OK, something new. A mini-series. Starts today. 12 episodes. Each video will reveal a glass painting technique-in-use. And step-by-step you’ll see the methods we used to paint and stain “The Beastly Lion of Wolsey Towers”.
Watch episode #1. It’s here.
Questions and problems follow from the design, which follows from the brief the client gives you. This time, a round skylight, measuring 1230 mm across:
The beastly lion himself is in the centre, measuring 430 mm across.
So it’s a fair-sized piece of glass.
Another fact you must know is the client insisted the window must look ancient.
In fact, as wrecked as possible.
I’ll remind you of this when (in episode 7) you see us attacking the half-fired paint to damage it …
For now, here’s a close-up of the ancient-looking design the client authorised us to paint for him:
Now, once the glass is cut and clean, what would you do?
I wonder …
Would you trace the outline?
Or would you paint an undercoat?
OK, ourselves, we chose to paint an undercoat, because this will help with the tracing.
It will also give us a surface to scratch and abuse, so helping to fake the panel’s considerable age.
But wait a moment …
As I said, this is a fair-sized piece of glass.
Have you ever applied an undercoat to a piece this size?
What do you suppose the difficulties are? What might go wrong? What can one do to avoid the difficulties you foresee …
Think about these questions for a moment.
Then when you’re ready, click Play.
You got questions?
Great. Then use the comment box below.
P.S. The first 3 episodes are for everyone. From episode #4, you’ll need to join our newsletter to get the password. Scroll up and see the sign-in form top-right.