Dry powder fresco method for making a hand stencil : Testing a hypothesis

The Australian myth of Wodoi centers on the use of two sacred paints, one made from red ochre and the other from white clay with honey. In a certain style of Australian art, a white base layer is applied, and red figures are placed on top. As paint made with honey is slow drying and sticky, it struck me that dry ochre powder could simply be blown onto it and it would stick, and this might produce the feathered effect around hand stencils we see in rock art, without the need to put the paint in your mouth and spit it out, or make a spraying contraption.

So I decided to test it out. Here’s the vid.

The result is not bad, but a word of warning: I made a right mess and it took a while to clear up!

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