So this was a very rushed, poorly executed idea as I didn’t have much time to paint anything today and I also just wasn’t in the mood for it. It is fun though and the cogs, gears and watch mechanisms are all pretty cute ae? (Unfortunately they came straight off after the photos!)
So I’m not being very successful at keeping up with Froekenfilts Dinovember challenge but I am doing my best at trying to do some! Day 9’s prompt was ‘Pterosaurs’ and I know that was like a week ago already, but by the time I upload the pictures, select a good one, life happens, work, etc it can sometimes be that long between painting and posting. I’m sure bloggers and non-bloggers alike can understand this!
I thought this design was quite fun as you have to be kind of ‘in the know’. The normal onlooker may just presume that they’re badly painted birds or strange bats even, but if you happen to be a dino nerd you’re hopefully seeing pteranodon in flight!
So I can finally unveil the ‘Plantosaurs’ I’ve been making! I had to keep them under wraps for ages as I was gifting them to some of my friends for birthdays and didn’t want to ruin the surprise in-case (in the rare event) they happened to look at my blog. I spotted the idea on pinterest of using toys as planters, by searching for ‘home-made gifts for men’ and thought that by using dinosaurs they were the perfect cross between geeky/fun/cool/decorative. Of-course they’re not just for the men, I’ve kept two myself as they’re so charming!
I changed the design I saw online a little by deciding to go with air-plants instead of soil planted succulents just to make life easier for the receivers – I mean I’m sure they can manage to give them a little spray with water every now and then, I hope… I also stuck with spraying them a neutral silver, instead of super bright colours that people could get too fussy over. I did try gold, but for some reason it dried tacky and was therefore written off as a potential colour. However on some dinosaurs I felt that little gold details would make them more interesting!
They were pretty simple to make; drill some holes in the dinos back, play a kind of join the dots with a scalpel to make a larger hole, spray, wait, then pair with a plant. The trickiest part being the spraying as I had to make sure everywhere was covered, and some of them were pretty wrinkly! The step that took the longest was of course the waiting for the spray paint to dry. The best part was pairing the dino with a plant – different plants really changed the look of the characters. Do I just sound mad?…
So here’s some more of my plantosaurs, most of them have already been gifted by myself personally or sold to friends as they wanted to give them as gifts too! I’ve had such a positive reaction to them, and they’re so addictive to make that I’d love to take them to some craft fairs if I can manage to make more. (The weather is now against me as it’s winter – wind and wet do not go well with spray painting!) What do yous think, would you buy some of these guys?
So which plantosaur would you give a home to? My favourites would definitely have to be the Brachiosaurus sporting a Caput-Medusae, and the rock-n-roll T-rex looking after a Juncae.