Type of item: Home Decor
Style: Holiday, Outdoorsy, Retro / Vintage, Whimsical, Cute
Model Magic, wooden toothpicks, acrylic paint, acrylic gloss (liquid)
What was your inspiration?
I was inspired by a photo in Martha Stewart Living. There was a lovely holiday table set with a rustic, woodland theme featuring candles made from tree branches and little stuffed animals sitting on "snow" encrusted stumps. I liked the idea but had to put my own spin on it. I created decor for the Thanksgiving table that I told my family was called, "Hansel and Gretel Drag," because it was cutesy and folktale-ish, but also definitely campy and over the top. The mushrooms were a little element that just popped into my head- I placed them here and there in clusters throughout the other decorations.
What are you most proud of?
I am pleased that I was able to make 30 of these mushrooms (photo only shows a few) and every one is different and has a personality. I will probably reuse them for Easter.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
If you like these, just copy them! No pattern needed. I used white and "red" Model magic but ended up painting the red because it was a bright, vivid pink-red, and I wanted a classic dark red. Start with the stems and put a toothpick into each one for structure. LET THEM DRY. Then add the caps and LET THEM DRY. Then paint the stems with a very watery brown wash and LET IT DRY. Then red for the cap and... you know. Then the white dots. Then the clear coat for gloss if you want it. I guess that's the advice- let each step completely dry before you move on or you'll have a shroomy mess!