By Natalie Parish
Australian Powertex Design Team
Thank goodness there is a second new year to celebrate in the world as I find I am always a little slow off the start in January. At our craft shows in 2019, a reoccurring request was for a Dragon Project. Dragons, a symbol of raw, untameable, ancient, energy also symbolises wisdom, strength, power and knowledge. An interesting symbol to our country’s troubled start to 2020.
According to Chinese legend, in the middle of winter, due to a scarcity of food, Nian the Dragon would come out of his mountain hiding and feed on the people and animals in the villages. Scared, the villagers hid indoors at night, leaving food on their doorsteps lit by red lanterns in the hope the dragon would be satisfied, and lives would be spared. However, a wise man discovered that Nian was afraid of the colour red and loud noises. With this knowledge, the Chinese villagers could take back the night by setting off firecrackers, banging on drum, parading down their streets in bright red colours and chasing off Nian with their own dragon dancers.
In my dragon I wanted to emulate the movement of the Dragon dancers through an exaggerated wave in front piece by using my Stone Art Pillar techniques. I have also used oriental colours of red (vitality), gold (wealth) and black (to balance oppositional forces with a grounded) to herald in the new year and energize the commitment to those New Year Resolutions.
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Step One - Design Layout
Step Two – Seal the Back of the Boards
Step Three – Make Stone Art
Step Four – Join Bottom Layer with Stone Art & Tape
Step Five – Seal Top Layer & Face Front
Step Six – Make 3D Flex Paste & Clay
Step Seven - Texturize the Fronts with 3 D Flex & Balls
Step Eight- Add Powercotton to Face
Step Nine – Embellish & Assemble The Face
Step Ten – Assemble Body
Step Eleven - Hanging Hooks & Touch Ups
Congratulations you’re finished.
Natalie Parish creates eclectic pieces of art. She is the Distributor and Design Team Trainer for Powertex in QLD Australia and enjoys sharing her passion for the product