And then these mushrooms happened…

Hi! It’s me! Remember me? I’m still alive. I’m so disgusted with myself that it’s been a year since I started my forest thrones project and they’re not done yet, that I’ve been hiding out from the blog. Real mature, right?

Money’s been real tight around here, but I got some cash for Christmas and spent it on some LaDoll clay. See, I ran out of the paperclay I was using for my trees, which was irritating because I just needed that much more to finish the little details. So I decided to come up with some other projects to use the LaDoll with before it dried out. I bought LaDoll this time because it’s stronger than paperclay and I wasn’t happy with the performance of the paperclay in some cases.

Anyway. It took a while to work up the nerve to work on the trees again, so I decided to ease into it by doing another project first … and then these mushrooms happened. Maybe I’ve been playing too much Plants Vs. Zombies.

Three flowerpots of lifesized mushrooms, a topiary and my BJD, Trixie.

Trixie is unimpressed by the giant mushrooms.

The flowerpots are mini terra cotta pots which I painted and distressed. I want to learn to upcycle furniture, but the idea scares the heck out of me, so I’m starting with baby steps. I’m thrilled with how these came out, so I’ll be distressing more painted objects from now on.

So then I filled the pots and built the mushrooms. Okay, I have a confession to make. Their armatures are paper. The stems started as paper lollipop sticks and the caps are index cards. Then I bulked them out with Model Magic, which is horrible of me but I had a bunch of it lying around that I got for cheap. The LaDoll is strong enough that using these lightweight materials inside doesn’t seem to have made a difference.

See? They’re quite strong. I even dropped one on accident and it was fine.

Then I painted and glossed the shrooms, and dressed the “dirt” inside the pot with model train landscape fuzz for moss and raffia grass. If you look carefully, you can see they each have a little rock in the pot, too. I was going to add more stuff, but I think they look good like this. I added the lace and gold ribbon to the pots to draw the white down a little, unifying the colors and such. I have an art degree, leave me alone.

The scale thing kind of makes me chuckle… they’re giant mushrooms for the doll, but in reality they’re about life-sized (modeled after the ones that grow in my yard). Trixie is about ten inches tall, if you were wondering. The rabbit is wood and I don’t remember where it came from. I swear it isn’t blurry in real life, but it came out that way in all the photos.

The topiary is an old ufo I finished up last year while waiting for glue to dry on my forest thrones. I’m planning to make several more of them.

Meanwhile, I promise I’ll finish up the trees soon. I want to take them to a show in May.


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