Monday, February 19, 2018

TableScape Pinata

The team worked very hard this weekend!  We finished up our plate pieces, changed our mind with the wine glasses and started painting them to match our plate pieces, setup the centerpiece, picked up the hay, and finished our piñata!  It was a lot of fun seeing all of our hard work come together!

If you are interested, I added some quick instructions on how to do the piñata.  The self-rising flour makes a thick paste.  I believe this is why it turned out so sturdy and didn't require multiple layers after each layer dried

Paper mache paste:
2 cups of self-rising flour
2 cups of water
1 tbs salt (to prevent molding)
Surgical gloves recommended

Armature supplies:
1 medium size balloon blown up
1 cut toilet paper cardboard roll (standing only 3 inches tall)
Poster board strips taped to the stem to hold it down.  Note:  The balloon will stay in the piñata if you tape any part of the cardboard to the balloon.
About 40 Newspaper strips were precut about 2 inches wide and the length for the balloon. 
Total paper mache time:  1 hour
Make sure to dress for a mess and to cover your surface.  It is easier with two people.  One holding the armature and the other placing the pasty strips on the armature.
Instructions:  1-Prepare your newspaper strips and your piñata armature.  2-Mix the paste, you are looking for a runny consistency (lumps are ok, they will not stay on the newspaper). 3. Place your newspaper strips were they are easy to grab but won't get in the way of the paste.  4.  Run your one strip at a time through the paste.  Using your index finger and thumb, squeegee the paste from the strip.  5.  Place the strip on the armature.  Making sure to cover the entire surface with one layer or mostly one layer.  You will end up having to cross over top of many of the strips to cover the entire surface.  6.  Smooth over any edges that might be sticking up.

Drying time:  1 day
I placed our drying piñata about 2 feet in front of a space heater.  We never left it unattended and rotated it every 30 minutes  (about a total of two hours to try and speed up the drying).  Our paste was thick so it took a little longer to dry.  We let it dry an entire day before we began decorating.  Make sure it isn't setting in a high traffic area, you don't want it to get tipped over and then break.

For decorating: 
1 package of orange tissue paper (9 large sheets-for the body of the pumpkin).  2 sheets of green tissue paper (for the stem), 1 orange streamer roll (textured hair), 1 black piece of construction paper (for the face). Hot glue gun (we used a total of 10 glue sticks)
Instructions:  Cut orange body tissue and green tissue for the stem into 2 or 3 inch squares.
1-Start with the body.  Working in a clockwise formation for placement. Place your index finger in the middle of the square then pinch.  The will create the puffy look to the tissue paper and will keep the size of the pumpkin tissue the same. 2-Dab a small amount of the glue on the armature.  Making sure not to touch the hot glue at any time.  3-Place the end of the tissue paper that was pinched to the glue.  4-Repeat steps 1-3 until the entire body is finished.

The face: 
 1-Draw the outline of the face on the construction paper, then cut.  2-Place a dab of hot glue on the tissue paper part of where you want the face.

Now add the string.  We attached Jute twine inside the stem using a glue gun.  Hindsight would have been to add the holes prior to creating the paper mache, this would have been a lot easier and more secure.  If desired, add hair.  We added the hair last.  About 7 strips (6") of the orange streamer paper, and a few black tissue paper strips (5"). 
I felt like the very first piñata all of us had ever made turned out pretty good!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

This past Sunday the weather wasn't agreeable!  I ended up working independently because of the ice storm.

 Here are the rest of the plate sculptures for our TableScape "The Creation of Jack".   These are made from the Terracotta Sculpy Clay, sculpted then baked on 200 degrees for 40 minutes.  These are baked longer than the other Sculpy clay, otherwise when adding paint it feels gummy.  Very odd.

Both my sons like Jack, the white one in the middle, best.  Which one do you like best?

Monday, February 5, 2018

The Creation of Jack Scape

Here are a few pictures from our Scape work yesterday!  Together we are able to come up with and create a lot!

6 Place Setting Plates:  We will display 3 different carvings f pumpkins, 2 painted pumpkins, and 1 sticker pumpkin plate.  All of the pumpkins are sculpted using the Sculpy terracotta clay.  After baking we paint!  

Napkins:  The napkin charms are made from Sculpy terracotta clay.  A mold was used to impression down into the clay.  Once they are baked and cooled, then we paint.  They are attached to the napkins using jute twine.  Inside the napkins will represent the tools used to carve or paint the pumpkin. 

More to come...the centerpiece is next week!  Can't wait!


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Scape Designer Team 2018

     What is a TableScape?  TableScapes are dining tables that artistically display a theme.  There are 6 place settings and a centerpiece.  During the Scape dinner, the winners of different categories are announced. For example, Judges Choice, Peoples Choice, Best Theme, Best New Designer, Best Centerpiece.  I might be missing one or two.

     This year will be my 9th Scape for Arts Illiana's big event TableScapes.  My favorite Scapes have been the ones that were designed with a team.  For me, the Scape is about the journey, not the destination.  Granted, it is very rewarding seeing it all come together in the end but...I really love getting together with the team and creating.  Here are a few pictures of Art Totality's Scapes.

     This display of pictures is from our 2013 Scape.   Art Totality wanted to display what they did each year at Christmas, Stocking Stuffers from Around the World.  Santa grabs treats from various countries and puts them in a very large stocking under the fireplace.

     There are six place settings.  The countries that are located at each place setting were selected by the designers.  Weekly we would meet as a team and have someone from the country we were representing bring a treat and talk about their country.  This was, by far, my favorite Scape!  We learned so much together and had so much fun doing so.  We were very proud that we won Best Theme that year.

     This is our Scape from 2015.  The designers got to pick their favorite game and display it at each place setting.  We learned how to make clear stickers, program a robot (EV3), and how to design our own t-shirt.  This was my second favorite Scape!  I really feel like I am growing up with this group!

     2016 was the year of Going Green with Artwork on the Scapes.  I worked with a group over a weekend to create each of the garden stones that are displayed at the place settings.  What I loved about this Scape, like the others, is working with a group.  We won best Theme this year.  I was super surprised!

     This year Art Totality is working with a team again to present our theme; The Creation of Jack.  Here you can see the beginnings of the Scape displayed.

     Over the years I have learned a few things I would like to share with fellow Scape Designers.  Please, add to this Blog by adding advice etc.

Select a Lead Designer: The lead designer is in charge of keeping everything on-track and within budget.  This step is necessary if you are working with a team.  For Art Totality, I have always been the lead designer since it is my company. 

Theme Selection:  I try to pick something I want to learn or represent as an artist/business owner.  For example this year we are doing "The Creation of Jack".  This is Art Totality and The Apple House's annual pumpkin carving event.  This Scape will display how much fun it is to be a part of this annual event.  The very first meeting with the team is to discuss the Theme and how to display it.

Set a Budget:   At the very start, I calculate how much will be spent.  Keep in mind, what you spend is yours.  When purchasing items for your Scape, consider how you will reuse it later.  Leave yourself time to shop around.  Ebay is a great place to find some great items.

Schedule Meetings:  Our team meets weekly for 1 hour at the same time.  We started 5 weeks early this time.  At our two week mark, we have everything purchased and in.  We have one piece of the centerpiece to create and and our place settings to paint and seal.  Our last meeting will be to setup the Scape so we can see what it looks like prior to setup at Indiana Theatre.  This will be the week before setup.

Assign Action Items:  Everyone is super busy!  With that being said, assigning action items makes the process easier.  Designers can get things done while watching their favorite Show, like This is Us!  1-Plates and Napkins-Stacey, 2-Tablecloth-Sara, 3-Chair covers-Kim, you get the idea.

 Agenda:  When we get together, what we are going to do is already known.  All the art supplies are out and ready for us to start working.     Last week I taught 4 talented young ladies how to work with clay!  They finished three pieces to my one.  Working with a team gets things done a lot faster!

This year the designers are very excited to talk with all of you about the work they did for this year's Scape.  I hope you will join us Friday March 2 at Indiana Theatre for Cocktails on the Scapes.  Please go to Arts Illiana's page for more information about all the Scape viewing times and information.

TableScape Pinata

The team worked very hard this weekend!  We finished up our plate pieces, changed our mind with the wine glasses and started painting the...