Monday, 25 August 2014

heritage photo album

I have a suitcase of heritage family photo's.
 Do you have heritage photo's?
 I suggest to make a date and have some tea with family members
and get the names recorded of all the people in those photo's before families
 become smaller and we forget who is in those photo's.

Here, I have re-purposed some family doilies from the actual
family members in those heritage photo's. 
How fun would this be, to journal that the actual album cover is
made from grandma's doilies?  

Start out with a sturdy corrugated cardboard chipboard piece for the album cover
  Apply a liberal amount of gesso or acrylic paint, dry.
 Dip the doilies into powertex and cover the cardboard.
Dip and decorate the cover with additional embellishments
 and dry well a couple of days.

Documenting the family history is a great hobby that will be so valuable to the family as the children grow to appreciate their ancestry.

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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

bring me my herons

Yes, I said herons, not dragons like Khaleesi in Game of Thrones. Nothing against dragons, it’s just that I like herons a whole lot more and they’re easy to spot in southern Ontario. I had a great time this spring, creating a couple of four foot high herons using Powertex.

Because of the size, I needed some help in creating the armature and enlisted the services of my handy husband. He bolted two long rods into the base (a lovely piece of wood, that I had sanded and treated with varethane) and attached them to four lengths of coat hanger wire, molded to form the shape of the heron’s body. The attachment was the tricky part because he created a wooden ‘T’ in the inside of the heron’s body.

After the wire armature was secure, I began the process of filling it with balls of foil and then wrapping foil to cover the wire. Yes, I used a lot of aluminum foil and masking tape to shape the herons.

When the aluminum sculpting was complete, I began the process of wrapping the bird with strips of fabric coated with transparent Powertex (much like I would with a small lady figurine). Because of the size of the heron, I had to do this in stages, using gravity by positioning the heron in various poses. When the heron was completely covered with fabric, I used small, 4-8 inch strips of fabric to create the feathers, again soaking them in transparent powertex and placing then on the sides (wings) and neck of the heron. This was the fun part where I experimented

Sunday, 3 August 2014

body in motion

I really love the simplicity of this sculpture
this basic dance pose is highlighted by using stone art
the texture shows off the form