I enjoy making pieces of various types and sizes. I tend to like working small-ish, that is to say no bigger than 8 x 8 inches when doing assemblages and no bigger than 9 x 12 inches when doing 2D work, for example. However, I had to rise to the challenge of working big when my friend commissioned me to make a large steampunk wall hanging for her step-daughter's birthday. So I rolled up my sleeves and got in gear (pun intended) and came up with this piece. The wings measure 22 inches in length and about 10 inches wide and the heart is roughly 15 x 15 inches.
The wings and heart is made of solid wood and paper mache. I added dimension to the flat wooden heart by layering with clay paper mache. One layer took 3 to 5 days to dry, good thing I had a well over a month to make this project. Once all the layers were dried, I added faux sheet metal look with cardboard and acrylic paint.
I painted the wings with Modern Masters real metal paint and patina solution. Just love, love how this product makes such an awesome patina effect. The process is simple, you spray the patina to copper metal paint, and you get an authentic green patina look in about an hour. I've used this product, as well other metal paint combination from Modern Masters', like their Bronze paint with the blue patina and iron with patina to create rust effect on my other projects, check them out; time watchers, journey, industrial vase wall hanging; love never rusts. I hope you like my heart and wings wall hanging.
Below are a few stepouts. I had to do this outside under a shaded tree, did not have room inside, so you will see some sunshine in my pictures.
|Original wooden wings.|
|First you add the Modern Master primer. You must the add the primer to protect the wood from getting damaged by the patina and allows the paint to adhere nicely. Add a couple of layers of primer.|
|Here is the wing painted after one layer of copper metal paint. The paint has the same consistency as Golden's fluid acrylic paint, perhaps a tinge thinner and is very opaque. The finish is smooth and brush stroke free.|
|Paint a second layer of copper paint and spray the patina, stand back and watch the magic.|
|Here you see the wings in different stages of oxidation. |