Thursday, March 13, 2008

Painting Wax Resist Video

Here is a video that I made this evening. I generally create the overall pattern with a sequence of marks. These marks are made with different brushes and in this case I am painting my black wax resist. It will get a coat of white slip that will get salt glazed in this weekend's firing. I am painting on bisque ware.

8 comments:

  1. those "curly Qs" with the thin liner brush are the jam. would you share your black wax recipe with us?

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  2. We be jammin in the brushilicious jelly jam curly q'n. The dope on the wax is damping the jam before you give it to da wax. Huh?

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  3. There must be some sort of inhalant in that recipe to warrent that type of response. That sounded like the guys on "Airplane" speaking jive. Can I qoute you on that?

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  4. That response is hilarious.

    Mike - can you get a picture of the three brushes you use?

    Also - what's in the wax to make it black - is it wax with iron and manganese in it - something like that? That's a clever idea - i hadn't thought that you might colour the wax itself. Doesn't the wax run when it's heated though?

    You make it look so effortless but I'm certainly going to have another go. Thanks for this and all the other making posts - they're very inspirational to us up-and-comers. Isn't the interweb fab? Roll on the weekend.

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  5. Boy, I feel better now that I've had a nap. (or should I say kip?) Yes the wax has mostly iron, but a little bit of cobalt, I mean a teeny bit, and manganese, and why not a little copper. Needless to say, with a little salt glaze it turns---you guessed it, black. I am experimenting with other wax "colors", more on that at another time. I use the wax because I can get the thinnest possible lines that normally would get blown out, or washed out with the salt. I also get some texture between the two colors. Anyway, I hope to get a real video camera and you will be able to see the details. Maybe I'll get Ron up here with his 'crew'

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  6. Thanks for posting the 'how to' stuff? I've enjoyed reading and watching your posts.

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  7. Hey Niel, Great to hear from you. I'm glad you've been reading. It's a lot of fun for me and I'll continue to do my blog "demos". I may even invest in some slightly more sophisticated video equipment besides my Treo smartphone. Cheers.

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  8. What amazing brush work. It inspires me to practice. I got a very beautiful brush at a workshop from brushman.net. I cannot remember the mans name, but I was so frustrated while trying to do spontaneous brush strokes. I could not believe the difference an excellent brush made. That being said, I almost think great brushwork is somewhat like fire walking. You have to just step out in faith. Just so you know, I have no connection to the man who made my brush. I just really love it.

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