Plaster figures: for garden, drawing
Figures and reliefs made of plaster for the decoration of the buildings was not invented by our contemporaries. This durable and environmentally friendly material decorated the facades of many old buildings. Familiarity with the basics of painting traditionally begins with drawing of different objects and figures made of plaster.
Why plaster figures to paint should be white?
In the course of painting but also the image of the three-dimensional geometric objects. It can be pyramids and balls, cylinders, cubes, cones and prisms. Such items you can glue the paper to take the finished jars or boxes, cast from alabaster. The size is almost irrelevant, the only important thing: all of these items must be white opaque color.
Such a condition allows to better study the laws of light and shade, learn how to build the General proportions. In the future the skills will come in handy when images of human faces and bodies.
Plaster head is quite a complicated object. To get to this stage, students of art schools previously trained in drawing geometric figures. Are ideal for this purpose, three-dimensional objects made of white alabaster is made of gypsum.
It is a natural, eco-friendly material with soft structure. Powder fine grinding upon dilution with water, rapidly solidifies.
Plaster figure for the garden
Task as a Park, and garden sculpture – the revival of the landscape, the harmonious combination with the overall style of the surrounding greenery and flowerbeds. When choosing a place where they will be placed plaster figures, it is necessary to take into account some simple rules:
- sculpture to blend in with the style of the garden.
- a large number of gnomes or fairies, can complicate the perception of overall picture and ruin everything
- for design in a classic style would be appropriate jewelry from more solid materials such as wood, marble or bronze
- for the natural landscape is ideal for small, not immediately noticeable sculptures.
Who invented garden figures?
In the medieval tales tells that gnomes are miners, gold miners and skilled, hard-working Smiths who live underground, inside mountains. Small bearded men in hats-hats are good and bad. How do these mythical characters moved to the parks?
The story is this: one day, one of the German master ceramists got lost in the forest. Trying to find his way home, he wandered into the tunnels of miners. Workers and helped the man get out of the woods. One of them gave in memory of his red hood, protecting the head from impact with a rock while working in the cave.
This event so affected the master, that he began to produce garden plaster figures: cheerful and kind, bearded gnomes with red caps on their heads. Very colorful sculpture has quickly become popular among his countrymen and visiting tourists.
Like jewelry for the garden plots that they come in, then gone out of fashion. The gardens are populated not only gnomes, but fairies, birds, flowers or mushrooms. And used for making figures, not only ceramics. Currently popular sculptures from the following materials:
- baked clay
- the stones of unusual shape
- mounting construction foam
- old wood trunks
- plaster figures
- other natural and artificial raw materials.
Perfectly preserved, resist time and weather
To plaster figures have not lost their brilliance and integrity, it is necessary for them in a certain way to take care of. First of all, you can't install the sculpture on the open ground. From moisture can suffer its base. It is best to put the gnome on a stone or wooden stand. To protect the sculpture from tipping over, it is best to attach it to the base with PVA glue or sealant. To keep the painted top surface, figures once a year covering a colourless varnish. Winter sculpture can be removed indoors or just cover it with tape, tightly securing it with tape.
To clean from dust and accidental drops white pieces (such as plaster head), you can cover them with a thick layer of densely welded starch, wrap with cotton wool and leave for a few hours. After removing the wool cover free of dirt and will return to white.