Saturday, March 22, 2014

Trying something new

I recently saw work by the artist Rogene Manas. She uses paper clay to create bas relief art work. I don't know what her recipe for the paper clay is, but I decided to try doing the same using the mixture I had made up for making my little 3-dimensional birds. It was on the wet side and tricky to use. I know there's a commercial product available that I might try another time. But in any case here's my design in paper clay on a wood panel. The white round the edges is from gesso that I applied to the sides of the panel.
I painted the whole thing dark grey, making sure to get my brush into all the nooks and crannies.
I then brushed the blue background just on the surface so that the grey would show through. The surface was quite textured. Some of it is just the way the paper clay is, but some was added by rolling it out between layers of plastic wrap.
And here's the final piece. The 3-dimemsionality is less obvious now that the color is there. Part of me thinks I might prefer the all dark version. What do you think?

2 comments:

  1. Hmmm. I like the dark and the finished piece! There is a lot of texture in the finishe piece which is very interesting. Is it possible to make the base relief piece and then make prints off it? Paint it and then put blank paper on it and press the paper? I like the 3-d effect. What can I say, I'm a fan!

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    1. Interesting idea. I'm not sure whether the material would be strong enough to do more than take a couple of prints. I also doubt you'd be able to get the whole of the surface, certainly without wetting the paper and since that would re-wet the paper clay it could cause problems.

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