The Art Corner
- Name: The Art Corner
- Location: salem, Massachusetts, United States
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
I did a really cool shadowbox last week! The clients had been to the Caribbean and had snorkeled. They found broken pieces of coral that spelled out their young daughter's name: Lucy. They wanted the coral pieces framed and the pieces "sunk into" the batch of sand they had brought back in a plastic baggy.
I thought about the task at hand for a moment or two, then said, yes! I can do this! I quoted them a price, which, of course, was FAR too cheap, but that's what happens in this business!
Upon thinking further about this project as it loomed above me, I came up with a cool solution! Since the acrylic modelling paste I bought for it dried OPAQUE, I couldn't mix it with the sand as I had originally thought. So I layed out the modelling paste into a semblance of wave-washed sand and layed the coral pieces slightly embedded into it. It took ALL WEEKEND for it to dry! It was about half an inch thick. It cracked, so I painted decoupage medium into the cracks. Once that was dry, I mixed the beach sand with the decoupage medium and painted it all around the coral pieces and the wave-rippled beach I had created. Then I placed little, teenie shells I had all around the coral pieces, to make it look even more like the sun-washed beaches of the Caribbean!
It matches one of the colors in the area rugs throughout the store. AND it brightens the whole area! I love it!
I shall take photos of the current exhibit, that of Robin Samiljan, and post those images here, to show how well the new color co-ordinates with her work. Robin's work will be on display until the end of September. Come see it!
Then comes Halloween.
The Art Corner
264 Washington Street
Salem, MA 01970
Hours: Mon-Sat, 9-5, Thurs 'til 7, Sun, 1-4