Sep. 16th, 2017

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English Orange color is good  for pumpkins and just about everything else orange. It's a good color that can be fire hot.
Also you may try a light yellow-orange color mixed with a tad of pure mid-red ....about the amount of red that will almost stick to one hair on a brush. Add more red until you get what you like.......not orange red or purplish red. You can also fire your yellow-orange color then apply thin washes of the red.  Most of us have tried and failed......or have repeated applications of mixes to get a nice color.

Color coalport is a very light mild green or there is a  coalport blue.

The  Forget me not brush also called a berry brush - it is basically a pointed short round brush

In the box are some paints from W.A. Maurer of Council Bluffs and some of Fry's Medium.  These supplies are from 1925 and the medium is still liquid and not thickened...which is amazing...

Barbara Ramsey-Snow's book "All About Peonies"

The round blue brush holder (10 inches around and 11 inches high. It has a blue screw on lid with a cord for holding. When opened there is a round knob attached to another cylinder half the length of the outside container. It can be pulled out and set on a table. It holds lots of brushes standing up) is convenient,  but the _triangular chip holders_ like Toastidos or other chips come in and they are not rough around the edges. They have a small plastic top but it work well. Some of  students that carry their brushes back and forth use a hot ice pick to make holes in the sides of the container and run small ropes through them for a handle.  They hold just as much and are just as durable. Also try some of the decorative painting suppliers ( Michaels. Hobby Lobby or JoAnne's).

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This is the way  to do petit point by Alice Wofford.
It is a truly beautiful technique but has somewhat gone out of style.
1. Pick a smooth piece of china. Box tops, plaques and large jewelry pieces work the best.  Anything with a dip or embossing will not work well.
2. Cover the china with nylon net (very fine net works the best) or underlay or vellum  I think they call it bridal illusion. Pull the net tightly over your piece and secure tightly. I twist the net on the back side of the china and use either a rubber band or a needle and thread and secure it so it doesn't slip. I also wrap the thread around the net several times to be sure it won't slip. The netting making the pattern
3.  Using any size deerfoot stippler brush cover the net with paint. Use white matt paint mixed with water based medium and thinned just enough that you can pounce it with a sponge without leaving an orange peal skin, then cover with the stippler cover the
net. A short bristled brush works best if you don't have a deerfoot stippler. Apply the paint thinly. Let dry 15 minutes. Test to see if set. (
I like to have a test piece so I don't mess up the piece I'm working on) If set, remove the net, carefully so as not to disturb the paint, you should be able to start at one corner and just lift the net up off your piece. If paint comes off, you have applied it too thick, wipe off or rinse off under water and start again. Be sure your net is good and dry if you start over. The paint should look even when the net is removed. Do not touch the paint with your fingers as the moisture in your hands will remove the paint.
4. Fire at 017.
5. After the piece is cool, lightly sand your piece and  use matt paints for a very dull finish or use regular china paints for some shine to the piece.
6. Fire at 018. to be sure to get the dull finish.
You can also use Vellum, but most people don't have that but do have white matt so use that.  And you can use your regular painting medium but it takes forever to dry.... unless you are using a closed medium... so it messes up much easier.
I recommended using a stippler because the netting will cut the hair of a good brush...why ruin a good one?  And you leave more of a line if you "paint" the matt on instead of stipple it.  You can pounce it on with the sponge, but it is a little harder to make certain it is smooth this way
with the netting.
For my personal preference I like to use my regular paint over the matt for contrast.  But that is my preference.  Use what you like best


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