Friday, October 7, 2022

Friday Face OFF 10/7/22


It has been a traveling week for us. 500 miles in 2 day at $5.40 a gal for gas. I wish I could report that it was a road trip with lots of fun things to do. However, Tuesday off to Eugene so I could get an injection in my L4/5. It hurts just a bit by the payoff is no back pain for about 5 months. Then our monthly trip to Salem. Mr. M. and I really do have a great time on these medical trips. If a couple doesn't find good conversation and things to a laugh about, well how boring would that be?  Knowing that I would be gone this week I started my FFO piece early. I knew it would take time that I didn't have much of. I have had this styrofoam skull for quite a few years. It's large and I really like the shape of the jaw. Soooo, pull out the clay. I really had so much fun transforming this guy. 

Styrofoam skull, Das air dry clay, air bushed painted, and pastels. 

 The photos are not in the order I worked it. Too hard to take photos when your hands are full of clay.

 This was so much fun. I tried to find more skulls like this but to no avail.


 This is Das Terracotta clay when it's wet.

 As it dries it does turn to a lovely terracotta.


 This is after the air brush paintings. Then softened with pastels. Oh and a bit to brighten the teeth.

 You can't see the true color on his spikes. They are a rich black purple.

Allowing it to dry.

 A bit of highlight on the spikes.

 I have a bit more to do to finish him and then he will be placed on this staff that will also be decorated.

I don't have extra faces this week due to my traveling. I will show some next week though. In the mean time the featured artist for 
Friday Face OFF.....

I am also linking up with Gillena
Now it's your turn, show me your face!
Remember any face in any medium. Please remember to link back to this post from your blog and to Mr. Linksy here. Then leave a comment an go see what face all the other artists a have posted.




NatureFootstep said...

Hi Nicole. What a pleasant surprise being featured by you. A good feeling. Thanks!
I guess you already know I am not really a fan of skulls. But! If anyone is able to make me like some, it is you. You can really bring the beauty of them out. :) This one will be great when you are done with the staff. :)

Take care and stay well. :)

Iris Flavia said...

No back pain for a while is sure worth all that!!!

Very, VERY cool face and thanks for sharing the process!!!
Very cool.
To a pain-free, great day!

Giorgio said...

Great to hear that will not be back pain for the next 5 months, and the injection didn't hit you.
Congrats on your skull, Nicole! Looking forward to watching your extra faces.

All the best :-)

David M. Gascoigne, said...

Looks like you are really ready for Halloween!

sirkkis said...

What a gorgeous skull, Nicole! Very special, indeed.
Enjoy the weekend xx

roentare said...

Love this skull art!

My name is Erika. said...

Sounds like a busy week. But you definitely had fun making that skull. It came out great. And a great idea too. Happy FRiday and happy weekend Nicole. hugs-Erika

Gene Black said...

I didn't have time to find a face to use for this week's face off.
Your skull is perfect for Halloween.

Tom said...

...gas at Costco this week is $3.03. That's quite a skull, Nicole. Thanks for hosting the party.

Christine said...

Wonderful skull face and nice work from Monica. Glad you make the most of your necessary travelling.

Carola Bartz said...

I hope the pain from the injection will subside very soon - 5 months without back pain is sure worth it.
Your skull guy is amazing! I like what you did to him (her?) and showing us the process as well. Does air-dry clay keep permanently?

Gene Black said...

Okay, you "shamed" me into finding a face and creating a post. (Ha ha, thanks for the push!)

Gillena Cox said...

Interesting skull faces even wearing wigs

Thanks for dropping by my blog today


kathyinozarks said...

Good morning Nicole, your skull is amazing

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Wow, he's awesome!

Fundy Blue said...

Wow, Nicole! That skull is amazing. Your process reminds me of the artists at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science who would reconstruct faces based on fossil skulls. I hope that your back pain has vanished. Happy Friday to you. Take care!

Cloudia said...

Always interesting! Time for Halloween

Jeanie said...

It's no fun going for shots so I'm glad you had a really good time along the way! Love all your creepy fun skulls!

Rain said...

Firstly Sis, I'm happy you will have a reprieve from pain for 5 months! An injection in the back though, shudder!!! Your mask...WOW your mask! I love him!!! You are so talented!!! ♥♥

baili said...

how nice that you were able to injection that will keep your back ache free for five months at least dear Nichole ,such a good news

glad that you guys had lots of fun together during drive :)

your face is amazing as always
hugs and blessings!

Andrea @ From The Sol said...

You should start shopping for more skulls now as it is the Halloween season and that is when they would be available. As for what you have done here with this skull ... it's brilliant. I hope we get to see the finished product on the decorated staff. You never cease to amaze me, Nicole.

Andrea @ From the Sol

Mae Travels said...

Amazing that there is actually something that can be done for your back pain. I’m so glad you will have some good months.

I love your skull art.

best… mae at

Luiz Gomes said...

Boa noite minha querida amiga Nicole. Desejo muita saúde. O presente que você me deu de aniversário "meu desenho"está bem guardado. Bom final de semana.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Wowza! I appreciate seeing your process, thank you very much. So cool!

ashok said...

Oops i didn't realize the rule to link. Done it .thanks Nicole

Granny Annie said...

My comment is "WOW" about everything!

Magaly Guerrero said...

I am glad you could do something about your back pain, even if it's temporary. I know that feeling just too well.

The skull is glorious!

Lowcarb team member said...

Sounds a busy week.
Your skull is amazing :)

All the best Jan