Having had a bit of a creative slump lately, I was moping around at home trying to figure out something I could do to get me back on track. I didn’t want to make a card (odd, for me, because I always like making cards) and my attempts at making a Kelly Rae Roberts-inspired collage were all dismal and uninspiring. So, what to do?
I have a box of “bits” that I hold on to for upcycling/altering or using in other projects. It’s got tins and wooden blocks, boxes, decorations and papier mache forms. Basically, it’s a box of crap that I have collected. It’s a hoarder’s dream, but it does come in handy when I am stuck for inspiration and want to do something different.
So, with that in mind, I rummaged around and found these weird Christmas decorations. I bought them years ago in a post-Xmas sale, so they only cost me 25c each or something (the original price was $9.99 – ridiculous!). I thought they would be good for altering, stamping on, painting etc. I liked the shape and the fact they had a good solid base, as well as being able to hang them from something.
I had been playing around with them for a bit when I decided to make a tree out of one of them. Don’t ask me why. I like trees, I guess, but I had never really had an urgent desire to make a little mini-tree of my own. This one came together reasonably quickly, once I got into it. I covered the body/trunk in dictionary text and sealed it with gel medium mixed with a little black and brown paint. I raided some sticks from the neighbour’s tree and made wee little branches with them, stuck into the holes in the wooden shape.
During a crafty session with my nephews and nieces, I made some teeny-weeny mushrooms and a little bird out of polymer clay. After baking them and letting them cool, I painted them (with a lot of squinting) with acrylic paints.
I then crafted a little bird’s nest from twine, which was oddly therapeutic. Just twisting and fraying the twine and making it a roughly bird-nesty shape. I really do like making tiny things. I don’t know why, but they are very satisfying and appealing, from a creative point of view. I really do need to wear my glasses when doing this stuff though!
Eventually, it was all put together (very carefully – it’s not the most robust of creations!), sitting on a base of sphagnum moss glued to a wooden lid, and I’m pretty happy with it. It’s just for me. No purpose behind it (not a gift or something to sell) – it’s just purely for me. I added the “Benedictus” text (from an old large print dictionary) because, very roughly translated, it means “Blessed Be” which kinda resonates with me for various reasons. I wanting to make some more things like this now. I’m feeling the mixed-media vibe right now! I’d like to try some tea-bag art next…will keep you posted!
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