Concrete Mushrooms

Working with concrete and hypertufa is by far my two of my favorite medias.

I wanted to make a few concrete mushrooms but I wanted them to be different. I knew I wanted to use the Hypertufa so they would have the rough appearance with holes, dips and scraggly looking edges. I even chipped off more edges to add to the appearance.

The tops were made with plastic bowls and the bottoms were made with large cardboard oatmeal containers. My favorite one is the yellow one because the top is tapered and to me it looks more like a real mushroom.

Painting them was fun the blending of colors, adding some metallics, adding stones and finally working on the stems and adding large fleck glitter to marine spar to get the look I wanted.

I ended up painting marine spar on the entire mushroom to weatherproof it and lessen the chance of the colors fading.

At first they would not sit up straight so I found some rocks I could glue to the base underneath and that helped.

These mushrooms took quite a few stones to get the look I wanted. I found the stones at my local Hobby Lobby and the At Home Store & I used E6000 to glue the stones on. I would say roughly I spent about $12.00 on all the stones and $5.00 on the glue.

Do I like everything I create that is a big NO but every project I create makes someone happy because I give away a lot of the stuff I create.

Creativity allows me to express myself, think of new challenges, find inspiration in everyday life and it allows me to use my imagintation for something artistic.

Creativity engages the mind and allows us to make a connection with ourself. Creative expression gives us a voice without words. It gives us confidence to know we can do anything we want to do.

It keeps our mind active which is very important as we get older noone wants a mushy mind.

Creative people are very happy people because they can breathe deeply and take in life one project at a time.

Concrete Leaf Bird Feeder

I love working with concrete and this weekend I finally got a chance to cast a few concrete leaves.

For this leaf I used a taro leaf it is one of our bog plants for the pond but it is similiar to an elephant ear plant. This was a really large one.

The first one turned out great, the next two I broke because I kept messing with them before they were cured but the fourth one is ready to paint today. I suggest letting them dry 24 hours before touching them.

I wanted these leaves to have glamourous rich type sheen so I used metallic paints in several different greens and golds. Then I used a regular brown on the stems.

These concrete leaves allowed me to be creative, cast something new in a media I love working with & paint it for its final reveal.

This leaf will be used for a bird feeder to hang in the trees. I hope I can get a few more made this week.

These leaves could also make a beautiful decor piece for your home or even a shallow bird bath.

Life is good and I live to be creative.

 

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls

Pablo Picasso

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