Grind a lot, and don’t add too much water:
That’s the secret. Just add some gum Arabic and a little water. Then grind and mix and grind and press some more. That’s how you make a perfect lump of glass paint.
Now for the fascinating proof.
Look at this
Here’s a lump of glass paint I mixed just five minutes ago. Its ingredients are 50 grams of tracing black, 10 grams of Reusche tracing brown #1, a half-teaspoonful of liquid gum Arabic and three half-teaspoonfuls of water.
I use a lot of paint, so I need a good-sized lump like this to get me through a week. You can make more or less, depending on your circumstances.
But I don’t want to talk much about the size of lump today.
I want to talk about the quantity of liquid.
Like I said, three half-teaspoonfuls.
Plus a half-teaspoonful of gum.
Now don’t you fixate on teaspoons: mine might not be the same size as yours.
The raw, un-mixed ingredients
Rather, consider this. Just two minutes before I photographed my perfect glass paint, I had a grainy, powdery mess like this:
That’s what my paint looked like when I’d just lightly tossed the ingredients together.
And what I want to make clear to you today is that when I look at this photo, I know there’s already more than enough liquid here to make the perfect lump of glass paint. I can see there is.
But I can also see that something’s missing.
All the paint needs is …
Grinding isn’t the hard work it used to be. It just takes minutes now. And the transformation is amazing. So I used my knife to grind and squash my paint. And a minute later, see what it looked like:
Another minute’s work, and I am here:
After one more minute, I can leave the lump to settle overnight. (It gets smoother.)
Before and after
The point is – and I accept this point is difficult to grasp until you’ve experienced it for yourself (and that’s why I’m writing this for you) – there’s the same amount of liquid in both these shots:
Grinding makes all the difference.
I’ll write that again:
Grinding makes all the difference
Reason is: it releases and disperses water that’s already there.
So don’t be tricked into adding too much water.
Be sure you grind and mix until you’ve got the most from what’s already there.
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