Designer – Abigail Lagden
Every now and then I have to grudgingly accept that a brush has gone past it’s usable life as a brush. The clue is usually when only the top 2mm of the bristles bend! However, I hate to throw things away, so I have almost three years worth of dud brushes hoarded away, awaiting a purpose. Well, that purpose has finally arrived and here is Leo the Lion to give a few of them a new life.
Leo the Lion
One of my favourite animals has to be the beautiful and majestic lion. Not really very surprising as my star sign is Leo. So when I was asked to create an animal sculpture using recycled materials, it just had to be a lion using my dud brushes.
- Old paint brushes
- Bronze Powertex universal medium
- Stone Art
- Colortricx Powders – copper, bronze gold and rich gold
Step by Step Guide
Remove the brush heads
Firstly, I removed the brush heads from the 14 old brushes (tip: soaking in boiling water will help loosen the adhesive).
Arrange the brush heads
The brush heads were then arranged in a sunburst to created the outline of the lion’s mane.
Stone Art clay
I mixed stone art with bronze Powertex universal medium to form a clay and used this to hold the brush head arrangement together.
Sculpt the face
I then built up the central area using some tin foil before sculpting the face of my lion over the top with the bronze stone art clay.
Create the mane
To create the lion’s mane, I used pieces of powercotton soaked in bronze Powertex universal medium. For the whiskers I used some of the bristles from the brushes.
Finally, I applied copper, bronze gold and rich gold Colortricx pigments mixed with easy varnish.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing how I created my Leo and that you are inspired to get creating your own project. Please do share any of your makes with us over in the Powertex Studio Facebook group.
If you like astrology themed projects, why not visit Shell’s article about how she made her stunning taurus inspired headdress.
Until next time, Abs xx