I started painting this anenome vase a few months ago, it was an experiment for some new techniques, and I finally had time to finish it.  AND my lustre painting didn't work out- so I'll do another one soon.  I'm not saying it's a bad painting, there are lots of things I do like about it which I'll show you, but the overall painting is not what I wanted- yes it was an experiment, however it's important to evaluate what worked an didn't for the final paintings I'll do soon.

Here is the finished vase:

 

Anenome vase, lustres on porcelain, Ingrid Lee, 2014.

Anenome vase, lustres on porcelain, Ingrid Lee, 2014.

Anenome vase, lustres on porcelain, Ingrid Lee, 2014.

Anenome vase, lustres on porcelain, Ingrid Lee, 2014, close up


What did I want to achieve?

1) I wanted to achieve a brilliant red colour, but still get the detail of the petals.  I really liked the flower in the photo below, mid left, it has a range of lovely colorus.  From the first firing (further down this post), you can see that the colour is a clean orange/deep orange, but has little depth- I like the lightness, which is something I lost by the final firing.  That lightness is what I will focus on for the next painting.

Anemone flowers wallpapers. (3)

2) Another effect I wanted was to create a modernised meissen/european style painting- clean strong colours on a white background, like one of my old eurpean style paintings (here on this blog post on ingridcreates.com)....I'll fix it for the next painting 🙂


 

What else didn't work out?

How do I know it didn't work out? Well, to be honest, I knew it wasn't working after the second firing. See here, I lost the light from the first firing:

Anenome vase, lustres on porcelain, Ingrid Lee, 2014, first firing

Anenome vase, lustres on porcelain, Ingrid Lee, 2014., first firing

 

This was the third firing- I can't find the second firing ones 😉 but you can see bits of greyed pink/purple under the red- it's a glazing technique that didn't work from fire #2.  The colour fell dead and didn't do what it was supposed to.

Anenome vase, lustres on porcelain, Ingrid Lee, 2014.

Anenome vase, lustres on porcelain, Ingrid Lee, 2014, third firing

 

 

So I kept going anyway.  Once I realised the technique didn't work, I decided to push ahead with some different glazing layers with the lustres over another 2-3 firings, and capture some different light reflections which I am happy with.

I have tried to photograph the reflections- the really light orange and yellow gold coloured highlights which show through the glaze layers.

Anenome vase, lustres on porcelain, Ingrid Lee, 2014.

Anenome vase, lustres on porcelain, Ingrid Lee, 2014.

 

I really love the variegated colours on this flower, the glazes here worked out ok.  Not sure if you can see one of the top right petals has a flatness to it- that was orange glazed over in the final firing- it dulled the red underneath and looks awful- but it's only in patches- maybe not awful, but it does nothing for the painting- it's better off not being there.  I also find the burned parts technically unacceptable- definitely not acceptable for any exhibition! They were created from a build up of firings, I knew they would happen, but for the overall learning of this experimental piece, it was not a problem, as I was looking for something else.

 

Anenome vase, lustres on porcelain, Ingrid Lee, 2014.

Anenome vase, lustres on porcelain, Ingrid Lee, 2014.

I'm happy with the techniques I used for the leaves, I changed the light green and yellow green lustre by diluting them and changing the firing temperatures.  I think these colours give more harmony to the painting.

Anenome vase, lustres on porcelain, Ingrid Lee, 2014.

Anenome vase, lustres on porcelain, Ingrid Lee, 2014.

 

Lastly, I record all of my experiments and techniques in a journal...have you started yours?  I've selected a new piece to paint, and I've decided to paint another 2 designs in this style, one a mixed posy, and the other another anenome piece.  We are growing anenomes at the moment, and a few have started flowering early- hence my enthusiasm for this flower 🙂

 

You might like to read these:

My other experiments with roses and lustres

Which gold is best on porcelain?

Video about my lustre painting

 

Want to learn lustre painting and other modern porcelain painting techniques with me online? Ingrid Creates Online Art School is almost ready to open, subscribe here to get the updates http://eepurl.com/MdYpj

 

Please leave a comment below and let’s get chatting!  What would you have tried?

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12 Comments
  1. January 23, 2015 -
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    I really like the delicate look of the third fire it befits the fragility of the flower .... The final piece looks lovely though like an over decked bride :))

    • January 23, 2015 -
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      ))))))) I think so too! Sometimes it is hard to control the opaque gold lustres and the iridescent ones ;)

  2. Lisa Kos
    July 31, 2014 -
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    Hi Ingrid, I can see what you mean by losing the light from 2nd to 3rd firing. The flowers in the final firing are maybe too heavy for the leaves which I love. I look forward to seeing how your next projects develop. Lisa

    • July 31, 2014 -
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      Thanks Lisa, glad you can see it....but I still kept going just to see how far I could push the colours and layers. Yes, I look forward to my next pieces too!!

  3. July 31, 2014 -
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    Thank you Ingrid. That explains a lot, almost like "washes" for transparency. I will message you about a "FACETIME" lesson soon. Off to paint now. and I always Take photos, before and after. now I just need to match them to my journal entries. :) Happy Painting !

  4. Dan
    July 30, 2014 -
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    Hi Ingrid! First of all let me say that your vase looks absolutely gorgeous and I don't see it as a failure! We all porcelain painters know that luster colors are very difficult to win and I've experienced a few of my some luster works as a failure. One can to experiment with luster works forever and it takes time to succeed with lustres. I've worked extensively with lustres in the beginning and many conversations which I had with the experienced porcelain painters about luster colors (advantages and disadvantages). Luster has a drawback, namely the smell because I've asthma, but I don't want to end up with beautiful luster colors, eg jewelry works. I've a work here, yes the clock plate (tulip motif) with lustres and it's waiting for me. One day I'll do that, yes a beautiful day. I K*N*O*W that you will succeed with your exciting projects and I'm REALLY looking forward to seeing your beautiful works! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you and your works! / Dan (I'm sorry about my some bad English)

    • July 30, 2014 -
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      My dear friend, thank you!!! Yes the smell is bad, and it sets off my illness too. I try to work on as many lustre works I can, then I must take break and paint something else. It is sometimes the same with regular onglaze paints...and burnishing gold is the worst- but I can't give it up ;) I love working with lustres, and have done for about 18 years I think, but there are times where I want to try something new or a special technique which I know works in another medium, and I try to see if I can do it lustre. For this piece I had 2 goals I wanted to achieve, but now I know for the next painting what I must do to make sure I achieve the light correctly. Of course it is a good painting, but some things didn't work out the way I wanted- this is the experiment!! Thanks again, no problem anytime with your English :) I hope to see more of your works when you are able...big hugs

  5. July 30, 2014 -
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    Well I love it , I am doing anenomies myself on one project , and more blackberries. I have started a journal. I need to learn to be more precise. these lusters do some weird things. as I learned when a cone did not fire off and I got 3 hours on high in the kiln. flat dead gone luster even previously fired color. I would love to do one of these luster vases with you If you still do the online classes ?

    • July 30, 2014 -
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      Hi Cookie, yes the online school is getting there, I'm still setting up the software for it- it's taking a little longer than I thought! All of the 'back end' part of the school has to be set up first before I even start on the class set up, and I'm the monkey doing it all ;) It's close to being finished, thanks for your patience. To answer your question from facebook, "when you say "glazing technique" is that a different type of Top coat, or the way your apply and fire your luster.?" glazing is a technique typically used in watercolours, oils/acrylics, inks and we use it in porcelain painting too. It is about layering fine layers of thinned paint over another to create another effect or colour. With lustres there are many challenges- thinning alters the colour, firing temperatures and soaks will affect the lustre from previous firings and the ones you are putting on for that firing.

      • July 30, 2014 -
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        Also not all lustres are transparent, or maintain transparency after many firings- this vase was about 5 firings, so it's really knowing how each lustre functions across many variables, AND I'm still experimenting )))) It's great you're keeping a journal too! Good to hear...take photos too, I sometimes use a video journal on my iphone- especially when I'm working on a few projects at once.

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