I have always enjoyed the organic nature of plants and animals. The unique patterns, textures and shapes that they have are of particular interest. My September installation started with a pod. I made a mold of the pod and then I mixed up very fine cement and poured it into the mold. While the cement was curing I started searching through my papers for something that said “use me please”! Found some beautiful muted gray paper with flocked black circles and I adored it! I cut a piece of mat black paper to the size of the space. I wanted dimension as well. Hmmmm, what to use to add volume without weight. No popsicle sticks or balsa wood in sight. HA – wooden chopsticks!!! Hot glued a broken piece to the black paper and then hot glued my beautiful grey and black paper to that. The color scheme was chosen!
Being a metalsmith who has had no time at the bench all summer except for these projects, it had to have a piece of metal! I folded copper mesh sheet into an accordion and hot glued that down.
Once the cement pod was cured I used two different types of paint to give it the colors I wanted so it would match the overall color scheme of the space. I used Golden fluid acrylics in Iridescent Stainless Steel which is a coarse paint and for highlighting the ridges I used the same brand in Bone Black. Once the paint was dry I glued on three iridescent half drilled peacock pearls. I love how the round pearls carry forward the black flocked dots. Last, but not least, I hot glued the cement pod to the copper.
I love how dimensional it is. I wish the pictures could show how the paint on the cement pod glistens from different angles.
I actually think that I would love to make this type of project again on a larger scale and frame it as art! =)
Lynn H – I hope enjoy your altar installation!!!
Warm Regards Ladies!!!