The weekend was wonderfully productive. While I certainly could add “Grossly underestimates the time it takes to do things” to my resume, I still accomplished a great deal. Last week I was working on some little bunny ornaments. I am excited about them because I had four distinctly different versions of them hopping around in my head. I didn’t know which ones to actually make, so I made the decision to make them ALL. After all, who’s to say that there is a limit on the number of bunny ornaments you can design? If there is, I haven’t heard about it yet.
So I made the first version with delicately scrolled collars. I left them in a natural wood finish and I accented the design with some pretty crystal rhinestones. They looked pretty and elegant. The second version I stained with some acrylic paint and some gel staining medium. These also had scrolled collars and were accented with rhinestones. I thought the sheer pastel colors of the stains gave them a nice, spring look and still allowed us to appreciate the pretty wood grain.
I planned on creating two painted versions over the weekend. This time, I wouldn’t cut out the collars at all, and the pieces would be simple silhouettes with some painted details. I intended on doing one version Saturday and the final version on Sunday and be done with them all.
However, as usual, things took longer than I intended. Perhaps because in my mind I try to fast-forward things so that I can accomplish all that I am dreaming of, I always seem to think things will go faster than they do. But there is no harm done really, as I never mind things taking longer, as long as they work out well in the end. And I think that these did fine.
For the third version of bunny ornaments that I created, I used a product called “Margot’s MUD” which is a textured paste that adds dimension to any surface. Margot Clark designed this product and it is not only used in painting and decorating, but also in glass work and ceramics, as it can be fired in a kiln, as well as air dried. It is different from the usual textured pastes because it dries hard as a rock and is very permanent and not prone to chipping and flaking off like so many of the other textures on the market do. I just love this stuff!
Margot is a wonderful painter and designer. I have admired her work ever since I began painting. I ‘met’ her on Facebook and we have become friends. I used some of the MUD last year in some projects and people really liked it. After using it for some Christmas ornaments last year, I knew I wanted to do more with it and these bunnies in my head were screaming to be “MUD Bunnies.”
So I did just that. I began with some beautiful spring colors as a base coat, and I decorated the bunnies with some MUD flowers using Margot’s technique. I then (of course!) added just a few beautiful crystal rhinestones to give them just a spot of glimmer and a pretty satin bow to finish them off. I just love the results:
I think they look really cool! Making the flowers and leaves is unbelievably easy using Margot’s technique and they look like you spent hours and hours on them. These may just be my favorite version of the bunnies yet!
I am in the process of making the pattern for these bunnies, with step-by-step instructions on how to create the pretty flowers. I plan to offer them both as a pattern and a kit, with the wood pieces pre-cut for those painters that don’t have access to a wood cutter. I think they will make a lovely addition to my painting patters and I think that people will wan to have them around all summer long!
Margot also offers wonderfully detailed instructions and videos, along with the MUD product at her website http://www.margotclark.com . She has everything you need and even offers a great beginner kit with the MUD supplies you need to get started. Unlike many “starter kits” that you see, this one is truly complete and contains all you need to just open it and begin MUDDING!
Of course, you can get the pretty hot fix rhinestones at Rhinestone Canada’s site at http://www.rhinestonecanada.ca. There is such a wonderful array of colors and sizes and the prices and service are unbeatable.
I love telling you all about these wonderful companies that I come across. I love using their products and if I find something that I like, I do everything I can to promote them and bring them to the attention of all my wonderfully artistic friends. I think that we all need to appreciate these smaller companies and support them so that we can continue to find supplies and have good customer service. I hope you all agree.
Today, I will be working on the 4th and final version of these bunny ornaments. They will be a bit different from all the previous versions, and hopefully they will come out as nice.
I hope you enjoy these little “MUD Bunnies.” They were really fun to make and every time I look at them I smile.
I wish you all a happy Monday and a wonderfully creative week ahead!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"