By Susan Ryan | 3 comments
Paper mache, walnut, acrylics, graphite
This piece is interactive. The stones are not permanently secured. The viewer is invited to arrange and rearrange the stones as a contemplative exercise.
January 6, 2020 at 6:43AM
♥ this piece of art, Susan, but what are the papier maché parts of it?
January 6, 2020 at 5:19PM
The base is walnut. The rocks and the marble-like squares they sit on are all paper mache.
January 6, 2020 at 5:56PM
I feel like I need to offer a bit more explanation on the PM bits. I use my recipe of PM made from shredded, soaked paper (water squeezed out) and Elmer's PVA glue. To this claylike mix I add Plaster of Paris, made up in small batches, on account of the setup time with the POP. Once the PM is dry, I sand the heck out of it (with Dremel or larger sander) and then either leave it uncolored, or color with graphite pencil, pastel, or an acrylic or oil colors wash. To achieve the rocklike luster, I put on a coat of Modge Podge (or acrylic varnish) and let dry. This produces a shiny finish, which I do not like. Once dry, I burnish the heck out of the "rock" using an old spoon or knife. As I am burnishing, bits of paper or POP rise to the surface in an irregular fashion and create a depth of surface and a pleasing stonelike feel to the "rock." Hope this helps.
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