Designer – Shell North
For my July article we are delving into ancient Rome and looking at incorporating Medusa and Stone Art. The Romans were renowned for their love of wine, both producing it and drinking it. So a wine Medusa jug is what I will teach you to make this time.
Medusa was a Gorgon and one of the most frequently repeated motifs in Greek and later, in Roman antiquities. The Legend has it that if you were to gaze into her eyes you would turn to stone. Or in our case…Stone art!
- Large glass bottle (I used an empty cordial bottle)
- Large yoghurt pot
- Masking tape
- Pre-made stone art clay
- 1 plaster face
- Lead, Bronze and Ivory Powertex Fabric Hardener
- Strips of cotton fabric
- Easy Varnish and Powercolor pigments
How to make a Stone Art Medusa jug
Make some Stone Art clay
Making the jug shape
Insert the bottle into the large yoghurt pot, add foil to create shape and cover in masking tape. Shape foil to create a handle and tape as above.
The messy fun bit
Using the Stone Art clay, smooth pieces over the base little by little until covered. Shape a spout as desired with the Stone Art clay.
Adding the motif
Creating the deadly snake hair
To create Medusa’s hair use some tiny strips of cotton and work them into the Powertex Fabric Hardener colour mix you made earlier.
Creating moving hair
Using the wet strands, apply one by one in a wiggly position, over lapping and layering to create movement like living snakes!
TOP TIP To get even coverage with stone art, why not use a pasta machine to roll out your clay all in one equally level sheet. I have found many cheap second hand ones for £5 in charity shops! Just make sure your clay is not sticky before rolling through.
Did you see Kore’s planet canvas recently? I was hugely inspired by it so if you missed it, find it here and you too may find inspiration.
Hope you enjoyed this article? If so please comment below or share your inspiration on the Facebook Powertex Studio page.
Well that’s all for me this month,
Peace, love and a little splash of wine from my jug 😉