Skip to main content

April Crafting - Ceramic Owl Tea Light Holders

I'm excited to be able to finally reveal some craft news I have been keeping quiet about, I am now part of my first ever blogger network, and it's all to do with craft! Baker Ross have a catalogue and website jam packed with all kinds of craft goodies, but are seeking to prove it's not just children that can have creative fun with their products. I am happy to have been accepted as part of their Adult Bloggers Network, and will be experimenting, creating, and sharing my makes on here.


A box of products arrived the other week (and cheered me up when ill) and I've just finished my first making project. I am a bit of a woodland folk fan, so when I saw the ceramic tea light holders in my box, they almost jumped out into my hands. I was sent a box of four cute owls, along with 2 outline pens in black, and a pack of 5 colour pens - my pack had yellow, orange, bright green, light pink and light blue.

With my first owl I just picked up a colour at random and started colouring, although as I got into it I did start to think a bit more about the different things I could do to make the owls stand out. I added wing details to one, made another a lady owl, and did what I have called a 'pop art' version. I wasn't expecting to do more then just colour in, but craft can always surprise you. Another plus point was being able to easily layer the colours, and detail over colour with black - which I hadn't been able to do in pottery painting workshop.


It was a bit tricky to keep a steady hand when I was outlining and changing colours with the owls being 3D but I think I did a pretty good job of keeping neat. I think my trouble came when heat setting the colour. The only instructions were on the pens which said to place the owls in the oven at 160c for 90 minutes. Our oven gets hotter than some, so I took them out before the end - and the blue looked a bit duller, and there were a few patchy bits I noticed on 2 owls. I'm not sure if they were a bit over cooked, or despite being dry to the touch hadn't been left long enough, maybe I'd over painted, even though it looked smooth.

If I did something like this again, I would want more guidance on colour setting/finishing the ceramics, the pen's mentioned colour setting, the box of owls did not, and I'm also curious as to how long the porcelain pens last - in value for money terms.



It's not quite the same as pottery painting and seeing the colours and glaze bring the piece to life, but it's nice to know that similar painting can be done at home, and these cute little owls would make good gifts, or once I find some battery operated tea lights, maybe they'll be new atmosphere lighting at Christmas (I could even make one a little Santa hat).

*Baker Ross kindly sent these products for review as part of their adult blogger project, but all reviews are my own. Check out the full Baker Ross product range on their website.

Comments

  1. These are so cute! I have a slight obsession with owls...

    I nominated you for the Liebster award: http://princessofpretty.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/liebster-award.html

    I look forward to reading your answers!

    Lauren xx
    http://princessofpretty.blogspot.co.uk

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Action Themed Handmade Card - Daring Cardmakers Challenge

Hi Everyone, Hope you're all having a good week! Just want to say thanks to all of you that have been reading and commenting on my blog posts, especially the recent craft ones, joining in with the Daring Cardmakers challenges. I don't always have time to blog along, but this week the theme was 'action', and it was the perfect excuse to make a card with a topper kit I have had laying around for ages. The card I made is perfect for sports fans of all ages, and as a big diving fan, I'm sure this one will be a lot of fun for all. My main image and some of the extra bits are from a Hunkydory kit, I just love the image of the guy diving and his reflection shown in the water.  Copyright 2017 - These City Days I found some aperture cards in my stash and I'm enjoying decorating round the edges and adding some dimension to the designs. This time I went for a few sentiments, stars punched from holographic card, and some jute twine from Baker Ross.  I am slight

Daring Cardmakers - Trim The Tree Craft Challenge - Cross Stitch Card

Hi Everyone, It's the start of another week, and I'm fresh from seeing some of my favourite musical friends, for the first time in a long while, at our Christmas light switch on. I have some video, but I have never edited video clips in my life, so while I figure out what I'm doing, time to catch up on some other blog posts. I have joined in and submitted craft projects to the Daring Cardmakers Challenge before, and it's been great fun. So I just want to thank everyone who has commented on my previous posts, and add to this weeks challenge 'Trim The Tree'. I am working my way through a few small cross stitch kits from magazine free gifts, and this tree design really stuck out from my stash. It was easy and fun to stitch, and I even tweaked it a bit to add some gold glitter for the star at the top. Instead of hanging it in the supplied aperture card though, I found a plant pot topper with 25 on, and mounted it on a card just above that. The finished car

3 Ways With Mama Makes Bohemian Border Stamps

Hi Everyone, There's a little bit of a crafty overload here and on social media at the moment, but there are other posts planned and in draft form, so please look out for those, they just take a little bit of time to put together. Meantime I wanted to share the Mama Makes Bohemian Border stamps. I am a member of the design team, but bought these as I really liked the range of different designs - there are 10 in total, and had quite a few ideas of what I could do with them. I thought I'd post the stamps below, and 3 very different makes I came up with using them. 1) A Christmas Card - The Bohemian Border here I used as a Christmas garland, and absolutely love how it looks all coloured and glittered (had to get a little sparkle in there). The other thing I like about this set, is some of the designs are more of a bunting/garland shape, and not just a straight line, so there are handy gaps you can decorate with stick on gems or small embellishments for a finishing touch.