I'm deviating from the original miniature quite a bit in this next step in the process as I add gold-colored mica to the flame-halo around the Prophet's head. This is a distinctly Japanese technique, where a glue of some kind (I used rice paste) is printed onto the paper and then mica powder is sprinkled on and lightly brushed. Here are photos of my mica application in process.
|Rice paste is applied to the block with a regular te-bake (hand brush) and the impression is taken with the baren.|
|Immediately after the paper is removed from the block, mica powder is sprinkled on and a soft brush is used to cover the glue with the mica and brush away the excess.|
|Sheen of mica seen in glancing light.|
If you'd like to see a video of the process, check out a demo by Keiji Shinohara at this web site. (Note: Click Enter Site, then Techniques, then Kira Zuri (Mica Technique)).
My studio is full of magical objects; magical because of what they mean to me and remind me of. Here are a few of them.
|I do so much research in my work, I was drawn to this little scholarly Buddha.|
|Sarasvati, Hindu goddess of knowledge, music and the arts, wearing a rosary I made.|
|Zuni fetishes I collected while I lived in New Mexico: horse, bear, fox and snake.|
|Nataraj (Dancing Shiva), the primal energy of God, whose dance is both creative and destructive.|