Christmas Inspirations-December 2019
Christmas can be a time for over consumption rather than contemplation. However, being crafty can give you that time and space to look at Christmas creatively. It is a tradition in my family to exchange gifts that are handmade, second-hand and this year we added bush gifts from drought and fire effected areas. So, I am going for a Country Christmas theme
Dinner is at my house this year, so to tie in my theme I decided to rehash an old napkin ring idea to make table decorations. Determined not to go to the shops, I rummaged through my useful box and craft stash to use up bits I already had. That’s what I love about the Powertex universal medium and stone art – its ability to help you create assemblage art out of found objects, off-cuts, or bits from the backyard. that at first glance to anyone else may simply look like rubbish.
Keep in mind, except for the PTX universal medium, everything is optional depending on the style you wish to create and what you have at home. I love to use the stone art as it speeds up the attachment process.
A range of bush seeds, pods and dried flowers are available at www.bagendstudio.net
Step One – Set up to create the Base
Step Two - Make Stone Art
- Pour into a bowl with a small amount of White Powertex Universal Medium (1/4 cup) and Stone Art (1/4 cup) and mix with a flat spatula.
- Keeping adding small amounts of Stone Art until it forms a kneadable dough like mixture that no longer sticks to the bowl or your gloves.
- Remove the sticky ball, add a little more stone art to the bowl to ‘flour’ the ball
- Knead and condition until the clay can be pushed into a textured surface and removed again without sticking.
- Store in a zip lock plastic bag.
- For longer storage (a few months), cover with a wet chux cloth, put it in a zip lock plastic bag and then pop it in an airtight container. It may need ‘flouring’ with Stone Art if it is too sticky or more PTX Universal Medium if too dry, when you go to use it.
Step Three - Assembling the Roll
- Pre-dip string by placing into your bowl of PTX universal medium and massaging it through. Squeeze out excess by running string through thumb and forefinger. Put to one side or in hot/dry weather wrap in gladwrap.
- With a paint brush paint both sides of the cardboard.
- Wrap the cardboard around your glad-wrapped roll.
- Wrap the pre-dipped string around the cardboard to hold it into place.
Step Four - Assembling Found Objects
Step Five - Bister
Step Six - Setting
Step Seven - Pigment Embellishing
Just Add Your Napkins Congratulations Stay Tuned for more Country Christmas www.bagendstudio.net
Natalie Parish creates eclectic pieces of art. She is the Distributor and Design Team Trainer for Powertex in QLD Australia and enjoys sharing her passion for the product