Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Underglaze Pencils

I've been trying out something new in the studio recently. Using a black underglaze pencil, I drew botanical illustrations on a few bisque fired pieces. These pencils are pretty neat. They work like a regular pencil, in that, if you make mistakes, you can use an eraser to rub them off. Careful not to smudge the drawings, I then paint three coats of clear glaze on top. I'll post some pictures soon to let you see how these turn out after they've been glaze fired.

Lastly, I'm gearing up to go to lake Tahoe (the north side) for a few days of outdoor activities. As you know, there was a huge forest fire on the south side of the lake. Nearly five square miles were consumed by the fire and at least 254 homes were destroyed. Thanks to our 450 hard working fire fighters, it is finally 100 percent contained as of July 2nd. Lake Tahoe is HUGE, to say the least. I don't expect to even smell the smoke on the north side.

Have a great 4th of July everyone! Be safe and have lots of fun!


Denise said...

How interesting to see all the little tools you use. Very neato!

Have a good time in Tahoe. Enjoy the fresh air, the beauty, and the endless hiking! :0)

Looking forward to the pics and the stories!

Cynthia said...

I've been thinking of doing some work with underglaze pencils too - but currently only use mine to mark my test tiles and sometimes to sign my name if I forget to inscribe it on the bottom.

Enjoy Tahoe - I was there in 05 when my Best Friend got married there. Beautiful area of the country.

sarah said...

i like reading about these tools that you use! so neat! i'm learning quite a bit about something i knew absolutely nothing about! :) hope you had fun in lake tahoe! i've never been there! we went to maine with some friends for the long 4th weekend!