All 4 projects use the techniques of Chasing and Repousse.
Like any skill you learn, you have to keep at it to improve. Spending a concentrated period of time focusing on a skill also helps and having taken several C&R workshops over the past 4 years has certainly done that.
But for some reason, spending 4 days this Thanksgiving weekend, working on C&R for almost 7 hours a day has taken my skills to a new level. I can just feel the difference in the way I work.
How can I tell??
- Certainly my lining is better
- When working from the back, my repousse areas are more consistent in depth and are smoother.
- I am not "flipping" as much. Meaning I am able to get the depth I want the first or second time.
- Because my repousse is smoother, I have less planishing to do to smooth out the lumps and bumps on the front side
- When chasing I have control here as well.
- I know what tools to use where. No more wondering should I use this tool or that. When I need a different tool, I look at what I have and from the profile I if it will work.
- Overall I am more confident in what I am doing and can "see" where I want to go with each project.
This skill/technique has become second nature to me.
And most of all, I know that I have found my passion in this medium.
I can make hollow forms or even jewelry but what I will really doing is making a surface for me to decorate with Chasing & Repousse.
As for the title of the post, that's french for Pushing Through.