Thursday, March 4, 2010

A selection of finished birds; painting the birds

The birds are nice to hold, and striking to see.

The enamel paint that I used is smooth and thick but can disguise only the slightest surface irregularites. So, for the birds to achieve their true potential, their surfaces should be much smoother before painting.

The paint is too thick to allow delicate detailing, so the birds' designs must aim for boldness over complexity.

In general, I am happy with this batch: the birds are bold and amusing, and there are inevitably hitches in any new projects.

And craft processes proceed in very definate stages, so if you screw up in one of the stages, you usually have to take several steps back to rectify your mistake; given that each stage usually has to dry, experimentation can become laborious.

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