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Enamel on metal -Workshop

Enamel on steel and copper.

I found this workshop very interesting and I had a lot of fun during the whole process of enamelling metal.

The first thing, that I had to do, was to choose piece of metal that I’ll be working on, in this case we had to select copper or steel. As the first attempt, we had quite big piece of copper, which we have cut into smaller pieces, by using one of the machines for metal cutting in fabrication.

The second thing which we have done, in order to prepare the piece of steel, was to clean the metal with pumice surface powder , small piece of fabric dipped in water. In this way, we gained very nicely clean surface, which was ready to put enamel on.

Aferwards, we have used black wet process enamel and have put quite thick layer of it with brush  onto the back side of the  copper . The other important thing in order to prepare enamel, is to prepare the right consistency of  the enamel, the thickness needs to be equal to single cream density. Here is the thing: if it’s not thick enough, it won’t cover surface properly. Very useful thing to cover metal properly, is to use the spray gun, which covers the whole surface very accurately and equally.

When it’s been covered properly, we left the enameled piece on the top of the oven and waited until the surface is entirely dry.  When it was dry, we have put it to the oven.  It was important to check the temperaure first, which needs to be approximately 815 degrees. Depending on the temperature ( if it is lower than that ) and also on the size of copper, the piece needs to stay longer/ shorter inside, usually it’s aout 3 minutes.  To put the copper inside the oven, it was important to wear the gloves and glasses, and put the copper on metal tray and use the sticker to put it inside and then take it out. When I get it from inside, it’s extremaly hot, so it’s important to wait a while unil it’s cold. After that, I cleaned the unnameled side .

The next step was to do the front side of the tile. I used white  enamel this time  and after I covered the front side, I left it to dry on the top of the oven and when it was completely dry, I’ve put it again to fire.  The next step was to design it- at this point it got very exciting and interesting. I’ve covered two stripes with black enamel and left it to dry.  To keep them perfectly straight, I used sticky tape (which I unstick when it was dry).Then I used one of the thin tools with sharp tip and stratched straight lines. I used the edge of paper as a line.   I wasn’t satisfied with the final effect, as the lines were chipping off, and also I didn’t use thick enough layer of black enamel, so ( because of the reaction of steel with enamel) it looked like the acid has been poured on the top.

The next step which I’ll do during the next enamell workshop, will be building up the layers, and I will use colourful enamlels, which will i will sift. I’ll use transfluent enamels, which will make the piece to be see-through( I can see the layers underneath and the patterns).


Metal and wood workshop. Handy tips for making Exhibition Show.

Power point presentation and speech given today by one of the teachers and the workshop afterwards  were  very handy and practical.  I have learnt basic skills and gained informations of what I have to consider about space if it comes to making exhibition show.

So here are the basics:

  • The very first thing to consider about interior space is size and dimensions. Decent measurement of the interior will be the first action to take in order to know how much space there is, how high the ceiling is, if the space is rectangular or square.
  • LIGHTNING .  Lightning is crucial factor as depending on its power and source (if it’s artificial lightning or natural light source) the objects, furniture which we are gonna put into the space will be looking completely different. One of the artists, who is good in displaying art is Bill Viola who is contemporary video artist.
  • Access to electricity – that includes checking where sockets are located, how many of them are in the space.
  • Access – location.     we have to find out if people are gonna have easy access to get there, if there is place to park a car, safe path o walk.
  • Transportation- it’s very important to check if we will be able to bring in the pieces for exhibition inside ( as for instance big object might do not fit in narrow corridor or low door.
  • Heating . We have to check if heating works, what temperature is in inside the interior .
  • Duration- how long the interior is available for
  • Any other informations, like permission to redecorate space (paint walls, change flooring)

Lightning and colours 

I mentioned before about the key aspects of analysing space and that lightning is one of them.  Light affects how we perceive colours so the same artwork exhibited  by using different light is not gonna be the same. Underneath I’ve got two pictures of artwork exhibitions of two different  artists- Walead Beshty  on the left and Bill Viola on the right .  By comparing these two pictures I wanted to show how light affects colours .

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Walead Beshty  ( picture taken from

Bill Viola (  picture taken from

Important and useful tools for organising space for exhibition show.

  • spirit level
  • hammer
  • drills like combi drill driver
  • scraper
  • pins
  • paint rollers
  • measuring tape
  • stud finder (  before drilling holes in walls, the first thing is to check if there are any metal or wood constructions underneath)  It’s also recommended to find out whether are there any water pipes , gas.

Life Drawing Workshop . Power of black colour – Charcoal as a drawing media.

Life Drawing Workshop was a great experiment. It was the first time ever that I was drawing human body from observation, and I’ve learnt some skills which will be practical in Interior Design.   Even though life drawing and Interior Design are not so connected with each other, I feel it was a good practice to learn, how to capture details which are the most relevant and transfer them onto paper. Charcoal turned out to be a great drawing media, as within a second I could make powerful line, point on the paper.  The professor presented drawing technique, which was very helpful in terms of drawing with charcoal.  First I smeared charcoal with its side part (compressed charcoal is good) Depending on the tone we want to work with we can rub the charcoal in to the paper  ( or choose lighter tone of charcoal) .



The next step is to draw the outlines  with the right proportions. It’s important to be quick- Life drawing is the type of practise, where time has meaning ( each position of the model last certain time , usually from 2 minutes-up, but the longest position which I was drawing was 30 minutes) If we chose that the background will be really deeply black and we struggle with drawing on the top, eraser will be handy tool. By rubbing out, we can work with the tones, we give three-dimensional effect .  Sharp eraser is the most effective.  To rub down sharp edges or just smooth the texture of the drawing  I used paint brush.

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The technique which I presented is good when the model is posing for at least 20 minutes, and if we want to play with tones . For short model positions it’s better to do not start  from making the background.

Underneath are a few pictures of my drawings from the life drawing session :

The first two which are not so great..

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As more I practised, the more confidence in drawing with charcoal I was gaining

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Time to start to explore materials . Clay and plaster. My first steps in making tiles.

Last two weeks with clay workshop gave me some clue about two new materials : clay and plaster. What I like most about workshops at uni? I think it’s the freedom which the teachers give us to expand whatever I’m interested in. Same with design-  there are no boundaries, the new designs are more and more surprising and exciting.

In the workshop I started to explore and experiment with the materials and I made a few tiles .

Underneath are a few pictures of my work from yesterday’s workshop:

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These two pictures are my first designs for tiles. I made two sets, but made only of the first set.  I designed two pieces as one ( the round one ) is he design, and the triangle one plays he role of filling the gap. I  imagine tiles as white and sleek, in some futuristic interior.