Thursday, May 31, 2012

Kraken Got Your Card?



It's a business card holder. No, really...


Kinda random, right?
I was thinking, for that someday when I have my own artist table I will need an eye-catching place to put my stack of business cards. What's more eye-catching than a couple of purple tentacles?


I had a bit of foam leftover from my [Staff of Infinite Mysteries] and Riven projects. I started by sketching a rough shape on the foam with a pen, then carving the foam with a hot knife. First I carved the shape with a long wire knife, the kind they sell to cut floral arrangement foam. Then I carved the details with a smaller, sharp, angled hot knife.

Then I attacked it with sandpaper.


When working with foam like this, you can cut a very rough shape, then fine-tune the shape with rough sandpaper and finish with a finer sandpaper. This foam is very easy to shape by sanding.

After sanding, I applied a quick coat of white primer.



Painting was an experiment with purple, black and white acryllic paints to get the desired look.



Business cards fit easily in between the grasping tentacles!

2 comments:

  1. Hehe thanks! I want to make some more with the rest of the foam scraps in my garage.

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