A few months ago a showed you my plaster covered hands. I was involved in a MakeItYourOwn project. You can read about it in the Sept/Oct Somerset Studio. I loved trying to figure out how to make a raven from a few simple supplies. I admit in the article that I would do a few things differently, like cutting smaller feathers. My guy seems to look more like a Goth Bald Eagle than a sinister Raven....or maybe he even looks like a penguin recovering from an oil spill. When I put him in context with my other Halloween decorations, which includes lots of black birds and Poe figures, I think he will pass as a raven.
I didn't include stepped out directions in the article because that would have meant stopping to take great pictures, or sending along several versions of the raven-in-process. Sometimes you just gotta stay in the groove and keep working, right? I did manage a few quickie shots - not good enough for publication but they serve as a record for myself, and maybe they'll be useful should you take it on yourself. With my own visuals I can clarify a few things....like what is that white unidentified object in the photo above? It's the balloon body, covered in plaster strips....scroll down, you'll see.
First, the journal pages. I started by attaching some of my sketches as I was formulating ideas. One page actually has all the samplings of materials, evidence right from the table, including the plaster dripped scrap paper that protected my work surface.