Art Elements Theme Challenge – White

I was thrilled with this month’s Art Elements challenge, I jumped straight in with an idea I had, and spent an afternoon ironing strips of plastics to bond them. Then I did some stitching on soluble fabric only to find when I came to dissolve the fabric I had picked up the interfacing and not solvy so this plan was abandoned.

Time for plan B, I had loads of ideas but I soon realised this wasn’t the time of year to be experimenting with new techniques so I decided to make something that would be less of a challenge as I knew enough about the techniques involved not to have to think about experimenting, or things not working out.

As you know I was a china painter for a long time, when I was studying for the City & Guilds diploma I had a module on painting animals, to teach myself to paint fur I copied from the book Thorburn’s Mammals. I still have these tiles somewhere, you can see them here.  Painting the arctic hare was my favourite.

I enjoyed painting white fur, looking for colours in the fur, light and shadow, as well as reflected light. When you look you see lots of colours. But I didn’t want to do something I’d done already so I decided on another option, to paint on glass ( following on from last month’s challenge)

I did a bit of research regarding hare myth and legend, I like this one best. I was thinking of adding some text but decided the white hare manifestation of someone murdered by their lover wasn’t the best of subjects for inspirational words.

While looking for some glass to make a fused tile I found some glass plates that I bought years ago but I never got round to using them so that’s what I’m painting on, no tile to make. I think they are Arcopal. A black background is just perfect for painting white, the dark values are achieved by wiping out paint which is the other way round to painting on white where the highlights are wiped out.

Painting on glass is just the same as painting on porcelain, only the glass enamels fire to 580 C. I don’t know the annealing temperature for these plates so I went through a range from 540 very very slowly.

I drew my hare on paper and then positioned it on the plate and traced it on.



These are the white glass enamels I have in my stash, I used some for the glass star painting last month.UntitledI chose a selection of brushes, some soft sable for applying and smoothing the paint, and some stiffer brushes for texturing the fur. I also used a bit of sponge and a green pan scrub which is great for texturing fur.

UntitledFor this firing I’m using an oil based medium, which stays open ( doesn’t dry), to mix my paints. I intend painting on, smoothing the paint, then I will wipe out paint to create the darks. I have applied satin silver enamel here, where the moonlight will catch the fur.

UntitledFollowing smoothing the paint ( you can see this on the ear), the fur textures were created using the stiffer bristle brushes and sponge, as well as a wipe out tool to get back to black.

UntitledThe moon was painted in then the plate was cleaned up where there were smudges and greasy marks , then it was fired. Fingers crossed, I haven’t fired these plates before.


Second Fire – I only want to fire this piece once more, so to get 2 applications of paint on in one firing I am switching to a water based medium to pen whiskers and do some detailing, this can then be painted over with oil based paint when dry, the waterbased layer won’t move.

UntitledI used a metal pan scrub to texture the fur

UntitledI added some twinkling stars with a pen, they had a some oil based paint added later to give a shimmering light also I painted a ring around the moon.
Of course there had to be a hare in the moon.


After building up the light areas and fur textures with oil based paint the plate was cleaned up, and signed on the back and fired again.

white hare painted on glass plate

I could go on tweaking it, the hare in the moon has fired out quite a bit, but I decided 2 fires was all I was going to do so there it is 🙂

Now head over and see what everyone else had made for the challenge.

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38 Responses to Art Elements Theme Challenge – White

  1. I love hares, and this is simply gorgeous. Of course I didn’t get half of what you explained, not being a painter myself, but I love the outcome!

  2. Laney says:

    Beautiful. Just beautiful x

  3. karin says:

    I loved reading about the whole process and the result is simply stunning!

  4. Leni Strong says:

    Love white on black plus the texture of your hare makes him alive- Nice!!!

  5. jewelsofsayuri says:

    Wow you have done a fantastic job. The hare looks so cuddly and cute. I really want to pet him now.

  6. Oh wow, that’s a lot of steps for only 2 firings! I don’t know how you do it all, not being a painter as well, but it’s fantastic!

  7. alysen55 says:

    Gobsmacked, that’s what I am!! I admire your detail in the fur and love all the 2nd firing additions: the stars, the haze around the moon. And the hare in the moon adds a little bit of whimsy to your stunning and gorgeous masterpiece.

  8. Anita says:

    Wow, you’ve created an awesome work of art! It seems to have involved a lot of detailing, but the result is just amazing.

  9. Hope Smitherman says:

    So many steps, but it comes out so perfectly too. I hate to hear that you still wanted to futz with it more as I think it’s sublime with so many details. Oh, and I love that you added a hare in the moon! What a great detail.

  10. Amazing work Jill, I loved reading about your process and the finished plate is gorgeous! Love the hare in the moon!

  11. Beth McCord says:

    Wow – I cannot believe the details of the hare. It is gorgeous! I also liked the story of the hare you shared!

  12. Oh Jill he is magnificent….. I love the white on black I think its always a special way to paint anything with no colour… And I love the hare in the moon too bit of whimsy is always fun xx

  13. I am absolutely speechless!!! This hare is just so gorgeous and amazing and beautiful! His eyes, nose, whiskers, the moon-all perfect. You have a special talent for sure.

  14. Cynthia says:

    holy mole that is cool! I loved seeing each step and watching him come to life … what detail and delicate painting! I love this piece!

  15. lesleyhw says:

    Stunning piece of art Jill – I love me a beautiful hare!

  16. Kathy Zeigler Lindemer says:

    Your plate is gorgeous. I love the detail on the hare. It was really interested in the process. Thank you for describing it. Well done!

  17. Tammy Adams says:

    I was fascinated by the details of how you achieved the effect of fur. The hare is ethereal and the overall piece is stunning.

  18. marshanealstudio says:

    Oh my goodness – This is amazing! You’ve got such talent to recreate creatures that look like they could come off the “canvas” and right into the room… 🙂

  19. Jill – I am in haven. In awe. Completely enchanted. The hare is my special/inspirational/spirit animal. This resonated with me so! And artistically- working in reverse like this has always made my brain hurt. LOL. Thank you for joining us! Happy New Year.

  20. Saraccino byCF says:

    Wow, just wow! I love him! Your hare is gorgeous! I always love all your porcelain paintings (and am always stunned by your talent and mastery!), but this one is especially beautiful with the white hare before the black background!
    I tried to imagine your painting techniques and I would so love to take workshops with you!
    Thank you so much for participating in the last theme challenge in 2018 at Art Elements… and you are right, you have already a head start for the next theme challenge! 😉

  21. Rosantia Petkova says:

    This is stunning! Some plan B! The way you made all the details is so artful!

  22. Wow! This is simply amazing!! It’s so cool to see your whole process unfold to achieve a gorgeous result. I’m pretty smitten.

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