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Dog and Bone

Dog and Bone

with spider's head corners

 

Nailed it (well almost)!

 

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Here's the results of my most recent tile trials. And I think I've pretty much nailed it!

 

Drawn with blue cobalt oxide on-glaze paste, mixed with a gum arabic/ water solution, using a dip pen (after I'd abandoned using a fine brush - too unwieldy). The thinking behind this was to create a better flow and also a little adhesion to the glazed tile surface.

 

Fired for me, very generously, by the wonderful Rob Ryan and his team.

 

There has been a little bubbling of the marks in places, seemingly where I'd over-worked the washes that I applied (a day) after the outlines. But I don't think it detracts from the overall look at all (if anything it has a certain charm). Lighter, more deftly applied washes should avoid that occurring so much in future...

 

All said, I'm pretty chuffed. Feel that I'm now in a position to proceed with securing a few hearth-back commissions. The Bommer Delft tile workshop is now (nearly) open for business!

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Taken on August 22, 2012