And now for something completely different

Angel ornament

Angel ornament

Ever since the debacle of the coaster tiles, I have been trying to think of something new and more seasonally sensitive to put into my etsy shop. There is an outlet around here that sells overstock  and remainder books from 50 cents to several dollars and I have looked off and on in the arts and crafts section for some ideas. Who can resist a $2 art book bargain?

Rocking horse ornament

Rocking horse ornament

Just for fun I picked up a few books on handmade paper and in one of them was a section on ornaments made using ceramic cookie molds.  Hmmm……. I think I have some of those molds.  They  used to hang decoratively on the kitchen soffits of my last house but were now packed away because there are no soffits here.  I dug them out and sure enough they were the exact same thing as in the book.  I looked on line for the paper pulp and ordered a small amount to see if I could actually do this.

Fraidy cat ornament

‘Fraidy cat ornament

And do you know what?  I could- at least the paper molding part.  The painting has proven to be a bit more of a challenge because I haven’t done much decorative work like this.  It’s been slow going so far.  I had to get more acrylic paint and some more suitable brushes, but I’m learning as I go.  I don’t see it replacing my architectural work, but it is a fun diversion and maybe I can sell a few in my etsy shop.