Apparently, there's several ways to actually spend a Sunday afternoon, expecially an Easter Sunday afternoon. For this year, I decided to skip all Easter fuss and pick some of my new art stuff. I have been planning to try and grind pigments for quite a while, but something always happened and kept me from doing so. Today, I finally got the chance to test my new glass muller and marble slab to produce some oil paint. I took some pictures along the process (see above) and even managed to make a short clip (end of post) - and here we go!
STEP ONE was grabbing the wooden box I received from Kremer Pigmente a little while ago to finally open it up and reveal the marble slab all the grinding will happen on. It was nicely wrapped in a lot of newspaper to make all its way from Germany to the Netherlands save and secure.
STEP TWO was to take the glass muller and oil paint and place it on the slab. I still had some oil paint from a little while ago which I ground using a mortar and pestle, however, I was never happy with the result which still contained some lumps of pigments I just couldn't get rid of. Which is why I finally bought the muller and slab, to be able to grind the paint until all lumps have vanished.
STEP THREE finally got me grinding by placing the muller on the oil paint and circling it. The pigment lumps were squashed between muller and slab, and the oil paint became smooth and a little bit paste-like, depending on how much oil and pigments I added. Grinding my blue, I actually used too much oil and the paint got a little runny. I wasn't too worried about that, though, and still put it into a tube once all lumps were gone.
STEP FOUR was the final step and pretty messy. I still didn't figure out a clean way to get the oil paint into the tubes. I tried various methods including cling foil and a funnel-like construction, but it never worked out. So it all came down to my palette knife and patience - and a lot of paper towel!
Here's a short video of the grinding: