Bas relief comes from the Italian basso relievo, meaning low relief, and is pronounced bah-ree-leef. It refers to plaster work or sculpture that is just barely above the background. Bas relief is an ancient art. We see it in ancient Egyptian pyramids, in the friezes on the Parthenon, at Angkor Wat in Cambodia, on the Greek Elgin Marbles, and the Lion Capital of Ashoka in India. During the Renaissance, Donatello and Michaelangelo sculpted in high relief with low relief behind to suggest perspective. In more modern times, bas relief has been used on monuments like the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., as well as in Art Deco design.
Introduction to Bas Relief in Plaster
The art of plaster bas relief is to create a design that is in between 2-D and 3-D. It’s a cross between painting and sculpting and is an excellent, low-stress way to try your hand at sculpting. In some periods of history, bas relief was painted, which is called relief painting, but the vast majority is left white in modern times. You have probably seen bas relief on government buildings or in museums.
Each Crate Contains
Personal Protective Equipment
KN95 Face Mask
Patterns – Use these or make your own designs.
Carbon Paper – Great for tracing the lines of your design onto the wood.
Wooden Rounds – Your major projects are made out of these.
Wooden Ornaments – Good for practice or to make ornaments or gifts.
Dap Plaster of Paris – The very best plaster we could find for you.
Multi-Purpose Glue – Mix with the plaster to make a sculptable medium.
Stirring Spoons – I think you know how to use these!
Measuring/Mixing Cup – Mix only small amounts at a time.
Putty Knife – This is the wood and metal knife you’ll use to cover the wood.
Palette Knife Set – Six different tools for you to master.
Orange – 3” Straight Knife
Red – 2” Offset Diamond Knife
Blue – 3” Offset Trowel
Green – 3 3/8” Multi-angled Scotty Painting Knife
Purple – 2 1/4” Offset Painting Knife
Yellow – 2 3/4” Straight Painting Knife
Heavy-Duty Piping Bags – Yes, you can pipe plaster like cake icing!
Craft Knife – This small knife is useful for cutting the ends off the bags.
Sawtooth Hangers & Screws – In case you want to hang your bas relief on the wall.
Screwdriver – A screw needs a screwdriver.