Getting closer to finishing touches, almost.

Okay so the past few days I’ve added one more coat of resin my space sculpture and I’ve gotten the wool blending brushes and added the color and I’m liking it since it’s smoother. I’ll keep working on this as I’m struggling to get the resin to appear as smooth as I’d like because unless I had a way of rotating it, it keeps having drip marks.

My 2nd Sculpture is starting to smooth out with the joint compound mixture, tomorrow I’ll have to get some more and then I may actually add another layer of the active wrap for strength since it’s very easy to chip that stuff off. Then I’ll apply a very thin coat to smooth out the active wrap and then add gesso and rabbit glue mixture to make it durable before painting the ending color. It’s definitely going to need it since it will not have resin on it as I want a matte finish on this one.

Lastly I did another painting one which I guess kinda of expresses how I’ve felt lately, irritable lol. I’m getting to the point where I’m restless often and want to start new projects but I also need to finish several so after these pieces are finished I’m doing some simple paintings to sort of relax. After I’ll hopefully have some more funds to spend on bases and can focus on finishing stone carvings.

Felting

Two days ago I start working on the inside shape for the sculpture by felting first with just plain wool. As the shape grew I added some color but realized I didn’t like the way the blended wool looked texture wise. Here I’ve removed most of that added color and I will increase the height of the felt to have more of a rolling hill shape and then will use blending brushes (just ordered today) and get a large amount to blended wool for felting before starting this again. Hand blending the wool was giving it too much of a bulky look (see purple felt) so I’l hoping to get a well blended texture once the supplies come next week.

I also began applying drywall joint compound to my 2nd paper m√Ęche piece to start getting the piece more filled out in certain places. I”m debating if I should do another layer of Activa wrap after I get the piece filled in, in certain spots then coat with a final layer of drywall joint compound. I may look and see if there’s a more durable option for top coat like a spackle mix instead, still deciding. But here is how that piece is looking so far. It will be I think in a more subtle matte finish but possibly I will create the piece to be of a soft purple as I’m feeling it would be a nice color for the shape.

Paintings Today

I had a bad day today and decided to work on some paintings.

I still wanted to keep going so I pulled out my large painting from a few weeks or so ago. You can see the before and after.

Still have some work but starting to look a little better. Right side needs something just not sure what yet.

Sculpture + Found Objects + Resin = Neat

Okay so this past week I returned from the #NWSSA Symposium and got back to it. I started by picking out my found items for the piece and attaching them. After I did my 1st coat of resin. I have never done a 3D piece in Resin and it is a bit tricky as you need to constantly check the dripping and remove until it begins to set so I checked about every 30 minutes and wiped any residual dripping resin from the sculpture. Hoping the 2nd coat can be done during the day time as the ability to keep the top coat smooth can be tricky due to gravity. Here are some images of the piece from this week.

Current Mixed Media Sculpture

A few years back I created my first mixed media art on canvas. It has a very eclectic space feel and always felt like a lot of fun. I’ve been wanting for quite a long time to take those principles and make a larger sculptural piece. Seeing as we’ve been dealing with this Covid quarantine for so long the minute it began to let up a little I felt a little weird come off my shoulders and this sort of just started coming together. I bought some chicken wire from a local hardware store and within weeks I couldn’t put this project down. Here’s a little sneak peak of how it’s been going.