Another of my recent paintings - a vase with a Marimekko flower pattern. This is the 3rd vase I've painted with this type of broad splat flowers. They are one of my favourite motifs for glass - they are big, easy to paint and give vase lots of coloured area but at the same time they leave some empty space in between. As a result it looks as if the flowers clung to the glass :)
For this vase I decided to experiment a bit with the texture. Normally I pool the paint evenly within the outlines and let it dry in peace. The glass paint starts to form some sort of a "skin" until it finally sets and touch-dries. This time I used a thickening, near-jellied glass paint and put some layers of it one over the other. Then, as the paint was drying up, I kept on touching and disturbing the painted surface by dabbing it with my paintbrush and leaving the brushstrokes visible. This gave the flowers a thicker, more "disturbed" textured surface that reminds of a translucent gel rather than a runny paint.
Rough, textured surface, deliberate streaks of paints and layered paint give the vase more "rugged" "folky" and "hand-made" look :)
So...What do you think?