Gum Your Boot

One of the highlights of our year in Wynyard is the local agricultural show. I would have loved to be able to give my daughter the bragging rights of never missing one but unfortunately we had missed two years in a row due to our tripping around in the caravan.

This year we were home - unbelievably we had the most awesome blue sky day (a rarity for the show). We had a great day hanging out with friends and buy Lions Club raffle tickets (another must for the show - I scored the usual bags of potatoes/carrots/bulbs).

A new section to the shows craft display is a gumboot decorating competition. Community groups were encouraged to enter. I put one together for our Stitch'n'Bitch group. Because I knew that the boot would not be worn I wasn't that fussy with the lasting qualities of my materials.

To make it I painted in some white areas with a normal acrylic paint then covered the rest with fabric and glue mixed with water. It worked a treat and only had to glue gun one heavier thing that fell the top. When it dried it was solid as a rock however I don't think it would be resistant to dirt or sloshing out the milking shed.
I then painted in a Babushka doll and once that had dried topped it up with inks. I was pretty happy with the end result and wish I could get ones that looked like this to wear on our farm.
Imagine what the chickens would say............

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Michelle Walker is a Tasmanian born creative. An Artist for life, Visual Arts Teacher, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Hairdresser by trade and mother to two beautiful children.