Saturday, September 6, 2008

Tulip Basket Lath Art

Just finished this one today. It measures 16" w x 17.25" h and is made up of 68 pieces. I did a progession of this one and added it to my website under "The Process". The link is listed off to the side of this page. Rod Skramstad


Chris said...

This one is awesome! I checked out your process section. I see the picture with the clamped pieces of wood. Is this an assmebly frame? I like how you do the background first and them assemble the main element. It appears to me that you trace, and cut out the tulips and basket from each piece of the the back ground. Is this correct? The first picture looks like craft, or carbon paper. How do you transfer your picture to the pieces? I also appears to me that you use a piece of plywood to glue all of your pieces to. Is this correct? I know that I've asked a bunch of questions, but I am very intersted in your process. Nice work!


roddy said...

yes on assembly frame....not really on the second one....i cut the pattern , trace onto other lath, cut the pieces , set on the background, trace actual pieces and cut the background piece out.i used 1/2" particalboard on the first ones....but seemed a bit heavy, so i tried 1/2" ply on the next ones...a bit more expensive but a bit lighter..the pattern picture didn't turn out too good but it is just a craft paper that i drew the design on to.

T said...

Thanks for sharing your procedure.

I noticed your wood looks grey prior to being painted. Is that the natural weathering? Another thing, do you sand the wood prior to painting? When I bought lath stickers (as they were called in Canada) they were very hairy, which I exploited for the frames, but found too busy for the actual picture.

Someone commented on this blog about using cardboard as a backer. I don’t recommend that, particularly if you want your painting to hang outdoors. The Woodscape kits use cardboard, but this is more due to the problems of packaging and shipping full size heavy backer boards.

Again, very nice work.

roddy said...

yes on the natural weathering...i do sand what as much as necessary...the amount depends on what effect i am going for and the fuzziness of the stick....i use a 1/2" the best for me for nailing on pieces and "building" the frame..