Yes! After all of that prep work I was super skeptical about finally painting on glass. Will gesso actually stick? Will second layers peel off first layers? The application of the gesso and then a layer of absorbent ground was (so far) successful! Painting on glass is a particularly enjoyable thing... so smooth...
I'm starting to really enjoy how watercolour soaks into the ground. It's actually a bit similar to using markers in that it dries crazy fast and leaves lots of streaks. The main trick to watercolour is to work with its quirks instead of against them, and this is just a new quirk I need to make use of instead of regret.
There was a spot where I put a watercolour wash that created a tiny, raised "crease" and kind of looked like a bristle got caught in the paint... I wonder what that was about? It should start coming together really quickly now. I finally ran out of red Cotman paint, but they don't sell individual half-pans! I bought a tube of red today out of desperation and I hope hope hope it will dry into a block just fine. I prefer dry!
Omg, it's pretty much ready to actually paint on now. All that sanding and such was hardly worth it. The rusted little lockpiece is back on and the glass has fresh caulking on the backside. The wood has a clear finish now, so that's super duper it for the frame. No going back.
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?