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DIY! Spray Enameling at Home (with Scraffito)

All Levels
September 21 & 28, 2023 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm View in Your Timezone

Long associated with industrial applications, sprayed liquid enamel delivers many benefits to artists as well, including:

        Excellent coverage on curved forms.

        More even application through multiple thin coats, avoiding lumps and bald patches.

        Better control than dipping or painting methods.

Traditionally, spray enameling techniques often require bulky and expensive setups, as well as a compressor or other machinery, putting them out of reach for the individual enamel artist working at home. But what if you could create a portable, inexpensive liquid enamel sprayer, using simple equipment you may already have in your studio?

In this workshop, Jan Harrell will walk participants through setting up and using a home enamel sprayer, using a straightforward step-by-step approach to ensure excellent and consistent results. 

After the liquid enamel has been applied and dried, students will transform that perfect blank canvas using the scraffito, or scratching, method. As always, Jan will take the basic technique to new levels, taking into account design considerations as well as the tools and techniques that she has collected and developed over the years. From impactful monochromatic pieces to more layered and colorful works, prepare to be impressed by the effects you can achieve at home by combining spray enamel with scraffito.

Meet the Instructor

Jan Harrell

Jan Harrell is a metalsmith, enamellist, and educator with over 25 years of energetic teaching at the Glassell School of Art. Her love for the glass / metal medium was fueled by her early childhood years in Japan and then grew into her college and grad school vocation and passion. Jan teaches workshops across the…


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