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FREE Tinker Pumpkin Carving Festival + Workshop w. The CLAW!

CARVING festival of pumpkins

ENLIST NOW with the Cartoonists League of Absurd Washingtonians and Tinkertopia sponsors/supplies all entries with tinker materials; however, you bring your own Pumpkin with Pumpkin Guts REMOVED … free carving festival workshop hangout with Cartoonists!

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It’s Bring Your Own Pumpkin the CLAW’s 4th Annual Tinker Pumpkin Carving Festival! Bring your pumpkins and carving implements to TINKERTOPIA. Be sure to RSVP on our Facebook page so that we have a rough idea of how many to set up the room for. Be it a traditional jack-o-lantern, painted, carved, or prop encrusted, there is only one rule: It has to be created on-site during the allowed time. We do ask that if you’re going to core your pumpkin, you do so at home to keep down on the mess. Costumes, funny hats, and Halloween candy are encouraged. ***MISC. TINKER MATERIALS WILL BE PROVIDED BY TINKERTOPIA*** October is also the time the CLAW fundraisers for the CLAW Student Scholarship fund. Spare change is welcomed to help a lucky student afford art supplies.

• Bring your own pumpkin
• Pre-cored (GUTS REMOVED)
• Bring carving tools
• Bring some back up towels

OCTOBER 26TH – 7:30 – 9:30 pm
at
TINKERTOPIA
1914 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, Washington 98402!

RSVP ON FACEBOOK FREE!

check out these incredible pumpkins from last year:

FREE PUMPKIN CARVING TIPS FROM ART TEACHER MR. TELFORD !

“I typed this up real quick, a few suggestions on pumpkin carving. use some or none 🙂 How to get the most out of your pumpkin.
1) Scrape don’t carve. If you scrape or grind away at your pumpkin you can do shading and fine detail work you wouldn’t be able to if you carve all the way through
2) Cut out a circle out of the bottom, not top of your pumpkin. It will trap light better
3) Spray the inside with a 10/1 mixture of water to bleach
4) Spray the outside with a cheap hairspray to seal it
5) Light your pumpkin, if possible, with a compact fluorescent or led bulb. If you must use a candle you will need to poke some holes in the top for air flow. This is my favorite tip. Minimal heat so the pumpkin lasts longer and it is so much brighter. I usually use a light like this http://www.algogene.com/…/bulb-inside-work-light-fixtures-s…

6) Keep the pumpkin cool, store outdoors.
Following these tips should get you 7-14 days of decorative use.”

 

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Lifedrawing Cosplayers: A One Night Art Event

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The Cartoonists League of Absurd Washingtonians is proud to present

LIFEDRAWING COSPLAYERS

A One Night Art Event

Featuring local cosplay superstars modeling in costume:
Tina Rivets (instagram , twitter @tinarivets, facebook Tina Rivets Cosplay)
Blade Gannon (instagram @the_b.e.c, facebook The B.E.C)
Abie Ekenezar (instagram @babsek79, twitter @babsek79, facebook Abie Ekenezar/Babs Cosplay)
Tiffany Frazier (instagram @officiallydevious, twitter @deviouscosplay, facebook Devious Cosplay)

Free and open to the public.

Bring your own drawing materials.

Short and long for poses.

Costumes to be announced.

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May (the CLAW be with You) 2016

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May Started off with a bang!  Or maybe a crunchy, squishy sound would be more appropriate as we began the first day of the month creating our annual steamroller print for the Wayzgoose Hand Press Festival hosted by King’s Books on St. Helens in downtown Tacoma!  As part of the yearly 2-day street party honoring and demonstrating the skills and wares of many local small press artists, like our friends at Beautiful Angle, for example, the CLAW is one of the teams selected to produce a giant-sized (4′ x4′) print created by inking the large square of linoleum into which our design was intricately carved reversed out and backwards, and then placing it in the parking lot next to the building where a piece of dampened paper is laid over it and cushions are added over the top and it is then SQUASHED by a massively heavy steamroller!  It’s always an amazing spectacle to witness and the various designs this year followed a theme of literary classics and creators!  The CLAW’s design honored Tacoma-born author Frank Herbert, the science fiction master behind the DUNE series!  I was especially excited about this year’s print because my design was chosen for the event!  (It should be noted, of course, that the actual carving was done by several diligent members of CLAW!  Mark Monlux, our VP James Stowe, Anique Zimmer, R.R. Anderson–and his son Max–and myself, Mark Brill, were the main CLAW Talons responsible for transferring the art to the large linoleum block!)  Jennevieve Schlemmer and Larry Erhardt were on hand to help the a fore mentioned members with the inking and printing!
Everything came off without a hitch–even my silly idea for a special effect to add a second color to the piece to give Mr. Herbert the blue eyes of his Spice addicted characters in his most famous work!  Our print was very favorably received and everyone had a blast creating it!  And our thanks to Destiny City Comics, right next to King’s and part of the festivities for finding a place for the CLAW table, where we handed out zines and showed the kids how to make mini-comics of their own!
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Not too much other news, except that out usual 4th Wednesday Open Swim event, which we are now referring to as the “CLAW Community Art Project” is happening on the 25th of the month at King’s Books and everyone is invited to come down at 7:30 and draw and hang out with the wacky folks of The Cartoonist League of Absurd Washingtonians!
One last item–Crypticon, an amazing horror convention will be held over the last weekend of May, from the 27th to the 29th at the Hilton Convention Center in SeaTac and 2 of the CLAW’s Talons will be on hand to keep the Creepy CLAW flag flying!  Travis Bundy will be there with his partners promoting his Creator’s Edge horror titles!  And Mark Brill will be there in his Brillustrator guise creating monstrous caricatures!  (Hopefully meaning caricatures of people as monsters, and not just really horrible drawings!)  See you in June!!  **Watch for the June notice of “Captain Picard Day!” **

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