oLeft this sitting out in my studio last night knowing it would be my AM inspiration. I had so much fun yesterday playing with this Relics and Artifacts piece, along with some plaster casted pieces using IOD molds and Frank Garcia's Artisan Powders.
Knowing that I'm going to be out of town the next week, I didn't want to tackle anything too ambitious. I had casted the plaster a few weeks ago. I selected black, clay and rosewood Artisan Powders to color them with.
This is what I got, although the deep rich clay doesn't show as well as it does in life. The actual piece is a light terra cotta with deep brown highlights. I love this natural look and there are so many colors to choose from. Frank Garcia has moved on to turquoise, blue and magenta ~ rich colors. The secret in all this is to be patient and continue to blend the powders until what you see is what you want. Don't settle for anything less.
Laying down the powder is the beginning. In the top picture I spritzed the piece with gold spray. Not completely happy with what I got, I came back in spots with Metallique gold paint. I am absolutely in love with the work of Sandra Evertson and her "Ambassadors". I settled on Finnabair's glitter and some Prima bling to kick my little piece up a notch. One of these days I'll have the time to decorate Ambassador style.
While I was in studio, my good friends Diane and Andree were hunting for treasure. They brought me this door pull. It is the perfect starting point for my next piece. I'm not usually a big fan of door pulls because of the screws in the back; too often the height is wrong. Waking up to these two pieces was inspiring.
I want to draw some attention to the background. I departed from my usual circles, squares and diamonds to used a "coffee spill" stencil along with the flourishes. I scrapped monochromatic for a combination of blues, greens and gold. Anything that moves me outside the box is worth the effort. There is no right or wrong, there is no best or worst. It's all about evolution. . .ENJOY!