I had a vision and instead of coming to my senses - I ran with it. A clay bird I made needed a Batman Cape. From here it goes a little sideways...
I got a new Toy - I mean tool - a mini compressor. First I played with Copic markers and painted the bird a soft blue. OMG! This was so cool! Next, using a picture of George Cluney in his batman suit, I used Super Sculpy III in black to sculpt a Batman cape on the bisque bird. The clay removed the Copic marker - not a big deal. Legs/feet were made with wire. The feet were covered in the black Sculpy and the legs with paper clay. The sculpy clay was baked on the bird and wire feet for 15 minutes at 275 degrees.
After baking, the body was painted with acrylic paint and all pieces were sprayed with a matte fixative. I highlighted the body and legs with distress inks and glued the legs to the body. The bird was sprayed one last time with a matte sealer.
He is 5" from beak to tail and 4" tall and makes me smile everytime I see him.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
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Thursday, April 21, 2011
Just cleaning the garage (only my half) and taking care of some of the last of Mother's things (she would have been 83 this Sunday the 24th) has freed up some mental space I didn't realize was stuck. Today I took her wheel chair to her Dr's to give away where he sees a need and gave him her unused medicine to dispose of properly. Then I took her many pairs of glasses to a place that will distribute them to charities for reuse. WHEW!
ONward and UPward - We're making plans to go to Stuttgart, Germany! Why Stuttgart? That's where the Porsche factory is. My husband has been in love with Porsche's since he was a kid. He's got a vintage 1972 Targa taken apart in the garage. Aside from me - it's his only hobby. He turns 60 this year - three months later is our 30th anniversary - three months after that I turn 60. I've never been out of the country so we're celebrating these milestones with a trip to the Porsche factory - ya hoo! Not sure where we'll go after that - maybe on to Italy. Any ideas?
Last week I found some mould-made 100g stone grey colored 19 x 25 paper at Dick Blicks. It appealed to me because it was inexpensive and it wasn't stark white or vanilla (actually, I heard it say "buy me"). Now I have a reason for buying it - I can make a journal to take with me on our trip. I'm undecided about a cover. I think it should be flexible and since I want to take colored pencils and a glue stick with me I may want to incorporate pockets. Not sure yet whether they'll be fabric sewn in with the signatures or part of the cover. I'll keep you posted with photos.
Happy Birthday Mom,
#3 of 5
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Our daughter Laura visited Saturday - my art room gives her hives but it's usually the first place I take her to show her what I'm working on (then we quickly leave ;). I uncovered the clay sculpted head "Heart Strings" (first picture on the left) to show her that I changed him up to "Hot Head" (I added a gas cap I found at a car swap meet that read "Do Not Open Hot" to the middle of his forehead). His head looked great - I was refining the eyes before dropping him off to be fired.
I covered Hot Head back up and we were walking away when we heard "Tha - Thump". He had rolled off the table onto the carpeted floor.
When we turned him over and saw his face - we cracked up...
His little foray into the wild side gave him some character and me an opportunity to use a vintage cast iron Hot Point timer I re-found while cleaning out the garage.
Oh Happy Day!! Hot head is done and on the shelf to be fired.
PS: What you can't see in this picture is that his head is hollowed out in the back so I can add some collage elements.
PSS: Humpty Dumpty got dressed this week and will get arms and legs next week. Just to be fashionable attired when he falls ;(
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
I'm always looking for a new book/box-making class in Atlanta - they're not plentiful. So when the Guild of Bookworkers SE Chapter offered a workshop by Chela Metzger on Tacketing I responded immediately reserving my spot - then I asked - what's tacketing? I found a few references on tacketing on google that, to tell you the truth, still left me a little confused.
However, you get the benefit of my googling today. This is an explanation of Chela's workshop presented at Syracuse University... This course was inspired by the varied and beautiful lacing and tacketing found on account-books, or stationery bindings in medieval and early modern Europe. These blank books were created to hold records of businesses and organizations, and have a different set of aesthetic and structural practices than the bindings found on regular scholarly and religious books. Lacing on these books is somewhat like appliqué or lacing on western gear and can be as complex as the Islamic inspired mudejar star patterns found on stationery books in Spain, or the simpler lines and X patterns found all over Europe.
Tacketing is a sort of “staple”, usually of twisted parchment, which holds the pages to the cover, or holds the cover together, and tackets can also take many forms. Participants had an opportunity to make their own parchment tackets, practice lacing and tacketing techniques off the book, practice making loops and buttons off the book, and then create at least one traditional stationery binding, combining techniques as desired. Prior experience hand sewing books is useful, but not required. ( Follow this link to Chela's attachments - they're amazing) http://library.syr.edu/about/departments/preservation/activities/series/Metzger.php
Back to this workshop - it was absolutely fabulous. Chela is a great teacher - knowledgable not only about the techniques of tacketing and bookmaking but also about the history. I still can't get over how giving and flexible she was. You'll see in the pictures below that we varied the cover a little (maybe not strickly historical) but the inside block and tacketing with strips of vellum are authentic.
Starting out with 6 signatures prepared for us before hand - we designed our covers, then punched and sewed the signatures to thin leather straps. The next step was making the real vellum covers by folding the vellum and lacing on leather strips. The last step was "tacketing" the signatures to the cover.
The highlight of this workshop for me was working with materials and techniques I've never used before that can be used with other media. For example: the wet strips of vellum that harden like rawhide...I can't wait to use that on something else. PS: Don't burn real vellum - it smells and hardens like a rock.
Here are a few students books.