Thursday, May 31, 2012
Kraken Got Your Card?
It's a business card holder. No, really...
Kinda random, right?
I was thinking, for that someday when I have my own artist table I will need an eye-catching place to put my stack of business cards. What's more eye-catching than a couple of purple tentacles?
I had a bit of foam leftover from my [Staff of Infinite Mysteries] and Riven projects. I started by sketching a rough shape on the foam with a pen, then carving the foam with a hot knife. First I carved the shape with a long wire knife, the kind they sell to cut floral arrangement foam. Then I carved the details with a smaller, sharp, angled hot knife.
Then I attacked it with sandpaper.
When working with foam like this, you can cut a very rough shape, then fine-tune the shape with rough sandpaper and finish with a finer sandpaper. This foam is very easy to shape by sanding.
After sanding, I applied a quick coat of white primer.
Painting was an experiment with purple, black and white acryllic paints to get the desired look.
Business cards fit easily in between the grasping tentacles!