Thanks for popping in. Saturday’s blog a new technique, right? Well, this may actually be one of the oldest art techniques: Kintsugi
Kintsugi is the Japanese art of putting broken pieces of pottery back together using gold. The idea behind this is that in embracing imperfections, you can create an even stronger, more beautiful piece of art.
Dave came to me this morning with a broken pot. He’s got something special in the garage that he’s working on, it’s a surprise. So, he had pieced this little old ceramic drawer back together again, and then asked me if I could perform a little kintsugi on it, by adding liquid gold in the cracks.
No problem, says I!
Give it here – I’ve got just the right gear!
It’s Japanese too!
I remember watching a really talented calligrapher use it in Frankfurt, and I placed a sizeable order, because I had never seen liquid gold like it. It’s actually gold mica paste. The calligrapher also agreed that it was the best he had ever used. And Linda Williams was in raptures over it, because it works on parchment so beautifully.
So this morning, I squirted out a goodly amount onto my mix mat, stirred it well, and proceeded to perform a little Kintsugi job on said old drawer…
Applied it in the cracks, then wiped it back, to see if it had worked. Like a charm…
It dried quite quickly too…Job’s a goodn! I can see this is going to work like a dream with my pottery! Cracked Pot?! Perfect!
Then I looked at how much I had squirted out – gasp. No way that was going back in the bottle.
So I thought I would put it through its paces and see what else it could do. If it works on ceramics, I bet it works on lots of surfaces! We’ll have to try wood too…
There was a little stamp board triangle on the table, stamped with one of Cherry’s Doodleology stamps, so I thought that would be a good starting place for us Paper crafters! Lush. Very thick. Totally gold and opaque.
Then I got my thinking cap on. If this is Mica paste, I bet this gear’s water soluble. So out with a water brush. One of the finer ones. Added a little water and mixed it in well.
And then we were flying. Absolutely fantastic. Especially using the waterbrush. It just flowed like liquid gold.
Does the diluted liquid gold spread over larger areas well? Yes.
The doodler in me woke up then. Would the black micron pens work over the top… yes. So you can not only design over the top once it’s dry, you can tidy up the line art if you‘ve gone into the black.
And what about the edges of the stampboard? I did the usual black Sharpie pen trick, which was black black, unless it hit the gold – and then it turned a fab black-gold.
Remember when we were taking a peep inside the German dresser yesterday, and I mentioned that I was a big Rosenthal ceramics fan? Well, they went through a Black and Gold phase back in the 80’s, and this little triangle art reminds me very much of that!
And then, after a happy hour playing with the liquid gold, trying to use up the excess mica paste on the Mix mat, I realised something very obvious! It’s water soluble. It can sit on that mix mat until the next time I want to use it. I can re-activate it with my water brush any time. Of course. So it’s not wasted, and I only needed a tiny amount!
I reached out to our Jilly, she who has a handle on our stock levels, and asked the golden question. We have a modest number of Japanese Gold Mica paste bottles left. When they’re gone they’re gone though. So if you go to the website but you can’t find it, that’ll be because we’ve sold out.
Love and Hugs