Ombre Herb Garden Markers Tutorial
Moms and gardens seem to go hand-in-hand since flowers and gardens are the symbols of the nurturing care our mother's took in raising sweet and thoughtful children. Maybe your mom is an avid gardener and you have fond memories and picking green beans and cucumbers in the summer months. Or maybe your mom is one of those who whip up heavenly creations in the kitchen, making her way with herbs and spices like an artist uses paints - the plate her canvas.
Garden inspired gifts are always welcomed for Mother's Day. With a few simple craft supplies you can create this sweet herb garden markers. Add them to little pots of herbs if your mom doesn't already have an herb garden or place them in a tiny terra cotta pot wrapped in a ribbon for a sweet presentation.
2 oz. block of white polymer clay (I prefer Sculpey III)
A plastic rod - or use a smooth glass (don't use kitchen supplies with polymer clay)
Rubber stamps - alphabet & a floral design
Acrylic paint - pick a few colors, raw umber and white.
1. Roll 5 balls of clay, about an 1" round.
2. Roll the clay between your hands to form a snake shape, slightly push your palms together to shape the tapered end.
3. Flatten the clay spikes with the plastic roller, rolling gently over the shape.
4. Stamp the words and design by pressing the stamps into the raw clay.
5. Bake according the manufacturer's instructions on the package of clay. Let cool.
6. Paint the markers with a light coat of white paint and let them dry.
7. To create the ombre effect, paint the tip of the garden marker first brushing toward the larger end. At the half way point, grab a paper towel and rub the paint on the rest of the marker, rubbing more of the paint off as you get toward the end. If it's not light enough, dip your brush in water and wash over the end, wipe again with the paper towel to lighten it up.
8. The final step is to antique the markers to bring out the stamped design. Paint a light coat over the entire marker with the raw umber paint and wipe it off immediately. You may want to wet the paper towel and whip more off the end of the marker.