By Susan Ryan | 7 comments
13" x 13" 13"
Paper mache pulp and oil glazes
January 25, 2012 at 11:15AM
I do like this abstract representation you get. Don't the oil glazes take ages and ages to dry?
January 25, 2012 at 2:28PM
Great piece, Susan! Is there something inside for weight? Now that I am making larger pieces I realize paper DOES have weight...surprise, surprise.
January 25, 2012 at 3:04PM
Thanks for your comments Erika and David. I use Windsor & Newton Liquin glaze medium. Dries fairly quickly---overnight or 1-2 days. Proper drying/curing of several glaze layers can then take a couple weeks. This piece is hollow, built on a cardboard armature. I use Plaster of Paris and Durhams Rock Hard Water Putty in my pulp so that adds some weigh to the PM.
January 26, 2012 at 2:21PM
Is the glaze medium the only colouring? Or do you use a quick drying paint and then glaze over. I would have thought that if you used oil paint it would take weeks or even months to dry . . . ?
January 27, 2012 at 3:24AM
I work with paper mache pulp--boiled newspaper--to which I add plaster of paris, Durhams Rock hard water putty, elmer's glue and vermiculite. The vermiculite helps the pulp dry faster and the P of P and water putty give it a hard, sandable surface when dry. I apply 1-3 coats of homemade gesso to dried pulp surface: patching plaster, elmer's glue, acrylic paint thinned with a bit of water. Lightly sanded when dry. Now I either paint with acrylics and/or acrylic glaze coats for color or texture or apply a clear acrylic glaze to seal ground and then paint/glaze. Or I may apply a clear oil glaze to seal and then apply pigmented oil glazes. If I use acrylics I always finish with an oil glaze coat because I do not like the plastic look and feel of acrylics and I do like the flatter finish and feel of the oil glazes. If you use a lot of white in your oil glazes the piece will take a lot longer to dry so I try to do any white glazes with acrylics. I have also used a glaze mix of linseed oil, turp and liquin but that takes longer to dry. The liquin used as the glaze medium dries fastest and gives a nice finish surface. Having said all that, I am usually working on several pieces at a time so I lose track of how long each process for each piece takes :>)
January 31, 2012 at 4:07PM
Susan...Your artwork is great! Thank you for your explanation. You are a true master!
June 21, 2012 at 3:53PM
Love this one. So simple, so perfect...
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