This months challenge is UPCYCLE and for my project I have made a water pot from a coffee jar using Powertex and various bits and bobs left over from other projects as well as some totally beyond it old paintbrushes that were destined for the bin!
So here is what I started with: bits of hessian, t-shirt yarn, bandage/gauze, rope, left over Powertex fossils, canvas spacers and a coffee jar. The only new part of this projects was some Powertex grey.
I snapped off the paintbrush handles so they finished just below the rim of the jar. I used the left over handles as spacers.
I poured some Powertex onto a leftover plastic plate...no more plastic ones in the house EVER!
First I dipped the gauze into the Powertex and worked it well in. I wrapped it around the jar making wiggly wave type texture. I then worked Powertex into the hessian, rope and t-shirt yarn. Next I coated Powertex on to the brushes, fossils and canvas spacers. I places the brushes onto of the gauze and wrapped hessian around the jar holding the brushes in place.
I continued to build up the jar with the various items and under the fossils I added some kitchen paper that I had worked Powertex into.
To finish this stage I smeared Powertex over the neck of the jar, some of this will eventually wear off but it gives it texture and detail. Set aside to dry - I worked outside in the sunshine and my was touch dry within half an hour max and fully dry in around 3 hours.
Once it was dry I used some Easy Varnish and pigments in Ultramarine, Turquoise, red ochre and white. I started with ultramarine over most of the jar and embellishments, then added turquoise and white. I used the white quite sparingly over the sails (canvas spacers) and the wiggly wavy area...you can see where I am going here can't you?
Finally I used red ochre and a muddy mix to add some colour to the fossils.
Can you spot the extra make in the bottom left image?
This was the jar lid. I used the same pigments to colour the outside, finishing with some pearl pigment.
So two makes all from the same jar! The lid will be a tealight holder for the garden.
Bye for now, Fi xx