Hello everyone, Barb here, to share a little “How To” with you. It is not to early to start thinking about gifts for teachers for the upcoming holidays or for just any day. I don’t think we can say thanks in enough ways to the educators of our youth.
Our challenge this month is back to school with book pages as the added element. I chose to alter a small recycled jar (the jar could be filled with many different things). Wash your jar very well and let it dry.
I covered the jar with strips of book pages which were adhered with gel medium. After they dried I brushed on a coat of clear gesso. I was thinking I wanted the words to show through from the page pages.
I then painted a layer of red paint. After that dried, I sponged on two different reds to give the color more depth.
Now to add the finishing touches. I left the lid the color it was which was a goldy brown. I colored a piece of wood that looked like a knob dark brown to represent the stem. I adhered two layers of book pages together; cut out two leaves freehand and colored them with green ink. A touch of brown ink was added also. I took a piece of brown twine, doubled it, wet it with gel medium and wrapped it around a pencil so I could get the curl in it. Once it is dry remove it carefully from the pencil. I wrapped natural twine under the lid; tied a bow, and added a tag with thanks stamped on it.
I do have an artistic conflict going on. Should I leave the jar as it is or should I brush shiny modge podge on it so my apple shines. What do you think?