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Plaster Studio: Mixed-Media Techniques for Painting, Casting and Carving Paperback – May 30, 2011
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Judy Wise is an Oregon artist who teaches to sold-out workshops across the United States and abroad. In addition to book illustration her work has been featured on greeting cards, calendars, educational materials, gift bags, tapestries, and has been published in Cloth Paper Scissors, Creative Blogging and the cover of Teesha Moore's Play Magazine as well as numerous North Light books.
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There's a technical intro about what plaster is and what tools can be used -- both short and sweet. After that, it jumps right in to the meat of things. It covers painting on plaster, going back in and adding more plaster to a plaster painting, adding imagery via tissue paper prints or image transfers. It presents a step-by-step method to do "faux frescoes," use stencils, or add metal foil for highlights. Each new technique has a materials list and goes through process with both words and images.
Some of the more unusual techniques include cracked burlap, casting and carving, and combining plaster (or joint compound) with assemblage -- including assemblage using items you've cast yourself from plaster. Who knew you could take one little Frozen Charlotte and clone her to infinity?
There's also some basic info on combining plaster painting with the use of encaustic medium and since I am a new encaustic convert, that was appealing. There are also some intriguing 3-D sculptural projects, including my favorite -- a foam Santo. Those of you into book arts will find some options you might never have considered.
So if you're a mixed media artist who loves tactile media with lots of exploratory potential, Stephanie and Judy's book will be a great resource.
I'm sure the authors have had much more experience with the materials as art mediums than I have. They have probably worked through my concerns. Once I start playing with their ideas, I'll probably find the answers.
Over all I think its a good book on a subject not often explored. I would recommend it.