Sunday, 1 April 2018

Nuvo Easter Bunny Bookends



Happy Easter, friends! 
However you are spending the day, may it be it be filled with peace, love and joy. 

As far as crafting, there won't be any over this weekend, but I did manage to put together some bunny bookends which are super cute and surprisingly practical!
Now I fannied around with these bunnies for about 4 hours but it needn't take that long. Originally I wanted to use gilding flakes and in fact, one of the bunnies was gilded to the hilt but for some reason it just didn't stick once dry. 
Some of the gold gilding came away and I wasn't happy with the effect so I gessoed over it and started again.After feeling a little disappointed, I pulled my big girl socks up and decided to make a pair of matching bunnies to use as bookends. I had a lot of fun with the Nuvo Embellishment Mousse, with emphasis my creating light and shadows. 

Materials

XL Resin Bunny approx. 22cm
White Gesso
Cheesecloth

Nuvo - Embellishment Mousse - Burnished Bronze - 814N
Nuvo Embellishment Mousse - Indian Gold - 802N
Nuvo - Embellishment Mousse - Lemon Sorbet - 805N
Nuvo - Embellishment Mousse - Mother of Pearl - 804N
Nuvo - Craft Spoon - 978N
A3 Glass Cutting Mat - 352E

Tonic Studios Nuvo 12 Pack Paint Brushes

Nuvo - Dual Ended - Blender Brush
Distilled Water

Step 1 

Make sure your resin bunny is clean and then cover with white gesso. You can make your own with a mould or even buy a pair and cover with gesso as your starting point. I'm sure you can pick something similar up at the pound shop or B&M for dead cheap. Repeat the gesso application if desirable. 2 coats added. 
Step 2
Cut pieces of cheesecloth and with gesso, add it to your bunny in random places. Let air dry. Here you can see the cheesecloth before it's moulded into the bunny. 
Repeat the gesso application as many times as you want. In order to achieve my moulded look, I added 3 additional layers of gesso. Let air dry overnight or at least a couple of hours as they gesso really soaks into the cheesecloth. 
Step 3
Begin to use your Lemon and Mother of Pearl Embellishment Mousse with a little distilled water and some paint brushes. 
Step 4
Start to build your layers and shadows with Indian Gold Embellishment Mousse.
Step 5
Use gesso in areas of highlights and add additional texture to your project. 
Step 6
Build more layers with all four Mousse - Mother of Pearl, Lemon, Indian Gold and Burnished Bronze, using different size paint brushed and a little distilled water. 
The Mother of Pearl and Lemon Mousse are amazing as acting as highlights. As you can see, it looks like the highlight is from light, but it's actually the mousse.
And the Burnished Bronze acts as a shadow, which overall has a really beautiful effect. I carried on with adding the Mousse until both bunnies were pretty much the same colours. 
The right is pretty much complete whilst the left has a lot of highlights still to add. 

Step 7
Attach some ribbon and a bow. 
Although the cheesecloth was applied randomly on both and one was originally covered with Gilding flakes, they turned out great and really close in colour. 
Step 8
Use as bookends all throughout the year or even decorations at Easter time. 
 Aren't they pretty?
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog and I hope that you've had a lovely Easter Sunday today.

I love receiving feedback and also visiting friends who blog.
Until next time..

Lots of love and hugs
Jennifer xx








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