Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Transcending the Mundane...
I think if you're a mixed media artist, it doesn't take much to transcend the mundane. Leighanna and I were having a discussion this past week about how to make metal things rust. Different metals require different processes. I was trying (in vain) to get some chicken wire to rust for The Cradle Project. So, I consulted with Leighanna, as she does it all the time (rusticate). So, the formula for chicken wire is 50/50 of bleach and vinegar; must be done outside as the fumes are noxious and probably toxic. Works beautifully! Leighanna gave me some shiny doo dads (I call 'em that as I have no idea what they are for). So I took those shiny doo dads and submereged them in the 50/50 solution in a closed glass jar and oxidize they did! I loved all the rust it threw as a by product and in drying them, they imprint themselves on the surface. That's what you see here; the rusted doo dads and imprints. Very, very mundane for the rest of the world, but pretty exciting stuff for a mixed up media artist! Yeah, like I said, it doesn't take much...
Posted by Paula Scott Molokai Girl Studio at Tuesday, September 04, 2007
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