Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Into the Light...

Two new mixed-media pieces begin to take on their own identity.

The softened images... with that added pop of color, 
found in the red window shutters... the window of your soul!

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Out of the Darkness... Into the Light!

Two new mixed-media pieces... in the works.
Both are rather "dark"... at the moment!
(I'm hoping that will change... Ha!)

I'm using lines from two of E.E. Cummings' poems as my muse:

if i have made
a fragile certain song
under the window of your soul
it is not like any songs.
the singers, the others
they have been faithful
to many things which die.

the earth withers, the moon crumbles
one by one, stars flutter into dust.
but the sea does not change
and she goes forth out of hands
and she returns into hands...
the breaking of your soul upon my lips.

These lines make great one word or short phrase "snippets"
for this type of mixed-media piece, that I'm working on.

Words like: faithful, moon, dust, serene, soul...

Phrases like: fragile certain song, window of your soul, the singers,
stars flutter, earth withers...

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Vellum vs. Onion Skin Paper... You Tell Me!

Well... as promised back on my May 19th post (though later then expected) 
Here are the side-by-side comparisons
Vellum vs. Onion Skin Paper


Onion Skin Paper
The photocopy ink faded and lifted from the vellum (top photo) 
when I applied the paper maché paste to adhere it... 
This is NOT good!

The photocopy ink remained sharp and smear-proof on the Onion Skin!


Onion Skin Paper
The vellum remained somewhat more transparent when layering
over other papers, than the onion skin paper (I was a bit surprised!)

Both papers offered some transparency... though the onion skin paper
was considerably more malleable when the paste was applied. 

The bottom-line: 
I'm going to be using Onion Skin Paper 
for future mixed-media pieces!  

Friday, June 5, 2020

Mixed-Media... the Progression

Dressmaking tissue paper patterns
applied to the foam board body form with paper maché paste.
Dry brushed acrylic paint added for the undercoat of the head.

The body is cut from 1/2" thick foam board (Elmer's).
The molded paper clay head shape is also traced on the foam board.

Wooden dowels are inlaid in the foam board 
by carefully cutting away some of the foam.
The dowels are hot-glued in place and then a strip of masking tape
is placed over the exposed dowel; for a smoother seam.
The paper clay head is made using a mold-making compound 
such as Amazing Mold Putty. Make a press mold of any doll head 
that you have available. (I used a doll head that I sculpted)
After the press mold is set and ready to use–– fill with paper clay 
and then immediately remove molded face, allowing it to dry.

Wood craft plaques are used for the bases of the both
the standing angel and the flying angel.

Gesso is applied to the figures, dowels and bases.

Next Time: Applying hand-dyed papers & making the wire wings!

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Onionskin Paper vs. Vellum

In my last post, a very good question was asked by one of the 
Somerset Studio summer issue 2020 article readers:
"Can you tell me name and weight 
of onion paper you use with a copier?"

Well... I realized, upon checking, that the onionskin paper I have used
for these paper maché mixed-media figures is no longer available
(unless you're willing to pay an-arm-and-a-leg for 10 sheets)!

So I am experimenting with vellum, 
readily available both retail and on the internet. 
The photo above is taken against bright indirect daylight.
The onionskin has a "cockle" finish to it. 
The vellum is smoother to the touch.

These two photos (also taken against bright, indirect daylight) are
very comparable in their translucent quality.

This photo is also a good representation of the translucent quality 
of each paper... when placed over a photocopied image with words.

In a few days... I will post the results of using the vellum 
with paper maché paste, over white foam-board.
Stay tuned... Daryle

Monday, April 27, 2020

Somerset Studio Article...

I'm thrilled to share with you that two of my mixed-media pieces
are featured in the summer issue of Somerset Studio.

 The article is titled: Poetic Playfulness with Paper Maché...
The six page spread will take you through a step-by-step "how-to"
for creating a poetic mixed-media piece.

Each piece is based upon an e.e. cummings poem...

The summer issue is on sale beginning May 1st...
and is also available online at Stampington & Company.

If you're not familiar with the new format of Somerset Studio
I encourage you to pick up a copy of this wonderful
creative and inspiring hands-on and how-to magazine!
Be blessed... Daryle

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Raven (Raving?) Musings...

So... how did I get here? (the process in review)

Like all of my paper maché critters...their humble beginnings 
can be traced back to recycling bins and masking tape.
Lots of masking tape!

"The Keeper of the Keys" has a newspaper and brown bag
body armature wrapped with galvanized wire (16 gauge)
and masking tape.  Did I mention... lots of masking tape?
His head will be built-up over a reclaimed Styrofoam ball.

For the the first 3 layers of his wings, I used light-weight 
recycled chip board, cut in shapes suggesting feathers.
After adhering each piece to his body with hot glue, 
they were painted with a coat of white gesso.

His beak is also chip board and masking tape. 
The eyes are 10mm black glass beads, resting in paper clay sockets. 

Shaping galvanized wire into individual "feathers"... a second layer was added and then covered with hand towel papers and watered down wood glue. 
After completely drying, they were painted with white gesso.

The tail feathers are created using the same materials as the wings.

This third and final layer of "feathers" was made by wrapping 
Osnaburg fabric around some wire and adhering it with
watered down wood glue. Small, hand-torn pieces of fabric
were also added to the upper part of the wings using the wood glue. 
These additional feathers will be painted with white gesso.

The wire feet were wrapped in masking tape and then covered
with small strips of fabric dipped in wood glue.  
The talons are sculpted using paper clay.

What's next? 
The head, back and belly will be covered with several layers 
of torn paper hand towels, soaked in paper maché paste.
When dry... I will apply heavy modeling paste to mimic more feathers
and add texture and some further detail. 

Thanks for stopping by... stay well, be blessed! Daryle