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.
If you only knew how many experiments it took to find the best product to make metal leaf tarnish. FYI - the silver leaf is made out of aluminum so it won't. It must be a gel bleach pen for the best result. Write or draw on the metal leaf with the pen then wait 1-4 hours depending on the look you want. Wipe off the bleach with a damp rag and you will see that the bleach ate through the metal leaf to the underlying surface.
All you need a 25# bag of cheap white clay from a clay supplier. Roll it flat, make marks on it, add paint then pull a print by brayering the paper on to the painted clay. I use open acrylic as regular acrylics can dry quickly on the clay. I usually pull multiple prints on one piece of paper as it makes the print so much more interesting.
I just had my DNA done and it came back with a lot of surprises. I thought it would be great to do a painting based on who was with who. Digging through my files I found this piece I had done for my first book, Image Transfer Workshop. These blender pen transfers are done on wood veneer with a toner image and the Admarker Colorless Blender by Chartpak.
I am not much of a baker but I love muffin tins. They are such a great way to organize my little mixed media pieces. I go through them twice a year to a remind myself just what I have and I get immediately inspired to create a new piece.
I wanted to make fortune cookie place holders for a New Years dinner party but this would work all year round. I had fun making the faux cookies and writing the fortunes. For the fortunes I just typed them out on my computer then printed and cut them.
Would you know that this is plastic? I cast the face and the flowers with Friendly Plastic Modeling Pellets, hot water and silicone molds. The two panels on the edge were done by stamping on to Friendly Plastic Strips that had been heated with a heat gun. Plastic is shiny and I wanted a earthier look so I painted it bronze and micaceous oxide. When that dried a applied a wash of titan buff. Gone is that plastic look.