Today I have a (not very seasonal for August!) Christmas decoration project to share created with some more fabulous DecoArt products.
When I was looking through the DecoArt catalogue I came across MagiKote which is a medium for use on polystyrene. It creates a great surface for painting on and I really wanted to try it out and see if it was a s good as it sounds. Polystyrene shapes are readily available in craft shops, they are light weight and cheap to buy but can be tricky to get a good painted finish on, even with quality paints.
I took three polystyrene balls of different sizes and threaded then onto length of wood dowel as the basis of my topiary. Using the end of a bamboo skewer I created a textured pattern all over the balls so they looked more like topiary. Then I applied three coats of MagiKote allowing to dry between layers.
While I was waiting for this to dry, I decided to decorate my mini terracotta pot. I had also been sent some Americana Decor Maxx Gloss paint in Candy Apple Red and applied a couple of coats of this. I was really impressed with this paint – even on a porous surface like the terracotta, I got a high gloss finish with one coat. I only added the second coat to even out a couple of drips I got in the first coat. The instructions do say to smooth any runs with a brush, but this dries quickly, and I didn’t manage to get them out completely in time!! The second coat disguised my mistake perfectly!!
Look at that shine!!!
I used some DecoArt Media Fluid acrylics to paint my topiary tree, and the MagiKote was a perfect base for them:
The effect was quite realistic:
I put some air drying clay in the pot for ‘soil’ and inserted the dowel. Once dry, I painted with the Burnt Umber paint, and finished with some twine bows.
I think these will look great on the mantle at Christmas or as part of a dinner table display.