Thursday, 24 May 2018

Have you Heard...?

Wow, according to my analytics data, very close to 1000 of you read yesterday's newsletter about Hortense's arrival! (Hortense - my first Collectible Witch Figurine goes on sale at the website).

Yesterday I sent out the first Tall Tales Newsletter letting people know that she's going to be available for pre-sale tomorrow (Friday 25 May at noon PST - that's early evening if you're in Europe, and early morning Sat if you're in Australia / NZ, and very very early Sat morning if you're in an Asian country)...

First 50 buyers get $50 off the total price. No discount code required - just be first in line and move fast as it's only the first 50 people who will get this massive saving.

For those that are NOT signed up to the Newsletter, please feel free to subscribe to it here. I wont clog your inbox, I'll never share your information with a third party and of course you can unsubscribe at any time.
Check your spam folder in case you miss a message.

Thanks again for your interest everyone! I'm so excited about creating this line of collectible witch figurines for you. Looking forward to issuing many more (providing this run is a sell-out success!) :)

Have a great evening everyone, and see you tomorrow at my website HERE at noon tomorrow (Friday May 25 at noon PST)!

Caroline xXx

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Tuesday, 22 May 2018


Hortense Pompeux - the very first of my witches from Good Witches Bad Witches™ to be made available as a resin figurine begins pre-sales THIS FRIDAY May 25th at 12 noon (PST)!

For those of you that are based in Europe, that's 8 or 9 pm this Friday for you. For those of you in Australia / New Zealand - that's 6 / 8 am Saturday for you. For those of you in China... well that's very very early for you Saturday morning! You get the idea... ;)

Hortense is a 1:12 scale hand-painted, beautifully detailed resin figurine and she comes with an artist base (with the Good Witches Bad Witches™ seal). Includes a signed certificate of authenticity. Shipping from the US all over the world. Find out more here at the webshop.


Now pay attention to this part... the FIRST 50 BUYERS RECEIVE $50 USD off the price.

That's right, it pays to be first in line. I am giving a massive discount to the very first 50 to purchase Hortense. $50 USD off the total price. No coupon code needed - just be first in line and pay $175 USD instead of $225 USD for Hortense.


'Pre-sale' means that you pay a deposit for half of the total price and then you are invoiced the remaining half (plus shipping) when the figurines have been manufactured and are ready to ship. Shipping in 4th quarter 2018. All customers will be kept informed of updates and given notice of when to expect to receive your Hortense figurine. You can always email me at any time to query her progress. :)

​Your pre-sale allows me to make this run happen. It's your pre-sale money which pays to manufacture Hortense. Thank you for making it possible.

Don't forget to set your clocks... click here to buy your Hortense figurine on Friday at noon!

In the meantime, here are some fabulous photos of your Hortense figurine. Click to enlarge. Enjoy!

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Friday, 18 May 2018

Touching Base

Boy, do I appreciate how patient all you wonderful people are! I've told you Hortense would be available for pre-sales right around the time of Monsterpalooza (in April) and she is not! But she will be.... in less than a week (honest)!

We got just a tad delayed because I didn't think the base I'd had made for her was quite right. It was a lovely black wooden fine art base (and you can glimpse it in the Monsterpalooza photos I took here). So I'm delayed because I decided to scrap it and make something a bit quirkier for you. This new base is hand carved in a fun kooky way (by me) and I finished it with a 'Good Witches Bad Witches' kind of plaque or stamp on the side. I love how it turned out. You can see it in this video I posted on my Instagram here and also to the Faceboook page here.

If you're interested in more of the process of making this Hortense figurine, you can see videos of me casting the resin base for her at my Instagram here and also to the Faceboook page here!

For those more interested in simply purchasing her, pre-sales will commence soon, I promise. I just have to ship my lovely prototype off to the factory and we get this ball rolling! You can sign up to the Newsletter for updates and the announcement of when she's listed for pre-sales.

Early birds will get a really nice discount. So don't miss out on that!

I'll leave you with some working photos I took whilst making Hortense for you. Have a fantastic weekend everyone!

Any issues not addressed or concerns, please feel free to email me any time.
- Caroline xxx

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Friday, 27 April 2018

Tall Tales at Monsterpalooza 2018

I mentioned I'd have a table at Monsterpalooza (the place to "celebrate the art of monsters and movie magic ...with over 250 vendors, a monster museum, special guests, makeup demos, presentations and more..." ) in previous post here... 

Boy, was it fun! Easily one of the most fun weekends I have spent in my 7 years living in the United States.

I didn't take enough photos as I was mostly glued to my table, but I've included some below. I'll pop a video with footage from the event on the Tall Tales YouTube Channel soon.

Anyway, what a blast!
Elvira was there as her stunning natural redhead self (did I mention to you before that if you're a fan you should get the definitive book of hers here?)... also present was the gorgeous heartthrob David Naughton ('An American Werewolf in London'), Rick Baker, countless amazing artists and people attending in some seriously cool costumes. Scroll to the end of my photos for some shout outs!

Now, most importantly, get the first look below at my first resin collectible - Hortense, the French witch.

She will be available for pre-sales verrrrry soon (I'll announce the date via the newsletter here) with a PROMO DISCOUNT CODE for the very first early birds....!

Artisan hand-sculpted (by me, of course), cast by the very talented Michael Allen and then hand-painted. She'll come on a special artist base (which I am still having made). This is a Limited edition collectible for the Good Witches Bad Witches™ series.  Naturally she comes complete with her fabulous mink shawl, her French poodle and shopping cart and her monster handbag.

Don't forget to sign up for the Tall Tales newsletter so you don't miss the discount at the launch.

Enjoy the photos of Monsterpalooza below! Click on an image to enlarge.

Photos from the show and of some colorful visitors to my table...

And now, shout outs...

If you read this blog you're likely a fellow artist / sculptor? Then you need tools from Jane's Tools. THE best supplier I've known in all my years in the business. Here's a snapshot of some of the wonderful tools I just bought from this fantastic Texas based company. Please find their website here and go crazy - their prices are super reasonable.

An artist I was super excited to meet there (his table was directly behind mine and he was a very cool guy)... check out Dug Stanat...

Couldn't get a photo of his work myself, so this is pulled off his website, but you have to discover the weird and wonderful world of Turkey Merck! How cool are his mugs?! You must have at least 1 friend who has needed one all their life. Plus - totally cool guy. 

Gosh, I know there were other artists and vendors I wanted to share with you but since I just moved house their business cards could be anywhere! So will update that as soon as I can.
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Monday, 9 April 2018

Into the Woods

Mabyn Mossback is Welsh. Like all Welsh people she is descended from the Celtic tribes which existed in Great Britain before the Romans came, before the Anglo-Saxons, before the Vikings, and before the Norman Conquest.

I love Wales and Welsh culture. I tried to do it justice with this witch of 'Good Witches Bad Witches™'. You can read more about her and see the concept art as I developed her character design in a post about her here.

Today she took her ram-led cart (which is carved with Welsh dragons in a Welsh love-spoon style) into this misty forest I created. On the back of her cart are her provisions including woolen clothing, leeks, potions and bones. She wears a type of Welsh stovepipe hat and colors of the Welsh flag. A Welsh mining lamp lights her way (I put a tiny bulb in there and the amber glow it casts is real). She is of course in one inch miniature scale and conceived, designed, hand-sculpted and photographed by me. ;)

If you follow Tall Tales Productions on Instagram you may have seen my live broadcast as I photographed and filmed her in this magical setting. The video was live and disappeared moments later, but if you caught it you might have also caught me accidentally turning the camera on myself whilst attempting to end the video(!!!) Still learning this Instagram live video thing...

Enjoy the photos.

And also, update on Hortense....! If you follow the Facebook page then you'll know that the countdown has begun! I get the prototype back very soon, and after I hand-paint it, I'll photograph her and start accepting pre-sales! It should be by the weekend...

Stay tuned and don't forget you can also subscribe to the newsletter (here) if you want updates such as these.

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