DIY Galaxy rope baskets with Gemma Patford

Blogged by: Melbourne Central 07 Dec 2014 View comments


You will need:


paint brushes in assorted size;
scissors;
sponges;
water-based acrylic paints in black, white and a variety of colours. Gemma recommends getting a variety of pots of house paint from hardware stores to save money;
something to paint! We’re using one of Gemma’s famous rope baskets but you could use a plate, vase, mug – just about anything!


What to do:



Step 1 - Load up a chunky brush with black paint and thickly paint on the base. Gemma likes to leave a “lip” or border unpainted around the edge. Get heaps of paint on your brush and drag it around, just shy of the edge, to create this border.

Leave the base coat to dry overnight. Here’s one we prepared earlier...



Step 2 - Trim your sponge so it has soft, rounded edges. You don’t want sharp corners in this design.



Step 3 - Load your sponge with the lightest colour paint. Dab off the excess.



Step 4 - Blot the colour across the black background.



Step 5 - Using the same sponge, repeat steps 3 and 4 with different coloured paint, building up the galaxies as the colours get darker.



Step 6 - Add contrasting colours to highlight – Gemma likes to use a bright pink and yellow against her base, pastel colours. “These are just the colours I like – use whatever catches your eye!”



Step 7 - Once your galaxies are complete, dip a the end of a paintbrush into white paint and start randomly dotting stars across the ‘sky’. “It doesn’t matter if they’re different sizes,” Gemma says, “They’re stars! They don’t have to be symmetrical or identical.” Gemma likes to dot some stars in silver paint as a finishing touch, even if she’s the only person who notices.



Step 8 - Let your galaxy dry overnight, then wrap it up and gift it to someone – they’re sure to get starry-eyed!


Gemma’s hour-long workshop takes place from 6–7pm this Thursday, 11 December at the Butterfly Enclosure in the Level 2 Dining Hall. The workshop is free to join, but spaces are limited and bookings are essential. Bookings will be open here from Monday, 1 December until allocation has been exhausted.
 

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