imago corvi

adventures in enamelling, stories, music and travel

Art Show Awards for MidAmeriCon II

MidAmericon

This was is the logo for MidAmeriCon II in Kansas City, MO this week-end. I was asked by Sam Press to design some awards, based on the logo, for the art show. I liked it so much I decided to re-produce it as closely as possible

MidAmeriCon1

I decided to work with stencils and start from the Yellow ground. This is Thompson 1238 Ivory. I use 100% rag vellum for my stencils. You can wet them over and over and they never lose their shape. The ability to wet them means they cling to the enamel surface very well and give nice clean lines.

MidAmeriCon3

Even though the layer was quite thick you can see that it didn’t cover completely.

MidAmeriCon4

It was easy enough to line up the stencil and do a second layer

MidAmeriCon5

I sifted the second layer

MidAmeriCon6

And it came off beautifully clean

MidAmeriCon7

It took three layers, in the end, to give a good cover to the black

MidAmeriCon8

To do the detail colours I sifted them down to 325 mesh so that the lines would be cleaner. They were too fine to sift evenly so…

MidAmeriCon9

I wet them and laid them into the stencil with a brush

MidAmeriCon11

The lines were finer than the general outline when I pulled the stencil away

MidAmeriCon12

I fired the purple (1780 Grape) first because it was a little harder than the other colours and could withstand another couple of firings.

MidAmeriCon13

Then I laid in the orange (1870 Flame Orange)

MidAmeriCon14

…fired it …

MidAmeriCon15

And finally the red (1880 Flame Red)

MidAmeriCon16

Finally the most difficult and time consuming was laying in the black lines. This was the prototype

MidAmeriCon II

The finished pieces also had some more detail on the side towers

I made five pieces in all. Since I started going to WisCon (feminist Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention in Madison Wisconsin) – I have found the Science Fiction and Fantasy community to be incredibly supportive of visual artists. Many thanks to them, and especially Sam Press for commissioning this work, and mounting it so beautifully!

17821053_10210957706852322_1123464731_n

One comment on “Art Show Awards for MidAmeriCon II

  1. Ramsay
    August 13, 2016

    Great work Catherine!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Information

This entry was posted on August 12, 2016 by in commission, design, enameling, process and tagged , , , .

Archives

%d bloggers like this: