Thursday, October 13

artful thursdays # 28....halloween treat container tutorial

i finally just set up shop on the kitchen table today while the kids were at school to finish these halloween treat containers. you need a big space to get messy and really experiment so i rolled out some paper and turned on the tunes. after the first hour i had a painting emergency and had to call my daughter in north carolina for advice, then went to get a coke. worked like a charm....

it was a blast, haven't had this much fun creating in forever! i am so happy with the results and with every project/mess/experiment i learned a lot. this is a multi day process so get ready.

step 1. plaster dip.
mix up a thin slurry of plaster in a disposable container at least 4 inches deep. (don't even think about washing anything down your sink!) i followed the directions on the box and then thinned with water until i had a nice dipping consistency. dip your peat pots in the plaster and roll around to coat the inside and out. lift out with a wooden chopstick and tip up on wax paper to dry without touching the pot at all. leave these to dry overnight. plan on making a batch at a time, so you can use up your plaster mix.

step 2. paper clay faces.
set up a paper clay working station with a cup of water, a paintbrush,some paper clay, and your dry plaster pots. paint some water on the front of the pot with the paintbrush and start shaping your face. i started with the nose, then added eyes and the mouth last. mold the features with your hands, dip in water constantly to smooth. you don't want to sand much later so use your paintbrush dipped in water to wear down any edges and blend the clay into the plaster so it looks seamless.
let dry over night. your faces can be creepy or fun, think pumpkins, cats, witches, monsters, owls, skeletons, and clowns. the round one is a plastic pumpkin i tried dipping. cool shape but the plaster cracks off really easily :(

you can see from these faces the pots have irregularities, bubbles, weird glops and stuff that dried from the dipping process. just go with it and don't fuss, its a great texture after you add the paint.
step 3. gesso pots.
now you have a collection of little pots with faces just waiting to be painted. get out your acrylic paints, paintbrushes, big nail file, water pot, and dry rag. first take your big nail file (the fake nail ones from the beauty supply work great)and smooth off the rim and any other bad spots. i started by coating the pots inside and out with gesso, black gesso inside and white gesso outside. let dry completely. the paint soaks into the plaster and clay differently that you may expect. it is good to work in stages here so you can gesso all the pots at once and then begin painting.

step 4. paint the little faces.
i squirted out a fun halloween pallet of colors to get started. paint the outside of the pot your main color--i didn't paint the eyes or the mouth. start adding washes of thinned acrylic paint to layer your color. next paint the eyes and mouth. the last thing i did was add the detail to the nose and add the teeth.

step 5. crackle finish.
i decided to crackle finish the outside of my pots. paint a thin layer over the whole thing and let dry. when dry smear a bit of brown acrylic over the finish with your finger and wipe off with a damp cloth. (click on the photo for a close-up of the crackle finish.)

step 6. drill holes and finish.
use a dremmel drill on the slowest setting and drill two holes in either side of your pot for a handle. thread a wired tinsel handle through both sides and crimp on the inside.

pumpkin jack got a crepe paper fringe puff tied on with black and white string.
fill with little halloween treats and goodies and enjoy!
happy halloween wishes,


Joni said...

Soooo cute Julie, Thank you for sharing this idea....
Happy Halloween!!!

Stephanie said...

These look like so much fun to make. I think I wouldn't want to stop!

gretchen said...

yay - an artful thursday!! i've missed these, but honestly i don't know how you've pulled off so many of them, so i certainly can't complain. fantastic, as always... thanks, julie!

Carol said...

These are great!!! Something I will have to give a shot at doing for sure :)

Amy A said...

Great idea! Thanks for sharing, I love a good messy project now and then :)

Julie said...

Aren't you sweet to show us how to make them, too! Thank you!

They're wonderful! :)

Jennifer said... these...totally inspired to try them.

Heather Simpson-Bluhm said...

Julie these are so fun and cute. I want to try them but my art table is full to the brim with mosaics for my boutique. I may have to try something similar for a different holiday! Thanks for the how to. :)

Effie said...

Glad you're back! these.

Lorraine Lewis said...

love these julie!

Suzanne said...

Those are so cute! I hope you're having a fun party to use these.

Little Pink Studio said...

LOVE this, Julie. Thank you.
I too, have missed your tutorials.
xo, Cerri

Rebecca said...

What a great project! Thanks for sharing. Hope you and yours are well.

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