Larry Seiler wrote:
wouldn't painting the sculptures with acrylics, and then covering with a gloss
medium amount to about the same result? I'd like to understand more what the
advantages of painting with the under glaze and covering with clear glaze are
say versus acrylics. (reason being... acrylics I have).
I use acrylics with my HS students a lot. Have been for years. (We do use glazes
also when it fits the piece or if needed). However, if the piece is meant to be
decorative, acrylic colors are easier to control to receive the desired effect.
Under glazes can streak and over glazes can cloud up if not applied properly. I
always have kids that just don't get the application process down. What you see
is what you get with acrylics. You can mix, blend, shade colors, antique the
surface and even add iridescent medium (kids love this) and get great effects
without the guess work.... i.e.: what will it look like after it's fired? No
need to guess with acrylics because they don't get fired. If the kids don't like
the effect, they can change it, just like an acrylic painting. They seem happier
having more control. Glazes can chip too, but I've really never had a problem
with acrylics chipping. The clear coat can be applied shinny or matte in finish.
One other plus, I don't have to re-fire... less time consuming. AND, like you, I
have more of them also. Actually, when I do certain types of ceramic pieces, I
too use acrylics and for the same reasons I listed above for the kids. Good
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