3 Dec 2014

Plaster Tips

As I continue down this plaster road, I started making a mental list realizing that I should probably write'em down lest ... a) I forget as I move beyond the neophyte stage and ... b) should anyone else attempt the path, it might make their life a bit easier.

Notes To Self On Plaster
  1. Plaster dust gets. EVERYWHERE. A mat at the studio door will at least stop its migration down the stairs and across the kitchen floor.
  2. Don't bother attempting finished projects while still learning the ropes. Be satisfied that with each new creation you will learn new things. 
  3. You CAN thin almost thickened plaster. But there IS a time limit. After that? Gritty Ick!
  4. Dry is really really REALLY dry. Paint really doesn't stick to really really dry. (yah. that was a lot of reallys!)
  5. You can get a really nice slick smooth finish by pouring plaster into the bottom of a bowl and sloshing around, pouring out the remainder. 
  6. Soaking that reallyx3 piece in water helps new plaster stick better. (Stephanie did mention this. I'm including as a +1)
  7. Don't even attempt painting until all the plaster is put away.
  8. Multiple thin coats is sometimes better than trying to rush an entire piece.
  9. Adding white glue to the plaster/water mixture works as a more pliable, less brittle application. Drying time is a bit more. Natch.
  10. Facial wipes make short work of any dried plaster AND it moisturizes hands. Win-win.

29 Nov 2014

So. Much. Stuff...

... so little time! I've been busy since we last chatted. There have been kitchen renovations and house viewings and apartment procurements and studio revamps and... and... taking this crazy hand-formed sculpting class from the lovely Miss Stephanie Lee. It's all kinds of awesome and has jump started my muse in all kinds of ways.

My brain is spewing forth inspiration.
And houses. (and meercats apparently!)
In overdrive I tell you.
Here, let me show you!

The heart was the first piece I made ... it's too big and painted waaaay too much. Live and learn. The bird head was made with the idea it will be added to an assemblage. It needs to be toned down. A. Lot.
I've made a bunch of these wee little houses.

This is what happens when you don't have the required supplies on hand. I can't easily get to a craft store and when I researched the Supply List, figured I'd make my own paper clay. Then I discovered I had some air dry clay already opened. Hey! Let's give THAT a whirl, shall we? Yah. Okay. So not a great product mesh. (the clay didn't stick to the plaster. at. all.) but nothing that some glue can't handle. and if the clay doesn't dry white (which the package said it does and frankly, I can't for the LIFE of me remember what I used it for ...the package being OPEN... I can't tell if it in fact DOES dry white) well then it'll be getting more than less paint.

Yah. Okay. So don't ask me where my brain was going when I made this. Vertebrate bones as neck and mickey mouse ears and a meercat-ish face? Sure. Let's go with that! And yep. Face falling off. Nothing a little glue can't fix. Like that's the WORST of this poor guy's problems. HA!

So here's a sampling of what I've made so far. The bird, heart and wee house you've seen. Then there are a couple of stars that have already been smoothed, some plaster casts that may or may not end up on those wood rounds and one of my house niches. Fun huh?

Love these wee houses! Okay. Letting everything dry and on to my armature tomorrow. Weeeeee!!

14 Nov 2014

Works in progress...

Do you like seeing what others are working on? I do.
I find seeing photos of works in progress (wips) highly inspiring ... a glimpse into an artist's process; their brain I guess. Making them more accessible somehow. Like they might struggle with everyday stuff we all do ... confusion, doubt, failure, overdoing, underdoing. Y'know. That bare, soft underbelly we all desperately attempt to cover up and protect but which really links us all.

And since I really don't have anything FINISHED to show, I thought I'd post some photos of wips I've taken over the years. I hope you enjoy them!

6 Nov 2014

Throw Back Thursday

For a Nervousness LMAO (Land Mail Art Object) , 12 years ago! How is that even possible!!

Another one...

An altered book for Mother's Day ... I had the opportunity to see this one firsthand again as I cleaned out my mom's apartment. The inside is a little too ..erm.. busy? for my liking but the outside? yah. love that. still!