Just got the latest issue of Cloth, Paper, Scissors with my article on casting gesso. Loved the metallic gessos by Holbein. They are not inexpensive but so wonderful and worth it. They have a great binder so I was able to cast with them easily. I cast into metal, silicone, latex molds and bubble wrap. This article gives you all the tips and techniques to do this well.
I will also be teaching a class this summer on Mystical, Magical Gesso with a Twist that is the most complete and thorough class on the subject of gesso. This will be with ArtfulGathering.com.
Playing around with my Silhouette Cameo and spending the day die cutting foil, papers and all kinds of fun ephemera. This sample shows a variegated foil on one of the initial layers of my painting. Often I sand back the foil to make it a little grungy. On the finished piece you can see that stencils had been applied over them
By the time that the piece, My Heart Takes Flight, was done, stencils, image transfers, found objects and lots of paint had been added.
The image in the background was taken in a church in France taken by a friend's daughter
Looks like metal but light as a feather which, of course, makes it easier to glue to your art. I love the Holbein metallic gessos so thought I would cast it in a silicone mold I had made from a religious piece that I got in Mexico. This was left on the mold overnight to dry.
To learn about this technique than what I am showing you here, read the March/April issue of Cloth, Paper, Scissors.
When you peel it from the silicone mold you will have a flexible skin of silver gesso.
I aged by applying a wash of burnt umber over the silver. Now it is ready to be glued to a painting.
All you need to make a plaster cast is kinecti sand or clay. Press stamps or make marks into it and when you are happy with your design, pour the plaster into it. As the plaster sets it will feel cold to the touch. When it is ready to take out of the mold it will be room temperature (about 20 minutes). You can then paint it, apply metal leaf or encaustics to the plaster cast. You can hand sand or use a belt sander to sand the edges if desired.
Storytelling is a very important aspect of my art as a narrative mixed media artist. Creative Paperclay® helps me tell my stories by being able to cast objects or create stamped shapes. Although I paint the clay, I really love the beauty of it in the raw stage.
One wing symbolizes in search of completion. I think we spend our life searching to fill in our stories. Next comes the painting of my clay areas. I start by coating them with polymer medium when they have dried. On the body I applied a gold rub over the blue. The wing was painted then I applied holographic foil to it using adhesive size. That it what the white areas are on the crown.
Next step was to cast more objects. Once they are dry I will clean them up with either my dremel or SandIts then paint them.