Thursday, March 13, 2014

Wonky Bowls, The Pomegranate and Fabulous Cubes - Making Encaustic Art with Plaster Gauze

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encaustic mixed media 4 x 4 x 2.5"

What do balloons, florist foam and plaster gauze all have in common?  A lot of fun, and a great start for 3D artwork for encaustic.   

Plaster gauze - the stuff we used to make casts for broken arms.  It is sold by the pound and is one long continuous strip about 4 inches wide.  I bought a 5lb box at the art store.  I also picked up a couple of bags of balloons and some florist foam at Hobby Lobby and I went to town.  I rolled up my sleeves, and wet strips of gauze in water and started wrapping around the balloons and foam forms.  The result was a lot of wonky bowls (big and small), one pomegranate and some fabulous cubes that I'm really excited about.

Pomegranate
encaustic mixed media 5 x 4 x 4"

 My sculpture skills are a bit rusty.  The last time they were called upon was ummmmm - 7th grade art class and paper mache.  So, I have several wonky bowls in my collection now.  I could pass it off as character - but really - nope... just wonky I'm afraid.  But the cubes - oh yeah - love those.  Seems that I can wrap around a block and have it come out OK.  I can even add little spit ball like things as feet.  Seems I had a little experience with spit balls in that same 7th grade art class :)

Stag
encaustic mixed media 4 x 8 x 2.5"

So what's so exciting about the plaster? - well, its the perfect ground for wax.  Its porous and formable, sculpture-able and allows for 3D form.  It dries over night and its as simple as that. 
Being that I am exploring more mixed media stuff- the blocks are lending themselves quite well to that.
Cat & Mouse
encaustic mixed media 8 x 4 x 2.5
(side opposite mouse)

Cat & Mouse
encaustic mixed media 8 x 4 x 2.5
(side opposite cat)

  Speaking of mixed media - as you read this, I will be in a Mixed Media and Encaustic class at Pratt School of Art here in Seattle.  The class is taught by Larry Calkins and I am over the moon excited about attending.  So, next week, I'll give you a little peek at what came of the fabulous two day workshop. 
Happy Birthday to Paint Party Friday - Thank you to Kristin and EVA for hosting the past three years.  Its a wonderful place for artists to come together and share each week.  Happy Friday Everyone! 

19 comments:

  1. Terrific work, such great pieces. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  2. Beautiful and insiring works, cat and mouse are my favourite. Thank you for sharing, Marji!

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  3. Nice to stop by your blog to celebrate PPF's 3rd birthday! These are lovely. I think the cat and mouse is my favorite, too.

    Cheers!

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  4. Wow, Marji, you have invented a new art form combining the plaster with the encaustic. It makes for some awesome pieces of art. I love the face square and the brick shaped other pieces. So beautiful. Especially the deer or elk (I have a hard time distinguishing the two).

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  5. OMG Marji - I love these, particularly the cat and mouse....how very inventive! and I'm a total pomegranate fan and yours turned out just great! I love that you are using patterns in the work now -I've been using mine again in some newer pieces and had forgotten how much fun they are! You are just doing so much cool great stuff - nice work!!!

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  6. oh my goodness!!!! love love love all your work!!! these pieces are amazing!!!

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  7. fascinating technique and what gorgeous outcomes Marji!!

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  8. Hi Marji,
    You are an inspiration! I did a Mixed Media Collage Painting this week and you were one of the gals that inspired me to work in this medium….a big thank you! Your work here is just so lovely and the cat and mouse, precious and so is the pomegranate and all of the other art works.Amazing work!
    Enjoy your two day workshop, sounds to be so much fun , can't wait to see what you learned!

    Annabelle : )

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  9. Marji I got goose bumps when I saw your stunning first painting, my gauge for excellence! Wow! I have used those strips before to make puppet heads with Styrofoam balls and molding clay....Imagine a big head made like that with encaustics...wow...Can't wait to see what more you do! All your art is so stunning!

    Hugs Giggles

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  10. Happy Paint Party Friday! You are so creative, thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend :) Tam

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  11. These are so cute! What a great idea! I'm getting all kinds of ideas in my head now .... ;-) Love your cat and mouse block!

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  12. oh no! you have me hooked...i have wanted to try encaustics for sooooo long and your work has inspired me! as soon as i can afford it, that is...have fun in your class, i'll be back to see what you're up to! happy PPF!

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  13. Wow! These are wonderful! The cat and mouse are adorable, the deer so regal and the pomegranate is fabulous. I love the face. A beautiful and successful experiment!

    Thanks so much Marji for being a wonderful part of PPF!

    xo

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  14. Really wonderful and do creative! So inspirational!

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