The Owl & the Pussycat
Monthly Challenge – June 2020
By Natalie Parish - Bag End Studio - Powertex QLD
Australian Powertex Design Team
The first verse of Edward Lear’s Nonsense Poem was the inspiration for this month’s challenge. Edward Lear was also a wonderful painter. Perhaps that is why he could conjure up such beautiful imagery and that is what I attempted to pay homage to with this months lovely kit.
The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five-pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
"O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
What a beautiful Pussy you are!"
From your useful box:
Step 1: Design Layout
Step 2: Make Stone Art
Step 3: Join Boat Together & Seal MDF Boards
Step 4: Create the Sail
Step 5: Stencil Boat
Step 6: Attach Styrofoam backing
Step 7: Attach flowers
Step 8: Embellish the boat & Sail with Colour
Step 9: Sculpture Owl
Step 10: Sculpture Pussycat
Step 11: Embellish the Owl and the Pussycat
Step 12: Attach the Owl, Pussycat & Sail Mast
Step 13: Attach Sail – solve Top Heavy?
Step 14: Optional – Some Honey and Plenty of Money
Step 15: Optional – Boom Gel Moon Background
I hope you are over the moon with your artwork.
Hang on, am I getting my old rhymes mixed up?
Join me next time or Christmas in July!!!!!
Inspired by an Italian trip to a Leonardo Da Vinci Invention Museum I wanted to create a Mythical Steampunk Machine. Imagine my delight when I found Leonardo Napkins at Tamara’s Paper Napkins on Etsy! I also wanted to create a Sci-Fi vibe, so I did a bit research on fireflies. Firstly, I discovered Fireflies are not really flies but beetles from the Order Coleoptera. The light is from the compound Luciferin which is the most efficient light in the world and used in a growing field of medical research as well as gene manipulation in plants so they light up in our homes potentially reducing the consumption of fossil fuel based lighting. Now my imagination was set alight and a whole story lit up in my head of world where humans could harness that light and energy. Would it be fabulous world – maybe not?
Human Impact Report Lampyridae - (lightning-beetles).
Giant light emitting beetles from the Lampyridae family produce the most efficient form of light. Since mechanization and the ability to intensify oxygen concentrations, we harness beetles as a renewable source of light and energy including luciferase plant gene manipulation for creating indoor plants that service our internal décor needs. Additionally, luciferin extraction is now essential for gene technology, medical research, food safety, and forensic testing. As such the living Magnificent Luciferin Machines are now an important source of employment accounting for 80% of work in Machine Pasture Counties.
The expansion of human territories has caused habitat destruction for these necessary creatures and as we are still unable to force reproduction we rely on a natural source for capture and herding. Environmental Protection Zones have become a necessary norm. Visitors will be allowed to use the zones for recreational purposes within guided areas as the carnivorous larvae of these beetles are dangerous to humans. Therefore, the Luciferin machine industry by its very use of these creatures is protecting this species and large tracts of environmental parks for future generations to come.
Step 11: Optional Decoupage Wings
Step 12: Light Her Up Baby
Congratulations you have finished
See you in June with some Anthropomorphic Nonsense.
Natalie Parish from Bag End Studio
It’s no secret how much I love Alice in Wonderland Themes. So, I was very excited to receive this month’s Rabbit Design Kit so I could build upon by Wonderland Artwork Collection. (see blog ‘We are All Mad Here - The Red Queen & Alice Art Dolls). Therefore, I wanted to find some design elements that would work in with this collection. Secondly, I wanted to tie in the idea of falling down the rabbit hole (something I symbolically do daily). This led to rearranging the MDF pieces to simulate the White Rabbit falling.
However, I couldn’t think of what to do with all the extra pieces – especially the scroll. Finally, I hit upon the idea that when I am organized and ticking off errands, I am less likely to procrastinate. I make lists and scroll through them all the time and still end up doing tasks in a furious hurry, much like when we first meet Lewis Carrol’s White Rabbit I realized. That led to the idea of attaching and decorating an old pinboard to my artwork to pin up my to do lists or bills in a vain attempt to not always be late. Alas, due to time constraints I did not include the pinboard in these instructions but intend to do so at a later date (I have another rabbit hole to visit first).
Step 1: Design Layout
Step 2: Make Stone Art
Step 3: Seal MDF Boards
Step 4. Join MDF Pieces Together
Step 5. Make the Bunny Tail
Step 6. Attach Jacket and Bunny Tail.
Step 7. Sculpt Rabbit Face
Step 8. Attach Collar and Rabbit Face
Step 9. Cover the Umbrella
Step 10. Make the Rabbit Furry
Step 11. Embellish with Powercolour & Colourtrix
Step 12. Attach Chain, Fob Watch, Umbrella & Hanging Hooks.
Congratulations You Have Finished.
STEP 3: Attach the Tree to your Mandala
Undo the rope but keep the piece of wire tied onto the rope to keep your spacing. Pour Powertex Black into a bowl and dip the string into the Powertex and then massage it through the fibres. Once coated twist the rope and drape it onto the MDF Board. Use the short pieces for the roots, spreading them evenly on the bottom, making sure you don’t cover the holes for the string. Cut the excess branches off and leave to dry. Use Powertex Black and stick the small dream catcher on the MDF board between the branches. Leave everything to dry completely.
STEP 5: Painting Autumn Colours
While you’re waiting for step 3 to dry. Pour Powertex Green, Red and Yellow onto the plastic plates and cover them with plastic to prevent drying out. Start with the green and dab the sponge over all the MDF leaves - you still want to see some black coming through. Do both sides (working under a fan will speed up the drying process). Rinse the sponge after every colour that you use. Use now Powertex Red and do this process all over. Leave to dry. Finally, Powertex Yellow will bring that Autumn feeling to the leaves as the colours blend into each other.
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.
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