The idea for this project came from crafting color-changing potion bottles with my kids during the summer. It was a hit, and there are many tutorials on YouTube that will walk you through it. I recommend checking out "Cooking and Craft Chick" on YouTube, who will walk you through crafting a wide variety of color-changing potions. We’re going to use the same no-tech magical technique to make our color-changing crystal ball.
I’m incorporating this piece into a display of my family’s collection of colour-changing potions for the Halloween season, but I’ll be putting this on my office desk year-round. When I need a little brain break I can give it a shake and gaze at the swirls. Make one yourself! It’s a great kick-ass, cheap-ass project!
If you’d like a more detailed tutorial, please check out the build video of this project over on my YouTube channel!
If you’re not into bats, this project is easy to customize. I also made a faux hanging planter by giving a small thumb-pot a terracotta paint scheme and adding some plastic foliage.
Give it a go! It’s a great way to add a unique and personalized touch to your own vehicle or as a personalized gift to the car enthusiast in your life. If you make your own variation of this project, I’d love to see it. Please tag me! I’m @janesawyermakes on Instagram, TikTok, Pinterest, Reddit, Threads, and Twitter (X).
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Watch the build video here!
If you'd like to see a more detailed break-down of this process, I presented it in a detailed video on my YouTube channel.
And that’s how you can transform a small glass jar into a charming little mushroom dude that’s both creepy and cute. I'd highly recommend checking out the tutorial video on my YouTube channel. It will outline each step in a more detail. This polymer clay tutorial allows you to exercise your creativity and create a unique piece of mushroom art that would make a great gift for someone who appreciates whimsical décor. Enjoy your DIY adventure into the world of mushroom art!
3. A Chance to Play
I don't typically make mushroom-themed art. I like that Game of Shrooms gives us artists the singular criteria of having our works be "mushroom themed". This pushes me outside of my normal themes but also gives such a wide range of possibilities that it encourages me to play as an artist. I like to think of Game of Shrooms as a fun and low-stakes art class assignment. You can play with new mediums, explore new forms and techniques, and really immerse yourself in the whimsy of art-making.
2. Pushes You out of the Studio and into the Community
Art abandonment projects like Game of Shrooms help artists connect with their communities. I really like the buzz and excitement in my online community. Artists making mushroom-themed works will share their projects and it's really cool to be participating in the same event as artists in other countries.
Hiding art locally also forces me out of the workshop and out into my physical local community. As a person who prefers to hide, hermit-like, in her studio, Game of Shrooms pushes me reluctantly out into the sunlight. Game of Shrooms provides an avenue for local people to discover my work (both literally and ephemerally!) and gives me a feeling of belonging. I also love giving people who might not otherwise have an opportunity to own handmade art a chance to own something really cool. That feels pretty great!
1. Warm Fuzzy Feelings
Game of Shrooms is the perfect opportunity to bring joy and inspiration through art. By leaving your art for someone else to find, you're participating in a real-life treasure hunt! You get to give someone the joy of both your art and a whimsical adventure! Sharing this experience freely, knowing you're going to brighten someone's day feels really freakin' good! Participating in Game of Shrooms helps to brighten someone else's day and you definitely brighten your own!
Learn more about Game of Shrooms!
If you want to register or learn more about this worldwide art abandonment event, check out the event page here!
The event was started by Daniel "Attaboy" Seifert in 2019 and since then Seifert has maintained the annual artist's registry and event page at https://yumfactory.com/gameofshrooms/
I think they left the comment to be mean, but I was immediately relieved. I thought, "Yeah, I'm definitely not a "real artist"! Thank gawd! I'd much rather just be a fake artist - way less pressure!"
Click through the slideshow below to learn the top 5 reasons I'm a fake artist and why I prefer it that way. Maybe you're a fake artist too? I'm starting a club. Anybody can join my Fake Artist's Craft Club. We're going to make unreal art together!
1. You Don't Use 'Real Artists' Supplies: A fundamental belief of my Fake Art practice is that anybody can create really cool art using affordable (or even free) supplies. In the Real Art world, there tends to be a presupposition that higher quality or more expensive art materials improve the quality or validity of the artwork. If this is true, then I am definitely not a Real Artist. I enjoy making art out of recyclables, cheap air-dry clay, affordable paint, homemade media, etc. Heck, I've even made baskets out of weeds! If you believe that kick-ass art can be made out of almost anything, you might also be a Fake Artist.
2. You Don't Take Yourself Very Seriously: Real Art is often expected to be challenging and evocative, right? But what if I want to create art that's simply fun to look at? What if I just want to make art or craft something that's not particularly impressive visually, but I had fun making it? If I want to engage in a personal project solely for my own crafterbatory pleasure, I can, because I'm a Fake Artist!
3. You Don't Do Production Work: Many people define a Real Artist as someone who sells their artwork for profit. If their art is their product, then they are engaged in production work. There is often an attitude that artists who don't make money from their work are not Real Artists. You're probably a Fake Artist if you earn money through art education, art communication, or if you don't make money from your art at all.
4. You Don't Make Rules for Yourself: Real Artists who engage in production work often have to make their art marketable. As a result, they frequently adhere to a specific personal style, repeatedly use the same media, and maintain consistency in subject matter. It's all about rules! If you create art for fun without any restrictions, then I bet you're a Fake Artist!
5. You're Not Offended by the Word 'Craft': This one is a touchy subject, I know. For a long time, the word "craft" has been used to describe creatively handmade products that are not considered Real Art. Fake Artists don't feel the pressure to ensure that their art is not labeled as craft. We don't need to get defensive if someone we haven't seen in a while asks, "So Jane, are you still making your little crafts?" In all art, there is an overlap between art and craft. There is always a balance between the technical and the creative, the traditional and the modern. As a Fake Artist, I don't need to worry about where my work falls on the line between art and craft—I'm not a Real Artist anyway!
If you're interested in joining the Fake Artists Craft Club where we make unreal art, membership is free. You can buy club merch including t-shirts, stickers, mugs and more here!
If you're interested in seeing this tutorial in video format along with 4 more walnut projects you'll love, you can check it out here! There's a mini dragon, a tiny bigfoot forest, a walnut engagement ring box, and a tiny apothecary diorama! If you need to learn how to split a walnut perfectly in half and DIY a mini hinge to get yourself started with a walnut box, I have a video on that too!
If you're interested in seeing this tutorial in video format along with 4 more walnut projects you'll love, you can check it out here! There's a mini dragon, a tiny bigfoot forest, a tiny apothecary diorama, and a whimsical Alice in Walnutland wonderland diorama! If you need to learn how to split a walnut perfectly in half and DIY a mini hinge to get yourself started with a walnut box, I have a video on that too!
If you're interested in seeing this tutorial in video format along with 4 more walnut projects you'll love, you can check it out here! There's a mini dragon, a tiny bigfoot forest, a walnut engagement ring box, and a whimsical Alice in Walnutland wonderland diorama! If you need to learn how to split a walnut perfectly in half and DIY a mini hinge to get yourself started with a walnut box, I have a video on that too!
If you're interested in watching the video tutorial, you can check it out here! The video summarizes the bigfoot forest make, but also includes 4 other fun walnut projects including: a baby dragon, a tiny apothecary, a ring box, and an Alice in Wonderland mini diorama. You'll love it!
There's a full step-by-step breakdown on my YouTube channel of how to make this DIY polymer clay mini dragon. You'll find it with 4 other walnut miniature projects you might like here! The steps are also summarized in the following photo tutorial.
If you want to see this tutorial in a more detailed video format, this project is featured in my 5 Walnut Miniatures video! There's a miniature apothecary, a tiny bigfoot forest, a walnut engagement ring box, and a whimsical Alice in Walnutland wonderland diorama! If you need to learn how to split a walnut perfectly in half and DIY a mini hinge to get yourself started with a walnut box, I have a video on that too!