Painting Workshop - Region 6

Jane Geeson

On the 18 October, ten members from Region 6 met at Dartington Hall, near Totnes for a day of 'Enamel line drawing and colour wash' with Gillie Hoyte Byrom. This is such a quiet and relaxing environment set amongst the rolling Devon hills. It was a typical misty autumn day but in the light and airy studio we were inspired to get going and learn a new technique.

We each had a 100 x 75 mm pre-enamelled (white) steel plaque. First of all, we learned how to transfer our chosen image to the plaque by rolling modelling plasticine over the surface until it looked matt, then after tracing the image with tracing paper and pencil, turning the paper over and re-tracing the image onto the plasticine covered surface. The piece was then fired at 750C for three minutes, by which time the pencil line should fuse to the enamel. We were then ready to do the line painting.