As prescribed by Paulina Constancia

Happily Ever After

“Happily Ever After”  a stock phrase in fairy tales signifying a happy ending. But what if they were old, fat and still in love?! Does that still make a happy ending?
 “Petwalking20 Years Happily Ever After” was my  first project in the ceramic class that I attended at the Instituto Allende in the colonial town of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. This sculpture is my take on love that surpasses age and  physical beauty.

20 Years Happily Ever After
hand-built & painted 

clay sculpture
by paulina constancia

I was quite thrilled cropping the photo of this sculpture and superimposing it on a photo that my husband took on a recent visit to Kuta Beach, Bali, Indonesia. They seem to come alive in this scene. 

You’ll Need…
old newspapers
access to a ceramic studio
aluminum wires
plastic add-ons
acrylic paint
clear lacquer varnish
painted MDF (mounting board)
glue gun

Let’s Begin…

  1. Start shaping your figures using old newspapers. 
  2. Build clay over newspaper, ensuring that there are some exit areas for the  fumes of the burning newspaper (once your piece goes into the kiln)I left bottom of the thighs open.
  3. Allow to dry completely before firing.
  4. Paint with acrylic paint. Allow to dry completely.
  5. Spray finished work with clear lacquer varnish. (for easy maintenance and cleaning later on)
  6. Attach the aluminum wires to resemble the leash on pets.
  7. Use epoxy or some strong wood glue to adhere sculpture to the painted MDF base.
  8. Use a glue gun to create the water effect around the thighs of the man, woman and the tail of the fish.

The bathing beauties are now ready! Can you hear the palm trees sway as they walk by arm in arm and so in love?

One comment on “Happily Ever After

  1. Pingback: So Long, my DDoA Friends! | DAILY DOSE OF ART

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This entry was posted on February 15, 2012 by in Communicate, Create, Imagine, Teach and tagged .
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