It’s reveal day for the Art Elements Theme Challenge, and this month it was Jen’s turn to host with the theme of seed pods. Read her post here. I was really inspired by this theme and had loads of plans and ideas. I was particularly taken with snap dragon seed heads, the little skulls are amazing and I pick some every autumn to sprinkle and spread their seeds. The kids also love the talking flowers!
Unfortunately, I forgot it was the end of the school year, and part of nearly every day for the last two weeks was taken up with concerts, trips, sports days, discos and assemblies so my play time was seriously reduced. I had to do a bit of multi tasking, so while making some mugs, I decided to try out a new decorating technique I’ve been playing with and make myself a seed head mug.
I started out with a couple of rough sketches, in pencil and watercolour of poppy seed heads.
And a white glazed unfired mug.
The design changed slightly as I sketched it on to the mug in pencil, the pods became more elongated. I added stems and small leaves. I’m terrible at reproducing sketches… they never end up as they started out!
This was then painted with cobalt oxide mixed with water, trying to vary the thickness of the mix for a bit of contrast, and fired.
I’m pleased with how it turned out, I’m a bit miffed I didn’t get to do more with my original ideas though, but they’ll keep for another day! If you’d like to know more about the technique, head over to the Art Elements blog on Friday for a more in-depth post!
This is a blog hop, I hope you’ll join myself, the rest of the team, and guests to see what they’ve all made inspired by seed pods… follow the links below.
(I’ll be away as this post is published, so I’ll be round to visit everyone as soon as I’m home)
Art Elements Team: