Does anyone have any handy hints for improving my monoprinting adventures? I have spent a couple of days painting sumi e-like images onto newsprint and then attempting to transfer the images onto clay slabs. So far all of my clay slabs have been coated with a thin coat of white slip, the images were painted onto newsprint using Amaco Velvet black underglaze, and then this covered with a couple of coats of the same white slip. None of my attempts have been super successful, all have required extensive touch ups of the clay slab images. Perhaps the least successful was when I allowed the underglaze painted images to dry overnight before I proceeded to covering with slip and attempting the transfer. It seemed like the underglaze had bonded quite firmly to the newsprint and didn't want to leave. Any suggestions - different paper for the initial image painting, different drying stages for slip on paper or clay slab etc? I'd love to see some of your results if you have tried this technique. Joan Klotz.
I recently bought Lana Wilson's new DVD (as a reward to myself for finishing my income tax return) and noted that she uses paper clay to form pieces from her delightfully decorated slabs. It would be really fun to attempt some of Lana's techniques but I am restricted to the use of an electric kiln. Is the burn off of the paper in paper clay going to damage my kiln? Venicemud
My husband of 48 years passed this morning and he is to be cremated. I would like to make mugs for family and close friends with a glaze including some of his ashes on the exterior. Any recommendations (with recipe)? Thanks.
What do you find to be the best way to apply more/another glaze to a piece that has been glazed and fired to maturity? Some of you are probably going to say don't waste your time, just start over again, but I have three bowls with fairly elaborate designs painted on the exterior, but with disappointing glaze on the interior, that I would dearly love to save. Do any of you have a favorite way of dealing with this problem? Thanks in advance, Joan.