Master class from the book by Lyudmila Mikhailovskaya “Vintage chic. We create for home and soul”
glass or ceramic plates
alcohol or liquid containing alcohol
laser printed copies of pages of books on botany
water-based acrylic varnish
Use a sponge to prime the plate with white acrylic paint. Wait for complete drying. The better the soil dries out, the better the work will turn out. Degrease and prime the second plate in the same way.
Choose a couple of different pictures to match, for example different pictures of dandelions. Cut them out.
The printer paper is too thick, you need to make it thinner. Stick on the reverse side of the printout a strip of ordinary transparent tape, preferably wide. Glue the strips slightly overlapping.
Tear out the details of the drawing from the prepared sheet.
Make the torn edges of the fragments even thinner by sanding the reverse side with fine-grained sandpaper.
Spread the plate with PVA glue in the place where the drawing will be located.
Glue the back of the printout with glue.
Stick the printout. Smooth the image with a paper towel to expel the air.
The color of the plate and the background color of the picture are slightly different from each other. Mix white acrylic paint with black and ocher to get the desired shade. Sponge paint around the image.
If paint gets on the drawing, immediately wipe it off with a cotton swab dipped in alcohol.
Before you create craquelure on the surface of the plates, you should repeatedly coat them with water-based acrylic varnish. Apply 3-5 coats of polish, drying each one thoroughly.
Apply shellac to the dried surface. This is an alcohol-based varnish, so it is liquid and must be applied in a thin layer. Usually shellac is used to protect sweat from oxidation, but it can also be used to create craquelure cracks.
Shellac dries quickly, but it's best to wait 40-60 minutes before applying another layer. When the second layer dries, apply two more - also with intermediate drying.
Dry the polish for 20-30 minutes. Then apply gum arabic - pour a small puddle of varnish and spread it over the entire surface of the plate with a brush.
Now you need to wash off the gum arabic. Rinse it off under running water for about 5 minutes.
If bitumen has formed stains on the surface, they can be carefully removed with a cotton swab dipped in white spirit.
Cover the dried surface with shellac again. Wait until the varnish is completely dry (at least 30 minutes).
Cover the surface with any water-based acrylic varnish (apply 5-8 layers). Be sure to sand each dry layer (except the last) with fine-grained sandpaper so that the plates become smooth, similar to ceramic.