This is a story in three parts. The first part starts during a day trip to Mexico. I was in San Diego for a conference and I gathered up a group of friends to head to Tijuana one afternoon. That’s where I fell in love with this little fellow:
The man who was trying to sell him to me explained that the craftsmen in Oaxaca paint these Alebrije based on their dreams. Not sure if he really came to someone in a dream, but this little creature did come home with me in my suitcase.
The second part of my story takes place at my mom’s house. She just moved into a new townhouse, which means massive amounts of purging and forcing me to take my old prom dresses at threat of throwing them in the dumpster.
Mom’s new place has a sprinkler system throughout, so I rescued this old bunny sprinkler from the trash pile:
The poor bunny has a chipped and broken ear and about five different colors of paint splashed on him, but I couldn’t leave him behind. (As you might have guessed I have a thing for bunnies…)
We’re back at home for the third part of the story. This is where I decided I wanted to repair the broken bunny ear and paint it in a fun Oaxaca style.
I started by repairing the ear using Elmer’s Craft Bond Ultra Stix All . This glue is a thick gel that dries clear and forms a secure bond on multiple surfaces. Since there was a gap left from a missing piece of the ear I used the glue to fill in that gap, smoothing it into place with a bamboo skewer.
After the glue had a chance to cure I took everything outside to give the bunny a base coat of blue spray paint.
I like to use old cardboard boxes when I use spray paint-it really helps to avoid a mess and prevents things from flying onto the wet paint when you’re outside.
With a base coat of blue on the bunny I started to decorate using Elmer’s Painters. Alebrije tend to combine lots of different colors and patterns in the same piece. I wasn’t sure where I was going when I started, I just painted.
I started by painting in the details I knew I wanted to keep such as the nose, carrot and eyes. I then started on the patterns.
Not everything was a success. I disliked the red squiggles on the face as soon as I had done them.
The pink and purple giraffe print on the tail was one of my favorites immediately!
What I loved about Elmer’s Painters for this project is their opacity. When I did something I didn’t like I just painted over it. In the Oaxaca style, more is more. I painted designs on top of designs-it was hard to decide when to stop.
To be honest, I’m not sure if I’m finished. I’ve put the bunny on the porch several times, only to pick him up again to add something new. If I do decide to add more to my bunny I’ll be sure to post an update!
If you would like to find out more about this project please view my photo story here.
This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Elmer’s #gluenglitter #collectivebias. All opinions are my own.