|Gold weights. They're made of brass, |
and used to measure gold.
Following the process I've developed for the series, I primed the MDF with white gesso, then painted the two side panels and the two side bands with acrylics. For the shapes, I penciled in the overall design, then filled them in with acrylic paint. Once they were dry, I outlined each with brown Sharpie brush marker. I used a regular tipped Sharpie marker to outline the small, ochre shapes.
Creating the central polymer elements came next, and for those, I took as my inspiration the flat gold beads of the Ivory Coast, and the Akan gold weights of West Africa.
Once all the polymer elements were cured and colored, it was time to decide about the central panel and side band colors. I ultimately chose Prussian Blue for the center, and Permanent Red (I knew that green didn't work!). The blue really sets off the golden colors in the polymer, and the red is a strong accent. I'm really happy with the way this wall hanging turned out!
|Gold beads from the Baule|
people of the Ivory Coast.
|Side panels and bands painted...'not sure |
if I like this green, but we'll see.
|Uncured polymer clay, stamped, incised, and ready for the oven. |
I did all the incising by hand, with the exception of
the circular pattern. (I'm good, but not THAT good!)
|Cured, colored polymer elements.|
|Finished wall hanging: 11"x24", mixed media|
©2014 Michelle Davis Petelinz
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