Monday, March 17, 2014
I'm proud to say that this piece of mine will be featured as a step by step project in a South African craft magazine next month. The original sculpture (artist unfortunately unknown) was shown to me by a client and she wanted a similar piece. Being low on money, I had to find a way to sculpt this. I couldn't afford enough molding material, didn't have enough polymer clay and kept the poor lady waiting for a whole year! Must be some kind of record...In the end, I made up a paper clay and sculpted the whole piece. It is about 40cm in height and about that wide. I finished the piece after it was very dry with layers of acrylic paint and sealed it with an acrylic varnish. I couldn't ask the customer/friend to pay for it as she had to wait a life-time, but to my relief, she was very happy with the end product. Whew! Why do I always agree to make something that I either don 't have the money for or don't have the skill (yet)?
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Of all the art forms that I have tried over the years, I believe this is my favourite. The smell of hot beeswax, the feel, the luminosity, the textue..I could go on and on.
The first two were done with a textural encaustic technique. It took a lot of layers and fusing, but I love the end result. The third one, my "Moon", I wanted to be smooth and very luminous. I could still do some layers on it but I like the effect of the colours beneath the wax.