March 08, 2015

L' Art du Cartapesta, Papier-Mache My Art Studio Designs

Burlap Luxe Home, and my art in Cartapesta.

I design around the patina dusting of paper mache. Its the
closest description in reference to my art and homes
colour scheme.
 I pay careful attention to the smallest of details where the
end result calls out with a nudge to be noticed.

Chair painted by Dore (Me)
Followed by...
My latest ART pieces I have created for my etsy shop Burlap Luxe.

 I live in the light and dark of my art where my soul is deepened
with creative emotions.
I work so intensely in many mediums finding myself with a deep connection to
each piece. So much so, I have an emotional weeping attachment upon
it's completion; "it's who I am as an artist."
I use natural and recycled materials such as in the following pieces of Cartapesta (Paper-Mache)
I work in mixed media, altered art and fiber materials creating objects in paper-mache.
My altered artistic identity allows me to create from my imagination in soulful

My bottle art is added to this wall pocket roadside angel shrine...
 where flowers in a vase may be left.

 The backside of my art is where you often will find the surprise of vintage French
 book page ephemera.

 While creating in fiber art and paper-mache, I am quieted with any chaotic thoughts other
then the thoughts in how it will turn out.
 Molded Papier-Mache art objects were first made in France in the 
early part of the 18th century, and later, in Germany and England.
Paper-Mache is still ever so popular with collectors.

13" 1/2 x 10" 1/2
 I cast molds and shapes from pieces that move me in the direction of art,
and I create to appear to have a little damage to each piece.

 Papier-Mache define from French, literally: chewed paper.
I find such peace in creating with paper. These two wall pockets, or
prayer pocket vessels are found wall mounted where one can leave their
prayers or tokens such as dried flowers, feathers, or poetic

The creator in me listens to each piece telling me what it wants to
become, and when it is completed.

 Artist Creator, Dore Callaway
Each piece is made of paper and added materials that I find appealing or
The cast and molded piece in paper is layered on a French book cover tattered
with age. The roses are shaped by my hands and applied with plaster coatings aging
the piece to a desired look and feel of what may have been found in the 
17th~18th century France.

 Patina of old...
 Artist painted by Dore (Me)
 Soulful gatherings in the vessels pocket.

 This is the part of my art I love best, its all in the finished piece.
6" x 8" 1/2

 The French wall pocket vessels are mounted securely on old
salvaged wood, with a wire hanger to hang it from.

  Tattered cloth scrap and a paper tag that reads..."Comfort."
                                   Hand sculpted roses by Dore (Me) Aged with a decayed feel of old.

 Tattered fiber edges add emotion to its strength.
May you find comfort.

Source...Via 1stdibs
(Not my work of art)

This pair of 18th century papier-mache angels offered by Skelton-ST John at 1stdibs.
Cartapesta papier-mache angels for...

Creating lies within me, how I create is in my imagination.
Soon to be listed in my etsy shop.

Thank you for allowing me to share a deeper side of my art.
All my pieces here are original to my art designs, and are


Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Dore. It is all so beautiful. I love all the symbolism and how the pieces are artifacts. xoxo

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Bonjour, Doré! OK, now I understand; this is the Italian for paper-mâché! Lovely as always, and so much like the ancient sculptures of old. Each piece shows the hours of hand work and you have captured the age and patina so well.

Success to you as you share your art and sell but most of all, inspire your clients and admirers! Enjoy your day dear Doré, Anita

Di@Cottage-Wishes said...

Beautifully written to express your inner soul. Your art means even more now. Have a wondrous day. Di @ Cottage-wishes

Unknown said...

Dore, you are a true artist and you get so emotionally invested in creating. I love that about you. These pieces have so much meanings and depth. You are an inspiration to me.

chateau chic said...

It's so evident that your heart, soul, and mind goes into each of the lovely pieces you create, Dore. I love your attention to the smallest of details. You are an amazing artist in every sense of the word!
Mary Alice

Nella Miller said...

Hi Dore! Beautiful! I'm familiar with carta have mastered it....I'm taking a mold making course this Spring..I have a few applications in mind for it! N.xo

DD's Cottage said...

I can see your heart in your pieces Dore-they are very peaceful and soothing and gorgeous!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Reading about your artistic motivation in Papier Mâché and your love of this medium and your time put into each piece was enlightening. I too weep after I've finished a poem and read it completed for the first time. An emotional attachment forms and knowing when a piece is completed and realizing the journey of creating it is over is always emotional.
I love all the pieces of Art I've collected of yours, each holds energy that transcends through the tactile touch and nuances of coloring and added embellishments. I gently use one of my red sable brushes to wipe the dust off the creole house and each time the light throughout the day and night captures the shadowing of lights and darks and I am in awe. I think to myself this is my friend Doré, who truly captures magic and releases it to its new caretaker.

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

Oh, how I love your wall pockets! Organic and earthy.

You asked if I have any large projects going on at the moment. Not yet. Waiting for warmer days. :)


Junkchiccottage said...

Oh Dore I just sink into your art. It is so beautiful. Love all these pieces. Your expression in your art is so peaceful and serene and lovely. Just gorgeous.

Rhonda said...

Oh, how I needed to visit you. How beautiful, Dore. Your art looks like it is from an old French building, with years and years of patina.

Méa Strauß said...

Ahhh, this IS my world :)) And this tiny tiny wingies... sooo cute! As I work on ma real big ones now, this is sooo sweeeet!
Doré, these creations are divine! The vintage French book page ephemera, where do you get this ideas?? And we are indeed birds of a feather, as you say, we would be such a perfect match!! The book page idea is breading in my head too!
You are the true master - a magician with ideas, which fly from the heavens :))
So I wish you a thousand sparkling ideas more, because I can´t wait to see, what you are up to next. For today, a biiiig WOW and a bigger hug from your friend and admirer Méa

Ann Martin said...

Lovely creations and such a peaceful, soothing blog filled with beauty. Thanks for visiting my site.

Karena said...

Dear Dore I love the pocket pieces so much. You are creating incredible works of art! I can see how you put your heart and soul into each piece!

The Arts by Karena

Little Farmstead said...

What a beautiful and accurate description of the color of your art and home! It is always a joy to discover what you have been artfully creating in your serene palette, Dore. Thank you for sharing with us! Wishing you a wonderful week! xo ~julie

edy said...

You took my breath away ...I am in awe....the colors are so close to my is all so beautiful...and I understand the finish....laughter.. pride and oh my ...parting...that's what art is least to me...thank you ...just wonderful...

Pura Vida said...

So so lovely. The paper roses are just beautiful

michele said...

these pieces speak, dore. how lovely and layered and covered with your peaceful fingerprints. i am inspired to get creating. my life these days is working out, caring for my son (who has been chronically ill since october), and house hunting. but the time is coming when i will savor my moments of making art again. love and peace of the spring to you.

Suz said...

Your are creatively beautiful. Wonderfully done!

Unknown said...

Such serenity.....serenely beautiful....soulful. My heart is soothed whenever I visit here. Merci dear Dore.

Tamara said...

Dear Dore~
What a blissful, peaceful, beautiful place you've created here. My heart reaches out to touch the page as I see the inspiration of your lovely, soulful creations and read your words. I'm your newest follower and I'm so blessed to have found you. Thank you so much...

Abundant blessings to you..

Ivy and Elephants said...

Oh Dore, you have such a beautiful soul, and it shows in each and every piece you create. I can see the thoughtfulness and love that goes into each one. I love the aged and worned authenticity you incorporate into each work of art. Just amazing!
Big hugs,

Botanic Bleu said...

Just beautiful! Your original papier mache pieces have soul with your special touches and ephemera French pages. The details do indeed give life to each one.


Tina said...

Thank you for sharing your art and your heart. It's easy to see, at times, they are much the same. Blessings to you

Lisa said...
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Lisa said...

Dore, these pieces are just so beautiful and I love how you describe how you feel when creating them! I can really see your love for this medium and how much of your heart goes into each unique piece. I would be so full of joy if I created something so beautiful and probably get teary eyed too. Thank you for using your talent God has given you to bring such joy to others! I love owning little pieces of your art in my home. Blessings! Xoxo

Sandi said...

I would love to be a fly on your wall and watch you create your beautiful masterpieces. Stunning!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Oh my, these are just fabulous Dore!
They look like they were rescued from the past, each with a story to tell of faded elegance!
Happy Weekend to you!

La Petite Gallery said...

Dore'! loved this post. You can see
yourself in ihe work. I saw the photo of your Daughter Hannah, OH MY GOSH!!
She is gorgeous. I also would love to watch you work. On that note
sending you a good Fairy and
leprechaun for much good luck.

Happy St. Pat's Day!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Bonjour, Doré! I just saw your comment; thank you for coming by. On top of having much more time now to read and write my poetry, I also want to take my weekends (and have already started) to pull all my best blog posts, copy them onto word docs and then collect the best to then revise. Since I will not be using Pinterest photos but rather my own, this summer will be spent taking a lot of photos. You mentioned my poetry being a part of this..NO. My poetry that I write for my poetry group will NOT be in this book but rather BLOG POSTS and a few memoirs, that's it. I will keep updates coming every other month. BE WELL! Anita

Beach House Living said...

Your work is as enchanting as ever.

Victoria said...

How did I miss this post? Probably from neglecting my poor blog again. I'm amazed at what you're able to do with papier mache! I only have very bad memories of a papier mache beaver I made in grade school. Your creations are beautiful!

Melanie @ Rustic Farmhouse said...

Dore, you are so creative and inspiring! You put such effort into everything you do. You create things I could never dream of. Your attention to the smallest detail makes you a true artist. You have always left such wonderful comments on my posts and I look forward to them and appreciate them. Unlike myself, who has been neglecting my blog and my blogger gals. Thank you and I look forward to more of your lovely and creative posts.~Mel

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