My initial impression upon reading the title was, "I'll never try this technique." But as I read further and viewed the awesome pictures, I was hooked. Check out the post to get the step-by-step details. You could be playing with concrete in the future too.
This past Sunday, our Tidewater Artists Group (TAG) participated in a Sculpture Workshop led by Kathy Brazil in Virginia Beach. We created sculptures in the style of Giacometti.
Kathy had already prepared the base for our art pieces. She mixed Plaster of Paris with water and poured the mixture into large plastic cups. Kathy then inserted a wire into the cups to function as an anchor for our sculptures. The bases were dry and ready to use when we arrived.
We used Galvanized Wire (#18 gauge) to construct our armature. Next, we dipped Plaster Cloth in water and wrapped it around the wire. Some of the attendees used the plaster cloth to create dresses or hair for the sculpted piece.
Since I made such a tall creation, I reinforced the area where the base and foot meet with additional plaster cloth.
My sculpture (ballerina) is still drying. I plan to paint it with silver paint and most likely add a cloth skirt.
I like to save small cardboard boxes. To me, these tiny containers hold so much potential. The boxes (above) held individual pastels which I had ordered from Dick Blick.
I decided to make a tiny shrine with the box on the right. After I made a roof, I covered the box with masking tape, paint and vintage papers. I may add an image of a Madonna or a Paper Whimsy girl in the window. I'll post the completed shrine tomorrow.
While shopping, I spotted this pink, polka dot tissue paper. I love polka dots. To me, the whimsical pattern represents: Happiness, Fun and Cute.
In fact, I collect all kinds of patterned tissue paper which I use in my mixed-media art projects. If you haven't tried working with tissue paper, start searching for different patterns in Walmart, Target, Stationery and Gift stores.
Initially, I had no specific plans for the polka dot tissue paper but I knew that I would certainly use it one day. When I began creating this paper mache and paper clay bird, I immediately knew she needed to be dressed in polka dots.
And that's the story of the Pink Polka Dotted Bird!