As promised, details.


I got over my lazy phase and finally dragged the SLR out of the depths

The wallet is still a mite bit tight. No doubts it will slacken with age and use.

As for the idea of this chimera-monster, I really can’t say which one thing set me off. Myths of monsters, cave drawings of shamans- who knows. Nothing good can come of meeting such a creature.

I'll put this image up again shortly

Wallet innards
The mysteries of a ladies wallet, laid bare. Indeed, library cards, yoga membership cards, Innismouth Historical Society cafe card….

Bone Machine

Close-up of the feather on the backside.

Fabric. It clings, it undulates it breathes and tatters.
I’m happy with how the draping worked out.

Color, shading and texture.

Painting this was fun. Antiquing it so that it looked all dirty and hyper-3D was a heart attack a moment, but worth it.
I used Royalwood Irish Waxed Linen thread in Country Red to sew it together. The crow head was cobalt, magenta and unbleached titanium dry brushed over Mars Black. Skin started out straight unbleached titanium white, and I bled in some deeper brown shades. The feather still needs some touching up- too much of the blue got eaten by the black gel antique.

Base color applied

Base Color laid down
I don’t have a picture of it, but I also painted the textured background areas with unbleached titanium.

Bone Machine

Magenta and Cobalt, decided to let the gel antique do the heavy lifting of adding the black color. This way I can selectively remove the gel.

Shiny leather
I will get better pictures soon, I just don’t feel like pulling out the SLR right now. Cell phone camera pics it is! I love how the red thread looks.

It turned out OK, but I still want to add some color, keep it from looking too flat.

New wallet. I’m told its a were-crow.

I need a new wallet

I adore my Checkronomicon wallet. It’s one of the first things I made. But looking at it now, it displeases me. The ‘guts’ are too tight, it’s hard to keep all my receipts, random notes jotted on scraps of paper, bubblegum wrappers, REI membership card, debit card and so on..all fitted properly without it busting open. I dropped my wallet the other day, and it had the appearance of a slow motion vomit fountain of paper scraps and plastic. Disgusting, yet hypnotic. Time to move on.

In researching paleolithic art for the Paleo Cthulhu painting, I was struck by the repeated theme of man-animal hybrids. All time periods, all over the world- half beings. Sometimes spectral, often creepy, and sometimes kinda kinky and WOAH inappropriate for modern viewing.

It’s along the spectral and creepy lines that led me to my new wallet design. I don’t even want to think about that last one. But some birds are really damn big. Ew. Gross.

I digress.

Look! Pictures of wholesome, normal creepy stuff. Not all…yeesh.

Swivel Knife Goodness

Cutting in the design
I got a nice swivel knife last Cthulhumas. Since that workshop with Chan Geer, I’ve leanred so much about how to make the cuts expressive.

Bone Machine

Tooling it in.
I didn’t set out for the freakishly wraith-like thinness, but I’m glad I got there. I think with the whole walking dead zombie love affair going on in the world today, it makes it nice and modern.

Pretty little feather on back

I was hoping to put that new discovery if a teensie birdie on the back, but the shape was all wrong. Next time, my pretty.

Oiled up!

A little Neetsfoot oil, a little time…then, I can paint!

The guts for this wallet are the ones we made in the workshop. This is really a fun little project.

Chan Geer Workshop

I got to take a 4 day workshop with Chan Geer, learning Traditional Sheridan Carving (and there I was with only my figure carving tools and western stuff). I learned so much-he even spent a chunk of lunch break showing me how to make graceful cuts with a swivel knife. I saved the practice leather because it’s amazing how much he can do with just a little knife!

Now, traditional work is not usually my thing. But learning these styles gives enough of a foundation in technique, composition and construction that really can’t be beat. I will be getting better at Sheridan, and as I do I’m going to start introducing some of these elements into some of the creepier things I’ve been planning. Good stuff!


Greycloud Designs Geer style bench knife

I picked up this beautiful bench knife-
so much nicer to use than a big head knife!

Cutting in the design

My very first basketweave

I ended up picking up a couple of these Barry King basketweave stamps.

First attempt at Sheridan Style

I have a feeling it would have looked better if I actually had the right suite of tools.

Cutting out the filagree

Backside, complete

The dye job is rough, but it was really rushed. Didn’t allow for enough of a
drying time before antiquing. Oh, and glitter paper. Lots of glitter paper!