Friday is art day, and I try to get in some painting time.
Since I got a slow start this week, I wasn't sure how to
navigate the day.
I wanted to get to the next step which is bole.
Bole is earth clay, a pigment highly refind!
Pictured here, it comes in cones.
I put a cone in a plastic bag and pound it with a mallet.
It breaks up easly, and I put it in a container.
Some is powder, some are chuncks about the size of
a quarter. I then add water till it is level to the top of
the clay. I set it aside.
After a bit,(1 hr.) I'll check it, the water has soaked
into the clay. I then add a bit more water till it is again
level to the top of the clay.
This water also will soak into the clay, at this point I
stir it all up. It will be the consistancy of peanut butter.
(If it seem too dry, add water. If it seems too wet, pour
off excess water, or leave the lid off for a bit.)
My clay is now prepared.
(I'll make a containers worth, so I'll have clay ready
when I need it.)
Now, yesterday, before I left ,I measured out 15 grams
of rabbit skin glue.
I add 12 ounces of water to this to soak over night.
Today I heat up, to melt down the RSG.
After assessing my frames, I determine how much bole
I will need.
Because of the samples chosen, I will start with yellow
For every tablespoon of clay, I add three tablespoons
But not all at once! BE CAREFUL at this point!
If I have 1 tblspn. of clay, I first add 1 tblspn. of glue.
I stir this first. Once this is mixed good I then add the
other two tblspn. and mix.
(If you try to mix all at once, there will always be a
portion that settles to the bottom, and never gets mixed
So I figure I'm going to make 5 tblspns. of clay, then I will
need 15 tblspns. of RSG.
I put 5 tblspns of clay into a container.
I add (first) 5 tblspns of RSG then mix well.
Once this is mixed well, I add the remaining 10 tblspns of
RSG and mix everything.
I will then pour this mixture through a paint mesh strianer
as to know it is mixed well, with no lumps!
When you dip your brush there should be 3-5 drips off the
Technically once the clay & RSG is mixed, it is called bole.
I will put 3 coats of yellow bole on each frame. You must let
each coat dry before the next.
Now It is time to break bread, and have some wine.
I think I'm going to paint. Have a wonderful week end!
Monday I will resume, please stay tuned. Thank you.