Making your own brushes can be such fun! It is inexpensive, easy and really a creative endeavour.
I’ve written about making brushes and how I gather roadkill – Click Here to read.
These are brushes that I have previously made from roadkill in Texas – fox tail, raccoon tail, wild boar, deer, etc.
Handmade brushes can be strictly functional or can be more artistic in design.
These are examples of more artistic brushes and dippers for use in glazing pottery.
This photo shows the curvy, curvy vine from which I hung these lovely creations.
The addition of decoration yarn, silk or fabric can make these brushes extra special.
I decided to host a Brush Making Workshop to teach others how to make brushes, but also as a collaborative effort to make brushes for ceramics.
Brush handles can be made from bamboo, but also from any other “stick”.
Lots of tools and necessary equipment to make the brushes were provided.
A box of op shop Barbies provided some much needed “hair/fur” as roadkill in Australia was in short supply.
It was really amazing how creative and hard-working everyone was –
Jo and Kym made some very creative brushes.
Terese and Vicci keeping it busy.
This mother-daughter combo, Renee and Christine, smashed it!
Claire’s creativity was unbounded!
Tara and Diane worked dilligently (and chatted!).
Christine enjoying the process.
Everyone worked diligently on their brush creations – individually and cooperatively.
Terese and Vicci collaborating-Tara and Diane in the background.
Anna working hard.
Lucy and Renee creating!
Their creativity was boundless!
A 4 – wheel drive across the property took us to the bamboo grove and to other areas that had plenty of “brush handle” possibilities.
Loaded in the back of the ute for a ride to the bamboo grove.
Some got to ride inside!
Terese cutting bamboo for brushes.
Jo, Christine, and Lucy gathering bamboo.
Jo, Tara and Christine looking for brush handle possibilities.
Our HUGE bamboo grove – and Claire looking on.
Our foraging walk.
Back at the barn, everyone got stuck right back into making brushes!
Anna on the drill – one always needs to know how to use tools!
Terese concentrating on her brush making.
Terese drilling it!
Jo thinking it through.
Claire gained confidence and expertise in using a Dremel tool – so cool!
The yarn, scarf, bead table was filled with decorative items for the brushes.
Anna’s brushes were made with fur/hair from her dog’s bum!
Jo got very creative and designed some brushes from local fauna – amazing.
Diane made brushes from a lock of her own hair.
Lucy and Christine creating!
Samantha Scout enjoying being petted and feed by the girls!
The final results of everyone’s day of brush making were pretty incredible. Here they are!
Tara’s brushes with ceramic handles.
Claire’s feather brush.
I don’t think anyone will be able to look at sticks without thinking “brushes” or “roadkill” and not think, “STOP”. It’s an addictive little sport!
It was a great workshop – very laid back and cruisy – but also very productive!
It will be interesting to see what everyone does with their brushes and if they make more!
I, personally, can’t wait to start mark making on my pots!
Happy potting to you all,