Hello and Happy Easter if you celebrate!
Ok, some of you might think what I did for last week’s Creative Challenge is kind of weird. I’ll admit when I first saw a faux chocolate bunny in the seasonal decorating section of Winner’s about a decade ago, I couldn’t quite get my head around why someone would want a fake chocolate rabbit. Fast forward to a time when these have become more common and beautiful photos on Instagram have made it clear how lovely these look within an Easter vignette, and I was ready to try making one myself. Plus, I though it would be fun and it was.
I found this figurine at Dollarama. It came in several colours, none of them really very nice, and they were unattractively (in my opinion) speckled with random dark spots, so I didn’t really mind potentially ruining it by painting it. So, I picked up a peach coloured one for the faux treatment experiment. Also, since I was going to use water soluble acrylic craft paint and then a coat of Mod Podge with Lustre Finish to seal it and give it a slight sheen, I could just wash the paint off if I didn’t like it.
Well, I actually love how it turned out! It’s so funny and cute. Even my husband Nick, who doesn’t take much notice of this type of thing, was interested to see the transformation and how it really does look like a chocolate bunny.
The finish of the bunny I was using had a light sheen versus a high gloss, so I painted directly onto it and the paint stuck to it fine, however, if you’re going to try this on a glossy figurine you could try applying a thin coat of Mod Podge first. Then let it dry and apply your first layer of paint.
I used “Burnt Umber” acrylic craft paint, applied in thin layers with a paint brush, with drying time in between layers. It took 4 coats of paint to cover it well. Then, when the paint was completely dry, I applied a thin layer of Mod Podge Lustre.
I didn’t realize that it takes a month for Mod Podge to completely cure so this little cutie will be hanging out for a few weeks before I wrap him up and put him away. Not complaining about that at all!
Thanks for visiting. xo loulou