Thursday, January 7, 2010

Getting Started (part 2)

After your idea is on paper, it's time to think about technique. There are 4 basic styles to categorize technique. Here is just a general description of each. Any terminology that you're unfamiliar with, I will most likely explain in further posts, and if you're eager to begin, go ahead and contact me. I'm also avoiding the notion to explain every little detail all at once.

1. Organic Technique: The easiest of all techniques. Basically you place your glass into a towel and smash it with a hammer in order to get natural - broken looking glass. Though the easiest breaking technique, you have now created a puzzle of pieces that may be time consuming depending on the desired size of broken pieces. And also very wasteful, because all of the glass will not break entirely on the first swing of the hammer. You will have to repetitively smash the glass to make sure it's all broken thus breaking some glass so many times over and over again that it turns to dust.

2. Template Technique: The Hardest of all techniques. This technique is most effective if you really really want your subject matter to stick out. To do so your final drawing will act as a template as well. So make sure you photocopy it so that you will not destroy your final drawing. Having plenty of photocopies is essential. Once you have your desired pieces cut and refined, apply them to your plain, and fill in the negative space with pieces of glass that you have cut with a set of glass cutting pliers.

3. Template/Organic Fusion Technique: A combination of both Organic and Template Technique. But the only thing that separates this style for Template Technique is that this style is not over powered by a template. It should be balanced.

4. Mixed Media: Is a combination of Organic, Template or T/O Fusion and the incorporation of things that aren't necessarily glass. Some interesting examples are wood, metal, plastics, glass & metal agents, and trinkets.

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