Monday, October 12, 2015
To keep costs down, I decided to create as much of the makings for the party as possible. Some worked better than others, but I thought I'd share the ideas and the outcomes to inspire your own attempt to walk like and Egyptian.
I had lots of notice for the party and was able to call on the talents of my dad who is very good at building to create some of the props. I decided I would like a folding room divider that could be used as a backdrop for the photos as well as a nice keepsake for my mum. This mural would be of hieroglyphs.
My father built a three panel screen just using lightweight disposal wood and hinges. The panels are all 180cm tall and 48cm wide and are hinged. To decorate, I stapled calico on the frame. I then added plaster bandage strips randomly over the surface to add depth like a rock wall. I painted the whole surface with a couple of coats of flat white house paint, and then started to decorate.
The design was (hopefully) the words, "Mother Happy Birthday" in hieroglyphs - I googled this so it may not be right. I first sketched and then painted on the images. After the painting was dry I washed the whole surface with a runny brown paint wash to age it up a bit and then added a bit of pastels to give age to the pictures. I then sprayed the front with a couple of coats of gloss clear lacquer. The back is just covered with black calico stapled on afterwards.
For the present table, I used the services of Spoonflower to create a couple of custom collages of Ancient Egyptian images and had them printed onto fabric. I used these as a base for the table and also made a couple of throw pillows to match.
I used a bunch more cardboard to create a giant sphinx (its about 80cm long and 35cm high). I covered this in layers of sprayed on Aquadhere and sand. Its got a nice rocky feel.
My sister, the cooking genius whipped up and amazing cake in the shape of a packing case containing a mummy. The case was gingerbread, the inside filled with mud cake and the mummy was marzipan. She decorated the whole lot with Persian fairy floss packing material. Amazing!
The day was a wonderful success and my mother has lots of her very own "artifacts" to enjoy into the future.