Friday, February 3, 2012

Playing with joint compound and other fun stuff.

First I taped off the bottom of a wood tray I had picked up at a thrift store.
 Last week I borrowed Plaster Studio from my friend Marianne. I decided to play around with some of the techniques. In the book they mention using joint compound which comes pre-mixed, this sounded good to me as I didn't want the mess of the plaster in my studio. I used to do plaster projects with the kids every year, mixing batch after batch of plaster and breathing the powder and making a mess, and then you have to know how much your going to need, because wet plaster doesn't wait. So.. even if the joint compound works a little differently I was all up for ease of using it.

After I taped off the sections of the tray I spread joint compound all over it and let it dry. Then peeled the tape off. Then wished I hadn't peeled tape off as I wanted to paint it without getting any paint on the wood. Well this was a happy accident. I re-taped it using wider strips of tape which then gave a nice white border around each square.

painting the white squares with acrylic paints as well as using Adirondack color wash sprays.
 Then I pulled off the tape and had these wonderful miniature paintings. To add more depth I painted melted way over the top and fused it with a heat gun. I then scratched into the surface of the wax and rubbed burnt umber paint into the scratches to add more texture.

I like the way this turned out. But I am considering adding a few 3D objects and then covering it in resin. What do you think? Leave it alone or keep going? I'd love to hear your ideas.

Tomorrow I will be presenting at 10 am, "How to tell a story through Found Object Assemblage" at the SCHOLASTIC ART AND WRITING WORKSHOPS: Timberline High School 701 E. Boise Ave.
from 9 am till 4 pm - 1 hour Art and Writing Workshops.  All are welcome...the workshops are free.   Bring your own brown bag lunch.  Invite your friends and peers...this is going to be fun.

Then from 1-3 tomorrow I will be over a Green Chutes with a free make and take table of a Valentine Pin. Stop in and say hi. :) 


rebeca trevino said...

very kool! lots of possibilities for creating 3-D assemblage works! thanks for the tip. . . .

i really like the way it looks now, but will you use the tray as a tray? or will it be hung on the wall as art? if it will be used as a tray, the resin idea would probably be the way to go - because it will make it smooth and wine glasses won't fall over . . . (ha!) but i love the colors you used.

Diane said...

I would love it either way--I guess it's what speaks to you the most--however the resin thing appeals to me

Pam McKnight said...

thanks Rebeca and Diane, for your input. I'm leaning towards resin and using it as a tray.

emily said...

It was great to see you today! My kids always enjoy making things at Green Chutes!