The Glamour and Delights of Halloween with Barbe


Susan Lenart KazmerHappy Halloween! I’m Barbe Saint John and I am frighteningly pleased to share my favorite holiday with you!

Susan Lenart Kazmer1940s pin-up girl Dusty Anderson is
quite the glamorous witch! Makes me wonder just why the moon is smiling as she
flies by on her broom.

Costumes are a Halloween tradition and while I adore dressing up for the sake of dressing up, I think costumes allow us to explore our
alter-egos. As a child I dreamed of being a ballerina ~ those dreams were
squelched as I grew to 5’ 11”. As a teen I remember dressing as Jeanie from the
I Dream of Jeanie TV show. In college one year I dressed as a preppy ~ shocking for a punk rock girl! Most recently I created and wore and elaborate Isis costume.  Halloween is also fun because it’s my hubby’s birthday. Edward Scissorhands? Star Wars bar character anyone?

All Hallow’s Eve has a long and intriguing history that has evolved over the years into the Halloween we know and love today-carved pumpkins, trick or treating, ghost stories, etc… I could do an entire month’s worth of Halloween inspirations, but here are a few more of my favorites.

Susan Lenart Kazmer I have always had a pet cat. Now I
have two. Boris (black) and Seti (hairless) are the bonded pair of rescue babies that expanded the Saint John family by two a few weeks ago. They are hiding
during my move but I know that they can’t wait to play in my new studio.




In the first part of the 20th century, Dennison Bogie books were great sources of festive party planning. ICE ResinDennison Bogie was a party favors company and their themed books were sales pitches for their products ~ paper cut outs for the table, crepe paper, even crepe paper costumes that would put ol’ Martha Stewart to shame.

Gotta love that huge haul of Halloween candy! I think that the “treats” got added to Halloween when the
adults got tired of the “tricks”. How many of us as children used candy corn to make quick fangs on our teeth? Susan Lenart KazmerBrach’s was THE candy neighbors handed out in the 1970s. If it says candy on the wrapper it’s my favorite.

My Halloween inspiration would not be complete without “Every Day is Halloween” by Ministry. This song was a mantra to Goth kids in the 1980s.



Keep an eye out on the ICE Queen Zine each Monday in November as we welcome Stampington & Company’s editors as Guest Curators!


Must. Have. Chocolate.


Suan Lenart KazmerWide-eye and and transported by the scent of chocolate, do women become little girls in candy stores?

I can create molds for ICE Resin, but the Brummer familys has been molding chocolate fantasies since 1904. Brummer’s is my hometown choice for chocolate made by hand.


Happy Halloween!


Debbie Tlach Makes Art Her Priority

Susan Lenart KazmerDebbie Tlach

Blog: Artist Girl’s Muse

Mediums: Watercolor, Acrylics, Polymer Clay, Pencils, Colored Pencils, Airbrushing, Resin (just recently)… honestly, too many to list.

Books: Clay Techniques to Dye For, No-Bake Air Dry Clay, Ink Essentials

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Twitter Name:  artistgirlsmuse

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Drop Necklace

Q: If you could learn to create art in any medium you have not tried (or have
not mastered), what would it be?

A: Hot glass. The work of Dale Chihuly is mesmerizing.

Q: What artist you would like to study with (living or dead) and why?

A: Van Gogh. The pure pleasure I experience from looking at his paintings is amazing.   I love the energy & vibrant colors.

Q:  What key piece of advice have you
learned in your creative journey that you share with others?

A: Make your art a priority, give yourself time & space. Express your authentic self.

Q: What adornment could you not go without?

A: The metal clay heart charm I made. It has the Chinese character love stamped into it.

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Viridian Heart 2

Q: What 5 items do you have in your studio that you use nearly every day?

A:        Paint brush, Pliers, Pin vise, Ice Resin®, and Archival Ink®

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Beware the “Blood Moon”

Susan Lenart KazmerWhen Dorcas Midkiff of Wonderous Strange Designs posted
“Blood Moon” she simply had to be our featured choice for our Flickr Friday pre-Halloween post. She told us she is a great lover of the old black and white horror movies.

“My two favorites are The Mummy and Dracula. It seems all things vampire and
Egyptian seem to catch my attention. Of course, you cannot have a horror movie
without the classic full moon or a bat silhouette against its glow. This Blood
Moon piece was an attempt to capture a child’s encounter with old fashioned
eeriness of the old time movies.


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Blood Moon

“This piece represents my first venture into ICE Resin®. I made many mistakes…but
it really gave me a foundation to work from. I look forward to working with
resin frequently in the future!

“I have been a fan of Susan Lenart Kazmer since her
first Cold Connections book came out. Inspiration always flows when I read
through her books, or buy one of her Industrial Chic charms. And inspiration is
always a good thing!”

Dorcas’ Halloween wish for our readers is health, happiness
and abundant creativity.

Don’t forget to post a comment for you final chance to win a box stuffed full of an assortment of Industrial Chic goodies. We will anoounce the seven winners on the blog, Twitter and  Facebook tomorrow.

JOIN THE ICE Queen on Flickr: We invite you to become a member of our ICE Resin Flickr Group. If you want us to publish your work, be sure to make it so we can download the image. (You may need to reset the photo license to “attribution no derive
creative commons” so we can pull more than a thumbnail. We understand how
important your designs are to you and will always credit you on the blog. If
you provide a link to your website or blog, we’ll be sure to add that to the
posts too.

The Trick is to Seal Your Image

Susan Lenart KazmerDear ICE Queen:

I used a wet erase fine point marker and a ball point pen to create artwork on vellum. The marker bled on the surface of the paper and the pen lines turned green. What
did I do wrong?

It sounds like you didn’t use any kind of sealer on your paper. When the wet resin hit the paper and ink, it made the ink bleed. Be sure to seal your image with Mod Podge, contact paper or PVA glue to keep your artwork bleed free!

The ICE Queen would also like to direct your attention to Michael’s for a TREAT:

Think outside of the box! Use beautiful Industrial ChicTM jewelry components by Susan
Lenart KazmerTM to embellish a handmade journal. (Designed by
Melissa Manks for Michael’s.) Glitter Shaker Box Journal

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