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Canyon Walls: OBO S+

Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

Created by Kara Young
This piece are made of 85 percent abaca fiber handmade paper. When the piece are dry it is painted with gesso on all sides to seal the paper. Fired and patined copper is adhered to the paper and a cement mixture is spread on the bottom 2/3 of the piece, below the metal to form the cracked surface. After the cement dries it is carefully sanded. The cement is then sponge painted with layers of rust and golden stain and the top 1/4 of the cement is stained with a thin wash of black paint. Encaustic is worked over the cement to create a deep rich cracked surface. The top 1/3 is troweled and texture with joint compound, sanded and sponge painted 3 times with a variety of rust and golden colors.

The use of handmade paper for the canvas of the piece gives an organic feel to the piece and the added benefit is that the work very light for hanging. This set of work weights about 3 lbs in total. The pieces are wired and hung without a frame. Each piece is unique one of a kind and will vary slightly. Larger sizes available by commission.

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