NaMoPaiMo – National Model Painting Month

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Recently Jennifer Buxton (Braymere Custom Saddlery) launched an event modeled after the successful National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Jennifer thought it would fun to do a similar event for painting model horses, and National Model Painting Month—NaMoPaiMo—was born. Jennifer hoped to get a hundred participants, but she ended up with 300. I originally signed up with a plan to dust off my acrylic painting skills, but my project has been delayed while I wait for airbrush parts. In the meantime, I thought it might be fun to resurrect the blog here to talk about how ceramic finish work is different from non-fired methods.

In the next few days I will be posting about the models that are underway here in the studio, and follow them more or less in real time. But first let me give some background about what kind of work I normally do. There are two very different kinds of ceramic finish work: overglaze and underglaze. With overglaze, the clear glaze (either glossy or matte) is applied first and then the colors are added over the top. This is then fired and the color sinks down into the glaze and is permanent. The ceramic horses produced by Horsing Around are overglazed. With underglaze, the color is added first and then the clear glaze is added over the top. Just like the overglazing, once the clear glaze is fired the end result is permanent. The two models pictured, both of which were finished here at Blackberry Lane, are underglazed.

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I am going to make a few more posts about underglazing in general, and then I’ll let you see what is happening here with various projects.

I would also encourage you, if you have any interest in painting, to check out the NaMoPaiMo Facebook page linked above. If you need a dose of inspiration, or even just a positive vibe about the model horse hobby, you could not ask for a better place!

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