Friday, June 10, 2011

2011: Dixie's Year of the Tombstone

So last year I watched so many people cranking out some amazing tombstones.  2010 was the year of the "Structure" so I called it, adding 4 new columns, about a million more miles of fencing, etc.  I only got to make ONE all year!!


So last year, I watched and watched, all these kickass tombstones showing up on the forums one by one. 

Here are some of the ones from last year that I drooled over, that have now become my inspiration for this year:

darklore My Make N Take buddy, Dark Lore had some awesome carving on this one.  I personally think that thing in the center at the top is the Tudor Rose.

Haunt Forum's SKAustin, this one just made my fingers itch to grab the Xacto blade!  tombstone3 

Kevin242 (aka Brewster Yard Haunt) has several from last year that I really liked, no surprise there, though.  Brewster Yard Haunt is probably the one haunt that truly got the obsession pumping in my veins.  I think his was the first one that I found years ago, then Davis, and between the two, I was sunk ;)71846_1587733820524_1451162590_1508876_1041057_n


There is a lot of inspiration in this ONE thread from Halloween Forum, a place for everyone to show off their stones.

Fellow Texan StevesHauntedYard always has something interesting going on in the tombstone department...  user2367_pic8115_1280979190 

Terra is an amazing tombstone artist, and has tons of stuff to see.  This is one of my all time favorites of hers:  (and yes, that's a Barbie doll.  genius!)


And no picture gallery from 2010 would be complete without the HP Lovecraft stone from Urak-Hai, aka  I would have to say he is one of my topmost tombstone makers.  I absolutely love his pieces.user714_pic7279_1272631294Cheerios, I'm tellin ya.  He NEVER fails to amaze me.   Here's another favorite, look at his take on this one...celtic-11

Then there was Spooky Sam's popular weathering technique... My friend, JohnnyAppleseed kicked out some really good stones last year, THEN RoxyBlue did a post about her trip to Gettysburg along with amazing pictures, then after finding out what a huge Civil War buff I am, sent me a CD in the mail with ALL of the pictures! (Thank you again Roxy and Spooky1, that was the thrill of my YEAR!), and last but certainly not least, Davis Graveyard.  When you actually asked to teach your own class on Making Tombstones at Hauntcon, I don't think you need much else by way of introduction.


But in case you missed some of the vacation/UK graveyard pictures, start here, and just spend all day perusing.  Go to here to see the Davis stones.

A lot of inspiration.  I have been chomping at the bit for over one year now.  So, let the pink snowstorm begin, this will be my year of the tombstone!


suzanne said...

Can't wait to see the results!

Dave the Dead said...

Looks like you guys are gearing up for something big. I will be watching intently....


Ghoulie Girls said...

Excellent post and very timely for me! The graveyard is getting an overhaul and soon we will be crafting some stones. Thanks for all the inspiration and ideas!

The October boy said...

Although you only made one stone last year Dawn, the one you made rocks! You have shown some great examples and I myself feel a bit fired up. I was planning on just two new ones this year, but with all the great ideas you have shown, the ideas just keep popping into my head. Thanks a lot!

Ghoul Friday said...

I can see why you've found inspiration from these :) I look forward to see your own creations this season!

Chris 'Frog Queen' Davis said...

Can't wait to see what you come up with! And thanks for the mention :)

And especially thanks for that great collection of inspiration.

Here is to Halloween 2011!!


PumpkinBrain said...

There is a lot of inspiration there. I was planning to make one or two tombstones this year but did not start any of them yet. Needless to say that these pictures are firing me up to start building them. I will be on the lookout for your own creations!


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