I added a touch of pink to their cheeks today! The last color to apply is black–to the eyes and my signature on the bottom of the cone. I varnish the casts between coats of paint to keep the acrylic from rubbing off as I handle them.
To make the line work of the sculpture pop, I brush paint into the low points and wipe away the rest. I mix the black acrylic paint with a retarder so I have time to apply and lift the paint before it dries. Art magic!
I used masking tape to block out the vanilla sides of the swirls to aid in airbrushing the chocolate and strawberry portions. After removing the masking, the next step is touching up over spray/ any areas I missed with the a brush.
I varnished the swirls to prepare for black paint that I’ll brush on/ wipe away from the high points of the sculpture. The black paint will create outlines within the sculpture and make the detail pop. Varnishing helps to fill in small variations in the surface, which will let me wipe away the excess paint more easily.
The first fro-yo cast was successful! Next I’ll be experimenting with different colors and painting techniques so I can plan a color scheme for the edition. Yay!
I use a sandable primer to fill in any imperfections and get the surface super smooth. I usually use black so I can see where I’ve already been. Done with the wet sanding, ready for a sealer coat, and then off to the mold making stage!
Adding detail to the fro-yo swirl in layers.