Thank Goodness for fireplace inserts! When the winter damp makes the drying time extended for painting, our insert serves as a wonderful drying rack. Although this year we have had so many no-burn days, I was despairing of being able to use the fireplace. When the all clear came to light it up, I was able to take advantage and get the fairy dry enough. I left you with the underglaze (pigmented clay) drying all over the fairy figurine.
Then came the arduous task of wiping back the underglaze while leaving the pigment in the crevices and detail work of the fairy. Using water and a sponge, squeezing the extra water out of the sponge and wiping off the pigment and rinsing out the sponge again to continue until she came to life with the gray enhancing all of her detailed beauty.
Being damp from the washing, she now will need to dry again. I would like to have her very dry when I begin applying color. If she is too damp, the next layers of paint will take interminably to dry between coats. The step I just finished is called antiquing. It is very time consuming and so worth the trouble in the end.
Now, I have some time to contemplate colors……………… Cyn