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One down, 11 more to go!

July 3, 2014

Camas stalk 1-gale everett studio

Only 11 more to go before August 31! What an enormous task! I just have to focus on one at a time.  The next Camas creation will be made from a 1958 copy of “Douglas Fir Use Book” that belonged to my father. There is a large pulp mill in Halsey and I feel like this book will be about as close to the subject of  wood product waste as I can find. It’s mainly structural data and design tables with some photos. Lots of tables! Hopefully the paper will be forgiving enough to stretch over wire forms.

I started experimenting with oil bar on paper and I’m  not fond of the look. I’ll have to think more about how to apply color that won’t end up looking terrible.

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  1. July 3, 2014 9:47 pm

    I think you’re right about oil bar. It’s a bit of a brute. I use it on very thick paper, generally 250gsm or more. For thinner papers I find that System 3 acrylic mixed 60:40 with screen printing medium is vert good, tough but translucent. Also any old acrylic thinned with water and applied with one of those old fashioned mouth spray thingies. That’s the technical term I believe 😀

    • paperstew permalink*
      July 5, 2014 11:05 am

      Good info to keep under my belt Rose!
      When I did apply oil bar and heated it into the wax… urgh, it was ugly! I’ve been contemplating adding food coloring or another type of dye to my “glue” mix. That way it could blend in without possibly causing problems with the wax. More experiments to come! 😀

  2. July 4, 2014 3:02 pm

    Love it. I think I even want it. 😉

    • paperstew permalink*
      July 5, 2014 10:58 am

      What a compliment! Thanks Karen! 🙂

  3. July 4, 2014 5:58 pm

    These are so lovely with the writing and diagrams on them…didn’t know you were still going to paint them. I know you’ll figure out something good.

    The mouth thingy can be a lot of work. For painting this much surface, you might want to at least get canned air with a little spray gun, and/or borrow a spray gun from someone you know who happens to have one… (smile!)

    • paperstew permalink*
      July 5, 2014 11:02 am

      I’m probably not going to paint them due to issues with acrylic blending (or not blending) with wax. I’ve been contemplating using more paper to provide additional sparks of color. The other idea is using more colored wax… I certainly have many more flowers to work with. This first one will remain as it is. I really like the warm honey color.
      Thanks so much for letting me know about the spray option. I’ll certainly keep it in mind if things shift. 🙂

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