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Old 12-09-2017, 12:18 PM
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The Little Tin Jug - casein

Here's my latest: The Little Tin Jug; casein tempera on board; 10" x 8"



I'll add some of the in-process photos in the comments, if anyone's curious as to how this started out.

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Old 12-09-2017, 12:23 PM
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Re: The Little Tin Jug - casein



On my palette: Titanium White, Naples Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Venetian Red, Rose Red, Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue and Ivory Black (all Jack Richeson & Co casein paints)

Support: Ampersand Claybord toned with 6 coats of Venetian Red casein and left to dry at least 2 weeks.
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Re: The Little Tin Jug - casein

You are definitely mastering caseins. May I ask, do you varnish them when complete? Gary
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Old 12-09-2017, 01:05 PM
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Re: The Little Tin Jug - casein

Thanks, Gary!

My plan with this one is to rub it with a wool cloth and leave it at that. I'll wait a couple of months to let the casein cure before I do that.

I have varnished watercolor board mounted on 1/2" birch panels. For that I've used Krylon Gallery Series UV Archival Varnish - Semi-Gloss. Other times I've framed watercolor board matted under glass. But I love the look of the rubbed casein and can't wait to see how this one glows after taking a bit of wool to it!

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Re: The Little Tin Jug - casein

I like everything about this, Mary. The flowers are so welcome too now that winter has finally found us here in the southeast.

When you rub your paintings with the wool cloth, do you then frame behind glass?
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Old 12-09-2017, 02:54 PM
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Re: The Little Tin Jug - casein

Thank you, AbA!

This painting is on an Ampersand Claybord panel and is painted all the way to the edge. It will look best in a floating frame - without glass.

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Re: The Little Tin Jug - casein

OK, I'm still trying to figure out casein - will your painting be protected enough without varnish or glass? I got the impression that it needed either varnish or glass to be protected - is that wrong?

BTW - I really like the idea of this in a floating frame.
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Re: The Little Tin Jug - casein

Here's what I found while researching casein:
"Casein shouldn't be varnished (or finish of some sort be applied) before it is completely cured, which can take up to 4 - 5 weeks. Varnish is actually unnecessary which is why it's not made anymore. If you insist on varnishing, an acrylic one will be fine. Do NOT use an oil varnish as it can cause adhesion issues, orange peeling, etc. Casein on panel or other rigid support is meant to be buffed. Once completely cured, take an old t-shirt rag or other non-listing cloth and gently but vigorously rub the surface. A lovely satin-ish sheen will come to the surface and actually protect the painting. Properly applied to an acceptable, prepared painting surface, caseins weather time even better than oils. If you use paper as your chosen surface, it is recommended that it be framed under glass."
This was written by Terry Stanley in the comment section of James Gurney's blog Gurney Journey. Terry worked for Jack Richeson & Co. before retiring at the end of 2015. She was the Founding Director of Richeson School of Art & Gallery and the Richeson75 International Art Competitions. She is also a professional artist, has taught workshops across the country and has curated over 50 art exhibits.

I'm relatively new to casein. I started playing around with it in 2013 - and only have gotten serious painting with it exclusively since last July. I'm eager to learn as much as I can and welcome anyone else's comments/ideas regarding supports, varnish, types of framing, etc.

- Mary
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Thanks! That's great information if I ever finish a decent casein painting!
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Re: The Little Tin Jug - casein

I've heard many artists use Renaissance Micro-Crystalline Wax Polish as a final coating to frame without glass. Haven't yet tried it myself. I know of one WetCanvas member that has used it - Larry Seiler.
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Re: The Little Tin Jug - casein

A really nice painting.
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Re: The Little Tin Jug - casein

Beautiful - classic - inviting palette - pleasure to view.
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Thank you, Merritt!
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