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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Vitri-Fusaille Technique

I am going out of order today to write a review about a glass painting technique DVD, instead of lampworking. The other day I bought this DVD online, actually on Ebay.  The DVD is called, Traditional Glass Painting with Peter McGrain, Vitri-Fusaille Technique.  

Now, I'm not sure if I got a screwed up (perhaps a second) DVD because the order of the projects he worked on, in this DVD,  were all mixed up and confusing to me!  So I'm not sure if this DVD was only $12.00 because of that.  But it was definitely worth the money!  I will just have to watch it a few times to figure out how he did things.

I think Peter McGrain's technique, which he developed himself, is really ingenious.  I have been wanting to paint on glass better.  And now I can take the information I learned in this DVD and apply it to my art.  In the past I have painted Asian themed stained glass.  Two of my own favorite pieces are a Geisha plate which I drew and painted and a stained glass window with a painted koi focal.

Be prepared, if you get this DVD, to see some really cheesy stuff.  I hear that all of the time, that these artist DVD's that are available for instruction are usually full of really lame fillers.  I guess that they think they have to add something "funky" into the video to make it fun?  Anyway this DVD has some serious "funkyness" too.

All in all, if you want to paint on glass, and do it the traditional way, you must have access to a kiln and a light box.  Glass paints are basically finely ground glass with water and a binder added.  So to get the glass paint to become permanent on the glass, it needs to be fired on, or into the glass.  Also available from Peter McGrain are Traditional Glass Painting, Made Easy (Lesson One, Getting Started, Tracing and Matting) and Traditional Glass Painting, Made Easy (Lesson Two, Advanced Techniques, Plus Stains and Enamels).  They are DVD sets with two DVD's per lesson.  I see that they sell for about $40.00 each.  I plan to buy these DVD's soon too, and I think that after watching this DVD, these other Peter McGrain DVD's would be excellent as well.



 

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