‘Gonzo the Great’ – A Powertex Christmas tale – Abigail Lagden

Muppet Christmas Carol by Abigail Lagden

As a Powertex Tutor, I am lucky to run a number of my workshops in a gorgeous little home & gift shop in Sedgefield, County Durham called From Loft to Loved. The shop is owned and run by Sarah and Kim, two lovely ladies who share my passion for recycling, upcycling and repurposing and this is reflected in their creative work and the ethos of the shop.

So, when they asked if I would create a bauble for their tree as part of the annual Sedgefield Christmas Tree Festival, I was only too happy to oblige (not that I need much encouragement to get creating). The overall theme for this year’s festival is ‘A Carol for Christmas’ and so the girls decided to go with the less traditional (but so much more fun) idea of ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’.

As soon as they said this, I knew what I had to make. Whenever I think of this film I always think of The Great Gonzo as Charles Dickens, so that is what my bauble was inspired by.

I started with a polystyrene egg, some cardboard, bronze Stone Art clay and some dishcloth and muslin.

Starting Materials

First I cut a wedge out of one end of the polystyrene egg for the mouth. I then sculpted his nose using tin foil and secured it in place using masking tape.

Egg with nose

Next I covered the whole thing with a layer of Stone Art clay, made using bronze Powertex mixed with Stone Art. (I would have used blue Powertex but I had quite a bit of bronze clay left over from something I was making back in the summer).

I made two eyeballs from white air drying paper clay and attached them using a little Powertex before adding eyelids made from stone art clay.

Head without fur

Little pieces of dishcloth were then coated with bronze Powertex and added to the top and sides of the head for his fur.

Gonzo head

Now for the hat..

This was constructed using cardboard – a ring for the brim of the hat, a strip of card for the sides and a circle to fill in the top. This was painted using bronze Powertex and then covered using Powertex coated muslin. Some t-shirt yarn was used for the band.

Wrapped hat

The hat was then attached to ‘Gonzo’s’ head using Powertex and the piece was left to dry for a couple of days.

Gonzo Before Colouring - Curiously Contrary

Now to bring him to life with colour…

I used ultramarine blue, red and white Powercolor pigments for the head and orange and bronze gold for the hat. The eyes were finished off using a black permanent marker to draw the pupils.

Gonzo the Great by Abigail Lagden

Gonzo on a tree - Curiously Contrary

My Gonzo inspired bauble will be appearing on From Loft to Loved’s Christmas Tree as part of the Christmas Tree Festival in St Edmund’s Church, Sedgefield from Saturday 1st – Thursday 6th December. Here is a sneaky peek at him on setting up day.

From Loft to Loved Christmas Tree

Gonzo in St Edmunds

Hopefully ‘Gonzo’ will make a few people smile while he is there. Then after the 6th he will move into the From Loft to Loved shop just around the corner to bring more Christmas cheer from their Christmas tree.

Don’t forget to make all of us smile and get us in the festive mood by sharing your own makes in The Powertex Studio facebook group.

If you’d like to see what else I’m getting up to over the festive season, you can check out my Curiously Contrary facebook page and my website.

Until next year, Merry Christmas

Abs xx

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