Planned Randomness

cristales hand painted goblet

I love surprises and I like making plans as well. Both can be fun and I use both of them when I am painting the glassware. I use a method I call “planned randomness”. It takes both the idea of surprises and making plans and fuses them together.

All of the glassware that I paint uses some heavy black lines and outlines. These are the first things I paint on the glass. There is an idea of how the outlining should go, but I do not adhere to any strict layout. I outline what I want, how I feel at the time. The skulls are sometimes different sizes, the abstract designs are laid out in a way that is pleasing to me at the time. This paint is allowed to sit and dry, usually overnight, and that becomes the base for the artwork on the glass.

Now comes the color, with the exception of the skulls – which are usually white, the colors that I use are selected randomly. I make up my rules before the painting starts. I select the amount of paints that I am going to use on the open batch of glassware, and then I decide how many of each glass must have that color. Than I stick my hand in the paint drawer I have and pull out the paints. For this example I am going to use the number 6.

I’ll pick out 6 paints, and decide how many of each glass must have the color paint, for this example I’m using the number 5. Whichever paint I pick first is the one I use first. I would put it on 5 different glasses. Then the next color comes on and I do the same, until all the paints have been used. Most glasses will be complete at this point but there will be a few that will still have some blank spots to be painted. These are put aside and added to the next batch of blank glassware. They will get the first color I pick and then I consider them complete.

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