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?
I’m glad you want to learn more about techniques like how to undercoat and trace, and how to flood and strengthen.
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.
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:
Meanwhile, this is where you want to be before you start to 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 …
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.