All, Muertitas

Mini Muertita Process – Failures and Wins

Trial and error by learning from videos on the internet has led me to FINISHING casting my first Mini Muertita, I also call Muertitita. I present photos, failures, and some process, all while in the background life said “Oh, hey, let’s make you stronger by throwing some ill-health, bad-timing, living-situation-changes, car-troubles, financial juggling, and your own-damn-personality drama at you – ALL AT ONCE” for a few months. Don’t worry, everything is finally smoothing out . I DO feel stronger for it . . . now.


GOAL: to create well made, solid resin casts of a smaller Muertita, Muertitita, that can ship easier for out of state shows.

Creating the original from SuperSculpy in a process I learned from the esteemed and amazing Matthew Levin

Working on a mini #muertita. Learned armature, sculpy, and better sculpting overall from @mattl21 Matthew Levin. Still learning too, now from trial and error.

I'll have to figure out how much neck texture is too much for casting...i feel some informative mistakes will be in my future

Mini #Muertita is ready for her oven time!

1st attempt at casting antlers
Nope. Just nope. Badly built seams led to leaks everywhere. They were just so tiny and detailed!! I am finding new and more material-expensive processes for the antler casting right now. Until then, each will still be custom for the Muertititas.

2nd attempt at applying SmoothOn Rebound brushable mold 
1st attempt was a major bust (Baa Haaa, see what I did there? Sorry. Anyway.) The 1st attempt I didn’t measure, mix, or apply quite right – but I didn’t know that at the time – so it was mostly goo that never dried and I spent 3 weekends scraping, wiping, and cleaning it off my sculpture. There might have been some tears. But this second one came out great, with about 4-5 layers on it.

Mini #muertita : Second attempt at #casting #smoothon seems to be going better. #art #sculpture #process


The Support Mold
This was by far the easiest, both times.


First Cast
Wow was I ever lucky! It came out beautifully! This moment was amazing. I was sweating from my excitement. The only thing I can compare it to is the very first time I unwrapped a present as a child. The mystery, then the reward of the surprise hidden inside was pure elation! Mini #muertita #casting success! So exciting! Antlers were a total fail but this...this is #thrilling

Second Cast
Almost a total fail. My studio was in-flux so I poured my cast outside which made for some funky airbubbles. As it cured, tied onto wood atop some moving boxes, I left the room. Mew, one of our cats, didn’t approve and knocked it down. The resin leaked and solidified. I had to hammer the mold apart to release my Muertitita which was riddled with air-bubbles. Luckily it was salvageable. Then I made another brush-on-mold and support cast all over again so I could make more of those pretty little faces to paint. I’ll post a photo once I get my little army going.

Well. Had to hammer my mini #muertita out, since the resin leaked and bonded with the outer cast after the cats knocked it all over while it was curing #oops #restart I'll just make another #smoothon brush-on mold and cast ...

By the way, here he is: Mew, The Art Critic.
Aww, look whose helping me unpack #evil #cat #cute

Paint and flowers
At this point it was about acrylic paint, flowers, and paint sealant. It was actually more therapeutic working small than I expected. Well, what I expected was shaking hands and difficult-to-make details. Instead, it was satisfying to mull over the tiniest little line and curve.

The Photo Shoot
Chris Rigg is a long-time friend, as well as a very talented and hard working photographer. Its great to see him work.


Yep. There is is. All done. Prepare for the army!!

To follow more of my process, I usually post it across TumblrInstagram, and Facebook.


I Offer A Monday Gif Comic

On this Monday I woke up and was like

slip fall fail


and then I was like 


So then I told myself





So I’m telling YOU








Then eventually






So Sad I Can’t Do It All

I really, really, really wanted to be a part of Neil Gaiman’s A Calendar Of Tales. It was one of those things that I knew I’d make time for. knew it.  Felt it in me’ bowwwwwwns. It wasn’t about getting a chance for winning. Art is too subjective. The chances of winning something like this is so slim, its bonkers. It was about my art being infront on Mr. Gaiman’s eyes, about one of his stories, even for a moment. He is a storyteller of tremendous ability, inspiration, and magic. That honor was just too exciting.

In finishing my coloring book, finishing up some Muertitas for my group show on March 30th, working fulltime and even getting a cold, I have missed the deadline. I could not make the time for a piece for the Calendar of Tales, even though I KNEW I would.

This is one of those personal failures that breaks my heart. The chances of another opportunity like this, being part of a community art piece with NEIL GAIMAN – missing out on submitting art will sting for a long time still.

It sucks to reach for a dream, then have it slip through your fingers. But what about when you never reach, and it just passes by while you watch with your hands in your pockets. That’s a special kind of burn.

Here’s hoping that dreadful stabbing in my chest of sitting on the sidelines turns into fuel for more creativity.

Promising my next post will be good news. Very good news. About a Mer-Kingdom Coloring book. That’s finished. And an art show. With new art. Until then….

sad oh ok