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Meet Stewart. Stewart is the ruler of the animals in this house. He has three subjects, a goldendoodle, a labradoodle and a dutch shepard. Stewart derives his powers from his snaggletooth. His whiskers are all askew, but it doesn’t bother him, because he is the most mellow cat in the world.
Stewart’s loves are yoga, ice cream (he’ll steal yours if you’re not careful) and keeping a close eye on his subjects. Stewart is an indoor cat, but sometimes, when the weather is nice he will venture out on the back patio and sit under the agave plants and watch his subjects play. He never ventures far from his kingdom, but enjoys this occasional outing. Like all rulers, Stewart needed a commemorative dish, so I decided to make bowls for him, depicting him sitting under the agave. He also needed a tray for under his bowls because he’s a messy eater. He blames this on his flat face.
- Ceramic bowls and tray
- Tissue paper
- Dishwasher-safe decoupage glue
- Rubbing alcohol
- Foam brushes
Wash and dry the ceramic pieces and set aside. Cut out the desired shapes out of the tissue paper. The agaves were an easy elongated oval shape and the leaves and the cats were drawn onto the tissue paper and cut out. Once all the tissue is cut out, use the alcohol to clean the area on the ceramic where you are working to get rid of any oils or residue. With the sponge brush, paint on a small amount of glue on to a small area. It dries fast and you don’t want it to get too thick. I put the cat on first, so he can be hidden amongst the plants. The kitty is blue to match Stewart’s eyes.
Start placing the leaves on to the dish. Layer the leaves into a fan shape so that they resemble agave plants. Keep going around the bowl, cleaning fresh areas with alcohol and adding glue as needed.
Once done, set aside to dry. Follow the instructions on the decoupage glue bottle. I added a thin layer of glue to the decoupaged areas three times, spacing an hour and a half between each layer. The Mod Podge needs to cure for 28 days prior to washing it. So keep that in mind when doing this project.
It looks like Stewart likes his dishes!