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Teapots: Oil and Water and other Elements

Posted in DESIGN, TEAPOTS - A HOMAGE TO UNUSUAL TEAPOTS with tags , , , on July 21, 2009 by echostains

 I came across a Teapot competition for 2008.  I’m not too sure who won, but I’ve picked  out some of my favorites!

teapot show 2008 Nancy Arkuss 'Sassy  Lady'

teapot show 2008 Nancy Arkuss 'Sassy Lady'

 

I love the movement and style of this teapot by Nancy Arkuss.  It reminds me of one of these veiled statues; –

The Sleep of Sorrow and the Dream of Joy by Raffaelle Monti 1861

The Sleep of Sorrow and the Dream of Joy by Raffaelle Monti 1861

 

Another one that captured my imagination is this one; –

Teapot show 2008  Sharon Bartmann'Oil for two' raku

 

 

 

Teapot show 2008 Sharon Bartmann'Oil for two' raku

I did a bit of raku at university and I must say, it is my favorite method of ceramic making.  Perhaps it’s because the procedure takes place outdoors that appeals..and the effects are random: cannot be calculated.  It is a method of working that involves all four elements (earth, wind, water and fire),  like a kind alchemy!

More of these fab pots tomorrow!

My Surfaces: ‘Alchemy’ page 4 Brown Sauce meets Latex

Posted in ART, MY SURFACES with tags , , , , , on April 3, 2009 by echostains

Continuing with the ‘Alchemy’ project I did a few years ago:

brown sauce latex and others

brown sauce latex and others

 

The surfaces now are getting thicker.  1.  Brown sauce is mixed with cornflour and a water based clear varnish.   Brown sauce can be used to clean metal.  Some people clean coins with it.  I myself like the verdigris and patina of an old coin though.  Here’s a roman ring I bought ages ago, which I never cleaned………..it  has mysteriously disappeared.

my roman ring has roamed away from me.

my roman ring has roamed away from me.

2.  Liquid latex was added to this mix.  Notice, Number 1. has cracked, yet number 2 hasn’t, this could be because of the latex.

3.  Pigment was then added to the mix.  All three surfaces required 2 days to dry.  These surfaces would be useful if you wished to embed objects into the work, or sprinkle beads or stuff into the surface.

4.  Filler (powder) and acrylic makes a good impasto.  The drying time is one day

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My Surfaces: ‘Alchemy’ page 3 playing with the contents of an old make up bag

Posted in ART, MY SURFACES with tags , , , , on April 2, 2009 by echostains

make-up-bag waste not want not

make-up-bag waste not want not

Continuing with the ‘Alchemy’ project I completed a few years ago, this page is about make – up (Old make up I may add).  I mean Charlie glitter????  Never throw anything away and you too can live in a tip like me lol!  Seriously, don’t ever put old make up on your skin..PAINT or experiment with it!
1.  Pastel pigment and hair gel makes a thinish surface.  A bit of glitter wouldn’t go amiss in this mix
2.  Red soft pastel and Sun Shimmer Bronzer, the bronzer seals the pastel, acting as a protective.  May be interesting to see what happens when mixed with other colours?
3.  Pastel and Peel off Face mask.  This is an important experiment as you shall see later.  Note: peels away by rubbing…
4.  Pigment and oil free make up.  A little like milk paint.  The oil free make up does not protect the pigment very well…
5.  The same but with ‘Charlie’ Glitter gel.  This is lovely, you can see the brushstrokes.  A bit thin and delicate.  This glitter gel would lend itself well to No.1

Other pages in the Alchemy Project;

Page 1. A cocktail of delight

Page 1. continued

Page 2.  Kitchen media

My Surfaces: ‘Alchemy’ page 2 Kitchen media

Posted in ART, MY SURFACES with tags , , , , , on March 21, 2009 by echostains

Continuing with the experimental project ‘Alchemy’; –

page-2-alchemy

 

page-2-alchemy

The experiments on this page took place in the kitchen.  Soft pastel pigment mixed with washing up liquid (1) add vinegar (2) add cream kitchen cleaner (3) add crimson drawing ink (shellac based) (4).  Linseed refined oil added (6)

My Surfaces: ‘Alchemy’ page 1 Cocktail of delight!

Posted in ART, MY SURFACES with tags , , , on March 20, 2009 by echostains

Alchemy project where unusual media was expermented with.

page-1-alchemy

page-1-alchemy

For some reason or other, I seem to have had a lot of different alcohol in: hence the experiments…

Starting with pearlescent ink (1) I then added cherry brandy (2).  Keeping with the ink I added whiskey (3) note: quick drying (probably the alcohol)

Starting with acrylic, I added whiskey (5)  the acrylic and cherry brandy (6), then acrylic, cherry brandy, whiskey and vinegar.

My Surfaces: ‘Alchemy’ continued

Posted in ART, MY SURFACES with tags , , , on March 19, 2009 by echostains

alchemy-cover

alchemy-cover

Continuing with the ‘Alchemy’ project.  The objective was to use unusual mixes of media.

various-pages-from-the-alchemy-project

various-pages-from-the-alchemy-project

Experiments were varied and personal notes made.  I made the pages loose leafed so I could add to them, plus it made them easier to work on.

My Surfaces: Alchemy

Posted in ART, MY SURFACES with tags , , on March 18, 2009 by echostains

alchemy-book-cover

 

 

alchemy-book-cover

In the ‘Alchemy’ project, the objective was to experiment with unusual media.  Of course I had a field day!  This is the cover, which consists of two cardboard covers (back and front).  The pages are held in place with a big clamp.

The media use  consists of silver paper rolled up and shaped into the letters, painting in acrylic paint.  I was aiming for a nacre mother of pearl effect.

To be continued