|Even the paper towel was pretty!|
|Side panels taped off and painted|
|Stamped symbols on side panel|
Next, I printed the symbols with Chestnut Roan chalk ink, varying the positions and combinations as I went along.
The circular polymer clay pieces came next, and I added texture with carving tools and my own hand carved stamps, including the ones I used for the side panels (in the large, center circle).
|Raw, uncured clay elements, including the bar I ultimately |
decided not to use.
|Cured, textured, colored clay elements|
Sometimes, the assembly phase is a surprise; what I thought would work doesn't, and I have to solve the problem how to proceed. I think removing that element was the right decision, and as a bonus, the wall hanging can now be hung either vertically as I designed it, or horizontally. The final touch was to add two African brass beads to both ends of the line of clay elements.
I really love this piece; it's so great when an inspiration, plan and execution come together in a satisfying way...I cherish those works, don't you?