Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Skull Appreciation: Captain Basura SOLD!

Skull Appreciation Day is June 4th, 2011 at Gallery 5.  Over 100 artists were invited to participate by decorating the same brown papier-mâché skull base.  Here is what mine looked like before decorating.  I knew I wanted to use all recycled materials, but it was my three year old daughter that noticed the decoupaged floral newspaper band on his forehead looked like a pirate bandana. 

From there, a pirate was born.
Captain Basura
 He was first covered in newspaper print for his face, barcode eyebrows from coupons, and floral magazine pages to cover his head.  For added layer, I used some tissue paper to make the hankerchief and also to fashion the flower which has onion mesh bag as the stamen.

I then used an burned-out light bulb that I smashed with a hammer in an old plastic bag to create the teeth which were painted white and gold.  I used buttons and feathers from a discarded art project to form lips and a mustache.
I used a Gatorade cap which I decoupaged postal stamps onto, using some beads from a broken bracelet to create the eye patch. No pirate is complete with out an earring so I poked out the center of a Blue Moon bottle cap (fav beer).  The hair is made from old onion and orange mesh bags with a little raffia for added texture.
The other eyeball is made using the stem of the broken light bulb which is secured by an old watercolor sponge I used to use.
100% of the proceeds to this skull will go to the  Richmond Peace Education Center.  


  1. Fantastic, Amy! The details are so fun and inspiring.


  2. Beautiful and so well done. The teeth, lips and mustache and beard are my favorite part.

  3. Thanks, friends! It was fun working on it.