Sunday, 3 April 2016

African Style Figure

Another make shift sculpture using a wooden meat hammer from Wilkos and a dolls head and bust from the pound shop.

Padded out with tinfoil and covered in masking tape, head is painted with acrylic paint.

To get a feel of what it's going to look like and how much fabric I need, I always dress the sculpture roughly how I want it to look.

I used bronze Powertex and wrapped the t-shirt fabric all the way round to the base.

 Once completely dry I added gold pigment to bring out the textures.

I felt she needed something else as she looked a bit too plain and I also needed to sort out the base. So again, I draped some fabric over her to get the look I was after.

Once the fabric was wet with the Powertex it became heavier and so didn't drape as it did above, but I was still happy with the way it looked.

Then I did the hat in ivory. She needs some drying time now.

Was hoping to get a photo outside today in the sun, but it's raining again! So, here she is after a night in the airing cupboard, so she is fairly dried out, but will dry out even more over the next couple of weeks. I have decided not to give her robe any pigment colour so it doesn't clash with the gold on the fabric of the first layer.

I have to say that I'm really pleased with the way she has turned out.

As you will know by now from all my other posts this week, PaperArtsy have a challenge theme of liquid sculpting medium.


The sun has popped out and enabled me to get a half decent photo.


Helen said...

she looks incredible, Sam, considering how she started out!

Sarah B said...

wow you're on a roll this week - love this one, you'd never guess what underneath xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is totally incredible, Sam, it's just the sort of thing I want to do next. I've just had some Barbie's arrive off e bay. You've done this brilliantly. You've inspired me so much. Can you help me, I had a feeling you did an African figure before and I searched all your powertex labelled posts the other day and couldn't find it. Been stalking your blog!

Lucy x

Lin said...

wow Sam she is excellent..i love the drape on the fabric and her hat is great..glad the sun has come out at last xxx

butterfly said...

She's beautiful - so elegant... who would ever think there was a meat hammer under there?!
Alison x

Hazel Agnew said...

Love her Sam....can't read the words as usual but the image speaks for itself! Fab project! Xx

Corrie Herriman said...

She is gorgeous, Sam !
I love how you turn everyday things into beautiful art !
Corrie x

Sue said...

This is really brilliant Sam, you must be so pleased with it, and who knew that it started as a meat hammer and an unloved doll :-) xx

Nan G said...

Wow! An amazing piece, Sam! I am in awe of your sculptured dolls.

craftimamma said...

Oh Sam she is just wonderful! You have turned two rather ugly bits into something quite beautiful and I think you are right to leave her 'coat' as is. She's gorgeous!

Lesley Xx

PS I never think to look in the toy section at Poundland and we have two big stores! Must rectify that very soon!

Lesley Xx

Sid said...

Brilliant Sam !!

Becky said...

She is stunning Sam love her. x

hazel said...

She's amazing Sam - love her lots.
xxx Hazel.

Kirsten said...

She is stunning! Congrats on your PA win.

Sandy said...

Without question - this is my favorite. Bravo!!!!
Sandy xx

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