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 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. (I gave this relief to my niece and fellow artist Katrine Burkitt.)