Stone of the Month

After premiering "Stone of the month" in our last edition of Teachers info we would this time like to present a very special effect.

Stone of the Month

Niedersächsiches Landesmuseum Hannover

Prepared in collaboration with the Lower Saxons regional museum of Hanover

Steinfisch aus der Aktion Februar 2003 After premiering "Stone of the month" in our last edition of Teachers info we would this time like to present a very special effect. Coincidence plays an important roll in this technique, but the results are very surprising. As reported the last time, we showed how well Pelikan's PLAKA colours can be applied to stone. The colours impress due to their intensity and the easiness of application.It must be said though, that PLAKA colours do require a certain period of time to dry in order to be resistant to the effects of sunlight. We use the drying period to practice the "Wet in wet" technique with PLAKA colours. This results in small pieces of art that shine through their uniqueness.
 

To begin with, place the PLAKA colours in small pots and dilute using water. With the Green stone e.g. start painting along the edges. Using circular brush strokes move closer and closer to the centre of the stone. Each circular movement can be carried out using a different colour. Step by step the stone starts to take on colour. The brush should now and then also cover areas that have already been painted on. This makes it easier for the PLAKA colours to mix.

After the stone has been completely covered by rings it is time to leave it to dry. During this waiting period you can start painting another stone.

The surprising results of letting Pelikan PLAKA colours run and mix.

Now certain colour features like dots or lines can be added on the surface. The proper paintbrush for each individual task can be researched on Pelikan's new "Paintbrush finder". The effect of the colour can be increased by using complementary colours. In order to know which colour to use, select a colour on the Pelikan circle of colour and it will show the complementary colour for each individual case.

Another nice decorative touch is the use of PLAKA Bronze colours. Adding simple dots or lines with this colour make the stone look so much more precious. Dots can be improved adding a silver lining of PLAKA colour around them.

Finally add a coat of Pelikan's PLAKA varnish to give the stone the final shiny touch. This adds to the colours protection.