“My name is Marguerite and I’m a contemporary warm glass artist creating paintings and textures in glass. I’ve worked with many mediums over the years but fell in love with glass because it is a material that transmits and reflects light as almost no other material can do. Its varying clarity, opacity and texture are able to reflect and absorb light, causing an enhanced observation of each piece. Glass Fusing is particularly fascinating to me because one is surrendering a part of the formation process to the kiln.
In my work I like to express what I find interesting and beautiful in life. A lot of my work has been about my love of land and seascapes, but my favourite way to create is painting abstracts and how to incorporate texture elements in it. My work invites the viewer to interact with each piece in not only a point of view, but to use their fingertips, to explore the glass and stir the thoughts of the mind.
In this video class, I want to teach you how to let loose and paint without restrictions in your mind. I’m going to teach you my own personal method behind creating my abstract paintings, the thought process, the textured layering, all the things that you need to know to create your own beautiful piece.
I am excited to meet you inside the tutorials’ private Facebook group!
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Abstract design and colour choices can be totally overwhelming. There is a lot of information available on the internet on design principles and colour theories, and it can leave you more confused than ever on where to start. Using Marguerite’s simplistic approach of using easy photo references or sketches are perfect for beginning artists who are just starting to explore abstracts or even the more experienced artist who is looking to expand their design knowledge or simply get inspired. Textured Abstracts in enamels is an online video class in which you will learn Marguerite’s most treasured painting secrets – the exact techniques & tools she is using and the way she thinks while creating. You can easily apply the knowledge to your own painting process.
Module 1 – Overview
In this first module we’re going to look at the 2 different types of backgrounds I use to start my painting on.
Module 2 – Material list
I show the list of materials I use for this tutorial. Some items are optional, you will see how I use them in each demonstration, and then you can decide if you want to incorporate it in your style and painting. The important items are Dove aka Rogue medium and enamel powders.
Module 3 – Fluid Painting and Brush Paining Mixture and Process
In this module I will demonstrate how to create 2 different types of paint consistencies. One for creating larger sheets of opaque streak free plain background glass, and the other for painting with your brush. I also share my recipes on how to create over 30 blends just from your set of original colours.
Module 4 – Texture Build-Ups and Paint Techniques
In this module I share my inspiration behind creating some of my texture build up pieces and painting techniques. I show how to create all the build-up and painting techniques before I start with the actual design and painting process, so that I can just use them as I create my painting without explaining how to create them in between my painting process.
Module 5 – Design Process
This is my favourite part of the whole process!! Here I will show you how to use simplistic photos as references for your composition and colour choices. Using this easy process, you will never have to wonder what to paint.
Module 6 – Creating abstract using clear glass.
If you are keen on single firing projects, then this module will be just what you need. I demonstrate step by step how to paint on a clear piece of glass, creating layers as you go. And this process only requires one firing.
Module 7 – Creating abstract using the fired blank glass.
Here I start my painting on a plain opaque covered glass that has been fired one. This process allows for other techniques as well, more demos will be released in the private Facebook group.
Module 8 – Creating fragments using a painted blank glass.
I love creating a series or set of multiple pieces that can be displayed as a collage or grid pattern. In this module I will share how easy it is to create fragments from one large piece.
Module 9 – Creating a miniature piece.
Some people like to work in small scale due to size of kiln or just a personal preference. I have dedicated a module on how to create smaller abstract pieces that can be capped to create a beautiful depth to your piece.
Module 10 – Strip Construction Part Sheet Project
In this module I will share some ideas for using your stripe part sheet created in module 4, to create interesting strip construction pieces.