This is about this little Sculpey doll, Day Dreamer
First, Jenny and I painted funky faces on a little wood panel.
We had intentions from the beginning to paint a face and then use Sculpey to form her likeness.
Jenny brought the Sculpey with her for us to play with because I didn't have any and haven't played with Sculpey in so many years. So many years that I forgot the one thing I did not like about Sculpey.
First, I guess you need to know that I have a compulsive need to put a final finish on any and all of my art. And that is where Sculpey and I do not get along.
The problem is it gets sticky and I don't remember ever getting past that and so I stopped playing with it years ago.
I painted the face while Jenny was here and when I realized it was STICKY, I put it down.
After Jenny was gone for a week, I decided that I had to finish her and conquer this STICKY situation.
So, I gessoed the unpainted body and then painted it with my Golden acrylics.
I started experimenting.
Gesso = not sticky
Golden matte medium = not sticky
Other Golden mediums = sticky
Lascaux acrylic Fixative = sticky
Finally, I thought to try Golden Polymer Varnish (gloss) = NOT STICKY!
I gessoed over the face that I already painted for a second time while Jenny was here and repainted it. Then I used the Golden Varnish and it is amazing how lovely she feels.
One other thing that I remember, I love Sculpey or any kind of clay. I get totally lost and in the zone with the soft malleable earthy stuff in my hands.
Thank you Jenny for coming and bringing your Sculpey and convincing the security guy at the airport that it was harmless!