Yes, remember it’s a case of …
- Doing all your water-based painting as usual
- Doing all your oil-based painting as usual
- Loading a soft toothbrush with a watery solution of water-based paint
- Flicking spots of water onto the oil-based paint, especially where there is a good covering of oil
This creates texture and the appearance of age.
A large part of the effect is outside of your control, so it’s a good idea to practice on a test piece first.
Remember: less is often more.
Here’s a close-up which I’ve taken from the picture top-right:
And why did this come to mind today?
Well, David and I had tea with a tycoon, and he loved our glass painting, but he wanted us to paint something that looked 18th or 19th century and as if it had come out of one of the world’s finest auction houses …
Actually, his exact expression was: “I don’t want anything that a footballer’s wife would chose”.
Note: in this country, footballers are paid an extraordinary amount of money which is not matched by the taste of their (very temporary) wives whose responsibility it is to spend it all.
Sincere apologies to any footballer’s wife who happens to read this. Rest assured, we can paint you something that looks brand new …
P.S. Doing all this work on the front of your glass means that the back of the glass is nice and clear and clean for all your silver staining. And yes, you can also use this technique on the on the back of your glass where your silver staining is – provided (of course) you learn to stain with oil (not water or vinegar, which just waste your time and money).