Are you worth a monster?

I believe that doing always the same thing and use always the same materials is the best way to eventually get blocked. That’s way I consider part of my personal maintenance wasting time with all sorts of things that are not stones or paper. For the same reason, after months when I’ve been considering cutting out all the ‘extras’ from this blog I just told myself that there is not really such a thing as ‘extra’ for me. Would you like to know how I work and where I get my inspiration from? Well, my uncontrolled playtimes are definitely with good reason part of it.




So, now that we agreed that I have all the rights to keep on posting my random tutorials, let’s talk about it: the creepy cute hugging monster. I made it for someone I really care about, someone who during all these years together gave me crazy dolls and ugly monsters, and a lot of support for my insane artistic activity (I’m not sure that he always understands, but it doesn’t matter to him – and THIS really matters to me). Well, I though he may deserve a monster, but it made me a little nervous to think that he may just possess one of a thousand copies cuddled around the world.
The options in a case like this are only two: buy handmade or make handmade. I was totally freaked out, but I knew that in this particular case I really needed to do it myself. And guess what? I discovered that making a monster is a really simple thing!!!




That’s why I wrote this post: I want to convince you that if someone out there is so special to deserve something you must have put your fantasy, time, and efforts in – well, you can do it. I even made a sketch to show you how easy it is! Let’s look at it together, then you’ll design your own monster and send me some pictures, ok?




1. Draw your monster!
One leg, one arm, two pieces for the eyes. Draw the main body on a folded paper to make sure that it is symmetrical (if you WANT it to be symmetrical of course). Cut everything out.


2. Place the papers on the fabric (I used an old broken baby blanket) and draw two legs, two arms, and the two sides of the monster. Cut it out, do the same with the felt pieces.


3. Sew arms and legs. Put face to face the external pieces and sew all around, except for the sides touching the main body. Fill up with padding, cotton, rice, cereals, or small pieces of fabric.


4. Hand-sew the small parts. Actually if you’re good enough you can do it with the machine. I am definitely not able to use the sewing machine for such a detailed job, and anyway I really enjoyed adding little by little all the details that were coming up to my mind.


5. Now place face to face the external pieces of the main body, positioning legs and arm like indicated in the picture. Leave a small side open. Turn the monster inside out.


6. It’s cute, isn’t it? Now it’s time to fill it up and close the gap. That’s all folks, really.


…so would you let me know who’s the lucky person who’s going to get your next monster? I’m definitely making some more of them!




More monsters? Have a look at these:



Welcome to the Monster Shop

I love so much to be surrounded by monsters (and creepy dolls) in every size and shape, that I couldn’t resist painting my own version of it. Moreover, in these days I’m organizing a costume birthday party for my little one, and I absolutely needed also something more for – well, I’m not sure that this the right word – adults.






I tried already last year to make something for Halloween and, even if my past artworks are not bad, I am so glad I refined my skill enough to put something really crazy and detailed on the stones.
Of course, these are no games. The Monster House and the Monster Shops are to be adopted and cherished by someone who really cares about them. Someone who will take them in the hands from time to time and enjoy looking at them. Someone who will find the right place between some other weird inspiring collector stuff he already has. I really don’t like wasting time for someone who can’t appreciate… especially because I can’t possibly paint the same thing twice!




Just that you know, the background of my photos is not artificial. It is a really old graveyard I love to visit. I’ve been thinking about it and though that maybe, after so much time that it has been helping my taking great pictures, maybe I should dedicate a post to it, just that you don’t forget to pay the old graveyard a visit whenever you come to Freiburg. There is even a stone lady who needs fresh flowers, every day, or she will wake up… stay tuned, I’m working on it.