to a new Featured Blog Post – I want to try out a new format where I feature art from other creators, artist resources, and tutorials. This will allow me continue to post my shop and show updates while keeping this blog more active in between! Please check out the first artist and let me know what you think of the format!

 

The first Creature Feature is The Moss Beach

The Moss Beach offers small creatures to delicate fairy folk, each with its own personality. From my table to your home I hope you love your fairy tale.

 

Cellist

Let this little Cellist put on a show for your favorite faeries!

Artist Rebecca Thomas has created whimsy using shells, driftwood, and found objects. Combining shells to form the bodies of of faeries and mythical creatures; she gives each one a unique personality and brings it to life in their very own scene.

Shell Centaur

This Centaur is worshiping at the Alter of the Moon.

Shell Centaur detail

Centaur shrine detail

Each piece is created with an idea based on the connection of shells’ curves and unique shapes. No two pieces will be the same because no shell is the same.

All of the drift wood is collected by hand by myself and my father. Each piece is paired with a creature to bring them to life and give them a story.

 

Her works can be found on Instagram and for purchase on Facebook and Etsy under the name TheMossBeach

Thanks for reading!

Magical art sale

On July 29th a selection of masks, wands, sculptures, jewelry, paintings, and other artwork will be available at the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana – in honor of Harry Potter’s birthday!
(they tell me there will also be cake)
My contribution will include:  
Three paper pulp Gargoyle masks
They have been hand pressed from my original molds, padded with felt lining, and strung with elastic cord. These were a limited run of masks produced early on, so they are the only 3 of their kind in existence.
Three artist wands with ‘artist brush cores’
The wands were up-cycled from worn-out well-loved paint brushes then coated in a layer of Smooth-on Freeform air (if you are a sculptor  you should check out the medium)
I gave them handmade tags detailing the lenght, name, and materials of each crafted wand.
And One Skull and Snakes ‘dark mark’ inspired ink drawing
The artwork comes framed and has been detailed with gold ink to highlight the snakes’ shimmering scales. A work-in-progress shot is shown below~
Excerpt from the Artswin post:
Celebrate all things magical with us July 29!

In honor of Harry Potter’s birthday, the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana is planning a day filled with “magical” objects and birthday cake! Join us July 29 to shop for wands, magic-themed artwork, unique jewelry, and more! The items will be available at the Arts Council during the Saturday event and for a limited time afterward

Check out the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana Facebook page for event details.
Skull pen and ink drawing

Work in progress photo of a pen and ink drawing of a skull with two snakes.

harry potter wands

Three harry potter themed wands made from well used paint brushes. the paint brushes were decorated with Freeform air super light clay, painted, then given handmade tags .

gargoyle masks

three gargoyle masks made from paper pulp

Shop Updates

I have a few shop updates and announcements for this upcoming Fall season (ie. Halloween) so here it goes:

I am happy to say you can now purchase Non-Decaffeinated Art Masks in person at two new locations! Fist up is Freaky Elegant in Historic Salem,  MA – If you are in the area please stop by. This is a gift and costume shop so hopefully you will find something cool. If you can’t visit in person they also have a Facebook and a Webstore you can visit.

Nondecaffeinatedart leather costume masks at Freakyelegant.png

A selection of Leather masks available at Freaky Elegant in Salem MA

A New art shop called Avid Art Gallery just opened in Evansville, IN – They are, as the name states, a gallery and a gift shop. Their offerings include paintings, digital art, art-toys, jewelry and as of now only one of my Oni Masks. To see a full list of the talented artists represented please visit their Facebook and  Website

Golden Oni at avid by nondecaf

Golden Oni mask/wearable art available through Avid Art Gallery in Evansville IN

Secondly I wanted to share some new mask styles available. The hand carved ‘woodgrain branches’ and ‘armored’ style masks have proven popular in previous years (and hopefully this year as well) So I have made a batch of small masks in this style for those of you that wold like a more subtle and possibly Steampunk-esque disguise.  I don’t use patterns for these – to allow for more fantastical variations; this also ensures no one will have the same mask as you! (and so I don’t get burnt out making the same thing over and over)

Nondecaffeinatedart leather costume masks

Hand Carved ‘woodgrain’ style masks

Please check out my shop for updates and new items. Also, I regularly update my Instagram and Facebook more than this page, so, if you are interested in something other than my once-in-a-blue-moon updates you should head over there for in progress stuff. Thanks for reading!

 

A Word about Halloween (& Return Orders)

October Has Arrived! Fall is my most favorite time of year, while its getting colder and the leaves are getting crunchier the fruits of my labor grow near… one of the few times of the year masks are wanted, nay needed, Halloween!

This is the fun bit:

I have released a few new styles of resin mask, all of which can be seen in the below gallery. Some are posted in my shop pre-painted, others are listed as ‘DIY Blanks’ this means they sell at a reduced price from the fully finished masks as you would be doing some sanding and then painting the mask to any style you choose. That option is not for everyone, but for the do-it-yourselfers out there it is a fun project for an afternoon in.

I would love to hear what you think about the new resin masks down in the comment section, I’ll be doing a step by step post about the making of the Oni masks (the ones with the horns and fangs) and hope to get some discussion going about the process.

A bit of nasty business:

I can no longer accept return orders…Due to to a recent issues of people purchasing the masks, wearing them to a party then wanting to send them back after they have had their use of the mask, I will accept no more returns. Look for sanitary reasons you don’t really want to wear something that’s already been on someone’s face do you?

On principal I’m not going to send you a mask that has had someone’s sweaty face all up in it, and I’m not going to do that to anyone else either. This is not a ‘used mask’ shop. This is a handmade Costume Accessories shop.
You are welcome to cancel the order before it ships if you change your mind, However, once the item is shipped it is in the hands of the USPS mail carriers and the package can not be canceled or returned.
~I really hope you understand why I’m enforcing this policy you can check out my shop’s policies here  to learn more –

And Lastly

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this! I hope to keep you entertained by posting more frequently!

Please check my Shop at Nondecaf.etsy.com for a selection of ready made masks in stock. If you want a quote for a large order please use the contact form on the  the Contact page // Or send me an Email at Nondecafinfo(at)gmail.com you can also reach out to me on social media if Email is not your thing!

Thanks again for hanging in there with me & have a fantastic month!

Project: Boston Crusaders & Animal Farm

I recently had the opportunity to make over 120 leather masks for the The Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. They toured the 2014 season with the theme ‘Animal Farm’

My assignment was to take the following animals; goat, dog, ram, horse, pig, chicken, and crow and turn them into recognizable, breathable, and sturdy masks that could be worn for the color guard’s full performance (and repeating performances through the season) What I would like to share today are some photos of the progress and design of these masks.

The finished product being worn by the BAC Color Guard can be see at the sites at the bottom of this page.  You can also search #bostoncrusaders on twitter and Instagram for photos of the show.

 

Please check out their preview trailer for the season on youtube: 
Thanks for reading!
(feel free to leave a comment below if you have any questions about this project)

Upcoming masks – Egyptian theme

Recently I have gotten some messages requesting Egyptian Anubis masks.

I then realized I failed to even have anything more than a total of two Bastet masks in my shop this Halloween season! So in order to remedy that (though somewhat belatedly…) I’ve got a few Egyptian themed masks to post in my shop throughout this week, currently the Bastet mask is up and available for purchase.

I’m still taking custom order for these as well, by that I mean I can do custom colors and add acrylic jemstones to the designs.

New Bastet style and  New Half Masks - standard colors

New Bastet style and New Half Masks – standard colors

Anubis Half Masks - standard color

Anubis Half Masks – standard color