“Swiftly and with style”

Our lace maker is looking quite alive… ! ( You will remember that M. Alphonse was the undertaker of ‘Allo ‘Allo and that the above title was his motto….) perhaps it’s not the best title for a figure that is so vibrant. It, I hope, reflects what we would like to think we do here at PastMastery, when we take on a commission. 🙂 As a phrase…I like it! We shall go all French at the end of this post, to boot!

The Lacemaker... the second layer of oil paint

We have now added a second layer of red ( crimson) and a black ( lamp ) over the dark brown we used for the skirt in the first layer. This will give it quite a richness and make it seem to have a nap like real wool.

If you leave the oil paint on the wood, partially dry and then work it quite thickly in the next layer of paint you find that it will give a good approximation of wool.Then all we need to do is add the appearance of the nap where the light catches it, with a pale grey.

I achieved ( with trial and error ) this in the red of the skirt of Magdalena de Vos, the full sized dummy board I made a few years ago ( the one who appears on our blog header ) and the one that I take round to shows with me to demonstrate what a full sized child dummy board figure looks like. See.. The Girl in the Red Dress

You will notice that the pattern on the girl’s cap, the bobbins and the lace in her lap have not been painted in yet. This will be the last thing we do ( yes…alright…I am putting it off!) as there is a wealth of detail there and it would be difficult to achieve this at this point when there are few paint layers on the board. However when creating something so tiny, we must make sure that the underlying paint is quite smooth.We would meet lumps and bumps if we hadn’t made sure of this and the nastiest thing a miniature painter in oils wants is lumps and bumps!

Well…yes I have a few of those…..And not on the base that my Lace Maker sits on..but my own ‘situpon.’

We don’t talk about them. 🙂

They’re a legacy of sitting still and painting for hours, sadly. Spreadability.

Anyway ( ahem….) back to the painting…

We are using once more, few colours- a limited palette, in this work, as we did in Belle, but because this figure is so red it appears a brighter figure.

The paints we use are

  • Paynes Grey
  • Lamp Black
  • Flake white
  • Mixing white
  • Crimson
  • Yellow ochre
  • Raw Umber
  • and mixes of all of these.

Incidentally they are the same colours we use for our French Waiter. That is very handy as we are painting the two figures side by side and wouldn’t want to have two palettes running at the same time. Not much red in René though, only for his ruddy cheeks. We only use yellow ochre here too, as a skin tone.

So here is René with his first coat.

René our Diminutive French Waiter

or should I say pinny? 😉

You remember that he is only two inches tall. It’s quite difficult to get detail into a figure so small but if we layer the paint and we use small enough brushes we might just be able to do it.

A word here about the brushes I like to use. I am using, for this painting nothing larger than a double 0 and the smallest is a 10.0’s. All are squirrel hair or sable, more often used for water colour painting. They don’t last very long in my hands, as I give them quite a bashing, but one tip, which my friend Joy Stanley Ricketts, the renowned miniature painter, gave me, and one that I can pass on to you budding painters 🙂 – is Use your old brushes to mix and your new ones to paint. That way you are prolonging their life. I don’t like synthetic brushes as I find they are never quite smooth enough.

We shall be using the magnifier throughout and when we come to the last layer we shall use the headset and hope that the window cleaner doesn’t call! You look really silly with a pair of magnifying lenses sticking out six inches in front of your nose…

We will have to worry about René’s sticky out bits later too…maybe this post should have been called : “Lumps and Bumps and Sticky Out bits” ?

Sounds like a porn site!

Maybe not…..;)

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