3 key points

On Tuesday we launch a new course called Illuminate! I’ll say more in a moment. Right now, I hope you’ll watch this 70-second clip from the lesson where we take you through the do’s and dont’s of flooding:

  • Flooding – the darkest paint of all.
  • Flooding – for silhouettes and blocking in.
  • Flooding – which easily bubbles and blisters in the kiln …

So how do you avoid those ghastly blisters which wreck your work?

This Is Something We Haven’t Filmed For You Before

And now's the time to put that right

I’m glad you want to learn more about techniques like how to undercoat and trace, and how to flood and strengthen.

Here's what's behind the opening door

And indeed we love the thought that technique (not self-expression) is paramount.

But before technique – also before good brushes – there’s something else.

So let’s talk about that right now.

Watch This Video About How To Revive Your Hake

And organise your palette

I’m sure this scene’s familiar. It’s how your palette often looks before you start:

  • Your lump of paint under a small bowl.
  • Your reservoir of left-over paint under a larger one.

And your “applicator brush” – your hake – is clean and dry.

So yes, I’m sure you’ll recognise this sight:

Hake and stained glass palette at the start of the day

Meanwhile, this is where you want to be before you start to paint:

Hake and stained glass paint

It’s different: yes indeed.

Now your hake is a wonderful brush.

But it’s like a teenager: there’s a knack to waking it up and getting it ready for a day’s work.

A method …

3 Ways Our Tests Can Make Us Better Painters

A review of "Silver Stain - An Artist's Guide" by J. Kenneth Leap

Stained glass painting tests

In their Spring edition, The Stained Glass Association Of America published a review we wrote of Ken Leap’s fascinating book on silver stain.

The review explores three ways that tests improve our skill.

Yes, tests improve our skill, even though we sometimes feel they slow us down.

Here’s a link so you can read more.