Daily Archives: September 17, 2011

8 years, 5 months ago 37

..For the 2011 Birthday Contest Winner!  The grand prize doll Lily has been completed and will be shipped to its new owner this week. Amal, please let me know you’re in town and confirm you shipping address.

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This still frame animation depicts some steps in the painting process of Lily, showing how it starts out and it’s final look, but there are other steps between the layers that aren’t shown, such as firings, of course. This head was painted in 3 china layers and 3 kiln firings. You can see how each layer fades after each firing, and has to be built back up to gradually intensify. It’s a one step forward, two steps back kind of process.

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Due to the unique transparency and non-drying characteristics of china paint, which require multiple firings to set, the painting process is driven and defined by the two conflicting targets: To paint the doll in as fewer layers as possible to minimize the number of firings, while simultaneously achieving the ultimate feature shapes, vibrancy and depth of colors.

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After years of practicing china painting, I’ve finally come up with a suitable analogy to describe its multiple characteristics: China paint is like watercolors because it’s translucent; like oil paint, because it doesn’t dry; like digital graphics, because all layers must be kept separated and like ceramic glaze, because it bonds only through kiln firing.

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A completed doll face. This one is for you, Amal. Claim your prize!

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