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By Candie Cooper (See more from Candie on her blog, Candie Cooper's Journal)
With the weather getting chilly, these
little guys are looking for a place to hide out! How about on your craft
table under the work lamp?
I've looked at these reptile surfaces a
thousand times in the wood section of the craft store. The cracks and
crevices kept me away (and they were lizards and snakes after all). But!
I know how much fun little boys and girls would have painting these
creatures so I took stab (with a paint brush). Pick your favorite Apple
Barrel and Folk Art paint colors and base coat, keeping a little water on your
brush so the color seeps into the cracks.
Use a sponge to add a textured second
color of green to the top or....
head outdoors to experiment painting
with an old toothbrush. I flicked, brushed and splotched paint onto the
lizard. It was messy, but so fun! Get really crazy and use a few
The lizard came with a faux leather
back piece, but I replaced it with colorful tie dyed felt. You can add
more painted details and then outline them with a permanent marker so they show
The snake got more painted stripes and
dots with a felt tongue. Thick craft glue was used to hold the felt
embellishments. Snakes usually give me the "willies," but not
this one! He's too cute.
Friends forever. I ended up
loving this craft so much. Now, I've got my sights set on the plain
wooden car surfaces with moving parts. Stay tuned.
*If you want your creatures to be shiny, use a spray varnish before adding felt