Thursday, January 24, 2013
Feet of Clay
I have to admit that working with paper clay has brought me excitement and lots of ideas. I had prepared three sets of legs - using cloth - when I decided that perhaps I could add a pair of shoes to at least one pair of those cloth feet.
As I coated the feet in paper clay I decided to add some design to the shoe by making curvy lines. It wasn't until I started the painting that I realized how difficult it was going to be getting the paint into those teeny, tiny lines. Why do I do these things to myself?
Trying to put clay over already painted feet wasn't so bad - but the shoes then had to be painted without painting the legs and feet along the way. One painting coat might be okay - but try three - one coat of raw umber, one coat of orange and lastly an antiquing wash. I used the blue tape that one uses with regular paint projects. Can you imagine how tiny those pieces of tape had to be?
I'm paving a new trail for myself -- and finding out that stamina and perseverance are going to be my biggest need.
"When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps." - Confucius