This piece is composed from painted fabric supported on a canvas. Materials: Fabric Paint staples Dimensions: 18″ x 14″
During the construction process, the original concept design became the top of the piece and the rest of the sculpture grew from there. The main part of the bottom of the sculpture is an elongated version of the top tunnel pillar from my original design. The bottom sides of the sculpture consists of asymmetrical ribbed shapes and fans of varying sizes to tie in the overall visual movement of the structure. As I was working on the second half, the structure gradually started to look more and more frenetic to me. Bearing it’s new found frenetic nature in mind, while still wanting to keep the wind theme, I decided to call the paper sculpture “Turbulence“ after the impression I felt the sculpture was giving off in it‘s lines. Materials: Sheet paper Tape Glue Staples Scissors Dimensions: 1 ft 4″ x 2 ft 7″
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Supplies: fabric scraps, canvas, latex paint, embellishment paint, plastic party mask, staples, painters tape. Instructions Canvas piece.
- Measure and cut fabric scrap strips ½” longer then desired canvas height size, then measure and cut fabric scrap strips ½” longer then desired canvas width size.
- Stretch out each individual fabric scrap strip across the canvas height wise and pull taut, staple in place. Cover entire canvas.
- Repeat width wise, weave strips in front and behind vertical strips. Cover entire canvas.
- Paint first layer of latex pent over entire canvas, let dry.
- After first layer dries, drip splatter 2nd paint of your choice over canvas, let dry.
- While the canvas dries, cut two fabric squares approximately ¼ the size of the canvas and cut 14 fabric scrap strips approximately 1ft. longer then canvas.
- Staple 7 strips all on a vertical side of one square, staple the other 7 on opposite side of square.
- Place batting and/or fabric scraps in center of square, spread filler out evenly.
- Line up edges of 1st fabric square and staple 2nd fabric square to 1st fabric square to secure filler.
- Place newly formed pillow like square upon desired spot on canvas and arrange the pillow’s loose strips accordantly, staple fabric strips to the canvas.
- Place plastic party mask onto flat work surface.
- Cut fabric scrap strips 1ft longer then desired mask.
- Drape fabric scrap strips over mask, preferably each strip overlapping with the next. Cover entire mask, tap in place.
- Use paint brush to apply water onto strips, gently dabbing water on till strips start to mold to masks features. Press in facial features gently with fingers and apply pressure to mold shape further. Use towel to soak up excess water.
- While still damp, apply first layer of latex paint to fabric mask. Let set for 25 minutes.
- Apply 2nd layer to mask, let set foe a few hours or till dry.
- Once dry, apply final layer of paint to mask. Make final layer thick to secure mask shape.
- Keep adding paint till the individual lines of the fabric strips become negligible, let set till dry.
- After drying, gently remove tap from mask mold and staple the base of the loose mask fabric strips together.
- Paint over newly stapled area to secure hold, let set for 25 minutes or till dry.
- Once the paint dries, gently peel newly formed fabric mask from mold.
- Once removed from mold, place and fit the fabric mask into the reverse side of the mask mold.
- While in mold, place fabric batting or fabric scraps in center of mask.
- Cut out a square of fabric the roughly the length of the mask, staple in place and trim to fit. Touch up mask with paint as need be.
- Once all three components are finished, place pillow on the canvas and place mask onto pillow in desired position. Staple all three pieces together to join them.
- After safely securing their positions, trim excess fabric strips.
- Paint the whole piece in its entirety with the base latex coat color, let dry.
- Now it’s ready to go! Embellish as desired and spray with fixative when finished embellishing.
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