Thursday, December 22, 2011
Returning to Fun with Gourds
I always find it exciting to combine painting with 3D. For the lid handle, I sculpted a little rabbit from polymer clay. She has a small madiera citrine in her forehead and is resting her paw on a rock crystal sphere. Thank goodness for two part epoxy glue!
I designed the spaces for the rabbit portraits between intertwining bands which are supposed to reminiscent of celtic knots. The space at the very top under the sculpted rabbi, as well as the triangles between the bands, are filled with gold leaf. I painted the rabbit portraits with soft body acrylic then glazed the backgrounds with interference green/orange acrylic.
To finish it, I added a band of script around the bottom. It's Theban script, and a transliteration of "European brown hare, fear or caution, a personal choice" which reflects some of the symbolism associated with this animal.