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'In the Cornfield' 40 x 24cm.

Bas releif botanical plaster cast painted in watercolour.

The process of botanical bas-relief is an ancient method used by botanists to record the finest details of plant species. Real flowers are carefully arranged onto a piece of flat clay, and pressed in to make a 'negative' relief. When the flowers are carefully removed and any seeds picked out, they leave behing their unique impression. The clay is used to create a mould and a strong plaster of paris (Crysacal R) is poured into that mold to create this unique art form of delecate, detailed botanicals.

From this original master a silicone mould can be made to develop a limited series ( maximum of 12 pieces) of these flowers in concrete, or, in this case,  a plaster cast painted in fresco style. The watercolour is painted whilst plaster is wet so the watercolour pigment is absorbed into the plaster. Each cast is hand painted and is unique. 
Plaster casts are for inside use only and should be not be displayed in areas with condensation, ie bathroom. The cast can be dusted with a brush or dry cloth.

'In the Cornfield' 40 x 24cm Plaster

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