Created in February 2016 this little guy is a cast from the faux-rock background variation of the leaping horse mold. He a bit unique because he hasn’t had the background snapped off, but it makes him a tad more fragile that some his cousins.
The background was painted a flat black and the horse was painted in a combination of Sahara Gold and Gunmetal Gray. I did a basecoat in the gold and then used the gray for the dark points and some shading. The finished horse was rubbed with a light pass of black, just to highlight some of the roughness of the casting.
The sand was the result of sifting out the finer bits from some All Purpose Sand that I got from Lowe’s (not Play Sand because I didn’t realise it existed.) So it’s got a mixture of tiny rock shapes and colors. The Active Decor Sand that I use in the bases is much finer and I wanted this piece to have a rougher feel to it.
Everything was finished off with a heavy coat of gloss to make sure the sand wasn’t going anywhere (and to make things shiny). To make things a little more balanced on the back, I used two of the neodymium ring magnets, so he’s got a lot of holding power!
Medium: Gesso, FolkArt Acrylics (577 Metallic Sahara Gold, 667 Metallic Gunmetal Gray), Apple Barrel (20504 Black), and sand.