Monthly Archives: December 2017

  1. Dave Parvin's Lifecasting Workshop

    Dave Paevin Workshop   

    Dave Parvin called to announce  that his new life casting workshop is scheduled for the beginning of August. Dave teaches a number of methods to cast the entire human form from life including faces, hands and body.

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  2. Why You Should Join Local Art Associations

    Join Art Associations   

    Ellen Martin, editor of The Martin Gallery on Facebook posted the following recommendations on why you should join local art associations to increase your art business.

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  3. DIY Agar-Moulage for Life Casting

    Moulage is the French word for molding . But it is also the name for a popular reusable mold making product. It is made in part from agar agar, which is extracted from seaweed. Moulage brand mold making material is an old-timey formula evolved from a reversible hydrocolloid impression material. More importantly it is a reusable and skin-safe in which the solid material is heated until it melts and then applied to the skin or poured into a mold box. Agar agar formulas have been popular dental mold making materials for almost a century. It was developed in Austria in 1925, and has been used in dentistry until dental alginate impression materials became widespread.

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  4. Clay For Animation

    Claymation smal pic   

    Last week I received a call from Don Carlson asking about a clay that wouldn't melt under hot studio lights yet can be softened and manipulated for his animation work. We had a long discussion of possibilities and a series of emails followed. I wound up sending him a sample clay kit by Chavant which might fit the bill. But as we continued our correspondence I learned that Don's questions weren't coming from a man with just casual knowledge of clay. He in fact had studied clays and their components and had actually written a book on the subject.

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  5. Arlene Strom Joins ArtMolds Journal Magazine

    Arlene Strom small picture   

    Arlene Strom, the former senior category buyer for Blick Art Materials, the nationwide chain of art stores, joins the staff of ArtMolds Journal this month. 

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  6. Noting the Passing of the Sculpture Journal

    Sculpture Journal Small   

    I have been thinking about Jon David White lately. I suppose it is because I have been working on the ArtMolds Journal. Jon was the pubiisher of the Art Casting Journal which morphed into the Sculpture Journal. So in a sense we are kindred spirits.

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  7. Artist Awareness and Branding

    Artist Awareness   

    Great art is not the only factor in selling your artwork. Branding and awareness plays a critical roll as it does with all great art through history. The more people that know about you and your work, usually the higher the price your artwork commands, and of course, the more you will sell.

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  8. Ancient Roman Casting Materials Proved Superior

    Roman Concrete Small   

    The chemical secrets of a concrete Roman breakwater that has spent the last 2,000 years submerged in the Mediterranean Sea have been uncovered by an international team of researchers led by Paulo Monteiro of the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California,

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  9. Getting Inspiration from Your Model

    Earth Mother Small   

    I read a posting on one of Likedin’s great art groups yesterday something like, “I have lost my inspiration. . .” I thought to myself as I read the posting that the comment really could be translated as, “I have no ideas left inside for new art.”

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  10. The Best Snow Sculpture

    This Sunday, February will be behind us at last and we scarf-wrapped mortals living in these colder climes can begin the countdown – just three weeks to go until spring. In the meantime, the weather service reports that forty-eight states now have snow. So what to do with all that excess white stuff? Don’t just make that same old snowman--that is so 2014 – get out there and sculpt! These artists did and you can’t believe the beauty of their work. Marvel at it just as I did, or warm yourself up by executing a great sculpture yourself. But hurry spring will be here soon – thank goodness, and we artists will be preparing for this year’s crop circles to again fool the masses.

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