Monday, October 31, 2016

Face the Light - Assemblage

For my birthday this past summer, I spent it in the beautiful Virginia countryside. I stayed at a nice Bed and Breakfast, and visited a beautiful vineyard on top of the Blue Ridge mountains. This town also had this pretty good size Antique mall. Being an assemblage enthusiast, I had to peruse this Antique mall. I found several cool artifacts to make assemblage art. I found an antique door plates, knobs and faucet. The door plates and faucet inspired this assemblage piece.

This assemblage piece, was kind of like a statement. So this is what it means to me...see when we are born, we are expected to contribute society (work, pay taxes, have a family, follow norms). Were all expected to feed the machine (society), so that future generations will continue to survive after we are gone. The water drop shaped human faces are coming out of the faucet (being born). The faces attached to the light bulb, represent us feeding the machine. There is an apothecary bottle with mica flakes inside; this represents each of our contributions to society.

How it's made

The box is a cigar box, which has been stained and altered with Walnut Stain liquid and Inca Gold Guilder's paste. I used my found objects from the antique mall and resin pieces and metal embellishments from my stash. Everything has been altered with black, brown, raw umber, sienna and yellow acrylic paint. All these colors give a rust look by using a dry brush technique. I also used Inca Gold, German Silver and Copper Gilders paste. A lot of Assemblage artist usually don't paint on the found object (they like keeping it real). I felt compelled to alter my accouterments to give it an even vintage, metal look (I'm a little OCD this way). Everything is being held up with Apoxy Clay, strong glue and wire. The ruler is a real vintage ruler, not altered. The faces are made from Polymer clay, which have been painted with Silver and Inca Gold Gilders Paste. The apothecary bottle contains gold mica flakes.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Wire Trees

I feel wired up today...wired about wire tree sculptures, that is. Okay that was a cheesy opening line, I must declare. In between making shadowboxes, altered bottles, collages, and altered clocks I like making wire trees. I like wire, because it's fun, interesting and so forgiving. I like making wire wrap jewelry pieces, trees sculptures and integrating into other mixed media art pieces. Today I won't show discuss how it's made in great detail because each piece is uniquely made, but will give the basic how a wire is made.

I like to 24 gauge gauge wire; I believe, using using a  thicker gauge will make it hard to bend the wire by hand. Start out by cutting a bunch of pieces of wire the same length and  and divide it half and twist, this makes the trunk. Leave about two inches untwisted, this will be the roots. . Then continue to split sections and twist, this makes the branches. Whatever size the wire is cut to, the tree will end up at half the length. For instance if all your wires are 12 inches, the tree will end up at around 6 inches, not including the roots and length includes the top of the branches. Do not use pliers to bend because it nicks the wire. The trees in these pictures are made using 24 gauge wire and uses around 72 to 112 individually cut pieces of wire. Always leave extra wire for the roots; it will be needed to attach to something, like wrapping on a rock or gluing to a surface.

This wire tree is part of shadowbox and  around 2.5 inches in height.

I used a handmade paper paper made of mango leaves for the stand. I like how the green contrast the copper tree. This tree is around 4 inches height. 

This is dramatic windblown tree measuring around 5 inches in height.

This an 1.5 inch tree inside a clay pendant and filled with resin. 

Chipped purple beads are used as leaves for this copper tree and wrapped on a rock and is around 3 inches in height.