Friday, 9 March 2012

My Twins

Here is the reason my blog has been abandoned for months. I have been rather busy. I will be back at some stage but I'm not sure yet when that will be, being a twin mummy is quite absorbing and completely wonderful and amazing and fun as well as exhausting. I am still answering enquiries but please forgive me if I take a few days to get back to you, or a few nights. I tend to send emails at 3 o'clock in the morning at the moment thanks to these two.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Interesting Colours of Gold

There are three different colours of gold in this sample. Mixing the more unusual colours of gold (like redgold, moongold, lemongold etc) can give very interesting effects in Verre Eglomise. Backing a wash with gold changes the depth of the colour and using several kinds of leaf adds even more variation.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Gilded Cupcakes

Have been doing some prep for my Christmas Table class tomorrow and here are some very glittery cupcakes. I was going to completely cover the redcurrants with gold and silver and burnish them, but they looked so good with the red coming through, I left them as they are.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

The Method of Gilding Fruit

I love my copy of Stalker & Parker, it's a real classic, but there's no information in it on how to gild fruit. The cherry here is gilded in white gold. Fruit takes gold really well as it's firm enough to burnish up beautifully. If you'd like to learn how to gild fruit it's a good idea to have a class fairly soon with me. I have a "Christmas Table" class this week. It might seem a bit early, but come Christmas I'll have two little twins to take care of and I don't think I'll be teaching anyone anything!

Friday, 12 August 2011

Distressing Verre Eglomise

Sometimes with Verre Eglomise you want the gold to look antiqued. If you want a perfectly clean look then I really recommend The Smith Tip (Dave Smith invented it) it's wonderful for giving you a very smooth wrinkle free surface to your leaf. But if you want something that looks a little worn then it's good to use an old fashioned gilder's tip and add depth to the gold with washes or clouding. This little fern really stands out because of the marks in the leaf. I tried it initially with a clean gold and it didn't look as striking. Of course you can always use steel wool to distress the leaf, but if you want it to be solid but marked in certain areas I think clouding is the way to go.

Have Been Away

Sorry for the blog absence, I've been on holiday. This is home in Scotland and amazingly in the sunshine, yes it does happen! That's my grandmother in the last picture enjoying her garden. If the weather was always this beautiful up North it would be crazy not to live there. The fruit trees in the photos are extremely old. I am quite ashamed to admit that when I was little I climbed them all the time although I wasn't allowed to.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Reverse Painting for Verre Eglomise

This is the back of a little verre eglomise I'm working on for a client. Reverse painting is exactly that - you work on the reverse side of the glass. What you're seeing here is the thick layers of paint built up. Your first stage is to do all the delicate highlights, like the feather tips and the eyes of the birds. Then the colour is added in layer by layer. You can see how rough it looks right now and yet the other side looks really good! I like to let students make a mess with verre eglomise and play with the paints. It is a delicate technique of course, and with this kind of work I do use very tiny brushes (size zero by 6, hand made for me by Gold Leaf Supplies) but even so, the work can be messy and go through stages of looking rough. It's really important to let yourself accept the ugly stages and not to lose confidence in what you're doing. Hence this picture. Just carry on through the stage of fear (if it comes up) that you're making something look ugly. Most things look worse before they look better with this kind of work, don't show your client if they're the nervous type though!