Hi everyone, it's Gwen here today with a new project showing you how to make small plaster sculptures using your stencils! I took a class working with plaster a few months ago and I've been thinking about how I could come up with my own patterns to make more little sculptures. And of course, I realized I could do it using stencils!
Here's my finished sculpture, and below I'll give some more details on how I made it.
And now for the details... to start, I took my Elephant Parade stencil by Nathalie Kalbach and traced the opening of the elephant shape on a piece of cardboard. This became the basis for the armature of the piece - I built out the rest of it from more pieces of cardboard.
Another thing to note... the stencil doesn't show the elephant's ears, but because this was going to become a 3-D piece it was going to need some ears! I decided mine was an Asian elephant, so I kept them small and used wire and masking tape to hold them in position.
Next, I took some plaster fabric (you can get it at art supply stores or online - Amazon has a few that will work) and cut it into strips. Then I just dipped each strip in water and start wrapping the armature.
Once the plaster was mostly dry (it took maybe 10 minutes,) I painted it gray and let that dry. In the meantime, I took some Cobalt blue Archival Ink and Jessica Sporn's Namaste stencil and stenciled some deli paper. I wanted to get a pattern on the elephants body, but I figured it wouldn't work to well to try and stencil it directly. So I collaged on some stenciled deli paper instead and it worked great!
I hope you enjoyed today's post, and if you try something similar at home, make sure you come back and leave a link!
Until next time...