More than the technique of applying overlay cement, Al Mahairi's work requires the creative use of forming materials to build trees, roots, vines, and flowers.
More than the technique of applying overlay cement, Al Mahairi's work requires the creative use of forming materials to build trees, roots, vines, and flowers.

Hannelore Dean and Al Mahairi are partners who worked together at the Artistry Demo. As a first step they built a wooden wall framework that resembled a rockscape. They created the rough shape of tree roots and vines with flexible plastic tubing. Flowers and leaf shapes were cut from metal screen and shaped by hand. Next, they applied overlay cement to the rough shapes. The next day they applied a final layer of polymer cement to add detail to the features. Sometimes they used a plastic bag for texturing. They added color by applying dyes and both chemical- and water-based stains.

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