This post is a day later than it should be, but I spent the weekend in New Hampshire and by the time I got home yesterday, I was overly exhausted from too much fun with my best friend.
Tchotchke is a really fun word to say, and attempt to spell, but it’s meaning is pretty straightforward. According to the dictionary, it’s an inexpensive souvenir, trinket or ornament. After brainstorming for a bit, and seeing this post, I knew I was going to make an ornamental plate.
A quick trip to Marshalls, and $23 later, (The plate was only $4, but of course, I browsed the shoe section and ended up with a pair of black flats as well), I was looking at a large blank white plate, with no clue what to draw on it. And then as I was browsing through my sketchbook, I came across this elephant I’d painted a month or so ago, and I remembered that my sister loved him, but wouldn’t display him in her apartment because his trunk isn’t up. So I decided to use him as inspiration and make her a plate to display in her apartment.
I drew one, slightly off-center elephant, then stood looking at him for a while. The “stencil” I’d made and used to draw him was sitting flipped over, overlapping him, and it occurred to me that the only thing better than one elephant, was two! So I added a little friend. Then I put the plate in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees, to cure it. And called it a day. I’m really happy with the way this little gift turned out, and I’m pretty sure my sister is gonna love it.
Because I’m the only one (I know of) who did a project for Tchotchke, and Rose is taking a (much deserved and needed) blogging break, this is going to be the last ARTicipate post for a while.