My daughter and I took ceramic painting class when she was ten years old. We both enjoyed this activity.
When choosing a green ware that is a ceramic piece just came out of the first firing from a mode with the clay color. It is still fragile and breakable. We need to clean the rough edges with bladed tools and water. The next step is to paint it with the paint for green ware. After painting, the green ware goes through the second firing. After the second firing, the piece becomes solid. The glaze will be applied and the piece goes through the third firing to have a shiny colored look.
Another way to do it is to purchase the bisque which is cleaned and solid through the second firing. All we have to do is to use a different paint specifically for bisque. We paint the colors, and do the glazing. Then the piece goes through one more firing in the kiln before its completion. The dry brush technique requires different kind of paint, doesn’t need glaze or the third firing.
My daughter and I carry on this hobby separately. I like to paint angels and fairies. When I paint the wings or certain areas in white, I have to be sure to use opaque white that is nontransparent, and covers any unexpected spots of other colors.
Daily Prompt: Opaque
This is the 52 Weeks of Thankfulness – Week 5 at Haddon Musings
My husband has been retired for six months. He is happy to spend more time at home. I’m thankful that we could do more things together. We have been keeping up our workout schedule at the gym three times a week in the morning. On the same gym day, we go to Laguna Lake where he runs and I walk in the afternoon. In the evening, we try to play board game together once a week. I’m very good at board games, so far I’m winning! This night we played Chinese checkers. I played on green and he played on blue. I reached the destination across the board to his side. He came to my side with two steps before all the checkers were in. ♥♥
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Fire of love intensified
Called for no distance, no long drive
Tied the knot in the summer, with
Presence of family and friends
Under the Ball of Fire
After Spring we move into the active time of Summer. This is the energy of Fire, the time of activity, warmth, movement, growth and relationship. Nature itself is moving, the plants are growing, animals are getting ready to produce young and things are busy. — 5 Elements of Nature
The birds love to come to the feeding in my backyard. The faithful pair of Gray Jay comes daily for morning and evening feeding. The beautiful American Robins are also frequent visitors. All of them are usually good in sharing. Once in in while, there is a third Gray Jay wants to come for a share. The male Gray Jay somehow always chases him away. I wonder if he is protecting the territory of the feeding or the territory of his partner!
Daily Prompt: Territory
My husband and I live in southern California. My daughter and her husband live in Portland Oregon. There is 1,000 miles in distance. We visit each other several times a year and go places together. My “wish” or “desire” has been that we live closer together. We could just hop over for dinner. We could have a game night until late, and still not too far away to get home. We could go for a walk and talk about everyday life. With technology, there’s no limit to send a text, get on the phone, or skype. Yet, there is nothing compare to being close by and able to do thing spontaneously.
Photos: Portland airport, Japanese Garden OR, Laguna Beach CA, Multnomah Fall, OR
Weekly Photo Challenge: Wish