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October Art Sale!

New stuff available for a limited time!

Since it launched in January of this year, my little shop has been doing well because of your support. Thank you! So, it is time to make room for new products, some bespoke Muertitas, and that means deals.

There are prints available now in the shop that haven’t been there before. Quantities are limited since some of these prints are left from one show or another.

Take advantage of this Fall Season Sale before it’s all gone!

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Some examples of the prints available:

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Solo Show Cancelled
I will not be having a solo show this year. 8 Ball Gallery has closed and is moving onto different adventures. I’m working on projects that require some skill building. That kind of learning takes time, so it works out for me. Even more reason to keep the store updated with the new arts, so keep your eyes out for these emails.
As far as Hollywood Forever, I will be going as an attendee to be able to enjoy it fully. When I go as an artist I miss the food, the music, and the altars. This year, Lila Downs will be playing!! < internal freak out > See you there 🙂
As always, thank you for your time, support, and attention to my work.

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Collaboration With Tim Tadder – Las Muertas

Photographed by Tim Tadder: THE FULL BEHANCE PROJECT

His  Website  |  Instagram  |  Facebook

Wardrobe by Julia Reeser: Website   |  Instagram   |   Facebook

Hair & Make-up by Dezi V : Website  |  Instagram  |  Facebook

*  *  * Headdresses, face-paint, and the pattern-halos by ME!  *  *  *

Got some time? Here’s the full story below and behind the scenes photos, as told by cats and Leonard Nimoy.

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Come to my November Shows in Burbank and Hollywood!

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RSVP to Tide & Blossom on Facebook

You Are Invited!
Last year’s solo show at 8 Ball was amazing, easily one of the best gallery experiences I have ever had. It was a great group of supporters, and the lounge in the back was perfect for conversation and drinks.

8 Ball Gallery is having me back again this year for my new solo show called “Tide & Blossom”. We are having the opening reception November 8th. There is no entry fee, just come on in and celebrate. There will be Muertitas, paintings, prints, and refreshments.

Pre-Sale PDF
I will be sending the Pre-Sale PDF between November 5th and 6th. If you would like to be on that email list and buy Muertitas before the show opens, sign up to be on the newsletter here by November 5th.

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Opening Reception Saturday
November 8, 2014 7-11 PM
3424 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank 91505
(818) 859-7562
Sharing this event is encouraged!

Tag for photos and chats is #TideAndBlossom

Facebook Event    |     Google Map

Exhibit up through Friday Dec 5, 2014

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Hollywood Forever Día De Los Muertos

This famous cemetery is hosting Día De Los Muertos for the 15th year in a row, making its party a Quinceañera! Come celebrate and remember those who have passed with joy and merriment.

My pieces have the honor of being be in the Cathedral Mausoleum Art Exhibit curated by international artist Luis Villanueva, but there is so much more. Artists from all over the country set up incredible altars along the winding paths. During the day you are able to see all the details, and in the evening the cemetery really comes to life when the altars light up.

This is a big event, so plan ahead about parking. Pre-Purchase your tickets on their website to avoid lines the day of the event. Calaca apparel encouraged! Families are welcome!

There is NO Pre-Sale for my art. I will be there for the duration of the event, and if I am lucky enough to have someone connect with a Muertita and want to give her a home, they pay for my time right then and there.

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Art show held in the Mausoleum
Saturday, Nov 1st, 2014
12pm – 12am
Event is one day!

General Admission: $20 per person

Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Event Website   |   Google Map

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Process Photos for “Spring From Death” Sisters!

Muertita Process for Spring 2014
Concept: Spring from Death

This post is for two reasons:
1.) To share my process because I love to see others share theirs. Seeing process is what got me believing I could do this in the first place.
2.) To show that my casting does not mean “mass production”. Each piece is still unique, and unlike any other. Resin casting will make these pieces less fragile, more archival, capture higher detail, and allow me to use materials closer to my concepts of these characters. This is different from sculpting each one individually with clay, though that will still happen from time to time when the concept and materials call for it.

I don’t make a ton of these, and I don’t make the same one twice. If you want to know when new Muertitas are available for purchase, you can sign up for my mailing list here.

Now for the process!

To show you the start of Momma Muertita #2, you can see my hilarious foil, wire, and baked eyeballs as my base! 

Just a few #process #muertita photos. Start: wire, foil, wood. Followed by #supersculpy.

Super-sculpey warms to body temperature to become soft and workable. However, if you have cold hands like me, you are gonna have a hard time. My husband devised this excellent way of keeping my sculpey warm and ready for my chilly, industrious fingers.

#supersculpy should come with the disclaimer: if you have naturally cold hands, you're gonna have a #hard time.

Close-up of some of the detailing I am able to do now that I’m making Momma Muertita #2 out of Super-sculpey. My past ladies were individually crafted out of air-drying clay, which made them very fragile, and not take this kind of detail as well. True, it takes me much longer to make her look like this, but if I can get a good mold going, I might be able to get a few daughters looking mighty spiffy!

Momma #muertita 2 detailing. Practicing texture techniques  from the #sculpting master @mattl21

Making the antlers out of wire, foil, and Super-sculpey! My past attempts broke in their mold AND the antlers…a few times. Also, the molds were a huge failure as well. I hope this new mold holds steady this time with these new, bigger antlers…
Some #process photos of #muertita antlers using wire, foil, and #supersculpy

Setting up the mold for casting my Muertitas with the talented special effect guru, Brian Blair. Check out those “key” holes around my antlers. This better work this time. Please oh please!
#Muertita casting setup with the talented (and patient) special effects guru Brian Blair. So much learning!

Went shopping and stocked up on flowers for my ladies! Just need to finish my mold, cast them successfully, and decorate!
All stocked up on flowers for my ladies! AKA the #muertita #sculptures

Head boards arrived! Just need stain and to mount the heads…once the paint is applied.
The wood boards arrived for my #muertitas! Weekend of sculpting and molds and casting is ahead of me!

Who needs a workout when you can build those arms with a slush mold? I hand tumble a thick layer or two on there, pack in some air at select locations to limit weight, then solid cast the rest.
My workouts these days. Started with a hand tumbled hollow cast, moving onto solid. #muertita #art #process

SUCCESS! The mold works! The joy! I sat cradling this firstborn for a while before I continued my next steps. I have to treasure the wins. So many thanks to Brian Blair for showing me the molding ropes and saving me even more trial and error.
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After a few tests, I got to my final goal for these ladies: custom color mixing the resin itself by adding dyes and mixes of iridescent powders. This creates a basecoat that will peek through my acrylic paints and add a dewey iridescence where the paint is thinned.
Someone would like to say hello. She doesn't gave her face on yet, all natural ;) #muertita #casting #process

I LOVE mixing custom colors for my resins! I get such satisfaction from this step. It creates such a great base-coat and adds richness to my paint layers.
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Time to dremel and smooth out edges and seams. No good lightning yet in the outdoor shed, but at least the pulverized resin only gets on me out there. Besides, headlamps are cool … ish … Well…PRACTICAL.
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Time for hair, makeup, sealant, and mounting on wood.
#Muertita got her hair and make  up did. ;) will be an email soon about shows and available muertitas. Make sure you're on the list http://krisztianna.us4.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=fee4f084b60e7eafe438b9fa9&id=011f636e88

Transport, set-up, hang out and photoshoot with the amazing Chris Rigg.
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Ta da!
Spring From Death

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Special thanks goes to Matthew J. Levin (sculpy mastah) and Brian Blair (casting guru) for their patience and time while my noobness spilled out. Oh, and of course, thank you Internet for the vast knowledge shared upon your bandwidth. May your loa be strong.

Also, a big thanks to Miss Monster. She doesn’t know who I am, but her process posts made the craft of sculpting and mold making feel like an adventure I wanted to be on. Plus her creations are faaaaaaaantastic!

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Obligatory cute kitty share. I turn the floor heater on when working into the wee hours of the morning, and the kitties join me. Nocturnal friends FTW.
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Happy Día De Los Muertos, today and tomorrow!

Golden Harvest says “Hello!”
To meet Golden Harvest and the rest of her sisters, come to the MUERTITAS show November 9th in Burbank!
Here is the FACEBOOK EVENT

Have a lovely Día De Los Muertos! May all those we remember shine brightly in our memories!

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Muertita Sketch

If all goes to plan, I’ll have some bad quality phone-photos of my muertita sculptures for you this weekend. They are finally getting finished! I am finding my clay covered fingerprints everywhere these days. My shoes, belts, doorknobs, light switches. When I was using a terra-cotta colored clay, (My least favorite but I ran out of the white and had to keep sculpting!) my studio looked like a murder scene before I wiped everything down. Hopefully I can stay on schedule! Why must I sleep? WHYYY?!

Anyway, until this weekend, Here Be Sum ARTS!

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Muertita Mood Sketch

I’ve been working away! Sculpting, casting, painting, wrestling with flowers. I thought I’d do a little teaser of my thought process at least, so I’m sharing a mood sketch for my solo show in November. Muertitas inspired by the spectrum of colors during the harvest season.
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