Land & Seascapes Tutorial with Carol Griffin April 2016
Many of us have seen and admired Carol’s land and seascapes and her Tutorial at Conference this year fully lived up to and indeed surpassed my expectations.
We were all given table coverings for wet and dry/dirty work which worked really well especially since we had no running water. This seems a good idea even when working alone because it saves continually getting up and moving from work bench to sink area, etc. Carol also provided many examples of her work including some sheets with a series of photos of work in progress and including the final result. Again, an excellent idea which I think I will follow. We were also able to experiment with just about every technique, enamel and decoration medium which Carol had put out for us to use.
Carol started us from scratch with liquid enamel (wet process), showing us how putting liquid enamel on both sides of the copper panel before firing, helped to minimise warping, stop loose oxides contaminating the kiln & save on one firing. Similar thickness of enamel front and back is also important, so if you expect to put a lot layers and decorative media on the front also put a good thickness on the back &/or several layers. Use liquid enamel which is a bit grubby or contaminated, & make your own wet process counter enamel for future use, (liquid enamel is also a very good cleaner for your copper) and it doesn’t have to be smoothly applied for the ‘back’ of the panel. Dry it thoroughly on top of the kiln before applying the front coat.