Hello everyone, Annette here……
I hoped you’ve all had a stunning Summer and are ready for an awesome Autumn.
My challenge this month was to create a statue representing the star sign Virgo……mmm that certainly made the old brain cells fizz. SO……Virgo is represented by the virgin carrying wheat and she is an Earth sign. With this knowledge I set off on my creative adventure.
Using the wood and metal base, I pushed this through a polystyrene egg (my egg came in 2 parts so I secured it was making tape around the centre and top to bottom) and then packed the bottom of the spike with foil to stop the egg from slipping down. I used the egg so that I could get a nice full skirt that was supported underneath.
I then built up the top of the egg so that when the plaster head was seated on top the proportions were more balanced.
To attach the head, I used Grace from the European range, take a piece of foil and wrap it around the figure just below the shoulders and attach to the plaster with masking tape (only a small amount needs to be on the plaster as this will determine your neckline).
Now open up the pocket you have made, with the foil, and sit it on top of the extended egg. You may need to tear up the sides slightly to get it to sit properly. Secure with masking tape making sure it is well attached.
As my statue is going to be carrying something, I needed to add hands and arms. Take a piece of foil and fold it to create a narrow strip. Place the hands at either end ensuring that the thumbs are pointing upwards at both ends. Now wrap the foil around the wrists and secure with masking tape.
Take this strip and lay along the back of the plaster head placing the hands to the front. Check the positioning of the hands and if necessary fold the strip back onto itself behind the shoulders if the arms are too long. Secure to the back with more masking tape.
Using small pieces of foil fill out the arms and round them out. Also check that you are happy with the shaping at the waist and the back of the statue, use pieces of foil to build out any areas which need more shaping.
Once you are happy with the overall shape and positioning cover everything with masking tape and then coat the whole statue, including the plaster head, body and base with a layer of Ivory Powertex. Lay a small piece of clingfilm between the hands and body to stop them sticking together.
Now let this dry
For the clothing I used Ivory Powertex and worked it through strips of Natural Paper Decoration for the bodice/sleeves and muslin for the skirt, I used four separate pieces of muslin so that I could shape each piece over the fullness of the egg. It is also easier to work with smaller pieces that one larger piece.
Let this dry.
I liked her at this stage and would be happy leaving her here however she needed something to represent the Earth sign so…..
I took a piece of Powertex Rice Paper (the one I choose had images of the earth/sun and moon on which fitted perfectly with the Earth sign) and using a wet paintbrush I drew around the shapes I wanted before pulling them from the piece. This causes a feathered edge which blends into your background better than a cut straight edge.
Using Powertex Easy Coat Matt varnish, I attached the pieces to the dry clothing. I coated both the clothing and the back of the rice paper then pressed the piece into place. Using a soft brush starting at the centre of the rice paper smooth it out towards the edges, this stops it tearing and ensures it is all stuck down. Now take some more varnish and coat the front of the rice paper ensuring you go over the edges.
Leave this to dry
She now needed colour adding in to pull everything together.
On a spare piece of fabric I tried using tea stain to see if this would work but decided it was too flat.
To finish her, I found some seed heads in a nearby field and made a small bunch for her to hold.
You could make a statue to represent any of the Zodiac star signs and use different rice papers to tie into the specific attributes of the sign.
Until next time, happy Creative Adventures