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Eileen is back to show us how her outdoor bunny sculpture turned out. Thanks, Eileen!
©2017 Eileen Gallagher
Pal Tiya Rabbit Update
I wanted to take a moment to show you the finished product of the Pal Tiya rabbit. I painted it and it is already in the garden. Poor little guy had to endure major thunderstorms on his first night out! He fared quite well.
Painting the sculpture is a bit different than in painting a paper mache sculpture. Kim Beaton says to dampen the sculpture with water first so the medium will accept the paint. Then, one also needs to add a small amount of water to the paint as well and do many layers.
I used Behr indoor/outdoor paint. I found it at Lowes and got the sample sizes. They actually had to mix them, they do not come premixed. Four colors were used, a medium brown, white, black and a blue close to ultramarine blue. From those colors I mixed various shades of brown and gray.
To start off, the whole piece was painted with the medium brown, started mixing the other colors and pretty much dry brushed over the fur with various shades until I got the look I wanted. I used black enamel for the eyes. With paper mache, I usually use acrylic glazing liquid mixed with raw umber to do washes at the end so the darks will be in the crevasses. I did not use it because I did not know if it would hold up outdoors.
To finish, I sealed it with a waterproof outdoor satin polyurethane. I really did not like the gloss finish so I took a chance and used a final layer of artist quality matte varnish to get rid of the glossy finish. Except for the eyes- I left them shiny. We shall see if it holds up to weather.
What I did notice is that Pal Tiya really soaks in the paint so much more than a paper mache sculpture does. It took a lot of layers very well and dry brushing really did add a lot of dimension.
That’s all Folks. If you do a Pal Tiya piece, please share it with us on the site, we would all love to see it!