A Well-Shaped Hake

Not the one you see below

Usually, when I teach glass painting, I set a good example and only show people exactly what they should do.

That’s all nice and clear.

Sometimes, however, it’s fun to exaggerate something wrong to the point where everyone can work out for themselves exactly what the problem is.

In that connection, take a look at the poor, maltreated hake below:

That kind of thing ought to constitute a criminal offense.

And yet it happens.

The question is, with a brush in that condition, how could anyone manage to paint a nice, even undercoat?

Let us therefore turn our eyes away from that catastrope that is waiting to happen with the brush you see above.

Instead, let us feast our eyes on this perfectly shaped creature that is obviously ready to do exactly as we wish:

Ah! Bliss!

This is what you need

As always it comes down to this:

  1. Prepare the right consistency of glass paint
  2. Load your brush
  3. Make sure your brush is the correct shape for whatever it is that you want to achieve

Quite unlike working with a biro or any pen with a nib / hard tip.

And so, to finish up for today, take another look at how David applies his undercoats.

This time watch carefully and notice how he loads his brush – because that’s how he gets his brush the same shape as the brush you see above. That’s how it’s done, that’s what you must practice and copy.

Watch the demonstration here.


Stephen Byrne