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i am a self-defined Nuyorican creative (that is a Puerto Rican who is from both the isles of Manhattan, NYC and the Caribbean). I share daily in the joy of education and live in a cute port town in New York, in a 'teensy-weensy' apartment with my two dogs and canary named Valentino. Check out my Etsy shop for purchasable pieces. Please do not reproduce imagery off of this site without explicit credit and no derivatives may be made of my original imagery- Thank You.

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Vitreous Painting on Glass

A good portion of what we did during my class at Corning was not just sand-blasting but also painting on glass with classic stained glass painting techniques. The technique we learned involved using kiln-fired pigment (generally around 1250 degrees) and can also be referred to as a type of enamel/stain, though we also used silver stains which are different than the paint. For the most part we used Reusche paints, which involve painting with a a mixture of powdered pigments, gum arabic and a liquid medium (most often water), then 'matting' and 'tracing' (both words mean something different than what you would expect those words to mean). A great example of how both blasting and these painting techniques are used masterfully can be seen in Judith Schaechter's new book enitled Extra Virgin about her stained glass art pieces and illustrations.

The following pieces are just my response to class assignments given to us by our instructor Denise Stillwagon Leone who taught a wonderful rich and stimulating class. If you are interested in learning any of these techniques I highly recommend taking a look at Corning and considering a class by Denise who is a beloved and consistently featured faculty member at Corning.
Untitled by marisol diaz 5"x7"With a second layer of glass & color paint behind

This assignment was about further exploration into mark making and brush strokes with a liner brush, or without. Depending on how well one mixed the powdered pigment, the right level of viscosity can achieve a rich smooth line. The painting is started with a 'matte' which is much like applying 'a tone or a wash' in watercolor painting. The line work is called 'tracing' even if you are not 'literally' tracing. You can notice that a final step can often include a 'scratching'

Untitled by marisol diaz 81/2"x11"

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    It is hard to state precisely when and where glass painting started, however it is trusted that the rejuvenation of craftsmanship that occurred amid the Italian Renaissance brought forth this wonderful type of painting. Glass paintings amid the Renaissance were in the smaller than normal style, and managed Biblical topics. They ...
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Reader Comments (4)

thank-you for sharing this technique and more of your amazing corning experiences...I love the quality of lines and tones in these pieces and can't imagine how much more beautiful they are surrounded by light! great work!

August 20, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterstainboy

Wow! These look great! How long does it normally take you to work on each glass-piece?
Hope all is well ; ).

August 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterErica Sellers

Mari this is beautifu, its alot like you. no matter how strong winds are in your life you always have a hold on everything.

August 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLisette hernandez

it has been too long since i have visited your blog, but everything on here is amazing! The glass is beautiful. I packed all my jewlery in the little box, with birds in the glass, that you made and im bringing it up to college with me :)

August 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersteph

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