As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’m finding the simpler tasks we were doing in school during my Freshman year rather challenging. Maybe it’s because it’s been a while or more likely, I’m just over-thinking EVERYTHING and not focusing. I continued to run the simple bead running I started the Friday before. Turns out, I just wasn’t patient enough to let the material do its job and was trying to push the material too quickly. I think I’m starting to get the hang of it again, though.
The rest of the day was spent creating custom pigments for the job that was scheduled to use the special French plaster we unloaded Friday. These liquid, mineral-based pigments are not too unlike what we were exposed to in school, but it appears that they are not a specific brand. I later found out that Foster Reeve’s background may have been in specialized paint, color and finishing, so the weights and measurements I was given were pretty precise. Four pigments were used to create two different desired colors: yellow oxide light, raw umber, dark raw sienna and orange. Each of these was weighed out to the nearest hundredth of a gram. It’s pretty interesting to note how much a difference a nail head’s worth of pigment can throw off your desired color specs.