Thursday, September 18, 2014
I have always been interested in trying something new every now and then. To me it does get boring if you stay with one thing all the time. Several years ago I became interested in papier mache. I decided I needed a couple of bowls.
My middle sister was not overly impressed. "Oh, yes," she remarked, "everybody needs a paper bowl." But art is not always functional. This is for looking, not for filling with soup or ice cream.
I used a bowl from the cupboard for an armature, covered it with cling wrap and a little Dawn dish washing soap. Then I covered that with papier mache formed from a packaged mix with water and blue acrylic paint mixed into the wet mess. This was spread over the bowl and left to dry. I then removed it from the household bowl and continued with the red for the inside.
At one time I had gotten into making fancy candies using molds. I used the candy molds to make the little white hearts. When dry, I added a little more blue to the bowl and mashed the hearts into that. It was allowed to dry until cured.
It may not be museum quality, but I had fun doing it and managed to make a few more things over those years. I don't know it I'll ever get back to the craft, but I have learned over the years to never say "Never!" If the mood strikes, there's no telling what I'll wind up making.
I do hope you have something that gives you satisfaction in the creating and joy in seeing it later. Art is for everyone, and you don't have to be a master to get pleasure from the process.
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