Stephanie asked me to post my plaster book when I got it done. Well, I'm not sure it's done; I may add a binding onto the cover and some other gee-gaws yet, but it's done to the point of sharing the pages so here we go.
This is the opening page of the book. Watercolor, PVA glue (clear) and wood glue (yellow). With the glue I was going for a wax look without using wax. Of course wax would be fine to use on plaster too but you gotta experiment. Each page is 7 x 8".
And now we'll proceed through the pages. Instead of puncturing the plaster pages, I sewed through the canvas and then looped the linen thread around each wire that passes through the spine of each folded page at top and bottom. Collage and acrylic on plaster.
The page on the left is sumi ink, collage and watercolor. On the right is a foam stamp and StazOn black ink on plaster with watercolor and acrylic. Lots of sanding.
Acrylic paint and masking tape to lift off the surface of the paint and some Fresco Flakes from Stewart Gill. You can make fresco flakes too by painting on waxed paper and then peeling the paint off when it is dry. I dream in fresco, in plaster, in sun washed shades of ochre.
The bye-bee again (can you say "Dingos ate my bye-bee"?) and a stencil of the running french juggler I snagged off Leighanna's blog.
From Australia we travel to the Far East. Honestly, where was my head while I was making all of this? I like the page on the right because it looks like those worn plaster walls in Mexico that are painted a different color halfway up. Mexicans have the best house paint colors in the world. Okay, Mexico and Italy. I've been thinking a LOT about Italy lately.
And thus ends the plaster book. My clever friend Emma had the great idea of making a plaster shrine out of the same material; approaching it as you would paper mache which you already know I love. So now I have that twirling around in my head too. It's getting very busy up there - ha ha! That's it for now. (kiss-kiss) Your turn to make something and show me now.