The Miracle of the Juniper Bushes

Created by extraevildave for our Holy Places Competition.

ARTHUR: Master, your people have walked many miles to be with you. They are weary, and have not eaten.

BRIAN: It's not my fault they haven't eaten.

ARTHUR: There is no food in this high mountain.

BRIAN: Well what about the juniper bushes over there.

FOLLOWERS: [Gasp!] A miracle! A miracle!

SHOE FOLLOWER: He has made the bush fruitful by His word.

SNIPE: They have brought forth juniper berries!

BRIAN: Of course they've brought forth juniper berries, they're juniper bushes!
What do you expect?

ELSIE: Show us another miracle!

ARTHUR: Do not tempt him, shallow ones! Is not the miracle of the juniper bushes
enough?

Well I think the inspiration for this entry should be pretty obvious to most TG members, if not, HANG YOUR HEAD IN SHAME for not knowing about "Monty Python's Life of Brian".

Construction of this piece was quite simple, I cut a central core of foam which was covered with lichen and then flocked to give it a bushy look. The juniper berry clusters were from parts from some artifical flowers and were simply painted dark blue and drybrushed with ultramarine blue before being glued on.

The gourd consists of an 8mm wooden bead and a short piece of bamboo skewer, while the pieces of the shoe were cut from thin card and glued together.

The base was made from a 5mm thick cork tile cut into a 50mm diameter circle, textured with sand and painted with yellow ochre paint, followed by a brown wash and finished with a drybrush of sandstone.

    

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