Friday, February 27, 2015

Fused Glass UGC Enamel Paint Trees

More experimentation painting with UGC glass enamels on sgraffito sketches.  I tried to create different effects with varying methods on a series of tree tiles.  Here is the day 26 tree from last months' sgraffito challenge painted with the techniques I liked the most.  This tree was pre-fired and then filled in UGC enamels, painting the trunk in a mixture of browns.  The fence and grass were thinned out and the foilage is a mix of Bullseye frit and UGC paint.

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Finished UGC Painted Tree Powder Sketch

Here are the sample tree tiles.   I started by creating 6 - 2 inch by 3 inch glass pictures of various trees to include pine, birch, reflection, fat, skinny and pseudo willow.  These were done with Bullseye stiff black powder and then fired to 1400 deg F for 5 minutes.

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Powder Sketch Sgraffito Trees

Different fills were created using different techniques to see how this changed the firing outcome of the UGC enamels.  The UGC enamels were applied to the pre-fired trees in various ways to include working wet on some and allowing sections to dry on others.  The birch trees received powdered enamel foliage while the fat and willow trees were sprinkled with Bullseye frit.  I scraped off bits of the dried enamel on the skinny tree and the willow.

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UGC Painted Sample Trees Pre-Firing

Here are the trees after firing them to 1425 deg F for 10 minutes.  I like the gray-browns much more than the red-browns for the bark.  Also, I prefer the colors applied thinly for a watercolor feeling.

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UGC Painted Sample Trees After Firing

Test tiles are good, but now on to working in layers.