According to the American Heritage New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy a gargoyle is a sculpture depicting grotesque human shapes or evil spirits used in many buildings of the Middle Ages. Some gargoyles drained rainwater, sending it clear of the walls of a building. In today’s time, while they are used pretty much the same way, they have also become a wonderful addition to Halloween in helping scare the ones that come to your home for treats. If you are fortunate enough to find gargoyle skins (many on-line sites carry them), then I would suggest you check out this site for wonderfully scary modifications that can be used to help bring your little creature to life. This site includes instructions for wing movement, flashing eyes and smoke billowing forth from the beast’s maw. It offers step by step instructions as well as pictures and videos. Now that you have fallen in love with these creatures and want to bring home one for your own, but cannot find one that suits your personality or you cannot find one that has a personality that you like, why not bring one to life yourself. If you have a little patience and time, visit hgtv.com – there you will find how to bring one to life so they can guard your home well past Halloween. For those who want to only foster parent a gargoyle for the season, then the use of chicken wire, a plant pot, paper mache and paint will suit your needs. To construct one is simple:
- Turn the pot upside down for a base. Please note that this is for stability and to help anchor the gargoyle. Choose a pot that will help determine the size of the gargoyle.
- Using chicken wire as it skeleton, construct the beast from the ground up. Wrapping the wire around itself to help secure. Imagination is the limit here. Give your creature wings, a tail or even a long beakish snout.
- Bring on the paper mache, using strips of newspaper to mold the creature’s features. Cover the chicken wire and any of the pot if it is showing. Let dry at least 24 hours or longer if your creature is larger or thicker.
- A good base coat of grey will help give your beast a more stone like appearance. Time for the detail, darker shades of grey darkening to black can be sponged one with a natural sponge to give a more stone like appearance. To add highlights, use white or a very light grey. Be careful when applying the highlights as too much will make the beast appear cartoonish and not so scary.
- A good base coat of grey will help give your beast a more stone like appearance. Time for the detail, darker shades of grey darkening to black can be sponged one with a natural sponge to give a more stone like appearance. To add highlights, use white or a very light grey. Be careful when applying the highlights as too much will make the beast appear cartoonish and not so scary. Allow to dry completely between each application of paint.
Be creative, use sponge painting to add moss and lichen to give it an aged appearance. Even fake moss and lichen can be purchased from any craft store for more texture.
For small children, making a gargoyle can be hard if not scary; why not let them make their own. The folks at Family Fun offer their suggestion for a gargoyle face. Supplies that you will need are: (1) lunch paper bags, (2) photographs of people from magazines, (3) scissors, (4) glue and (5) stones.
To have your little ones create their own spooky creature, just (1) have them cut out facial features [eyes, nose, mouth] from the magazines. They do not have to be the same as that is half the fun. (2) glue the features to the lunch bag, (3) fringe the top of the bag to give the gargoyle a personalized hairstyle and (4) place a stone on the inside of the bag to hold it down. Let the children get creative, let them draw scars and give them personality.
No matter which direction you choose to go, have a safe, happy and scary Halloween.