It’s a combination of Cernit Doll White and a bit of old white Premo. Nice combination for sculpting, although it wasn’t quite as translucent as using only Cernit.
The makeup brushes I’ve been using work quite well to get pastel into the recesses of dimensional work.
Just a touch of dark grey acrylic paint for the butterfly bodies and it was done.
Such a sweet little baby dragon.
I wanted a fantasy steampunk feel to this one… Not the standard Victorian based version. So I gave the cat a little bit of an exotic coloring – it’s loosely based on a Somali or long-haired Abyssinian. The cat’s eye is a rough faceted green aventurine.
I handpainted my own set of symbols on the clock. And obviously it’s in some part of the story realms where they keep track of more than 12 segments of time. And where cats wear wings – just because they can.
The gears and workings from the clock were from molds of various pieces I’ve collected, plus a few I handsculpted to connect the elements together.
The piece is 6 inches tall and framed in a handmade hardwood octagonal frame.
Each one is 4″ square, and I’ll be framing them in an 8″ black frame.
Here it is in black clay – some gooey fresh Premo this time around. It’s actually quite a bit darker in person, but this way you can see the detail.
I tried adding some warm colors and a touch of metallics but I wasn’t really happy with it. The metallic paint scattered the light too much, and at such a small size, it lost coherence and detail.
Cool tip I learned from my husband. Use rubbing alcohol to strip acrylic paint off polymer. I don’t know if it will work if it’s been cured for days but it worked perfectly after it was already dry to the touch for about 45 minutes. A little soaking and some scrubbing with a paper towel and it was back to the original black.
It does need something but I may wait a bit to figure out what. Any suggestions?
I may also treat it as a small study and do a larger version later on.
I was planning on making a sleek, elegant, realistic dolphin along the same lines of the sea lion I’d already done.
It didn’t want to hear it.
I was working with a reference photo at a slightly odd angle but I could have shaved it down so the tail looked like it was farther in the distance, and thinned out the head and torso so everything was a bit more in proportion…
So here is my cute little perky dolphin instead. I’ll make a sleek one some other time.
This was a very special commission that I’ve been working on for the last week. It will be one of six pieces for sisters whose mother loved forget-me-nots.
They’re one of my favorite flowers too – one of my front beds is seeded with them – and I really wanted to do it justice.
I also wanted to add something alive, and we chose a butterfly. A Karner Blue to be specific. It’s about an inch long, a beautiful blue on the inner wings and a silvery grey on the outside. (Male and female have slightly different patterns.)
Beautiful, rare, fragile, protected. Perfect for this piece.
It ended up with about 6 layers of acrylic paint in thin washes and dry brushed details before I was happy with it, but here’s the final piece.
And here it is framed. It’s a 4 inch relief sculpture in an 8 inch frame.