Posts Tagged ‘paper mache’

I’m Smiling as Fast as I can

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

smillingim Smiling as fast as I can

Listed at triciajoy.etsy.com

mixed media, collage

paper dolls now listed in Etsy

Monday, October 5th, 2015

If you are interested in owning one of the little figures featured in the current issue of somerset studio they have been listed in my etsy shop.

The other figures recently posted to this blog are available through The Empty Spaces Project, contact Paul Toussaint.

Soon I will be integrating this blog into my website, a one stop for all things Tricia art…

somerset studio 2

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013


Available through OVA

handy

How to make a papier mache Norwhal whale

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Or, the things you do for your niece’s homework assignment…

First gather your supplies: flour, white glue, newspaper, tin foil, masking tape, card board or white tag board, celluclay, piece of heavy wire. Also have a picture of a Norwhal whale ready to reference as needed.

In a small pan, pour some water and put on the stove top burner with a low flame, heat the water and slowy add the amount of flour you guess you will need for the project. for this project I used about a cup of water and about a cup of flour, adding the flour and whisking to be rid of any lumps. When your paste is a smooth and not watery consistency take it off the burner and put into a bowl where you will be dipping your newspaper strips into. save left over paste in a plastic container and put into the fridge for later projects.

Tear your newspaper into strips ( I prefer smaller strips to bigger or wider strips)

Make your small batch of pulp ahead of time and have a spatula or butter knife handy for applying. I use celluclay rather than making pulp from scratch usually because I am lazy that way. Celluclay can be purchased at your local craft store and in comes in both white and grey. I prefer the grey because it seems to be more sticky. Experiment for your own preference.

Determine how big you want your whale and form the simple shape using aluminum foil. Insert a piece of wire (I used coat hanger wire) where the cork screw sword like nose will be, mold the foil around it, put it in deep so you won’t risk it falling off.

Cut out left and right fins and tail fins and tape to your foil form. Cover the entire form with masking tape because the paper strips will adhere easier to the tape than to the foil. It is also the first step in smoothing out the natural bumps and valleys which inherently occur with tin foil.

Dip your newspaper strips into the paste, pull the strips between two fingers to take off excessive amounts and layer the strips across the entire form three times with even applications varying the direction. At this point one could continue on or the piece could be put into the oven to dry at 200 degrees or set outside in the sun until it dries. Or continue on with the application of pulp which is what I did because of the simplicity of the form.

At this point the form still has a lumpy body with dents and crevices from the foil. Now take a knife and smooth in the uneven areas. Take outside till it is completely dry and then begin the second phase for its completion.

After you have covered the entire body with pulp and let dry, use some string or clay wrapped around the wire to create a corkscrew look. I used apoxie sculpt, an air dry clay.

your whale is ready to be lightly sanded, primed and painted.

Heart on a String

Friday, January 25th, 2013

orange heart
This piece took a week to complete, she required many layers and repeated drying efforts (in the oven since there is no sunshine the past week). She also required sanding and I like the contrast between the smooth face with its subtle tones and the body with its heavy texture. There is an option to add legs which I do think I will do.

heart on a stringShe is about 12 inches tall.

Pregnant Sleep Walker

Monday, January 21st, 2013

close up of the head of Sleepwalker


Distorted view, just because it looks good that way

Normal full length view, she is about 13 inches tall

more “paper” doll

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

I incorporated some found objects in this piece, the eyes are actually pebbles. I also decoupaged some fabric at the skirt area. I tend to shy away from fabric because of fear of the piece looking less artsy and more craftsy, dolly. if that makes sense :b And, lately, I feel inclined to not call these little figures dolls since really they are not toys and probably shouldn’t be played with.

More dolls in the works but I need to make an excursion out of town today for a visit to the craft store. Its been a while since I have purchased supplies and while I could probably go a whole year without buying any more supplies there are some specific items that make my heart art production faster and easier. And, honestly, I just need a craft store shopping “fix” 😀

Mark Ryden books

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

I went to La Luz de Jesus To pick up my signed copies of The Snow Yak and Fucigi Circus by Mark Ryden, he was there on Valentines day signing the books.

the books are beautiful, I’m a happy camper.

The current exhibit is awesome. Its paper mache, larger than life figures. the light was streaming in from outside casting an eerie glow.

some of the figures look amphibian like.
the shrouded figures look ghostly of course. and some look angelic.

The Art of The Sole

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

I have been helping my colleague, Mavis Leahy with a window exhibit she is planning for the Sept window at the Ten Women Gallery. I invited a handful of people to participate including my friend Maripat Doyle Oberg. I like what she did with her shoe. She writes:

What are YOU most afraid of? When we allow fear to take over our life we careen out of control, suffering immensely and causing others pain we become “FEAR DRIVEN”, out of control, taken in the direction of more pain and destruction. (Note the “car” has no steering wheel) It can be very difficult to control our direction when we allow fear to take over.

This is my submission that I’m sending to 10 Women Gallery in Venice CA for Art Of The Sole: Shoes guest artists display. The shoe was altered with wire mesh, celluclay, paint. The wheels are furniture glides. The doll is made from fabric that was printed with phobias, objects of fear, concepts and behaviors that result from our fear or cause fear in others.

Fear Driven: Doll in shoe, side view

Eavy

Sunday, July 22nd, 2007

 

 

 

Side view

mixed media figure, cast paper pulp, and paper mache over armature