Sunday, November 2, 2014

Mushroom Man in the Works Part 2

continuing on from Little Old Mushroom Man In The Works

I made the mushroom stem and cap from tin foil covered with masking tape then paper mache over that.  I used a mixture of acrylic paints to paint everything. For his face color I just mixed red and white until I was happy with what I had. When it was time for eyeballs I had no idea at first what I would use and in fact this whole project has not been planed out, I'm just figuring it out as I go along! So tiny spit balls for eyeballs?? No no, haha, but that's what they reminded me of when I was putting them in. I just used tissue rolled in glue. Worked great!
In the first picture you can see his face is out of shape and that's because he was still a bit wet under his skin so I just reshaped him as I went along.

I thought he should have something on his body stem to balance out his head so decided to go with stalk like arms which are semi-fixed to
his body.

 I gave his face a white wash (just watered down white paint) which toned down all the pink and gave him more of a mushroomy color. A coat of glossy glaze over his face and decided on blue for his eye color... just dotted them in with a toothpick.
Now time for his beard!
I used white felting wool that I lightly brushed with black chalk to give it some grey. I glued the entire beard in with clear drying craft glue. I had to do this in very small bunches at a time which  took a very long time!

When it was time to do his top I wanted it to be as realistic as possible. I tried out different things until finally I figured out the best way was using paper towel soaked in glue and water. Holding down the center I stretched out the towels towards the edges which created the long lines and crevices known as the "gills" under the cap on a real mushroom. This also took lots patience. I had to be so gentle or the towels would just break apart in a mushy mess but I was so glad I took my time because the end result is great!

*I ended up making a different cap as the one pictured below was too big but it was done the same.

Again it was a mixture of paints to get the color I wanted for the top. For the dots or scales, sometimes called warts, I used tissue paper soaked in paint and glue and wa la!

If you'd like to see him in his finished glory click here.


  1. This is so wonderful! Thanks for sharing this! I am learning so much!

  2. Just ga denting over all you have and this is so incredible. Not interested for myself but so wonderful what you accomplished he is adorable and you are so very talented. So glad I found you and on Google your the first person I have ever chatted with using Google. Sorry if I talked to long today but I just love everything. Thank you for sharing.

    1. I appreciate that, thank you so much :))

      I enjoyed your messages today, they made me smile!


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