luni, 16 noiembrie 2009

works in progress

three days ago i tried Jonty's dragon skin!i was very tempted from the moment i saw his video on youtube (you'll find the video on his site by clicking on his name) and time has come to try it!
it's a hit i tell you!i was very happy with the result but first i had to convert the ounce(oz) measurement unit in grams because we don't use ounce at all only ml or grams.i've found in the dictionary that 1 oz=28,349 gram so i've converted his magical recipe and.... surprise...the composition came out much more thick than on the video although i followed carefully the instructions .here comes the importance of videos so i take this moment for my special thanksgiving of your your efforts Jonty for spreading your knowledge and experience around the world .
i suppose the pva glue we are using around here is different in its constitution and thats why i had to add more water to the mass until it seemed to me it's alike the mixture seen in the video.of course i was worried about thinking of what the excess of water may cause but i gave it a try.
i was very happy with the result which cracks only if it's applied thicker than 2 mm.
and as an observation-i tried the mixture over gray pulp,white paper and cloth and the colors that i'm using after drying pops out much better on white paper and cloth than the pulp.for the pulp section i've added a coat of white household acrylic paint that helped.

here you can see a few of my staffs i'm working on...
first layer of dragon skin applied over unfinished pumpkin-although i've started it in July it's still in experiment stage lol

second layer- becomes smoother and covers little "mistakes"

now i just have to make pulp to finish the rest of the pumpkin..

my son have "ordered" a zeppelin-he is NOW in love with balloons so i have to make looks rather a bomb now but i go forward

5 comentarii:

Jonty spunea...

Yes another Dragon Skin lover lol. I found 3 layers suits most ANY project. If you add extra glue it will make what i call a 'bone mix'. Basically it is a LOT smoother & tougher. I have no idea why as i would have thought more flour would make it stronger, but there you go lol.

When adding paints (during the mixing) add slightly MORE paint than you would think to use as the white flour acts as a paint pigment & reduces the final dried colours. I am sure i mentioned that in the video? Never mind to keep strong vibrant colours add more to compensate lol.

MOST PVA or WHITE GLUE types WILL work just fine so don't worry about the type of white glue your using. They mostly have the same or similar properties anyway, close enough for the Dragon Skin to work lol.

I have been able to store Dragon Skin in the fridge for up to 5 weeks with or without paint added & around 3 weeks on a warm window sill too.

Glad you like it.

Jonty spunea...


If you want to create a 'cracked surface effect' once the painted surface is dry (minimum of 3 layers) use a fine spnge & gently wipe water over the surface. Leave to dry in a warm NOT HOT area. Repeat as many times as you like until you get the cracked effect you want. Seal & paint as normal afterwards.

Ildiko spunea...

i was worried because i've added water instead of pva that may have caused tiny unwanted crackles.but now i think i'm going for the bone mix!and i still want to be able to make reliefs with this mixture.i've tried out but i had no time to experiment more to a satisfying result.i'll mix more flour to the composition and try it again.

thank you for your comment and the valuable PS!i'll sure try it ;)

Suzan Geridönmez spunea...

Nice work! I like your papermache art verry much and I'm so sorry that you have the influenza to. I hope you get well soon!
Have a nice day...

Ildiko spunea...

thank you v much Suzan,i'm feeling better now and would feeling even better with some finished pm work ;)


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