On Thursday afternoon, March 12, 2020 I gave a one hour demonstration and talk on my relief process at the Eastham Public Library.
My subject was a water color sketch I had done recently looking out a window on to Great Pond in Eastham, MA.
I carved a wet tablet of paper-clay in response to directed light sources and added watercolor.
After I took the tablet back to my studio, I cast over it with a thin coat of paper-plaster to form the final intaglio relief.
After the paper-plaster set up, I painted over it with a layer of paper thickened epoxy. By the next morning the epoxy had hardened and I was able to pull the epoxy hardened relief off of the clay tablet.
I threw the remains of the paper-clay tablet in a bucket to rewet and reuse.
Much of the watercolor had transferred from the paper-clay tablet to the paper-plaster relief. I cleaned off bits of clay and fresco water colored the porous relief surface.
By tomorrow I will have dried the relief and infused it's front surface with clear epoxy. Finally I will cut and glue a thin mahogany frame on the relief, paint the framed relief with a transparent coat of Matte Medium Acrylic and spray the relief with Turtle Wax for good measure. Here are some slides of the process.