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.