Saturday 26 March 2016

2016 #6 The Wide Mouthed Frog {by Penny Nutttall}

2016 Topic 6: Liquid Sculpting Medium

Hi again everyone, Penny here.
Tonight I was supposed to share with you a post about Powertex...but I didn't have any...
So I checked with Leandra and she said it was ok to use plaster bandage instead. But actually, I was still clueless about where to go with this, and the result is a bit whacky even for me!

Ever heard the expression "mad as a box of frogs"?

I looked round for something suitable to model with, to create a form to cover with the plaster bandage, and found some old polystyrene shapes (been there for years). I played around for a while, until Froggy appeared!

I loosely pinned the pieces together with straightened paper clips. Then the messy bit...ever worked with plaster bandage?

Modroc is an open weave gauze infused with plaster of paris. The plaster is reactivated by dipping the bandage srtips into water.

Top tip: use a disposable container for you warm water....I didn't want to pour it down the sink (blocked pipes, I worked that one out!) so my baking bowl is still sitting there with a solid lump of plaster of paris in the bottom. Good job I don't bake.

Easy going all the way from there. The feet are simple shapes in mountboard, covered with bandage. Granny Smith Fresco is opaque and a good base colour all over, then the translucent Hey Pesto for the mottled skin on his back.

I am totally in love with Kim's new stamps, EKD01 and EKD02, and saw straight away how to use them here.


I went back to my favourite technique of stamping on tissue paper and painting on the back: it makes dealing with awkward lumpy surfaces really easy.I used Dolly Mix, Snowflake, Captain Peacock, Haystack and Brown Shed. 

Spots, eyes, toes and warts and all! and a nice shiny coat of gloss medium.

I won't bore you with the wide mouthed frog joke....

I hope you have enjoyed this amphibian ramble and are inspired to have a go (if you're tough enough!) with plaster bandage.I must hop off now (groans) and think of something for next time.
Bye for now, Penny. 

Oh Penny how much fun, this made me smile, almost as wide as your froggie. Kim's stamps are amazingly perfect for this. The combination of the robust modroc and the delicate tissue is a great partnership. ~Darcy 

We would love to see how you interpret this topic by linking what you make to our 2016 Challenge #6: Liquid Sculpting Medium, on this page HERE.
All of our bloggers love to see your twist on their ideas, particularly if you were inspired directly by their post. 
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Helen said...

wow, Penny - your frog may be mad, but it's fabulous! What a really fun project.

massofhair said...

Fantastic project Penny, i have lots of modroc waiting to be used, thanks for the inspiration:-)

Kirsten said...

Such a cute frog!

Lauren Hatwell said...

OMG! He is FABULOUS Penny. I love the way you decorated him with Kim's stamps. Just brilliant! Lx

Jane Elizabeth France said...

Lol.... "Good job I don't bake".... made me chuckle. Love your frog, he is gorgeous.

Debs M said...

love him! great idea x

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is tremendously clever and well executed and imaginative, penny. Glad you warned me about not pouring down the sink as my bandages have arrived now and husband has already been down the drains once this week! We explained the expression 'mad as a box of frogs' to our French friends and they thought it was great!

Lucy x

craftimamma said...

Ha! Ha! This is brilliant Penny. I love froggy's warts! The way you've used Kim's stamps is fantastic as is the way you created his shape in the first place. I just love him!

Lesley Xx

Unknown said...

Such a fun project! Love the way you used the stamps! Xx

Julie Lee said...

Such an imaginative use of stamps and the plaster wrap, Penny! Well done for an innovative and clever project! I love this theme! xx

Hazel Agnew said...

Great project Penny...amazing where these creations lead us! Glad that you didn't block the drains, and your froggy is just fabulous! Xx

geezercrafter said...

Your frog is cool!!. Thanks for showing how versatile those Eclectica stamps are.
Bryan. (geezercrafter)

Cocofolies said...

What a fun and gorgeous creation!!! I love it!! :D xx

Kim Dellow said...

So fabulous Penny! I love Him! Totally clever and a brilliant transformation! Kx