Sculpt these funky fungi from Styrofoam and then paint them with MagiKote and Patio Paint.
- water container
- palette or plastic plate
- paper towels
- #2 round brush
- #12 flat brush
- kitchen knife or similar to cut Styrofoam into basic shapes
- Aleene's Tacky Glue
Let dry completely between painting steps.
- Cut Styrofoam into various sized ovals to resemble mushroom caps, then using sandpaper, shape mushroom cap, as desired. For thicker caps, sand deeper on underbelly so that it looks concave and more umbrella-like in shape.
- Paint one coat of MagiKote and allow to dry. Sand lightly. Repeat this step twice more on both sides of cap.
- Gather twigs. Gently push fatter end of twig up into underside of cap, being careful not to go all the way through. Use tacky glue to hold in place. Do not proceed until glue is completely dry; it will be clear then, and you will paint right over it.
- Using Patio Paints, paint caps as desired. Those shown for this project are painted as described below:
- Large Red Mushroom: Basecoat entire mushroom Geranium Red. Allow to dry, then randomly paint patches of Geranium Red on top. Paint underbelly Wrought Iron Black. With Cloud White, randomly place small and larger dots on top using brush handle (swirl to make them larger). Streak some thin lines of Cloud White on bottom underbelly as well, for dimension. When dry, using brush handle again, make another dot on top of Cloud White ones using Wrought Iron Black. Finish by dry brushing Wrought Iron Bla
- Medium Pink Mushroom: Basecoat top of mushroom Carnation Pink. Paint underbelly Cloud White. Randomly place Burgundy Rose dots on top in various sizes. Dry brush bottom using Wrought Iron Black. When completely dry, paint two coats of Crystal for glittery shine.
- Medium Burgundy Rose Mushroom: Basecoat top of mushroom Burgundy Rose. Paint underbelly Wrought Iron Black, then dry brush it slightly up bottom of cap. Using handle of brush, make dots of varied sizes with Carnation Pink and Cloud White. Dry brush bottom of cap again (over Wrought Iron Black) using Bright Lime Green. Paint two coats of Crystal on top, if desired.
- Medium Size Deep Buttercup Mushroom: Basecoat top Deep Buttercup. Dry brush Geranium Red up from bottom. Create varied sizes of dots using Cloud White. Paint underbelly Cloud White, then dry brush with Wrought Iron Black, dragging some up sides.
- Small Red Mushroom: Basecoat entire mushroom Red Pepper. Paint streaks on underbelly using Cloud White. Using handle of brush, create various dots with Marigold.