We're two best friends that decided that we'd share our minds with the rest of you. And honestly, that's what we're doing. Everything you see is from our own minds [unless we give credit in the description to other sources] and we're proud to say we're both self-taught. Nothing really scares us in this world more than each other and even then, it takes a lot. Sometimes we like to play in lava but that's only when the floor is out of commission. From paintings to dioramas, this is Entwined Chaos.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

It's A Nightmare... BEFORE CHRISTIMAS!!

FINALLY! After having a time-crunch and being told it needed to be shipped by Christmas (and then the client not wanting it and saying I ruined their child's Christmas.. Go figure) "The Nightmare Before Christmas" model/diorama is finished!! I didn't get what I wanted done to it as I was under the assumption it was going to be shipped in time for Christmas for a five-year-old and then I was told, "I don't care what you do with it." all because UPS was going to charge me over $400 for shipping to a P.O. Box. I tried to get a physical address but, apparently, their UPS store doesn't charge that and they said I was lying. *shrugs* I guess that's the cost of being a nice guy and doing for others, right?
Anyway, enjoy the short video of what is done to it as it is being given to someone in time for Christmas no matter what. There's also a small part under "Pumpkin Hill" carved out for a musical box that plays "Jack's Lament" as he walks down the hill.


What are some worlds you'd like to see built by Entwined Chaos? Is there a movie, fairy tale, or story you've heard that you'd like a different rendition on? Let us know!! We'd love to hear what worlds you all "live" in when you escape reality.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Follow The Red Brick Road!πŸ‘ πŸ§±πŸ›£️

The witching month is upon us. And what better part of the year than to now to plant ideas in one's head? 

     One of the most iconic and technologically advancing movies in all of movie history, The Wizard of Oz (1939) went leaps and bounds above any movie of its time. From literal smoke and mirrors to a color changing horse and so much more -- "The Wizard of Oz" movie set the tone for films advancing to come. If you're not familiar with the movie (since you've been living in a void all of your life) the quick and dirty: A Kansas girl is caught inside of a tornado on her family's farm and bumps her head, she goes to a faraway land called "Oz" and goes on a magical journey throughout to find a heart, brain and some courage all while trying to get home. In the midst of it all, she accidentally killed this evil Witch whose sister just happens to find out... Who then makes the journey a living hell for them all! They find where they need to get the three items [aforementioned] and they all live happily-ever-after...

     So what does this have to do with Halloween, you ask? Well, the witches and magicalness of it all. Of course! Honestly, I love this movie as well as Alice In Wonderland (1956), The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925), Thunderbirds (1965), Gulliver's Travels (1996), and so many others outside of those genres! Honestly; Horror, comedy, dark comedy, documentary... the list goes on for me.

    Which brings us to "The Red Brick Road", Halloween and what brought me to talk about this here and now. See, a long time ago, when I first watched "Oz" I thought to myself (like many others), "Where does the red brick road lead?" And then I was perusing the interwebs and came across some very DIFFERENT "Oz" miniatures and it hit me, THAT'S WHERE THE RED BRICK ROAD LEADS!! If you're a follower of ours on Facebook, then you've seen the image above and have an idea as to where I'm headed with my thought-process of this.

Ted Danson in Gulliver's Travels (1996)
Ted Danson in Gulliver's Travels (1996)

     In our society, we try to live fantasies that we see and hear about.. sometimes, fantasies that we just dream in our own minds. Since the dawn of time, we've tried to make a happy ending in a Utopian filled world that doesn't exist... actually exist. With the advent of technology, we have been able to make strides in bringing those fantasies and dreams to reality. Just like "Gulliver's Travels" and "Thunderbirds" [among many others] made me fall in love with miniatures, video games and movies as well as television shows has brought affection to many other genres and worlds that many only read or thought about.

    From Cyberpunk to Diesel and Biopunk to live action role-playing (LARPing) and Dungeons & Dragons/Renaissance Fairs/Festivals, you can become anyone you want to be inside any world at any moment in time with others that "live" that life. Although I love each of those respectively, I've always been drawn to Steampunk. Why? Because of the modern technology being set in the middle of the Victorian-age is there. You wear the "top hats" and cumber-buns complete with monocles and bug-eyed goggles for the men (if you have a genderπŸ™„) to corsets and neck-line Berthas to cage crinolines and arm length gloves for the women. (This is all what you wish to wear, obviously. Just so long as you stay with the Victorian dress-code!!) Everything is built with/around copper pipes and cogs along with bits and bobs you find around you. So long as it CAN be "powered" by "steam" in some way. πŸ˜‰

     And all of that brings us to this thought-process; "The Wizard of Oz"'s Red Brick Road, in my own little twisted mind, leads us to an "Oz" of nothing but Steampunk. The Flying Monkeys are in-fact steam propelled robots while Lion is a bad-ass that smokes a fat cigar and carries a handgun. Scarecrow keeps to his name but only on the outside while Dorthy, she's just a lost little girl with her little doggy that stumbled upon the wrong door when her home landed in Kansas.

     Yes, I know. Not long ago there was a television mini-series that was somewhat along this realm entitled "Tin Man" and believe you me, I absolutely fell in LOVE with that three-part series! I love when an artist (in any genre) can take work that has been done over and over then stomped into the ground and make me fall in love with it again. "Tin Man" had never been done before on that level, not even the thought process of how some of the characters worked. The story of Tinman needing to find a heart and then Scarecrow (Glitch) needing to find a brain, it was beautiful and beyond well-done story. It didn't even need all of the flashy CGI and special effects in my opinion, they could have done without all of that, done practical effects and it still would've done the same for me.
Alan Cumming, Zooey Deschanel, Neal McDonough, and Raoul Max Trujillo in Tin Man (2007)
Tin Man, DG, Raw, and Glitch

     I've not gotten all of my materials just yet for this project but I will try my best to film some of the process as I work on it. Before it gets started [however] I do have a few other projects like the "Dark Priest" which you can currently see progress photos of on Facebook and some on our Instagram, and I have a "The Nightmare Before Christmas" diorama I must get started by the second week of October so I can have it shipped to California before Christmas as a present! It's a time crunch, but it's beyond worth the time, effort, a little bit of self-brought stress, and the experience to do it all. I absolutely love doing things like this. My normal "job" is my therapy by day but this, this is something that I've always had a heart for ever since I seen my first movie that used miniatures... I just wanted to build a world that looked as though you could walk right in and be a part of.

What are some worlds you'd like to see built by Entwined Chaos? Is there a movie, fairy tale, or story you've heard that you'd like a different rendition on? Let us know!! We'd love to hear what worlds you all "live" in when you escape reality.


Friday, September 13, 2019

What's Going On With This Chaos??

At the start of 2019, the two of us began talking one night about our passions. One of us loves to paint unique and one-of-a-kind paintings whilst the other loves to create small worlds. During that discussion we both realized, we wanted to share it with the world but it would take away from our personal lives and we certainly did not want to become greedy freaks like so many others.

That's when we both decided that we had to jump into the minds of others as well as create their fantasies or recreate something that no one else ever had, just for them. Although there is no way we could pull together $35,000 USD we knew we could do this on the lowest possible budget, if we made the right choices. We don't buy the most expensive of products although there are some products that we both use that we do splurge a little bit on, not for the name or because of who endorses it, but because we know they are reliable.

Slowly (but surely) we began putting together our social media accounts, looking for a place online to open a store without breaking our banks but still making a small profit, securing our domain name and getting the process of Trademark going, and building up this Blogger account until we're able to afford an actual website. All told, we've spent just under $50 not including any supplies for our art and by the time the online store is opened, we should be on-track at spending just under $100. Is that even possible? So far, yes. (We'll be sure to update you if it goes over that!!)

So why are we even telling you any of this? Because we want you to know that we're actually going to be opening our online store fairly soon although it may not be in the spot that is listed now, but we promise nothing will change as far as products and packages we offer! Also, we want to be as transparent as possible without giving away too much information that doesn't need to be public. Thus, we're telling you our process and we want you to come along with us on this journey as we will be creating your dream worlds and making endless possibilities a reality with your help.

The two of us have personal lives as well as families but we never want you to think you're intruding on that when you have questions, comments, concerns, suggestions, or want to ask us about a commission. We created Entwined Chaos for you to be able to express yourself [through us] and show your dreams, that become reality, to the world. Will this be a multi-million dollar company? Does 8x8=64? We just want to do what we love while diving into your mind and putting the Entwined Chaos spin on your dream.

So sit back, continue to dream, and when you see that we've opened our store (completely) e-mail us or message us on Facebook to discuss what we can do for you. Everyone has something they've wanted to make a reality, why not do it through Entwined Chaos?

*Currently, we are taking commissions in small amounts. Please feel free to message or e-mail us at any time of the day or night. We'll reply promptly!*

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Paintings and Models and Minis... OH MY! 😱

Paintings and Models and Minis... OH MY!

As some of you have already seen at the online store, there are a few different item categories to choose from. But what do each of them mean exactly? We're going to break it down, chaotically, for you!

We would hope this is quite self-explanatory but just in case, we'll make sure you do understand with giving you a little more information.
Paintings are exactly what the name suggests, PAINTINGS! These are canvas painted paintings. The size of the canvas paintings are normally done in 16x22 with 8x10 being the next most common done here at Entwined Chaos. That being said, we're up for tackling any size so long as we can get that canvas and it can be shipped!!

What in the hell is a die-oh-rom-uh?! Some of you know exactly what this is and to others, you're new to the word. Think of a diorama [in its definition] as a small-scale model of a scene. In the model world however, it can be any and everything that can be dreamed of. Reality, fantasy, non-fiction, events from history.. The list is LITERALLY never-ending!

Most dioramas are fairly small meaning that the average size is anywhere around the neighborhood of 6 x 6 x 8 [inches] or 152 x 152 x 203 [millimeters and the most used metric system through the small-scale/model world]. If you've heard the term "HO scale" then you've more than likely came across a railroad model. These are simply beautiful and some of the most, if not the most, realistic scenes you will ever find.

The most common measurements in HO scale is one foot or 3.5 mm. This is, of course, from side to side. The height is usually no more than two and a half inches or so. [The height and width of the train itself. Buildings, trees, people, scatter, etc. are measured to fit this scale of course. 1:87 scale is what you may find it listed as as well.]

Chaos Package
It's a package, that's the first thing you need to know!! It's a package of a painting and a model! You'll get a deal and save money but these will be very limited when they're available.

The painting and model [or diorama] will be within the same theme and/or world. Dragons and fairies? The painting and model will play off of one another. An apocalyptic city? Again, both will play off the other. To be clear, these will come in VERY limited and on a first come, first serve basis. So if you see that we have a Chaos Package, don't expect it to be there for too long as once it is bought... It will never return again! 

In Conclusion
These are the current packages we will be offering and we're working on at the moment. We might come out with more in the future but we felt it fitting and it made more sense, as chaotic as the two of us are, to have it as simple for you all as possible. Once the store opens, you'll notice there are only about five items available at any given time. This does not mean that is all we have for sale. We will also post to Instagram and Facebook what else is for sale. What is on the store are what is easier to put up for sale and we can't, currently, afford to buy more inventory slots so that is why the limited number of items are/will be listed on the actual store.

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, suggestions or would like to run things by us then please feel free to contact us here. We will answer you as soon as our entwined minds come out of the chaotic bliss that is this world.

Endless possibilities await...

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Hobby On A Budget

So you're wanting to start a hobby that you're interested in but you don't have the money for that fancy starter kit that comes with two hundred items plus a set of free widget-digits that is a killer price! However, do you really need all of that or is it just a gimmick?

The truth is, you can start almost any hobby on any budget [virtually speaking] as long as you stick to the basics. No one needs to go all out for anything when they first start, especially when it comes to painting, model building, small-scale models, or dioramas. There is a plethora of starter and beginner kits out there for everyone on every budget but yet, they all seem to lack the fact that you do NOT need them.

So how can you start model building on a budget? It's simple, what do you have at home? Do you have kids that have acrylic craft paints and some inexpensive paint brushes that you picked up at the "dollar store"? Then you're already halfway there! Look around your house for an old cardboard box, newspaper, 12 ounce to 2-liter bottles, any and everything can be used! Open your mind, use your imagination!!

Now what if you don't have any of those things. What if you want to actually make something? Go to the "dollar store" or the cheapest place nearby and look for your basic black, red, green, and blue craft paints. Why not get more? Because you can make any color with all of these! Why the black? So you can lay what is called a "base coat" down on your model. This isn't going to be the case with everything you paint as you'll usually want to have a base coat that compliments the overlaying colors, but again, it's a beginning! Nothing fancy, get the cheapest. It's a start, that's what you're wanting to do. GET STARTED!

Right beside that you should be able to find a pack of cheap paint brushes. They're not great, by any means, but again... It's a start and that's all we're aiming for right now. Head over to the toy section and find some little toys or maybe even in the pottery section and find something that you can paint. Anything that isn't overly painted already or if you can find something unpainted, grab it. If you're looking for cheap miniatures to start out on a budget, head over to Reaper Miniatures [link below]. This is where I get most of my miniatures believe it or not. They come in metal and plastic. Their plastic line is a type of rubbery plastic that you can sit in some warm water and bend back into the pose it is supposed to be, but they're reliable minis that are almost indestructible. Trust me, they're wonderful.

But you want to build a scene?? It's okay! While you're over at the crafts area of your "dollar store", pick up some type of glue. Whether it's white glue [there are specifics but this is a start, don't worry about the others right now] or super glue, find something that you can put on foam. You don't want it melting the foam. And if you don't have foam, that's why we have the cardboard! Find a few floral plants, the fake ones, and grab them. Nothing too expensive and nothing over the top, you're set!

Now that you're back home and you have all of your supplies, start thinking of what you want to make. If you have foam, use that as your base and if foam isn't something you have, find that cardboard box or use one of your snack/cereal boxes. Just cut it to the size you need. You may want to use something to reinforce the cardboard as well, this isn't needed but it will help the base not to warp and bend after adding paint and glue. Again, you're not making it to some high standard, it's the start of your hobby. You have to get to know the basics, this is what that is.

Now use your scissors and start cutting things to shape. If you're using foam, make sure you're using a box cutter with a very sharp blade. Your base is set up? Great!! Now start painting your miniature or whatever you bought to paint. Use that black paint if need be [if you don't understand what stripping is, that's fine! Paint over all of those colors that are on that item with the black paint,one or two coats should suffice.] "I need to thin my paints, I hear that a lot." No, no you do not. We're just starting out, so you don't need to worry about thinning or brush strokes or anything like that.

After painting the item you bought, let it dry and make sure you wait until everything is dry and you have an "outline" ready to go before you start painting. If you're using thin cardboard [from those snack/cereal boxes] make sure you reinforce the bottom with something. Whether it's wood, plastic, or something along those lines -- use that to reinforce the bottom. You can use the super glue or white glue for this. It shouldn't warp, but to make sure it doesn't, lay something heavy on top and let it sit until it is dry. Whether it's a few minutes to a few hours, have patience. You're starting out, don't rush anything.

Start laying your finished pieces out now that everything is dry and ready to set up. Make sure you're happy with everything before you start gluing. If you're adding grass or anything of that nature, put that down first unless you want your item to be "buried" in it. Use your imagination and let your mind do the work. Don't think too much into it and don't make everything "perfect." Especially if it's some type of "nature" scene. Nothing in nature is perfect, ever. There are no patterns thus, you don't want any noticeable patterns in your scene.

So, for the price of a coffee or two from Starbucks or some other place, you just built your first diorama/model/small-scale! That's no more than five or ten dollars in most places of the United States. So what are you waiting on? It isn't going to build itself!

Looking For Cheap Miniatures To Start Out? Head to Reaper Mini!

Monday, June 3, 2019

What Is This "Entwined Chaos"?

Throughout both of our lives, the two of us have always had a creative, imaginative, open-minded, and flourishing brains. Whether it was in our personal lives or at work we were always thinking of something to "better" what we were doing. Not in the sense that makes things easier or even to help others but more along the lines of expressing ourselves.

One of us paints while the other one builds physical renditions of our worlds. The thing that makes us click? The thought process behind them are almost identical. From the simplicity to the extravagant, there's always something that connects the two of us in the way we express through our work.

So why are some things beautiful and fantasy-like while other things are dark and depressing?

That's the beauty of art, it's expressive of our emotions and thoughts. Andy Warhol once said, "People should fall in love with their eyes closed." and although he meant it in the emotion of love, it still holds true to art. It isn't the 99% that you visually see in our art that conveys how we felt when painting or build but yet, it's what the 1% of you sees in it from within. Is it depressing or is it screaming "I need you!"? Is it fantasy or is it our Utopia? Yes, some of our work might very well have a dark, depressing, or angry theme but that doesn't mean we necessarily felt that whilst we were creating it.

Now how on Earth did the two of us come together and decide to sell our art?

It's quite simple, we love one another and are always at the other one's beck and call. No matter the time of day, what's going on i our lives, we're there for the other. It was the perfect fit. We'd always wanted to do something together and as soon as one of us brought the idea up to the other, it was an automatic YES!! Neither of us had to think about it and it was [quite literally] meant to be.

Entwined Chaos, why such a descriptive and mind-boggling name?

Why not? It tells exactly what we do is. It's beautiful, it's masterful, it's chaotic, it's bliss. Not only that we're entwined in the other one's mind. You know when you're talking to someone and you say the same thing or you were thinking about texting someone and they text you? Or a number of any of those "coincidences"? That's us. That is what Entwined Chaos is.

Where are the models? I see paintings but I've not seen one, not one model!!

Well, you're waiting which is a good and bad thing. We do apologize no models or any of that nature has been yet displayed but we're very busy and we're working on them. They're coming, slowly but surely, they're coming. If you have any questions as to commissions for models, small-scales, etc. then please don't hesitate to contact us! We're still getting things off of the ground to bring you the best possible customer service and quality keepsakes that we can possibly bring to you. Just bear with us a little bit longer. The two of us hate to promise one thing only to have that promise broken even when it's out of our control thus, we have not put a date on the store being available for purchases, models have no been displayed yet, and things of that nature.

Have other questions, comments, concerns, suggestions or just want to pick at our brains? Feel free to contact us by going here and we promise we'll answer as soon as the world goes back to turning.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Opening Soon

That's right!! We're working on some stuff to make sure we're ready for your business instead of trying to play catch up when we "open the doors" to our virtual store!

Now although we do commissions, we will have items available for purchase [as much as possible] on our Entwined Chaos store website. If you're looking at something and just begging to have it, go ahead and purchase it! All works are one-of-a-kind and, more than likely unless otherwise noted, will not be replicated.

Some of you may have been waiting for a painting, small-scale model, diorama or more for a very long time. If you don't trust in your skills to do it yourself and give us as many details as possible, we'll try to our best to make sure your work of art is exactly as you want. You can fill out the form on our store website or Facebook if you'd like to inquire on pricing for your work. All prices will vary as each one is unique to the individual.

In the meantime, get the word out to your family, friends, trolls, co-workers and everybody else that Entwined Chaos is going to be selling soon and taking orders!!