Monday, 27 May 2013


This is my new glassworks project: stained glass painting. I am experimenting with grisaille.
In traditional (painted) stained glass you have three stages: contour (= linework), grisaille (= grey areas and shadows) and emaille (= coloured areas).
I did the linework on one side of the glass panel, on the other side I covered the total area with grey grisaille (which is very fine earth diluted with vinegar and de-mineralised water). Then you have to use brushes and other scratching equipment to take away the greys, thus creating shaded areas. In the end it will be heated and burnt into the glass.
For this experiment I used a part of Picasso's Guernica painting, because of the varied use of greys.


Unknown said...

How interesting! I've never heard of this technique. I hope you show the final window – I'm curious to see how it turns out!

Michael Lukyniuk said...

I can't wait to see the final product. This looks like an interesting project.

Rodney van den Beemd said...

Mooie techniek Rene en een perfect beeld om dit op toe te passen!

Rene Fijten said...

Thanks Jennifer, it the traditional stained glass decoration and preparation that you see in churches. It will take some time to finish it.
Thanks Michael, I can use my painting experience,but it's a quite different process.
Dank je Rodney, ben altijd al gefascineerd geweest door dit schilderij van Picasso.