China Painter (York)

We know of no one in your city who fires china, but you might send the service to Henry S. Ashwin, Stoke-upon-Trent, who makes a speciality of firing the work of amateurs. You could, probably, get from him the colours you name.


(1) Colour laid thinly on a dark ground appears colder - i.e., bluer - than its natural hue, whereas a thin coat of colour, on a light ground (such as an ordinary canvas) assumes a warmer - i.e., a more orange hue. (2) Use turpentine for thinning your paints. This is in itself a quick drier, but you may add a little copal varnish, which will further expedite the drying, and also prevent the colours from looking dull. (3) Rose madder is one of the pigments which remain in a fit state to paint with after having been on the palette for many days; others become sticky in a day or two. As soon as they are in this condition they should be thrown away. Colours can be kept moist for some time by putting them in water, but, as a rule, it is not worth while to do this.

G. F. - (1) Thank you for the suggestion. You will see by the present number that we have already acted on it. (2) All requisites for repousse work are supplied by Gawthorp, 16, Long Acre, London. Perhaps more convenient for you would be Harger Bros., Settle, Yorks. Why not get the priced catalogues of both firms ?


Contributions by G. G., R. J., A. T., "Selma," "Cornish."


"Aristook," S. S. J., B. T., "Reader" (York), " Reader " (Bristol).___________________

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