Art in Nature

We finally had a beautiful weekend here in Ohio and my family and I wanted to take full advantage of it by spending the day outdoors.  We began the day at our favorite hiking spot, Sears Woods.

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This hike led to the inspiration for this blog post about art found in nature.  It is amazing how Mother Nature continues to take my breath away with her beauty.  For instance, look at this beautiful plant that we found on the path.

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I just found it’s spots so interesting.  If anyone knows what it is, I’d love to know 🙂

While hiking, we reached our favorite spot, the Sandusky River, where I spotted a whimsical piece of artwork by Mother Nature.  Can you see it?

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If you can’t see anything interesting, try this picture that zooms in a little bit.

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Do you see the nose?  The picture above it had two other rocks that would make perfect eyes if they were moved above each side of the nose.  Or, you could call it a Picasso inspired piece of art 🙂

After our hike, we grabbed lunch and had a picnic in the park.  While sitting on the blanket during our picnic, I spotted these beauties.

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Of course I had to save them to use in future projects.

Thanks for taking a look into my day outdoors and stop by the blog in 2 weeks when I show all of the fun that my friend Tonya and I had at Artiscape this coming weekend!  See you then 🙂

Papier-mache Project

I was shopping at Hobby Lobby when I spotted a papier-mache deer head that I just knew that I had to have.  Anyone who knows me knows how much I love the whole deer and antlers motif.  Of course I could never hunt or kill a deer, or any animal for that matter, so I thought it was quite fitting for me to buy a premade one to decorate in my own style.  I purchased the deer head for $24.99 I believe but of course I have a Hobby Lobby app on my phone and used a 40% off coupon 🙂

I started the deer by painting the entire thing with gesso.

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Next I glued napkins on to the head (not the antlers) with Matte Medium and painted the antlers with acrylic craft paint.  Be sure that you peel off only one layer (the printed layer) of napkin to use for this method.  Use the printed layer to glue on the deer head.  After the matte medium and paint dried, I distressed the deer a bit with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

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I then painted a wooden base, found in the wooden objects section of Hobby Lobby, white before I used E6000 glue to adhere the deer to the wooden base.

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After looking at it for a few days, I decided that the base needed a little something extra, so I used Liquitex heavy body gold paint to add gold around the outer edge of the wooden base.

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I scrounged up all of my paper flowers that I have accumulated over the years and glued them randomly on to the antlers with E6000 glue.

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And there you have it!  A deer friendly mounted deer head with flowers 🙂

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I hope you enjoyed this project and if you give it a try, I would love to see what you create!  Thanks for stopping by 🙂