Saturday, September 12, 2009

Building (not stretching) the Surface! Oh Boy!!!

This week, I focused on printing reference photos that I had taken and making the heart shapes that will become my canvas.

Now that I had my photos and materials, I built the heart shape using very thick wood for the sides. I felt that the wood should be hollowed out to make the painting lighter, since a solid block of wood is soooo heavy.

The guys at the local "Wood-Mart" helped me to find a strong blade that would cut thick wood without breaking.

I cut the face of the heart out of primed masonite. I like to paint on this stuff because it is very smooth.

I used a waterproof wood glue to fasten the face to the sides.

A pile of books and a clamp put enough pressure on the box to give the glue a good seal.

After the glue has dried, I will refine the shape of the boxes. I can cut the best heart shape when both wood pieces are solidly fastened together.

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