Glazing. So much glazing to do...
|I do like to get all things organized first...|
|Highlights and lowlights, Fins and ombre shading.|
I work most often with a combination of "low-fire" glazes and underglazes. I like the way I can mix and paint with the underglazes, layering, blending and the like. In the mermaids above you can see three tones in each hair color, and the type of color variations I use on the tails. But then that is all covered by 2-3 coats of a transparent turquoise glaze (below) This does allow the color variations painted in underglazes to show through, and gives an underwater appearance. Many layers? Yes. An investment in time? Yes. But I think its worth it. Tiny paintbrushes? Yes!
|Some of these tiny dears are looking a little worse for wear.|
|Backgrounds glazed, then first payers of underglaze.|
|Three colors on each berry.|
|adding one more color, then the black.|
I begin by glazing the background and the pendants reverse side in low fire glazes, three coats of course. Then I begin the details. First a bright cobalt, then a purple. The berry has shadow and highlight, each in a simple brushstroke accent. Then one more color, a teal and I add the black. They are each a bit different, but consistent. Of course now - after I finish writing this, all the areas so painstakingly painted in underglaze have to be glazed over with 2-3 layers of clear gloss!
|seals, crows, hares awaiting clear glaze...|