Happy April, Crafters!
I have spent today painting up my grotesque - from the lovely Andy Skinner. Andy taught a class recently, and we did a bit of a swap - I gave him some stuff he wanted to play with, and he gave me Horatio. Well, he wasn't called Horatio, when Andy gave him to me, but when I decided that he clearly wasn't malevolent, but benevolent, and watchful, I decided to name him after my Dad.
So, a bisque grotesque. I sealed him with DecoArt matt sealer, and then set to with a whole bunch of paints, mostly DecoArt Americana, and a couple of DecoArt Traditions, notably the beautiful cobalt blue, which is semi-transparent.
When all the paint was on, I used a little Daler Rowney Metallic Red mixed with a purple, to give an amethyst colour around the edge. This same metallic red was used to highlight the letters in the recess, and sat on my shelf, makes the lettering look a little 3d.
To finish Horatio off, and because Turquoise is meant to be the lucky stone for Sagittarians, I rubbed a little metallic blue around the high points.
BTW - did you know? A gargoyle has a purpose - to take water away from stonework. Grotesques were for decoration, and/or to ward off evil spirits.
Oh, and just to allay any questions, Dad wasn't really called Horatio, but I believed him for YEARS - oh, the gullibility of youth!! So much more romantic than Harry!!
DecoArt Traditions: Colbalt Blue Hue, Quinacridone Gold, Transparent Red Iron Oxide
DecoArt Americana: Rich Espresso, Festive Green, Light Buttermilk, Bittersweet Chocolate, Dioxazine Purple, Burnt Orange
Daler Rowney: Metallic Red (720)
Viva Decor: Inca Gold Stahl Blau