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                             MANUAL OF ART
                          PROFIT AND PASTIME.
                           A SELF TEACHER IN
                    All Branches of Decorative Art,
                       EMBRACING EVERY VARIETY OF
                          PAINTING AND DRAWING
            On China, Glass, Velvet, Canvas, Paper and Wood
                           THE SECRET OF ALL
                            TAXIDERMY, Etc._



                       DONOHUE, HENNEBERRY & CO.

                        407–425 DEARBORN STREET


[Illustration: COPYRIGHT,]




In presenting to the public and our artistically inclined people our
“Art Manual” we should do so with some trepidation had we not the
assurance, in placing before them this work, that it would instantly win
of the present day are novels, compilations, scientific and theological
ones, meeting as they do only certain classes, and are subjects which
have been constantly before the people. We present you a “new book” in
every sense of the word. We propose entering with our readers into the
beautiful realms of Art, than which there is no more interesting
subject; our object being its promotion and dissemination. We want to
see the great majority of our refined, educated, but needy women embrace
it as a source of profit as well as pleasure, many of whom with an
intellect for greater things, but incapable of muscular labor or
exposure, can, by applying themselves energetically to this occupation,
earn a good livelihood and famous name, and assist in disseminating its
beauties everywhere. Many homes are there in our land, which they can
ornament, and embellish to their profit, and the pleasure of others.
Those comfortably situated in life, whose home decorations they prefer
to be the product of their own hands, will hail our “Manual” as “a
friend indeed.” To the child in whom is observed traits of genius it
will be of invaluable assistance in developing those traits. Our aim is
to combine in this work all the different methods of producing
portraits, landscapes, painting on canvas, wood, china, etc., etc., to
furnish to all lovers of the useful and beautiful in art a true teacher,
making every instruction so plain and comprehensive, that a child can
grasp the meaning. In thus combining all these arts in one volume, we
save the learner the expense of purchasing a large number of books at a
cost which effectually precludes the possibility of many engaging in
this profitable and pleasant occupation. Then, to those whose tastes are
artistically inclined, and who find it most inconvenient to obtain
instructions in all the branches desired; to those in whom genius lies
dormant and whom necessity compels to earn their own livelihood; to
those who desire to combine pastime with pleasure, and to those who have
the means, tastes and desire but not the necessary assistance at hand to
ornament their homes, we respectfully dedicate our “Art Manual.”

                                                         THE PUBLISHERS.


                         INTRODUCTORY REMARKS.

In learning the art of drawing or writing, like all other Arts and
Sciences, there are certain first and fixed principles to be observed as
a foundation upon which the whole is built. A right understanding of
these is absolutely necessary that we may become masters of that art
which we undertake to learn. A neglect of these first principles is the
reason why so many who have spent time sufficient to become accomplished
artists, are, after all their pains and loss of time, incapable of
producing even fair work; and are often at a loss to know how to begin.
Many commence by copying the work of others, and are surprised to find
how little such ability avails them when attempting to make sketches
from nature. The instruction for those who intend prosecuting this
delightful study, is prepared with great care by the author, who has had
very many years of experience in landscape drawing. ’Tis true that much
of his ability has been attained by years of patient industry and
practice. Yet time might have been saved by little earlier attention to
principles and study of works on the subject, prepared by experts. The
best advice to those contemplating a study of the art—who possess any
degree of skill in the use of the pencil, is to go out into the field,
with the “instructor” in one hand and your sketch-book in the other,
select some object of interest, and “take it in.” If not satisfactory,
try again—be not too easily discouraged. You will find the study of
nature a source of pleasure, objects of interest will appear on every
hand, in the valleys, on the mountains, the lakes, or by the river side,
and as you become familiar with the scenes in nature, difficulties will
disappear, and you are happy in the thought that sketching from nature
is truly one of the most pure and refined of intellectual pleasures and
professions, and the sketch-book with you, as with the writer, will ever
be a chosen companion.

When this branch of the work has been completed, and the landscape
transferred to paper and shaded up, the most difficult part of the task
is accomplished. The next essential element in the advancement of the
picture, and that which renders it more beautiful to the eye, is color.
’Tis well to turn aside from your unfinished landscape or portrait, and
study the colors in nature, the mixing of tints, and how to apply them,
as shown on a subsequent page of this book.

To become an artist requires only a love for the art, a good eye, and an
abundance of continuity.




 =Sketching from Nature.=—How to Make a Drawing—Linear
   Perspective—Materials—Terms in a Picture—Lines in Nature—Line of
   Beauty—Landscapes—Selecting a Position—Lights and Shades            9

 =Colors in Nature.=—Primary Colors—Advantages of Colors—Colors of a
   Spectrum—Mixtures of Colors—Transmission of Light—Pure White,
   Black, Gray, Green—Neutralization of Colors                        23

 =Pen and Pencil Drawing.=—Paper Used for Transferring—Preparation
   of Paper—Method of Transferring—Shading by Pen—Pentagraph—How to
   Use it—Copying with Transparent Paper                              27

 =Pastel Painting.=—Crayons and Pastels—Paper Used—Exposure to the
   Sun—Colors Employed—Colors of Paper—Mounting the
   Picture—Sketching In the Outlines—Applying the Crayon—Colors and
   Composition of Tints—Background                                    29

 =Landscape Painting in Crayon.=—Paper—Arranging the
   Paper—Drawing—Using the Colors—Fixing the Drawing—Materials for
   Pastel Drawing                                                     33

 =Monochromatic Drawing.=—Directions—Materials
   Used—Shades—Blending—Sky—Mountains—Water—Moonlight—Old Ruins,
   etc.                                                               37

 =Water Colors.=—Instructions—Colors Used for Sky and
   Distances—Hills—Trees—Foreground—Sky—Moonlight, etc.—Selecting
   the Paper—Different Kinds—Brushes—Other Materials—Colors Used      38

 =Landscape Painting in Oil Colors.=—Technical Names and Materials
   Used—Mixing of Tints—How to Apply Them—A
   Used—Canvas—Prepared Paper—Millboards—Panels—Palettes—A
   Dipper—Rest Stick—Knives—Easels—Vehicles—Mixed Tints               45

 =Oil Photo.=—Miniature or Cameo Oil—Improved Method—Treating the
   Photograph—Paste Preparation—The Glass Cleaning—Colors
   Applied—Wedges—Caution—Directions for Coloring—Second
   Method—Ivory Type or Mezzotint—Mounting the Photograph—Materials
   Used—Another Plan                                                  55

 =Photo Painting in Water Colors.=—Selecting Photograph—Preparing
   the Photo—Colors Used—Coloring Background, Face, Eyes, Mouth,
   Hair, Clothing—Shadowing                                           60

 =Russian or Egyptian Method.=—To Produce First Class
   Picture—Applying Colors—Palette—Liquid Colors Used—Brushes         63

 =Making Photographs.=—Gelatine Dry-plate Process—The Outfit—Filling
   the Plate-Holder—Taking the Picture—Making Negatives—Chemical
   Outfit—Directions for Using Chemicals—Instructions
   Summarized—Making Prints from Negatives—Sensitized Paper
   Prints—Toning Process—Mounting Pictures                            65

 =Draughtsmen’s Sensitive Paper for Copying
   Drawings.=—Directions—How to Use—Printing by Exposure              70

 =Wood Painting.=—From the German—General
   Preliminaries—Requisites—Colors—Transferring the Drawing on
   Wood—Enlarging and Reducing Designs—Divisions of Wood
   Surface—Tracing and Transferring Designs—Fixing Transferred
   Design—Coloring—Retouching—Wood Articles—Polishing Designs         71

 =Transparencies.=—Instructions—General Directions                    81

 =Crystal, or Oriental Painting.=—Materials Used—Colors
   Used—Directions                                                    83

 =Antique Italian Landscape Painting.=—Style of the
   Painting—Transferring—Quality of the Glass
   Used—Materials—Directions—Paints Used                              85

 =Grecian Oil Painting.=—Selecting the Engraving—Applications—Method
   of Painting—Mixing the Paints—Eyes, Hair,
   Flesh—Suggestions—Colors—Brushes                                   87

 =Ornamental Glass Sign Work.=—Lettering Door Plates—Ornamenting
   Glass Work, Boxes, etc.—Instructions—Lettering the Glass—Holding
   the Letters—Next Process—Remaining Directions—Articles Used—Note   89

 =Vitremanie.=—Easy and Inexpensive Decoration of Windows, Churches,
   Public Buildings, Private Houses, etc.—Supersedes
   Diaphanie—Defects of Diaphanie—Materials Used in
   Vitremanie—Simple Instructions—Applying the Design—Removing the
   Paper—Arranging the Designs                                        91

 =Diaphanie.=—Similarity to Decalcomanie—Materials Required—The
   Application—Designs Used                                           93

 =Painting on Silk.=—Satin and Silk—Its Beauty and
   Popularity—Transferring—Painting Directions—Using Colors
   Lightly—Raised Work—Colors Used—Bringing out the Picture           94

 =Staining Wood and Ivory.=—Yellow Mahogany—Black, Red, Blue,
   Purple—Acids and Materials Used                                    96

 =Crystalline Surfaces.=—Paper, Wood, and Glass—Mixture
   Used—Application—Directions                                        97

 =China Painting.=—On China, Porcelain, Earthenware, and
   Enamel—Colors Used—Process of Burning In—Tracing and
   Drawing—First Method—Second Method—Third Method—Cleaning
   Brushes—Composition, Use, and Mixing of Colors—Classification of
   Colors—Tests—Fusibility—Thickness—Mediums—Conduct of the
   Work—Special Information Concerning Painting Colors—Mode of
   Use—Mixtures—Concordance of Enamel with Moist and Oil
   Colors—Technical Names                                             99

 =Monochrome.=—China Painting—Painting on Porcelain or
   Earthenware—Tints of Monochromes—Sketching In—Painting the
   Head—Hair—Flesh Tints—Drapery—Retouching—M. Lacroix’s
   Colors—Finishing the Monochrome—General Suggestions               111

 =China Painting.=—Painting the Head in Colors on Porcelain—Drawing
   and Sketching In—Highly Colored Faces—Cast Shadows—Painting the
   Lips—Blue Eyes—Fair Hair—Colored Draperies—The Palette            115

 =China Painting.=—Style of Boucher—Flowers, Fruits, Birds and
   Landscape on Porcelain—Retouching Leaves—Peaches—Instructions on
   Landscapes—The Sky—Trunks of
   Touches—Directions for Packing                                    118

 =Terra Cotta Painting.=—Enamel, Oil and Water Color Painting on
   Terra Cotta—Special Instructions—Materials and Brushes Used       123

 =Burning In.=—Mineral Decalcomanie—New and Beautiful
   Art—Transferring Pictures to China and Other Ware—Imitating
   Exactly Beautiful Painting—Directions, Materials Required,
   Designs, Numbers, Prices                                          126

 =Natural Flowers.=—Preservation—Hot Water System—Sandwich Island
   Process—Sand Drying Method—Last Process                           129

 =Paper-Flower Making.=—Arrangement of Bouquets—Materials
   Used—Directions for Using Wire, Silk, etc.—Crimson
   Rhododendron—White Camelia, Rose, Pink Fuchsia—Grouping
   Flowers—Examples—List of Materials, Tools, etc.                   134

 =French Art=—Decorating Wood, Leather, Silk, etc.—To Decorate
   Delicate Fabrics—Another Method—Decorating Dark Colored
   Articles—Choice of Subjects—Covered Designs—List of Subjects that
   can be Decorated—General Suggestions                              143

 =The Wax Art=—Flowers and Fruit—Instructions for Making Wax and
   Molds—Materials Used, etc.—Molding—Preparing Wax—To Mold a Calla
   Lily—Painting Variegated Flowers—Directions for Sheeting
   Wax—Molding Wax Fruit—Oranges, Apples, Peaches, Grapes,
   etc.—Special Instructions—Leaf Molds, Wires, Steel Molding Pins,
   Moss, Miscellaneous Articles, Colored Wax                         146

 =Sprinkle Work.=—Decoration of Wood and China Ornaments—Its Ease
   and Beauty—Utensils—Process—Special Directions—Varnishing and
   Polishing—Sprinkle Work on China—Veins—Colors Generally and
   Satisfactorily Used—General Suggestions                           154

 =Pearl Embroidery.=—Fish Scales—To Prepare Them—Drawing the Pattern
   of Leaf—Directions                                                161

 =Feather Flowers.=—Instructions to Begin—Color of
   Feathers—Dyeing—Renewing Ostrich Feathers                         162

 =Lustral Bronze Painting.=—Preparations—Instructions—Copy from
   Engravings—Stems of Trees—Second Shade—Figures—Parts of
   Mountains—Varnishing—Suggestions—Gilding                          164

 =Japanese Art.=—Gathering Leaves—Directions                         168

 =Staining Glass.=—Causes of Decay—Of Glass Painting—Colors
   Used—Classes—Process of Laying the Colors—Peinture et
   Apprêt—Ground or Foundation—The Vehicle—Most Suitable
   Oil—Palette—Pigments—Fused Colors—Illuminated Colors—New Tone of
   Color—Mosaic Glass Painting—Cartoons—Cutting—Over-laid
   Glass—Colored Pot Metal                                           169

 =Gilding Glass.=—Preparations—Cutting Figures and Ornaments—most
   Important Secret—General Suggestions                              179

 =Etching on Copper.=—Heating—Dabbing—Smoking—Etching—Fluid for the
   Purpose—Directions                                                182

 =Kensington Painting.=—Its Progress and Popularity—Materials
   Used—Colors Necessary—Applying Colors—Flowers,
   Leaves—Instructions                                               185

 =Arrasene Embroidery.=—Novelty and Beauty—Wool and Silk Arrasene—A
   Wild Rose—Blind Stitch—Double
   Rose—Daisies—Forget-me-not—Leaves—Stems—Full Instructions         189

 =Portraiture in Black Crayon.=—Careful Instructions—Paper—Cutting
   and Trimming—Dampening and Framing—Selecting Materials—Enlarging
   the Photograph—Tracing—Carefulness—Features—Pupils of the
   Eyes—Iris—Nose—Lips—Blending Process—The Hair—The Drapery—Collar
   and Shirt Front—The Background—Lace Work—Finishing—General
   Important Suggestions                                             191

 =Analysis of Colors.=—Nature and Quality—Blues—Reds—Browns—Mixing
   Compound Tints for the Face—Tints and Colors—Producing
   them—Transparent Colors—Semi-Transparent—Contrast and Harmony of
   Colors                                                            197

 =Taxidermy.=—Profit, Usefulness and Beauty—Skinning—Mounting in
   General—Preserving—Spiders and Insects—Shell Fish—Polishing
   Shells—Collecting Animals—Recipes—General and Special
   Instructions                                                      203




A sketch is a graphic memorandum. “The field of labor is the wide world
of nature—her beautiful truths the lessons to be learned by heart. Once
fairly within her school, Art awakens to a life of sympathy with its
teacher that lasts forever.” A capacity for _drawing_ means more than
producing a linear representation. The sculptor _draws_ when he models
the plastic clay into imitative or ideal creations. The painter _draws_
when he disposes his pigments with like impulse. The stalwart smith
_draws_ when he shapes the heated metal into form. He that cannot draw a
crooked line, cannot draw a straight one, and he who cannot draw a
straight line, the simplest, easiest, and most comprehensible, has
certainly much to learn, and should begin with it.

=In Making a Drawing from Nature=, we start out with one of two things
in view, a desire to make a perfect copy of the scene before us, or a
wish to make a choice selection from the whole, and arrange it to suit
our fancy. The first is historic, from the fact of its being a true and
faithful copy. The second is called poetic, as the effort is for beauty
of arrangement and general make up. In the latter, the artist is
generally better satisfied with his effort when the picture is complete,
than if he followed closely to the laborious work of perfectly copying
that which is not altogether interesting. But at the same time the
first, that of picturing facts, must form the basis of the art. By it we
acquire a knowledge of detail, and store the mind with true nature,
which is essential in good work. A true and faithful copy is what is
sought after. In following our own fancy, we go out into the field and
select from a combination of objects, and make up our picture. We find a
log cabin standing beside a rocky stream of rippling water, which is
spanned by an ancient log bridge; in another place we find cows grazing;
and again a horseman is coming down the road. We combine the three. The
cattle are driven into the stream, the horse and his rider are brought
into and form a part of the picture, which is now complete.

In sketching from nature it is first essential that we should be trained
to some extent in a course of perspective drawing.

=Linear Perspective= is the application of the principles of geometry to
the accurate delineation of the principal lines of the picture. Drawing
on a plain surface an object as it appears, or as it would appear on a
pane of glass, held between you and the object.

Perspective is absolutely necessary in drawing from nature, not only in
perfecting finished work, but in all circumstances. Theoretically, as
well as practically, it bears more or less upon all the great requisites
of perfection in art. We can by its aid, select our own point of
observation, even though it be imaginary.

=Materials.= Of the variety of instruments and materials for drawing and
sketching, there is the lead pencil of different degrees of hardness,
and tint; then there is the French crayon, tinted crayons, etc.; French
sketching boards, prepared of various tints, with skies, and suggestive
effects ready laid in; “solid sketching blocks,” bound as a portfolio,
will be found convenient. Paper for “cartoons” can be obtained of most
any size, up to six feet wide.

=In a Picture we have Six Terms=, the center of the picture, or center
of view, the distance of the picture, the base line, the horizontal
line, the perpendicular line, the point of view.

=Lines in Nature.= It is a remarkable fact that all the lines in nature
are curve lines, the body of trees, the branches and their leaves, and
the fruit that grows thereon; the blades of grass, and flowers in the
field; the swells of the ocean, the hills and hollows, are all composed
of curved lines. Nature is all loveliness and perfection, all her
effects are true, and the desire of the student should be to realize
them thoroughly, and let nature, and nature alone, be the teacher,
following her faithfully, in the full assurance of the attainment of
truth, whatever else he may fail to accomplish.

             Then let the pencil, the servant of thought,
             Copy the lessons which nature has taught;
             For the skillful hand of the artist entwines,
             No garland more fair than her beautiful lines.

                          A LESSON IN DRAWING.

Before going into the field to make a sketch, it is essential you become
familiar with the different lines used in drawing, the less difficulty
you will have in sketching from nature.

The first effort will be to get control of the hand and pencil, or pen,
which is the leading essential in learning to write or draw. Secondly, a
right understanding of the straight and curve lines used cannot be
dispensed with. A neglect of these first principles, and the want of a
thorough drilling by an experienced teacher, in our educational
institutions, is the leading difficulty in the advancement of students
in these branches, and has often been a subject of comment.

There are three leading lines in drawing, the straight horizontal line,




made by carrying the pencil from left to right, and vice versa,
beginning and ending abruptly; then perpendicular ones, commencing at
the top, draw the pencil down; then a straight oblique line, with 52
deg. slant, which is about the proper angle for writing.

The right and left curve is used as the beginning and ending of all the
small letters.


  Fig. 1.

=The Line of Beauty=, as it is called, is the two curves combined;
commencing at the top, making first the left and then the right line,
equal in length, forming a compound curve, the basis of two-thirds of
all the capital letters. A combination of curves lying horizontally, as
in fig. 2, gives the line which is formed by the meeting of the lips,
from these different lines our sketches from nature are made up.


  Fig. 2.

  A _curved_ line changes its direction at every point.

A circle is a figure comprehended by a single curve line, called its
circumference, every part of which is equally distant from a point
called the center. From _a_ to _b_ will be found the left, or convex,
and from _c_ to _d_ the right, or concave curve. The whole may be made
by a quick movement of the hand, with crayon, on the black-board, thus:
Turn your right side to the board, place the crayon at the bottom, _c_,
and with the elbow as the radius, carry the crayon toward the left from
_c_ to _a_, and so on until you reach the starting point, _c_, again,
moving the hand at as rapid a rate as is possible.


  Fig. 3.

Now, if these lines can all be drawn correct, and with freedom, take the
equilateral triangle and practice it without a ruler.


  Fig. 4.

  An _angle_ is the space between two lines that start from the same

The perpendicular line, passing from the vanishing point _a_, to the
base _b_. The whole of the fig. 4 forms what appears to us the gable of
a house, _a_ the point where the rafters meet, _b_ the center of the
plate. This gives the horizontal, vertical, and oblique lines.

I shall endeavor to make these lessons clear and concise for the
beginner, touching only on those points which are indispensable in
learning to draw. Although many of these principles you may have
acquired, the elements of linear perspective is the very first thing to
which your attention should be directed.

=Landscapes.= All objects which present themselves to the eye, such as
buildings, forests, fields, mountains, water, &c., whether viewed from a
hill or on a level, we will call a landscape. Now as it is impossible to
make an exact copy of the subject before us, by means of any transfer
process, it can only be effected by a distinct apprehension of the real
form of the objects themselves, and of those apparent forms under which
they are presented to the eye, in their different positions in the
landscape. All these objects have their outlines, composed either of
straight or curve lines, which may be irregular in their relation to
each other. Now if we were placed on a flat, horizontal plain, the water
or ground which we would have in view before us, would appear to rise
from the spot on which we stood, the limit of that rise being determined
by a clear and well defined straight line, called the horizontal line.
It will appear in the lake; between this and the sky no object
intervenes. This horizontal or boundary line lies directly opposite to
the range of the eye, and the one to which every other line is referred,
and by which the accuracy of the drawing is secured. The point where it
crosses the perpendicular line will be the center of our picture.

=In Placing a Landscape on Paper=, first arises the question as to how
much of the landscape we will introduce into our picture. Let us suppose
it to be taken from the point of view, then that position of the scene
which the eye can easily take in, without moving the head, will
constitute the picture. The space included between the point where we
are standing and a point where our picture commences, establishes the
required distance of the eye from the proposed picture. Now, if through
this point a straight line be supposed drawn, perpendicular to the
horizon, this line will pass through, and determine the foremost objects
of the picture—touching all the leading objects directly in front of us.

=Position of the Horizontal Line= will depend upon whether or not we
make the sketch from the ground, or from an elevation. If the view be
made from the level with it, the horizontal line may be drawn at about
one-fifth of the space of the paper we intend for our picture. If we
take the sketch from an elevated point, a little above the level of the
ground, then the horizontal line may be placed at about one-third the
height, and so on. If the view is to be made from a high hill, or top of
the house, place the horizontal line at one-half the height.

Now, in holding up the pencil or ruler horizontally with the eye, and on
a level with it, you will see what objects will appear on that
horizontal line. In making a photograph of a building it is always best
to have the camera a little elevated, and at a considerable distance
from the object, as a better picture can be secured. All horizontal
planes seem to ascend if they lie below the horizontal line, and to
descend if they lie above it, vanish or merge into it, as shown in
figures 5 and 6.

In making a sketch from an elevation, the distant part of the view seems
higher than the foreground. This occurs when the point from where the
view is taken is too much elevated. A better, and much more natural
perspective, can be obtained by lowering the point of view, which also
changes the horizontal line.

After knowing the position of the horizon of your subject, point of
sight for the point of distance, you have to extend the line of horizon
from the point of sight to the limits of such distance.

For illustration, fasten a thread with a pin to the table, at a point
corresponding to the line of the horizon of your picture; a thread thus
adjusted will, when drawn out over the picture, fall exactly over all
the lines seeking

=The Vanishing Point.= In this way you get the lines for the cornice in
a building, or row of buildings, upper and lower lines of the windows
and doors, base and sidewalk.


  Fig. 5.

In making a sketch of a building, it is only necessary to get the
general outlines, and instead of working in all the doors and windows,
finishing up the cornice, etc., all that is necessary will be to get the
outline of one door or window, and the style of cornice, and indicate
the remainder by merely a mark showing the position, and make a
memorandum of the essential points which is needed in completing the
work. In figure 5, street view, make a dot on the sketch board at a
point where you wish the first upper corner of the building to commence,
draw a perpendicular line for the corner, do likewise at such a distance
to the left as you wish the building to extend on the sketch, and you
have the other corner. Holding the drawing book perpendicular between
you and the building, and on a level with the eye, place the ruler on
the sketch-book corresponding to the upper horizontal line of the
building, and make a line for the cornice, the base line is produced in
the same manner. The point _C_, where the two lines would meet, were
they continued toward the left, will be the vanishing point, from which
run all the other horizontal lines when you come to finish up the



  Fig. 6.

A horizontal right line has, with respect to the plane of the picture,
one of three positions. It is either parallel to it, oblique to it, or
perpendicular to it. We will sit with the back against one of the walls
of a rectangular room. The wall opposite is parallel to that behind us,
and consequently to the plane of our picture in that position. The two
remaining walls being at right angles with that opposite, are evidently
perpendicular to the plane of the drawing, and all horizontal right
lines on those two walls, are also perpendicular to that plane, and will
appear to tend towards a point immediately opposite to the eye. H. H. is
the horizontal line or level of sight; C the point opposite the eye, and
that point toward which all horizontal right lines on the walls, A & B,
appear to slant, though in reality they are perpendicular to the wall C.
The lines 1 & 2, where the ceiling and sidewalls meet, and 3 & 4, the
lower limit of the walls, as well as the horizontal lines of the door,
and its panels, are in that position, all perpendicular to the plane of
the opposite wall, and therefore to the plane of the drawing. The
effects of the drawing in different positions of the horizontal line,
should be carefully studied; if it be placed above the level of the eye,
and removed to the right or left, it will appear like this:


If below the level of the eye, it will assume a direction like this:


But placed to the right or left of the eye, on a perfect level, and
horizontal, it will appear thus:


If drawn from, and directly opposite to the eye, the end may appear

               A _point_ has position, but not magnitude.


  Fig. 7.

If a book, or block of wood, having a square base, be represented at
different distances, seen from a point in which its sides are oblique to
the plane of the picture, and seen from both points, under the same
circumstances in all respects, as regards surrounding objects, except
that the distance of the artist from the base line is much less in one
than the other, then it will appear as do figures 7 and 8.


  Fig. 8.

  A _surface_ has length and breadth only. A _solid_ has length,
    breadth, and


In figure 7 the distance from us is much greater than in figure 8, and
the vanishing point farther away. We will find the first the most
pleasing to the eye, although both are accurate. In these figures we
make the two oblique lines of the base equal in length, and our position
directly opposite the center perpendicular line. If we should change our
position further to the right, the left oblique line at the base would
apparently shorten, and _vice versa_.

In making a sketch from nature, the artist must choose a position that
will command the best view of the scene about to be placed on paper, and
from a standpoint that will secure the leading objects in the landscape
before you. Begin by sketching those _objects nearest you first_. The
reasons will be shown hereafter.

In attempting to make a “bird’s eye” view of buildings, where an
elevation cannot be obtained, it will be found somewhat difficult. We
can only mark down on the sketch-book what can be seen from the position
we occupy on the level with the objects before us, and imagine the
remainder. At the same time three things should be kept in view, the
perspective, the perpendicular lines, and proper elevation, in order to
give to our picture the appearance it would have if others viewed it
from the supposed point of observation as the sketcher.

The intention of the writer has been to touch upon all the points and
rules in drawing, and dwell upon each separately, and sufficient for a
person of ordinary ability, and a good many grains of continuity, to
make a sketch artist.

“It matters not what a man’s vocation may be, if he has the taste to
discern, and mind to esteem, the good and beautiful in nature and art,
an expression of refinement will be manifest in all that he undertakes.”

In this work I did not expect more than to take the first step toward
teaching to sketch from nature. An easy, rapid, and decided manner of
sketching is to be acquired only by practice. It is an acquisition
essential to excellence in all the other artistic qualities, to which it
serves as a basis. Having given you the necessary instruction, I will
now assist you in

=Selecting a Position.= Choose a point that will command a good view of
the scene, and prevent closer and more immediate objects from concealing
any portion of the remote distance; and though the height of the
horizontal line in this case may sometimes be more than half the height
of the paper, according to the elevation attained by the artist to
command the view. In this case the horizontal line is at about one-half
the height of the paper. It frequently occurs in making a sketch, that
the artist cannot place himself at the desired point for the best view.
In such case we will imagine a point above the highest object in the
foreground of the proposed sketch. That point may be on the land, or on
the water. The artist, with a knowledge of perspective and elevation in
view, may make a memorandum of the whole; but should he attempt to draw
it from the point he is compelled to see it, no one would recognize it
as a truthful representation. We regulate the whole by our knowledge of
perspective, as accurately as if we stood upon the very spot from which
we desired to be understood that the view was taken.

=In Making a Bird’s Eye View= of a village or city, the first thing to
be done is to get a plat, or outline, of the streets and blocks, and
mark them on the sketch-book in squares, (or rather diamond shape), each
line and cross line representing a street. Commence sketching _in_ the
buildings from the point chosen, which should be the one nearest the
business center, and where the best houses stand, or from a point where
you can secure the best material for a foreground, such as a stream of
water and bridge, or a forest, etc. Transfer each block to paper,
showing the fronts of one side and the rear of the buildings of the
other side, and so on through the entire row of blocks, when you return
to the place of starting, and go down the second row, always working
toward the vanishing point.

After you have gone over the entire city, and taken every building,
tree, and other objects of interest, and completed the sketch, you are
ready for working it up. Lay out the blocks and streets on drawing
paper, with pencil, in perspective, ruling from the vanishing point, the
center of the picture, toward the point of view, which enlarges the
objects of the foreground, and diminishes those in the distance.

In drawing _in_ the buildings, begin with the first house in the
foreground, drawing the roof lines, which should be parallel with the
lines of the street; next the gables, after which the corner lines,
which should be perpendicular to the drawing paper.

The drawing should be made first with pencil, and then in ink, with fine
pointed steel pen; for shading, use small camel hair brush and India

=Lights and Shades.= In a sketch it is found that mere outline is
insufficient to the representation of an object in relief; it cannot
give substance, nor define relative distances so as to maintain the
objects in their proper places. The matter of fact representation of the
breadth of a meridian light, and the same passage of landscape viewed
under the shades of evening, affects the feeling very differently. In
the latter, there is a charm which operates even upon minds least
susceptible of impressions from the beauties of nature. The general
principle acted upon by artists, is to dispose the lights and shades in
the manner best suited to the treatment they propose for their work.

There are two extremes of light and shade, and between these lie all
those half tints and reflected lights, and exquisite gradations of
shade, which must be so carefully placed in the drawing as to clearly
indicate the graceful curve of each individual petal, without in any way
destroying the roundness and breadth of a flower. The gradations of
shade are sometimes perplexing to the learner; but in this respect the
eye is a very safe guide. It requires no cultivated taste—not even any
great amount of critical observation—to see when an object which should
look perfectly round, appears flattened on the one side, or swell too
much on the other. The theory of foreground and middle distances and
background, has much to do with the principles of light and shade. It is
not the line of perspective alone which makes one portion of a picture
retreat, and another come forward.


In the drawing of a round object, apple or ball, the shades fall on the
concave part, and incline toward the side opposite to light. All shades
of objects in the same picture must fall the same way, or farthest from
the light. That part lying nearest to the light must receive the least
shade. This rule will be noticed in the face, folds of the drapery, etc.
Landscapes show the heaviest shades nearest us, the greater the distance
the lighter grows the picture. In clouds, the shades are the lightest
that are nearest the horizon, it being the greatest distance from us,
and those nearest the center of the picture the strongest.

                           COLORS in NATURE.


  Colors are merely sensations produced by the action of light on the
  nervous tissue of the retina, which covers the back of the eye.

There are Three Primary Colors in Nature, Blue, Red, and Yellow. From
these are formed, all the other beautiful tints which well up from the
bosom of the deep, glows in every flower, blossoms in the trees, and
sparkles in the dew drop; softly stealing from the moon and stars, and
written upon the blue arc of night. Red indicates anger, and sometimes
guilt. Blue is said to be true, but denotes melancholy and gloom. Yellow
indicates cautiousness and prudence, and reflects the most light of any,
after white.

Yellow-green is the color nature assumes at the falling of the leaf, and
this was worn in the days of chivalry, the emblem of despair. Green
denotes tranquility. In heraldry it is used to express liberty, love,
youth and beauty, and at one time all letters of grace were signed with

The color of all objects depend on the action of those bodies on the
light which fall upon them, the different rays of which they reflect,
either entirely, or only partially. The light of the sun, and the lights
used for illumination, gas, etc., seem to consist of an infinite number
of rays, of different color, and however widely they may be spread out
by the prism in the spectrum, can never be entirely separated, but
always form an even gradation of color, from red at one end of the
spectrum, through orange, yellow, green, etc., to purple at the other
end. Sir Isaac Newton divided the spectrum into seven parts, thinking he
could distinguish seven different colors, red, yellow, blue, orange,
green, indigo, and violet, which he called primary colors. Sir D.
Brewster showed that those colors which Newton considered simple were,
in reality, compound, and mixed up with a considerable proportion of
white light. He concludes from his experiments that there were but three
simple colors, red, yellow, and blue—by the mixing of which the other
colors were produced.

The principal advantages attending the choice of red, blue, and yellow,
as primary colors, are: That the choice seems to agree with the fact
that whenever a ray of white light has one of these three colors removed
by absorption, the remaining colors of the ray is that which would be
found by an equal mixture of the other two colors. And when a ray has
two of its primary colors removed, the remaining color of the ray is
that of the third primary color. The color which opposes the strongest
contrast to any primary color, is that secondary color, which is formed
of a mixture of the remaining two primaries, in such proportion as would
form with the first white light. This color is called its complimentary
color—colors being called complimentary to each other when they together
form white light. For instance, blue has for its complimentary color the
neutral secondary orange, formed of a mixture of red and yellow, and
this color gives the most vivid contrast that can be opposed to blue.
Green is the complimentary, and strongest contrasting color to red, and
red to green; and yellow the strongest contrast, and complimentary to
purple, and purple to yellow.

When the colors of the spectrum in a circle, in a perfect gradation all
around the circumference, and so that the three primaries, red, yellow
and blue, are at points in the circumference equal distance from each
other, the strongest contrast to any color will be found at a point on
the other side of the circle diametrically opposite to it. Thus, blue
will be found exactly opposite to orange, which will be intermediate
between red and yellow; and, in the same way, yellow-green will be found
exactly opposite purple-red, etc. Now, as red, blue and yellow are the
three primaries, and that all other colors are composed of mixtures of
these, let us decide which of the many different colors called reds,
yellows, and blues we are to consider as pure, and true primaries. A
pure _yellow_ has been decided upon; _chrome-yellow_ (No. 1), chromate
of zinc (citron yellow), or light cadmium. A mixture of any two bright
primaries will produce a bright secondary, and any admixture of the
third primary will make the secondary color produced much duller or
blacker. We consider that would be the purest blue which gave the
brightest green with yellow, at the same time that it gave the brightest
purple with a red, and it was decided that _cobalt blue_ was the pure
primary, which was blue with regard to the yellow chosen. It is obvious
that if the blue were a greenish blue, although it might give a very
bright green with yellow, it would give but a dull purple with the red.
The yellow contained in the blue, and which made it greenish, would
blacken or dirty the purple produced, but would not interfere with the
brightness of the green. We choose _carmine_ for the primary red as the
color which gives the brightest purple with cobalt blue, at the same
time that it gave the brightest orange with chrome yellow. Thus we have
chrome (No. 1), for yellow, cobalt for blue, and madder carmine for red.
These are the primaries.

Colored objects appear colored owing to their action on light. This
action consists in absorbing one or more of the different colored rays
which fall upon it, and reflecting the rest; and it is these reflected
rays that give the color to the object. Bodies which emit light are
called _luminous_, as the sun. Bodies which transmit light, and through
which objects can be distinguished, are called _transparent_, as water,
glass, etc. Bodies which transmit light, and not so as to permit objects
to be seen through them, are called _translucent_, as ground glass, etc.
Bodies which absorb or reflect all the rays of light, or transmit so few
rays that the eye does not perceive them, are called _opaque_, as wood,
metal, etc.

What we call a pure white object, such as chalk or white paper, appears
white by reflecting all the light which falls upon it, and is therefore
precisely the same color as the light which falls upon it. A pure black
object is one which _absorbs_ all the light which falls upon it, and
reflects _none_. Such an object will always appear black, whatever may
be the color of the light which falls upon it. Gray objects, (pale
black), absorb the three primary rays equally, or in equivalent
proportions, but not _entirely_, so that there is a certain portion of
the white light reflected unchanged. A pure green absorbs _all_ the red,
and reflects _all_ the yellow and blue. A pale but pure green absorbs
only _part_ of the red, and reflects the remainder of the red, together
with all the yellow and blue. A dull and blackish green is formed by the
absorption of all the red, and also part of the blue and yellow, and the
reflection of the remainder of the blue and yellow. The same rule will
apply in all cases of all other colored objects, except transparent
ones. Silks and satins of either color reflect light.

When three colored rays are mixed together in neutralizing proportions,
white light is produced. The easiest way of finding what are the
equivalent proportions of the primary colors is this: divide a circle of
paper into three equal parts, by lines drawn from the center to the
circumference. Paint one of these spaces with pure yellow, such as lemon
yellow, or the palest chrome yellow, and paint one of the remaining
spaces pure but weak blue, with cobalt, and the other space pure but
weak red, with madder carmine. Then try, by spinning the card rapidly on
a pivot, whether these colors neutralize each other, and if not, darken
that color that is deficient until the gray produced is neutral—that is,
of the color of lampblack mixed with white; and when this is the case,
the colors on the three spaces will be of the proper neutralizing
strength for equal spaces.

                        PEN AND PENCIL DRAWING,


                    BY AID OF THE TRANSFER PROCESS.

The art of transferring pictures from one paper to another is what few
understand. Many have drawings or engravings which they hold as valuable
keepsakes, and wish to preserve copies. The plan of duplicating almost
exactly a picture by the method given here, is original with the author
of this book, who has many a time found it valuable in getting perfect
the outlines of engravings, prints, and pictures of various kinds for
pen or crayon drawings. Penmen produce very fine specimens of pen
drawing, aided by the above process of copying; and although many a
novice in the art of pen drawing exhibits equally as good designs as
older professionals, they are, nevertheless, borrowed.

The paper used for transferring purposes is light tea paper, generally
found in a tea store, or on sale at paper stores.

=We Prepare it as follows=: Procure a piece of soft pine or cedar, and
burn to a coal, paste one side of the tea paper with it until quite
black, and you have a neat transfer sheet. (In choosing the wood be sure
and get soft white pine). Lay this black paper upon the white, where you
wish the drawing to be made, the dark side down; upon this lay the copy,
face up, and fasten the whole to the table with thumb tacks, to prevent
its moving around and changing the outlines. This done, go over the
whole with a tracer made of wood or ivory, with sufficient pressure to
carry the lines through to the paper underneath, following every outline
of the picture until the whole has been gone over. Lift the tracing
paper, and you have upon the sheet below the desired drawing, which you
now go over with pen or pencil. After this is done, rub the crayon from
off the picture with your handkerchief, and complete the shading with a
fine pointed steel pen or pencil, keeping the copy before you. Use
Spencerian Artistic Pen, Crow-quill, or Gillott’s No. 170.

                       THE USE OF THE PENTAGRAPH.

This is an instrument in four sections, so arranged that you can enlarge
or diminish in size, and copy a photograph, engraving, or any kind of
picture. It contains a screw to fasten it to the table, a small steel
needle to guide in the outlining, and a lead pencil to do the drawing.

=How to Use it.= Screw the Pentagraph to the table, with the needle
point to your left, upon the photograph, (which is fastened to the table
also), holding the end containing the pencil with the fingers, to the
right. With your eye on the photo, move the hand so that the needle
follows the outlines of the copy, and the pencil is producing the same
on your drawing paper at the right. In this way go over the entire
picture until you have a complete copy of the same. You may now shade
with pen or crayon to suit the wants of the copy.

The small screws on the bars near the figures, are used in adjusting it
to suit the size of picture required.


Another method of transferring pictures to paper is by the use of a
transparent paper, which is made by dissolving castor oil in absolute
alcohol, and applying the liquid to the paper with a brush or sponge.
The paper becomes dry as soon as the alcohol evaporates, which is almost
instantly. After which lay the paper on the picture you are about to
copy, and with a pencil follow the outlines of the picture until you
have gone over the whole. As soon as done immerse the paper in alcohol,
which will remove the oil, and restore the paper to its natural state.

                            PASTEL PAINTING,



  “Exactly in proportion as an artist is certain of his end, will he
  be swift and simple in his means; and as he is accurate and deep
  in his knowledge, will he be precise and refined in his


For the past few years a great improvement has been made in the
execution of portraits in black and colored crayons. Crayon painting is
much easier in its execution than oil painting, and pictures may be
completed at one sitting, owing to the fact that dry colors are used
instead of oil, which may easily be removed or changed at will, left and
resumed again at any time desired. In this department of art _crayon
takes the place of brush and paint_, in all the different places where
colors are used.

Crayon painting is said to have been practiced for a century or more
after it came into use, and during the past few years it has had a “big
run” in this country.

=Crayons, or Pastels=, can now be purchased by the box, in all varieties
of tint, each box containing a graduated series.

=The Paper= upon which the drawing or painting is made, is manufactured
for this purpose in such a manner that the texture becomes loosened and
forms a woolly surface, which assists the blending of the tints, and
receives the crayon.

As soon as a crayon picture is completed it will necessarily have to go
under glass, for so slightly tenacious is the crayon, in some places
where it may have been repeatedly applied with a view to brilliancy,
that it may be blown from the surface of the paper.

=Exposure to the Sun=, which may brighten pictures painted in oil, will
in a short time destroy the delicacy of crayon colors. They must also be
kept free from _moisture_ or _dampness_, as it is sure to _change the
color and produce spots_ on the face of a portrait, or the sky in a

=Colors.= The colors employed in pastel painting are about the same as
used in oil painting, with some exceptions. The best for crayon work are
the following:

Oxide of Zinc, White Chalk, Spanish White, Naples Yellow, Mineral
Yellow, Chromes, Cadmium Yellow, Gallstone, Soft Red Chalk, Chinese
Vermilion, Venetian Red, Chrome Red, Carmine, Lakes, Indigo, Prussian
Blue, Smalt, Cobalt, Terre Verte, Cobalt Green, Brunswick Green, all the
Greens from Copper, Green Oxide of Chromium, Lampblack, Umber, Ivory
Black, Blue Black, Black Chalk.

=Color of Paper.= In regard to the use of paper, any color may be used,
it being wholly a matter of taste with the artist.

_The prevailing colors_ are Blue, Drab, Grey, Straw, Buff, Olive and
Stone Colors.

_A yellowish tint_, you will find, produces the best results.

=Mounting the Picture.= Before commencing upon the drawing it must be
mounted upon a stretcher, after which, with a firm crayon, trace the
outlines, with either red, brown, or grey color. The beginner will find
the Pentagraph of excellent service for outlining where you are working
from a copy.

=Sketching in the Outlines.= This must be done lightly, in order that
the crayon does not enter into the texture of the paper, so as to render
the marks difficult to be superseded subsequently by the necessary
colors. When the outline is completed, the breadths are made out by
means of a brown crayon, and a stump, working for the degrees of shade.

=Applying the Crayon.= When the likeness is satisfactory in the sketch,
the complexion may be commenced on, beginning with the lights. The
whites, yellows, reds and greys must be worked in, and blended to an
imitation of the reality of nature. From the highest lights, proceed in
regular order to the deepest shades, and, in order to secure substance,
these must be put in equal in strength to nature; after which the middle
tones must be carefully blended, so as to unite the lights and shades by
imperceptible gradations. The markings must be definitely made out, and
the reflexes also, if there be any. As the fresher tints occur
principally in the lights, it would be well to keep the color rather
high, and of a warm tone, in order to reserve the brightest and most
effective tints till the last.

When all the tints have been laid in, and the head is in a satisfactory
state as to form, color and expression, then, with the finger, pass over
the whole, working and blending the colors in harmony. In this operation
the finger is used instead of a stump, and nothing else will answer
better. When this operation is concluded, the crayons will be again used
to bring up the colors, and tone to those of the life—to modify and
correct those which may require retouching.

Those parts which are heavy must be relieved, and those which may be too
cold or too warm, must be reduced to harmony. Working with the finger
will be found the most available method of managing the crayons.

Having laid in the tints, according to the natural complexion, it will
be necessary, before touching the work with the finger or blender, to be
certain that all are laid in the proper places; a little experience will
enable you to judge; there remains but little work for the fingers to
perform, and the less the colors are worked upon the more fresh and
transparent they will remain.

=Colors and the Composition of Tints.= The shades of flesh tints are
warm or cold, according to the warmth or coldness of the breadths of the
light. If the lights be of a healthy hue, the shades may be warm,
inclining to brown, mixed of various colors, broken with light red,
carmine, yellow, blue or grey. Some artists represent nature as violet
or green, in shade; but this is untrue and must be guarded against. It
is advisable generally to follow the Italian feeling of leaving the dark
passages warm. When the complexion is strong in color, the effect is
most agreeable; if worked without hardness, opacity or blackness. In
feminine portraits the work must be brought up to the utmost brilliancy
of color, by the brightest and freshest hues, composed of White, Naples
Yellow, Vermilion and Madder, mellowed with Yellows, or slightly purpled
with Lake or Carmine, according to the prevalent tint of the subject. In
the masculine subject the colors will be stronger, and the half-tints
more positive. Great care must be observed, lest the high and delicate
passages be soiled or stained. They must only be approached by, and
blended with, other shades at their extremities; and these shades are,
in most cases, half tints.

It will be clearly seen by the artist, that if the intermediate tint be
too cold, it must be treated with the reds or yellow; if too warm,
reduce by grey or blue. The lights and shades should be carefully
graduated, and harmony prevail throughout the work.

=Backgrounds.=—For backgrounds there is no established rule; a head may
be relieved by a light, or dark background, either producing good
effect. A dark background is not always suitable for female loveliness.

Backgrounds are not to be rubbed in mechanically, with the idea that any
dark shade will relieve any light, or that any middle tint will suffice.
As a general rule, the background around the head should be lower in
tone than the half tints of the face, and lighter than the shades—to
disengage the head.

Where the paper becomes greasy or glazed by the too frequent application
of the pastel, or the finger, it may be necessary to rub it with pumice
pounce, or with cuttle-fish, lightly.

If the paper stretches by constant pressure on it, you can remedy it by
wetting the back with a light solution of alum water.

                           LANDSCAPE PAINTING
                             CRAYON COLORS.

The crayons used are much harder than the soft kind required in
portraits; they are manufactured expressly for landscapes, and resemble
firm chalk. The following is a list of the most useful crayons: White,
Italian chalk; straw colors and light yellow, blue, grey, vermilion and
Indian reds; blacks, conte crayons Nos. 1, 2 and 3. The white Italian
chalk is used both for light touches and blending all the other crayons
into which it may be worked.

The black conte chalks are also of the utmost importance; Nos. 1 and 2,
the harder degrees, are used for outlining, and the softest degree, No.
3, may be blended with many colors to reduce their tones.

=The Paper.= The paper must be a good quality of drawing paper, such as
will take the crayon, and it must supply a good middle tint, as the
color of the paper appears through almost every passage of the finished
work. A soft paper of a low-toned olive tint, which has been found by
long experience to be better adapted than any other for landscape
drawing, as affording an agreeable neutral, upon which warm or cold
tones, lights or shadows, may be placed with the best effect.

=Arranging the Paper.= Attach the paper to a drawing-board with thumb
tacks, in order that it may be kept smooth and level while the _flat
tints_ are rubbed in. It is well to select paper some larger than your
design, so as to give the picture a margin.

=The Drawing.= With conte crayon No. 1 the design must be outlined,
showing enough of the objects to guide you in the _flat tints_ of the
sky and distances.


The difference in the crayons used in portrait and those in landscape
painting is, that the latter is much harder, which is essential, as will
be seen when applied to the paper. The breadths of the composition are
not laid by working with the point of the crayon, but a part of the
crayon, sufficient for the purpose required, is broken off and applied
flat to the paper. Work it lightly over those parts of the drawing that
it is desired to tint, and the lightness of the tint is derived from the
hardness of the crayon, which is “bitten” by the surface of the paper,
and leaves on it a quantity of the color. This tint is rubbed vigorously
with the fingers, so as to work the colors well with the texture of the
paper; as the operation leaves but little color these tintings are
repeated until the necessary strength of tone is obtained, varying and
blending the colors by working them into each other from different
directions with the fingers, as the subject may require; _draw the
remote forms_ with pieces of crayon, held flat or lengthwise. Blend the
tints in and repeat where necessary. The distant ridges of the mountains
being made out, the middle distance and the nearer objects are
approached by the nearer tints; still drawing with broken pieces of
crayon, working obliquely or otherwise. The black conte Nos. 1 and 2,
are used in the near parts of the picture; all the striking features of
the foreground, such as trees, rocks and buildings, are drawn, and the
material used in the manner described. When any fine lines are
necessary, they are not made with the crayon cut to a point, but by the
sharp edges of the fracture of the crayon.

=Using the Colors.= Each object having been drawn in with the conte, it
is now tinted or colored by working over the black markings with the
necessary colors. It is like the operation of glazing in oil painting,
as under the light lines of the tracing of the colored crayon the conte
drawing is still visible. By blending and again drawing with conte, and
again glazing as often as may be necessary, we approach the finish of
the picture, which is completed by sharp touches of light put in with
sharp points of the broken ends of colored crayon. The color should be
used sparingly, and the black chalk should appear prominent in the
drawing. Do not rub in the colors in finishing or you destroy the
effect. The beauty of the work depends upon the paper being perceptible
through the final finish. Any markings too sharp, may be worked down by
the finger or _blender_. These retouchings are repeated until the
desired effect be obtained.

As crayon painting is liable to become changed or removed, even by
blowing upon it, we must present some method whereby it can be fixed

=Fixing the Drawing.= Infuse an ounce and a half of isin-glass in five
ounces distilled vinegar twenty-four hours; add to this one quart of hot
water, keep at a light heat, stir often until the isin-glass is
dissolved, when you filter it through paper; pour it into a bottle with
the same quantity spirits of wine, shake a few minutes and you have the
fixatif ready.

Place the picture face down (avoid having the colors touch anything),
and apply the liquid to the back with a brush until it has penetrated
through to the crayon and all the colors become moistened and bright.
The first application will penetrate very quick. After this apply
another with great care and evenness, and not so plentiful as at first.
When done lay it with face up until dry. The picture is now completed.
After this process of fixing the colors, they can be cleaned any time
without injury to the painting.

                     MATERIALS FOR PASTEL DRAWING.


  Crayons, square black conte, Nos. 1, 2, and 3. Square white, red,
  and grey, Nos. 1, 2, and 3.

  Round black conte. Nos. 1, 2, and 3.

  Round white and red crayons.

  Conte crayon pencils in wood, Nos. 1, 2, and 3.

  Charcoal in sticks.

  Hard and soft pastel, containing 130 shades.

  Crayon holders. (Brass and German silver.)

                         PREPARED PASTEL PAPER.

  Royal, super-royal, double elephant, colombier.

                              STUMPS USED.

  Chamois skin, cork, paper, (grey).


                             FOR DOING THE
                         MONOCHROMATIC DRAWING.


Take pasteboard or drawing paper, size with isin-glass, or paint with
pure white lead. When thoroughly dried, smooth it down with sand-paper,
and paint again. Before this coat is perfectly dry, sift upon it
pulverized white marble, through muslin. When dry, shake off the loose
marble that remains. Monochromatic board can be found already prepared
at the book stores, where artist materials are kept. The materials
needed for this work are a thin-blade knife, crayons, fine sponge,
pencil, cork, rubber, blender, &c. Commence painting with the dark
shades first, and blend gradually into the light. For very dark shades,
rub the crayon directly upon the surface with a light hand, and blend
off carefully. Paint the sky first, as in water colors. It is well to
shade distant mountains _very light_ at first, and be sure to have the
edges soft and faint. For water, scrape some black crayon into a powder,
and lay it on your board with the blender, working it horizontally,
making the lights and shades stronger as it comes nearer. Use the
pen-knife for making sharp lights. Dark subjects work to the best
advantage, such as moonlight scenes on the water, old ruins, etc. The
foliage requires a great deal of attention in showing it up. Draw in the
figures last. One familiar with crayon or pencil drawing can acquire
this branch of art very easily.

                             WATER COLORS.


In this branch of fine art we will avoid all preliminary remarks in
regard to its advantages, and direct you at once to the method of
treating it, in as clear and comprehensible a manner as possible, and at
the same time omit nothing that will in any way facilitate the progress
of the learner.


Arrange the paper for the painting, after sponging it, by stretching
upon a drawing board, and then turn to the mixing of the colors.


                  Colors Used for Skies and Distances.

FOR BLUE OF SKY.—Cobalt Blue, lowered with Pink Madder and Gamboge, to
the hue required. Ochre may be substituted for Gamboge.

CLOUDS.—The same mixed so as to form a variety of warm and cool pearly

FOR EXTREME DISTANCE.—Cobalt and Venetian Red.

FOR LOCAL TINTS.—Blend the colors so that the tints produced may incline
toward yellow, red, or any tint required.

FOR MIDDLE TINTS, use Indigo, Pink Madder and Ochre on the same
principle for the light parts, and Indigo, Pink Madder and Gamboge for
shady portions.

SETTING SUN.—Use Yellow Ochre and Pink Madder, or Venetian Red and
Yellow Ochre; sometimes Vermilion and Gamboge or Indian Yellow in small
proportions, when a strong effect is to be given.

TREES.—In painting trees use Indigo, Burnt Sienna and Gamboge. These
colors will make tints for the light; Indigo mixed with Vandyke Brown
becomes a fine deep grey, of a green hue. Purple Lake may be added when
you want the tint more neutral.

FOREGROUND.—Green in foreground is made by mixing Sepia with Olive Green
in the shade, and Olive Green and Burnt Sienna in the lighter parts. A
light transparent yellow, raw Sienna or Italian Pink may be carried over
the foreground where herbage is to be represented, when a bright sunny
effect is desirable to give fullness and richness to the colors that
come afterward; it also answers for high lights upon leaves, and the
brilliant specks which are left sharp. Indigo, Indian Red and Ochre for
the ashy grey of loam; Burnt Umber alone, or mixed with Burnt Sienna,
pure Ochre, and Ochre mixed with Sepia alone, and mixed with Purple Lake
for dark parts; also, Vandyke Brown and Purple Lake, or pure Brown
Madder for very dark touches.

Indigo, mixed with Gamboge, makes a cold green well suited to dark
leaves; Purple Lake may be added for cool reflected lights; Indian Red
mixed with Indigo to a pale tint for willow leaves or foliage stained
with dirt, or for the grey back of a leaf.

These cold greys and greens are of great value in foregrounds to repeat
the cool greys and cold lights of the sky in pictures composed of much
warm color in the middle distance, as midday effects, sunsets, etc. The
foreground should show a great deal of relief, distinctness and accuracy
in the drawing of these small objects which are particularly marked, but
are merged into masses when further removed. With regard to _roads_ in
your painting, Yellow Ochre, mixed with Burnt Sienna, and lowered with
Indian Red and Indigo. Indigo and Brown Madder being transparent colors,
will allow a wash of Cobalt Blue and Pink Madder to alter the hue
without danger of opacity.

WATER.—The same as for clouds, blended with the local color of the water
(greenish) and with the reflected objects.

DARK SEA is indicated by combining Indigo, Vandyke Brown and Lake.

DARK SKY.—Indigo, mixed with Pink Madder and Gamboge.

IN BRICK WORK.—Mix Ochre with French Blue and Indian Red, Indigo and
Venetian Red, Ochre and Pink Madder for bright part of brick work. When
the color is more of red, Vermilion may be used, with caution, and in
small quantities for lights. For shades, mix Sepia and Purple Lake, or
Sepia and Indian Red; Sepia alone is used for light shadows from trees.

We will now paint a landscape, the foreground composed of rocks lying
near and dividing a stream of water from a road; the margin of the river
skirted by trees; beyond a range of hills, and still beyond another
range of mountains with high points extending above all else; cattle
standing at the foot; flock of sheep coming along the road, cottage,

=Direction.= Cover the entire surface of your board with a tint of
Yellow Ochre of moderate strength; when this is dry a tint is formed
from the mixture of Cobalt Blue and Pink Madder, the blue predominating;
use it in a very diluted state, on the side whence the sun is supposed
to shine, graduating the tint as the opposite part of the sky is
approached, so that the ether may appear of a clear and rather strong
color; the lights of the cloud to be left, and care to be taken to
diminish the strength of the tint in the lower part of the sky. The same
tint may be carried over the mountains, leaving small, brilliant lights
if there be any.

A wash of Pink Madder and Ochre, or Venetian Red and Ochre may be given
to the lights on the clouds, afterwards they may receive their middle
tint, composed of Pink Madder, Yellow Ochre and Cobalt Blue.

THE CLOUDS may be finished by shading with Cobalt Blue and Venetian Red;
the water should receive its tints at this time; any very bright lights
should be left. Clouds that are darker than the ether, lay on with
Venetian Red and Ochre. If the clouds are meant to show lighter than the
blue of the sky, they should be left. Mix in one dish Ochre and Pink
Madder with more strength than the sky tints; and in another Cobalt,
Pink Madder and Gamboge, with as much strength as possible, so that it
will work freely. Having the brush charged with the first paint, proceed
to lay in the light parts of the mountains, varying the color by the
addition of Cobalt Blue where a greenish line is wanted, Pink Madder
where the granite prevails. Now, with a brush filled from the other
saucer, lay in the shady parts, varying the colors. These opposite tints
of light and shade should be made to blend imperceptibly where they
meet. Indigo, Pink Madder and Gamboge, mixed, will be found useful for
dark touches in shadows, and Cobalt mixed with Indian Red may be used
for the same purpose in the lights.

FOR THE HILLS, mix Indigo and Yellow Ochre, so as to make a light green;
lay in the light parts with this, adding Ochre when a brighter and
warmer light is to be expressed, and Pink Madder when the surface is
broken by rock. Any bright projecting rocks may receive a touch of
Yellow Ochre and Indian Red, mixed. A few broad touches will bring this
sufficiently forward; they may be given with a brown, produced by the
mixture of Indigo, Purple Lake and Gamboge, inclining to Orange or

THE TREES, skirting the stream, should be covered at the same time with
the first and lightest tint, varied in the same way and brought into the
water, leaving a sharp strip of light at the edge for a bank or path.
Any very light stems of trees should be left. When this has become quite
dry lay in the trees with Gamboge, Burnt Sienna and Indigo, mixed, for
the light; Purple Lake, mixed with Indigo and Gamboge, for stems;
stronger and browner for dark touches. The rocky masses lying in the
water near the promontory may be covered by a tint of Indigo and Brown
Madder, mixed; a little Olive Green will vary the tint, if a greenish
hue is wanted. Gamboge, mixed with Indigo to a light green, and varied
with Purple Lake and Indigo, will serve for the parts of the rising
ground seen through the branches of the trees, which may receive a tint
of Indigo mixed with Burnt Sienna and Olive Green.

THE FOREGROUND may be laid in with Indian Red, mixed with Yellow Ochre,
and broken by Sepia or Indigo; shadows across the road may be rendered
by washes of Indigo mixed with Brown Madder, and Lampblack mixed with
Purple Lake for cool slate colored rocks in shade.

Birch trees should be covered with a tint of Indian Yellow and Burnt
Sienna, and shaded with Brown Madder and Indigo mixed, or Sepia and
Purple Lake. _Bring out the stems_ by dark touches of Vandyke Brown
mixed with Purple Lake, in shade. The dark greens about the foreground
should be composed of Sepia and Indian Yellow. The figures in the
landscape may have some red in the drapery; the sheep, a little Yellow
Ochre. In mixing the colors always incline towards warmth, because a
little more coolness and atmosphere may be given by a wash of Cobalt
Blue mixed with Pink Madder or Indian Red. Reflections in water should
be painted similar in hue to the objects, but lower in tone and more
transparent. Large stems of trees may be colored effectively by applying
varied greys, browns (made by a mixture of Indian Red, French Blue and
Ochre), for light sides, leaving any very bright features shown in the
bark. Brown Madder and Brown Pink, and sometimes Vandyke Brown mixed
with Indian Lake, will be found of service for markings. When laying on
the blue in the sky, be careful to leave the shape of the light parts of
the clouds, then with another brush wash in the middle tint and suffer
it to blend with the blue on the shady side of the cloud. Add a little
Venetian Red, as the tint is carried down to the horizon; mix more
Cobalt for distance. Give a first color to the road and cottage; pure
Yellow Ochre for the light of the plaster, with white paper left, and
with very small portions; the shade, Sepia or Brown Madder, mixed with
Indigo; the hedge by the cottage, brown-pink, olive-green, mixed with
Burnt Sienna.

WHEN THE DRAWING IS DRY, begin with the sky, and heighten or subdue as
seems best; give the shade to the clouds, taking care that the
indications of shadow, and feature generally, grow lighter the nearer
they come to the horizon; the country is distinguished from the sky by
outline—a dark touch of blue in the shadows, from the clouds. Dark
touches on the roof, chimneys and windows of the cottage, will give it
relief from the sky, and give distance to the small objects; they may be
made with Vandyke Brown, mixed with Purple Lake. Brown-pink, mixed with
Purple Lake, gives a very dark transparency to water.

FOR MOONLIGHT SCENES, _wash in_ the general effect of sky with Burnt
Umber, mixed with Cobalt Blue and Pink Madder, and Cobalt Blue for dark
clouds and distances; Indigo, mixed with Vandyke Brown and Pink Madder,
for the general landscape. The learner, before commencing at once upon a
landscape, will do well to practice upon blending colors; commencing
with Cobalt Blue and Pink Madder you will produce a purple; add Gamboge,
the purple will be grey, etc. In the combination of the following
colors, a great variety of tones adapted to skies and distance may be
found: Sepia and Gamboge, Sepia and Indian Yellow, Sepia and Italian
Pink, Lampblack and Indian Yellow. Chinese White is of service when
tinted paper is used for sketches.

IN SELECTING THE PAPER it should be as natural as possible, either cool
or warm in hue, according to the effect intended. The tint may serve as
middle tint in light of buildings, stems of trees, banks, etc. Cold
pressed imperial paper is the best for landscape. There are several
other kinds of paper which are used, such as Whatman’s extra thick, of
140 lbs. to the ream; or Creswick paper, if white; or pale cream color,
are good; but if much opaque color is used in the picture, any common
paper will do, especially if of a warm grey or brownish color; and very
good pictures are painted on the ordinary brown paper used for wrapping.
The most convenient form of paper for sketching in the outlines of a
scene is that made up in blocks or tablets.

BRUSHES should come to a fine point of their own accord, and not bulge
out in the middle. Sables are the best for general use. The brushes
necessary are two or three red Sable, or goose quill size, and a black
Sable of large swan-quill size for flat washes; or where these are too
high price for the beginner, a large swan-quill French camel’s hair with
good points. Do not allow the color to dry on them, or they are spoiled;
but wash as soon as used and allow them to dry with the hair in its
natural position.

OTHER MATERIALS, such as a drawing-board, a sponge, an HH pencil for
outlining, India-rubber, a sharp penknife for mixing up opaque colors
with Chinese White, a tin water-bottle to hold water when sketching,
prepared ox-gall to use in small quantities where the paper is greasy or
woolly, a quill pen, will also be found useful.


THE COLORS USED ARE Indigo, French Blue, Cobalt Blue, Purple Lake,
Indian Red, Indian Lake, Pink Madder, Indian Yellow, Gamboge, Yellow
Ochre, Vandyke Brown, Brown Madder, Sepia, Burnt Sienna, Venetian Red,
Olive Green, Brown Pink, Vermilion. One of the principal points in which
water-color painting differs from oil, is the laying on of the flat
tints by means of washes.

                               THE ART OF
                           LANDSCAPE PAINTING
                              OIL COLORS.


No doubt you are sufficiently acquainted with the general principles of
Drawing and Perspective at the time you reach this branch of art work,
as to be able to apply them with facility and certainty to the
representation, in outline, of a given view or subject. The rules here
laid down will place within your reach the power of securing to yourself
one of the most delightful and agreeable of accomplishments.

In the production of a painting in Oil Colors, there are certain modes
of operation, in introducing a beginner to the practice of the art, the
operations are distinguished by the technical names of glazing,
impasting, scrumbling, and handling.

A GLAZE is a thin transparent film of color, laid upon another color to
modify the tone, or to aid the effect of the latter, the work thereby
appearing distinctly through the layer of glaze, from which it receives
a characteristic hue. This process of glazing is effected by diluting
proper transparent color with megilp, or other suitable vehicle. Thus
diluted, these colors are laid upon portions of the work, either in
broad flat tints, or in touches, partially and judiciously distributed.
The object is to strengthen shadows, and give warmth or coldness to
their hue, to subdue lights that are unduly obtrusive, or to give
additional color and tone to those that are deficient in force and

IMPASTING. In oil painting, the dark shadows, or dark portions of the
picture, are painted thinly, while the lights are laid on, or
“impasted,” with a full pencil and a stiff color. In the lights of the
foreground, and of parts not intended to be remote or to “retire,” the
impasting should be bold and free; while in the more brilliant lights it
cannot well be too solid. The palette knife has always been a favorite
instrument of this “impasting,” or laying on of color, capable as it is
of producing an agreeable brightness on, and of giving an appropriate
flatness to, the pigment. A clear and appropriate tint, skillfully swept
across a sky by these means, often produce a brilliant and charming
effect which is surprising.

SCRUMBLING, the opposite process to that of glazing, is done by going
lightly over the work with an opaque tint, generally produced by an
admixture of white. For this purpose a hog-hair brush is used, charged
with color but sparingly, and with it the tints are drawn very thinly,
and somewhat loosely, over the previous painting, which should, as in
the case of glazing, be dry and firm.

The judicious combination of glazing and scrumbling will produce
richness, brilliancy and transparency.

HANDLING. By “handling” is meant the mechanical use of the pencil or
brush, exhibiting the artist’s power of adopting certain modes and
processes in the expression and representation of the different textures
of objects, such as foliage, wood, water, etc.

LIGHT. The position of a painter at his easel should be such that his
work may receive the light from his left, falling upon it only from the
upper part of the window of his room, the lower part being darkened by a
piece of green baize. A light proceeding from the north is the best, it
being most uniform through the day.

The first thing to be done in painting a landscape is to select a canvas
of moderate size, let the design be drawn upon it with a firm and well
defined outline. This being done, tint the lower part of the canvas in a
clear, warm tone with a mixture of Yellow Ochre and Venetian Red, or
with a pale hue of Burnt Sienna, in water colors, mixed with a little
ox-gall to make it adhere to the oil ground.


The upper, or sky part of the canvas, being left clear, commence the
work lightly about where the horizon will appear, and gradually
strengthen the tint as you descend. The sketch being laid in, the
painting of the picture may now be commenced.

Have near your easel a slab of ground glass, on which you can prepare
your tints to a proper consistency or hue. A set of tints, of the hue of
the sky, and for the distances, is now mixed, and you commence with the
blue of the sky, working downwards, and securing a proper gradation of
color; then follow the distances, mountains, &c. This being done, the
work is left to dry. The mode of applying the color to the canvas is
chiefly by touches, or pats of the brush in succession, from left to
right. The color should be tempered with a proper quantity of vehicle,
that it may work crisply, and above all, that it may be laid sparingly
upon the canvas.

Short hair brushes are best adapted to painting with little color. In
laying on, or “impasting” the lights, the brushes should be rather
longer than those used for general painting—such a brush will yield the
color more readily. Unless the colors be allowed to harden between the
first and second painting, also between the second and third, they will
be liable to be rubbed off by the application of the oils and glazing
used in the after painting.

When the first painting is dry, the picture should have a damp cloth
passed over its surface. Being then wiped dry, let it be rubbed over
with a small portion of poppy oil, for this makes the after painting
unite with the first. It is a mere moistening of the surface that is
required—no excess of oil to remain. All that is not necessary should be
removed by the moderate application of a piece of silk or linen.

In the second painting we advance by giving more attention to the
details of various objects; their drawing, light and shade, reflected
hues, and various tints in coloring are more elaborately made out; the
relative distances of objects from the eye are most carefully preserved,
and the shadows, which are yet painted thinly and transparently, are
carefully united, with half-tints, so as to produce a roundness.

The third, or finished painting, is commenced by wiping and oiling the
picture in the manner before described as necessary for the second
painting. We then proceed to complete the details of form and color,
which were brought forward in the former painting, employing for this
purpose delicate touches of glazing and scrambling alternately, not to
conceal, but improve and render as perfect as possible what has already
been done. Sharp, vigorous touches where the markings of the details
require them. These touches must be made with freedom and decision, or
they fail in producing the desired effect. They should be of a warm
tone, not cold—not grey. In this stage of the work do not attempt too
much at one sitting. It is best to allow the colors to dry gently, and
to repeat the operation when necessary.

Lastly, a mode of aiding the finish is by passing over a portion of the
work with light, delicate tones, which are left only on the projecting
touches of texture objects.

                            MATERIALS USED.

Many of the pigments which change color by the action of impure air, and
are, therefore, useless in water-color painting, may, nevertheless, be
safely used in oil painting; for this reason: In water color the powder
colors are mixed with only just enough of some binding cement (called a
_vehicle_), such as gum, size, sugar, etc., to prevent their being
easily rubbed off the paper, and are, therefore, freely exposed to the
action of the atmosphere, or of the colors with which they may be mixed;
but in oil colors the powder colors are ground up in oil, so prepared as
to oxidise rapidly in the air into a kind of impermeable leathery resin,
which, completely enveloping each particle of color, effectually
protects it, not only from the action of impure air, but also of
neighboring particles of different colors. And it thus happens that
pigments may be used in oils with tolerable safety which in water color
might turn black in a few days. Indeed, the white which we invariably
use in oils—flake white—is certainly one of the most unstable of colors
in water colors; and nearly the same may be said of the chrome yellow,
Naples yellow, emerald green, etc.

The colors named below will be found a useful set:

                          Flake White,
                          Prussian Blue,
                          Yellow Ochre,
                          Carmine (in Powder)*
                          Indian Red,
                          Lamp Black*
                          Cappagh Brown,
                          Raw Sienna,
                          Cadmium Yellow*
                          Rose Madder*
                          Emerald Green*
                          Cobalt Blue,
                          Madder Brown*
                          Burnt Sienna,
                          Pale Cadmium Yellow*
                          Indian Yellow*

The colors marked with an asterisk do not dry quickly, except when mixed
with much flake-white. To these it is necessary to add a very little
_drier_—a mixture of sugar of lead and boiled oil.

BRUSHES.—After the colors, the brushes are the most important part of
the artist’s materials. Flat hog’s-hair brushes are the most useful for
general purposes. These should have polished handles, and the hairs
should not straggle at the point, but keep together, so as to form a
straight, thin edge. The small sizes are most convenient when made very
short and very thin in the hair, it being difficult to make the
long-haired ones keep together at the point. For fine touches, sable
brushes are the most convenient, some flat and some round; the former
thin and short-haired, the latter coming to a fine point.

Badger’s-hair softeners are used, as their name implies, to soften broad
tints in skies, etc., but require the greatest caution in their use, or
they will certainly produce a disagreeable “woolliness,” or smudginess.
They are made with the hair radiating, or spreading out, towards the
point, and are used by dabbing or jobbing them lightly over the work,
and should always be used clean and dry.

The brushes should always be cleaned as soon as they are done with for
the day. The easiest way is to rinse them in a little spirits of
turpentine, and, after drying them on a rag, wash them out clean by
rubbing them in the palm of the hand with thick soap and water, and then
rinsing them in clean water, and allowing them to dry with the hair in
its proper position. It happens sometimes that, leaving off in a hurry,
one has no time to wash out the brushes carefully. In that case they may
be laid by for a few days, dirty as they are, with their ends under
water. The paint will keep under water without drying.

CANVAS.—This is the best material for painting upon. It is sold ready
stretched on frames, and is kept of all sizes at the artists’ color

PREPARED PAPER is perhaps the most convenient material for the beginner,
occupying so very little space when the picture is dry. It must be
fastened, when in use, to a board by means of drawing-pins. It is also
kept bound up into blocks, like those used for water-color sketching,
and this is, perhaps, the most convenient form in which to buy it,
though not the cheapest.

MILLBOARDS seem to me to possess no advantage over paper, and are very
heavy, and liable to break at the corners.

PANELS are heavy and rather bulky, but are peculiarly well adapted for
works requiring high finish.

PALETTES are usually made of mahogany or satin wood. The latter are the
best, the colors being better seen on the lighter colored wood. The
rectangular shape is the most convenient, and packs best into the lid of
a color-box. A wooden palette should have plenty of raw linseed oil
rubbed into it before being used, and be allowed to dry. This will
prevent the colors sinking into the wood and staining.

A DIPPER is a small tin cup made to fix by sliding on to the palette, to
contain oil, turpentine, varnish, or any other vehicle used.

THE REST STICK is used to rest the right hand upon, while painting those
parts of the picture that require great steadiness and care. It should
be as stiff and as light as possible, and is held in the same hand as
the palette.

PALETTE-KNIVES are necessary implements for mixing and manipulating the
colors on the palette. It is convenient to have two of different

EASELS are inconvenient usually in proportion to their cheapness. They
should be tolerably firm and heavy, and should allow the picture to be
raised easily and quickly.

VEHICLE is the diluent used to temper and thin the colors for the
purpose of bringing them to a proper state. Linseed oil, rendered drying
by boiling with certain metallic oxides, is the vehicle generally used.
Drying oil should dry quite free from stickiness in two or three days,
in ordinary weather. Copal varnish is also an excellent vehicle, but
dries so rapidly that it will not do where the colors require
considerable manipulation with the brush—as in skies and broad tints
generally. Colors used with varnish will require frequent thinning with
spirit of turpentine. Megilp is a most pleasant vehicle to use; so
pleasant, indeed, that one is apt to use far too much of it. It is made
by mixing strong mastic varnish with drying oil.

The beginner should bear in mind that all oils and varnishes have a
strong tendency to turn dark brown with age, and should therefore learn
to use _as little as possible_; indeed, the colors, as generally sold,
are ground with sufficient oil for use with a hog’s-hair brush; and it
is only where greater freedom is required, and when using sable brushes,
that an addition of vehicle is of use. It is absolutely necessary,
however, in the process called “glazing,” which is where a transparent
color is rubbed thinly over parts of the picture, the general tone or
color of which it is desirable to modify. And in this case, too, as
little vehicle as possible should be employed.

                              MIXED TINTS.

The following are given as examples of some of the tints that may be
obtained by mixture of the more important colors.

_Rose Madder and Cobalt._ With these colors a variety of delicate tints
of great purity and permanence may be produced; of general use in
distances, skies, water, etc.

_Yellow Ochre, Rose Madder, and Cobalt._ Being made up of the three
primaries, are duller or greyer, but will produce a greater variety. Of
use in distances, middle distance, etc.

_Vandyke Brown and Cobalt_, _Brown Madder and Cobalt_. Of use in the
same cases as the last. Good for middle distance foliage.

_Yellow Ochre and Orange Vermilion._ Of great use in obtaining warm,
sunny effects in distances, skies, clouds, and for brilliant tints in
foregrounds. Will give beautiful flesh tints with Chinese white.

_Yellow Ochre and Prussian Blue._ Pleasant, cool, greyish-greens may be
produced with these colors; especially useful in middle distance trees.
May be saddened with black or Vandyke brown.

_Rose Madder and Prussian Blue._ A variety of useful and permanent sober
greys and purples may be thus obtained. Of great use in cloudy skies and
distances, etc.

_Vandyke Brown and Prussian Blue._ Useful in the same cases as yellow
ochre and Prussian blue.

_Vandyke Brown and Yellow Ochre._ Gives good tints for earth, etc., in

_Vandyke Brown and Gamboge_, _Vandyke Brown, Gamboge, and Prussian
Blue_. Give colors of the greatest use for foreground and middle
distance foliage.

_Burnt Sienna and Carmine_, _Gamboge and Burnt Sienna_. Warm, rich,
transparent colors. Of use in autumnal foliage, and for bright tints in
foregrounds, such as the shading of draperies, etc., and cattle, birds,
and flowers; in fact, in all cases where very rich transparent color is

_Burnt Sienna, Gamboge, and Prussian Blue._ Of the greatest use for
foreground and middle distance foliage.

_Burnt Sienna and Yellow Ochre._ Useful for the same purposes as Vandyke
brown and yellow ochre.

_Raw Sienna, Carmine, and Prussian Blue._ With these three colors an
immense number of beautiful transparent greys and browns may be
obtained, useful in all kinds of foreground shadows.

_Burnt Sienna and Cobalt._ For distant and middle distant foliage.

_Carmine and Prussian Blue_, _Carmine and French Ultramarine_. Whenever
brilliant and transparent purples of great depth are required in

_Indian Red and Cobalt_, _Indian Red and Prussian Blue_. Useful in the
same cases as rose madder and Prussian blue.

_Raw Sienna, Madder Lake, and Cobalt._ Give quiet, semitransparent greys
for middle distances, cloudy skies, etc.

_Carmine and Gamboge._ For transparent deep oranges and reds in

_Emerald Green and Gamboge._ May be sparingly used where very bright
greens are required in foreground foliage.

_Orange Vermilion and Cadmium Yellow._ Safe colors to use for all very
vivid oranges.

_Lamp Black and Cobalt_, _Lamp Black and Gamboge_. Illustrate the use of
lamp black in saddening other colors. The most beautiful greys may be
thus obtained. Of universal use, whether for foregrounds, distances, or

                          OIL-PHOTO MINIATURE.

                             CALLED BY SOME


                            IMPROVED METHOD.

When the photograph you desire to color is mounted on a card, first
immerse it in _boiling hot water_. This will soften the paste, and in a
short time the print may be lifted from the mount. Do not hurry, but
give the print a thorough soaking before trying to lift it from the
card, and always use great care to avoid tearing the photograph. Rinse
the picture in cold water to clean it from the paste and coloring matter
that may adhere to it from the card. Let it remain in the vessel of
clear water until ready for mounting on the glass. Prepare a little thin
starch paste, as follows. Amylum (Refined Corn Starch) a teaspoonful,
cold water 2 ounces, or nitrate strontium ⅛ ounce; stir till dissolved,
then bring it to a boil, stirring constantly.

Have the starch paste _thin_ and strain it through fine muslin. Having
cleaned your Convex Glass _thoroughly_ with alcohol and a piece of
cotton batting, take the photograph and blot off the surplus water.
Paste the face of the print and the concave or hollow side of the
cleaned glass with your starch, being very careful to cover both the
print and glass smoothly. A wide bristle brush is most suitable for this
work. Lay the print on the glass, the prepared surfaces together, and
proceed carefully to work the bubbles out with your fingers, after which
lay two or three thicknesses of tissue paper on the print, and with an
ivory paper-knife, or flat stick, with curve about the same as the
concave surface of the glass, work the print down to the glass, forcing
out all the air. Work from the centre of the glass toward the edges, and
with great care, using very light pressure to avoid breaking the glass.
The mounting of the print should be done quickly, as the paste dries
very fast. If any bubbles should remain, prick them through with a
fine-pointed needle and rub over with the ivory knife. After mounting
the picture on the glass allow it to dry thoroughly. Now fill the
concave or hollow side of the glass having the picture on, with Castor
Oil three parts, Oil Lavender one part. Allow the oil to remain until
the photograph is transparent; this will take from three to twelve
hours. When perfectly transparent, pour off the oil and wipe with a fine
sponge until nearly dry. Your picture is now ready for painting.

The colors applied directly to the photograph are those that need no
blending—such as the eyes, lips, jewelry, light ribbons, flower
ornaments and neck-tie. Edges of ruffles and embroidery should also be
touched up on the photograph. When you have finished coloring the
picture on the first glass, pour Glycerine over it, being careful to
cover the surface thoroughly. Drain off and then put the other convex
glass to the back of the one having the print, and wedge apart from it
by attaching little pieces of card-board to the second glass with

Have the wedges very narrow and close to the edge. This separates the
glasses and keeps the upper one from pressing the oiled and painted
glass below. On this second glass you will color the face and other
flesh, hair, drapery, and, if necessary, the background. The miniature
is finished by using card-board to back up the picture, white being very

Bind the edges of the glass and card-board together with strips of
adhesive paper.

CAUTION! Don’t use Silver Gloss Starch; it will not do nearly as well as
Corn Starch.

                        DIRECTIONS FOR COLORING.

The coloring of the eyes, lips, jewelry, ribbons, edges of embroidery,
lace, neck-tie, flowers, and other ornaments, is applied directly on the
photograph after it is mounted on the glass and made translucent with
the oil.

EYES—Use small brush. BLUE EYES—Use Prussian Blue mixed with little
Ivory Black. BROWN EYES—Use Vandyke Brown. GREY OR HAZEL EYES—Prussian
Blue mixed with Vandyke Brown and Silver White.

LIPS—Use Rose Madder.

JEWELRY—Yellow Ochre for Gold, Silver White for Pearls, Emerald Green
for Emeralds, Rose Madder for Rubies.

RIBBONS—Whatever color is required. Flowers and other ornaments the

The color for Flesh, Hair, Drapery and Background is applied to the
concave surface of the clear glass which is placed over the mounted

FLESH—Use Vermilion, Silver White and Chrome Yellow; mix to suit. For
children use Rose Madder or Carmine in place of Vermilion. For dark
complexions dull the color by adding Vandyke Brown.

HAIR—For blonde hair, use half Naples Yellow and Vandyke Brown. For
lights, use Naples Yellow. Brown Hair, Vandyke Brown. Black Hair, Ivory
Black and Silver White, adding a little Prussian Blue. For Grey Hair,
use Silver White, Naples Yellow, Black, Burnt Sienna, and a little
Prussian Blue.

DRAPERY—Whatever color suits.

BACKGROUND—Your own judgment will suggest the proper color to use.

If you want to change the work in any way, take a small piece of cloth,
dipped in turpentine, and remove the color.

For home work and adornment it offers special attractions. The
photographs of relatives and friends can be made into Oil-Photo
Miniatures, done by your own hands, and handsomely furnished for the
mantel and wall at small expense.

We have given you the _simplest_ and _best_ process for making the
picture. It is claimed by some that when the oil is used it dries out
after a time, and produces opaque spots. Should this trouble appear, it
is easily overcome by using glycerine as previously directed. We
herewith give you another method in use, and you can adopt whichever you
see fit.

                             SECOND METHOD.
                        IVORY-TYPE OR MEZZOTINT.

FOR MOUNTING THE PHOTOGRAPH.—Isin-glass (fish glue) made in the
following proportion: One teaspoonful to half cup of water, dissolved by
boiling; strain through fine muslin, and apply the same as starch. Pure
Albumen, or white of egg, brushed over the glass and surface of the
photograph, is used with great success by some. Equal parts Canada
balsam and turpentine is also used for attaching the print to the glass.
Rubber varnish, made with pure rubber, dissolved in benzole. Some add a
little Cooper’s glue to the starch when making it. Dextrine is a
favorite with many.

After the use of the castor oil, castor oil and glycerine, poppy oil,
nut, or any of the oils, the print may be covered with a coating of
Damar varnish, which it is claimed holds the oil and preserves the
transparency. Many artists after oiling or varnishing, use water colors
mixed with ox-gall in coloring on the back of the print, then follow
with the oil colors as directed. In adopting any of the methods herein
noted, your judgment will dictate care in observing the results, and
suggesting changes that may facilitate the work, and success of the
picture. You will find this art very attractive, simple, and productive
of both pleasure and profit. Ladies are occupying leisure hours, and
making home attractive with their artistic work in producing the

By the first process pictures have stood for years without spotting or

ANOTHER PLAN IS: After cleaning the photograph, blot off the surplus
water and place it in alcohol, let it remain until transparent. Old,
faded pictures can be brought out clear in this way. After placing it on
glass, cover the print with “paraffine,” and let it lie for a short time
in the sun, until crystalized, when it is ready to receive the colors.
You may use water colors on the first glass with good effect.

“By this simple process any person unaccustomed to painting, and
ignorant of art, may color photographs, and produce with rapidity and
little trouble, effective, permanent, and beautiful pictures, so soft
and delicate as to closely resemble painting on enamel; may render the
treasured family portrait doubly valuable by adding the warm tints of
life to the faithful but cold and deathlike production of the
photographer, and produce a pleasing as well as a truthful
representation. The largest and the smallest work may be painted with
equal facility, the life-size portrait or a miniature for a locket, the
only qualification for success, even in very elaborate pictures, being
taste in the arrangement of the colors. An objection to coloring
photographs, as coloring has hitherto been practiced—that the delicate
truthfulness of nature’s drawing was injured, and sometimes a likeness
wholly destroyed, through being obscured by the colorist in the working,
that the only guarantee of fidelity was the talent of the artist—in the
beautifully simple process under consideration with which all the
softness, lights, and shadows of the photographs are preserved.”


                               THE ART OF
                          COLORING PHOTOGRAPHS
                            IN WATER COLORS.


Select a well-defined Photograph, one of light color is preferable, and
the background free from spots; it is also well to have a duplicate copy
to refer to in case of necessity—a copy of two different sittings.
Always select a good subject, as a good portrait depends much on a good
model. In sitting for a photograph, take your own natural and easy
position several feet in front of the background, with your eyes a
trifle above the camera. Avoid all superfluous surroundings, such as
fancy chairs, table covered with books and other objects, making your
face a secondary affair in the picture.

=Preparing the Photograph.= Take a piece of White Glue about the size of
a hickory nut, and about one-half the quantity of pulverized alum;
dissolve in half a wine-glass of warm water and it is ready for use.
Apply the mixture with a flat camel-hair brush to the photograph; cover
the entire face of the picture, care being taken not to get it too wet.
When dry, wash it in clean cold water with a sponge to remove any
superfluous matter that may rest upon it. It may be necessary to go over
it a second time, as it is essential that the paper be well hardened to
work upon. You may test it by applying a drop of the color to one corner
and if it washes off and leaves no stain the paper is in good condition
for the work. Albumen paper can often be worked without using this
preparation, but should be sponged off with cold water.

The colors used are in cakes: Dry Carmine, Rose Madder, Crimson Lake,
Venetian Red, Indian Red, Vermilion, Chrome Yellow, Indian Yellow, Roman
Ochre, Gamboge, Cobalt, French Blue, Emerald Green, Indigo, Prussian
Blue, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Sepia (Brown), Vandyke Brown, Madder
Brown, Ivory Black, Chinese White, Constant White.

Burnt Umber, mostly used for the hair; Vandyke Brown is one of the most
used of browns, although Sepia may be said to be the _most_ useful in
black silk and satin, when mixed with Lake, Indigo and Gamboge; Sepia
and Lake for the eyebrows and hair; Sepia and Indigo form a gray, very
nice for background. Of Red, Carmine is the most brilliant; Rose Madder
the most useful in flesh, especially in youths; in elder persons add
Vermilion; Crimson Lake is very useful for flesh tints; Light Red,
Venetian and Indian Red can be used for nearly the same purpose.

=Coloring.= Commence upon the face with the flesh tints, using for this
a good size Sable brush; go over the entire face and wait till dry. Use
for the lips a little Vermilion and Lake. Now go over the background,
and then the draperies. Deepen the Carnations, touching the eye and
mouth with Lake; also the hair with the proper color. Touch the under
lip with Rose Madder enough so as it may look natural. The white of the
eye in youth is nearly blue, in old age it becomes yellow, in middle age
it is white. You must vary your tints to correspond.

The iris must be laid in with transparent color, then shaded, then
finished with Chinese White. The pupil is touched with a dark color and
the speck of white laid on last. Use the same color for black or brown
as used for the hair, viz.: Light Red and Chinese White, and neutral or
Purple tint and White for the latter. The face is now nearly finished;
it only remains to add a few touches to the eyes and mouth, and impart
life and expression to the countenance. If the person be dark, use Sepia
and Purple Lake, equal proportions; but if fair, dispense with most of
the Sepia. Next complete the background, after which finish up the hair
over the background; after the last shaded parts of the hair lay on the
high lights. Burnt Umber is most useful in brown and auburn hair;
Indigo, Sepia and Lake, or Lake, Indigo and Gamboge, are the colors used
for high lights, the lights inclining to a purple tint, the blue
predominating. Keep the hair in masses; a good sized brush is needed. In
painting cloth fabrics it will be well to use the local color at first
very light, much more so than you desire it to be when finished. A black
coat: begin by laying in a weak local wash as directed, and when it is
dry go over the folds with a thin shadow color, which will prevent them
being obscured by the next local wash. Having repeated this two or three
times, you will find the garment to be as dark as necessary, but the
shadows will be feeble; you may strengthen them with Sepia and Lake. A
good black for gentlemen’s drapery is made of Indigo, Lake and Gamboge.
When a blue-black is required, first make a purple-blue and then add the
Gamboge till the tint is changed into black. In shadowing, always carry
your pencil the way the folds run, instead of across them. The colors
for backgrounds for fair people are blue, purple and greys. Dark
complexions should have dark background. Stone is represented by a tint
formed of Carmine, Indigo and Yellow Ochre, and the more distant you
wish it to appear the more must the Indigo prevail. A background made of
Cobalt, Burnt Sienna and a little Rose Madder works well. Madder Brown
and Cobalt answers for the same. A purple cloudy ground is made of
Indigo and liquid Carmine or Lake. An opaque ground, of a chocolate
color, is composed of Lampblack and India Red.

Paint curtains over the background and put on the lights with body

                            EGYPTIAN METHOD


                        OF COLORING PHOTOGRAPHS


This is the “biggest little thing” in painting that probably has ever
been presented to amateur artists. For beauty of arrangement, ease and
simplicity in its execution, no branch of art work of a similar nature
has ever met with like success. With a fair idea of colors and their
application, you may increase the beauty and enhance the value ten fold
of any ordinary photograph, by following these instructions. To produce
a first-class picture, you must necessarily have a good subject to work
on. A photograph that will take a variety of colors, is best adapted for
a showy picture.

Before applying the colors to a burnished or finished photograph, soften
or cleanse the surface with the tongue until the saliva wets the picture
evenly, without crawling; oxide gall is good, but saliva is the best for
this purpose.

For a palette on which to mix or dilute colors, the bottom of a plate or
saucer will answer. Always have a piece of blotting paper at hand to
take up or remove superfluous paint from the picture, and use it after
each application of color to the photograph.

It is not necessary to mix paints on a palette, washing one color over
another will produce better results. A tint is a color absorbed in the
picture, and washing or wetting will not remove it. A surface color
remains on top, and water will remove it. You can use colors stronger
over the shadows. Use just what liquid you will find on the cork of the
bottle, added to about one teaspoonful of water, for flesh; for
draperies you can use it stronger, or as you desire.

The liquid colors are mostly used, and consist of twelve one ounce
bottles, and are very powerful. Therefore, make your application very
weak, a mere tint only is required. Repeat the washing or tinting until
the desired shade is produced. The colors used are as follows: Black,
Red, Blue, Green, Carmine, Gold, Brown, Violet, Orange, Purple and
Lemon, all of which are transparent, soluble in water, and used as
tinting colors. White is a surface color, and opaque.

For Flesh—Use first a weak wash or tint of gold; over this a tint of
red, a little stronger for the lips.

White—This is always used last for high lights; you can make the white
any tint by use of other colors.

Black—Can be used for a natural tint if toned down; valuable for all
kinds of shading.

Red—Takes readily, and produces all tints from rose to scarlet; used in

Carmine—A delicate pink to magenta.

Gold—Takes readily; is a substitute for yellow; used for jewelry, flesh,
blonde hair, etc.; use weak, and wash over with red for deeper results.

Brown—Takes readily; darkened by tinting over with violet or black.

Violet—Takes on touch, and is very powerful; first application very weak
to insure even coloring; it makes all tints from lilac to purple, etc.

Blue—Takes slowly; repeat the washing for deep results.

Green—Takes easily, lighten by washing over with gold; darken with the
blue; always let your first wash or tint be very weak; increase as
desired by repeating.

The colors in moist cake form are often used, but the liquids are
preferable. Sable brushes, about Nos. 3, 8 and 12, are sufficient for
ordinary purposes.

                        HOW TO MAKE PHOTOGRAPHS
                                 BY THE
                       GELATINE DRY-PLATE PROCESS

The latest and =most= rapid advance in the art is due to the discovery
of the sensitiveness of a gelatine film. This knowledge has been
practically applied in the introduction of plates prepared with such a
coating; they are called “dry plates,” to distinguish them from plates
which must pass through the silver bath, and be used while wet. The
gelatine-bromide dry plates are now in general use for taking pictures
of out-door scenes, landscapes, houses, groups of people, etc. To make
photographs, =First Procure an Outfit= from a dealer in photograph
requisites, costing from ten to twenty-five dollars, consisting of a
view camera, for making 4×5 or 5×8 inch pictures. This camera is so
constructed as to make either a picture on the full size of the plate
(5×8 inches), or by substituting the extra front (supplied with the
outfit), and using the pair of lenses of shorter focus, it is admirably
adapted for taking stereoscopic negatives. Also, by the same
arrangements, two small pictures, of dissimilar objects, can be made on
the same plate. Included in the outfit, are also one patent double
dry-plate holder, one large achromatic nickel plated lens, one pair
“Waterbury” achromatic matched stereoscopic lens, one Taylor folding
tripod, one carrying case.

=Filling the Plate Holder.= If this is done in the daytime, a closet or
room is selected, and all white light excluded from it. It is difficult
to make this exclusion absolute. One ray of white light will spoil a
sensitive plate, and therefore the evening is generally chosen to
develop negatives, and for illumination, the light from a ruby lantern
is employed.

Gelatine Plates are glass, with one side coated with gelatine,
containing a haloid salt. Place one of them in a dry-plate holder, with
the sensitive (or the coated) side facing outward. Handle the plates by
the edge, between the thumb and fore finger, without touching the sides.
After putting into the holders as many plates as are needed for the
day’s work, pack the outfit so that it can be carried about.

=Taking the Picture.= For field service a camera, a number of plate
holders, filled with sensitive plates, a lens, tripod, carrying case,
and focussing cloth are needed. When these have been taken to the place
which you want to photograph, fasten the camera on the tripod, throw the
focussing cloth over your head, gather it under your chin, draw out the
back of the camera, thus extending the bellows, and continue the
movement until the image on the ground glass appears distinct, then
fasten the back of the camera. This is called “focussing.” At the first
glance, an inexperienced person sees no reflection on the ground glass,
but the eye soon becomes practiced to perceiving the inverted image
there. Substitute a plate holder for the ground glass, see that the cap
is on the lens, pull the slide out of the holder, place it on the top of
the camera, or in a convenient place. If everything is now in readiness,
and the time for exposing the sensitive plate determined, uncap the
lens, re-capping it at the end of the allotted time, and replacing the
slide in the holder. After you have picture impressions on each
sensitive film, pack your outfit and return home.

=Making Negatives.= Amateurs may content themselves with making the
exposures, and sending their plates in a light, tight, negative box, to
some photographer, who will produce the finished picture, and mount them
on cards. It is not necessary that this should be done at once, months
may elapse, and these dry plates be carried hundreds of miles.

The chemical outfit for making negatives comprises the following items:
Two vulcanite trays, a glass graduate, a set of small scales, and
weights for weighing chemicals, a ruby lantern, a bottle of varnish, a
package of dry plates and of chemicals, a small quantity of bromide of
ammonium, neutral oxalate of potash, protosulphate of iron, hyposulphite
of soda, alum, and sulphuric acid. These chemicals are not dangerous,
neither will they injure any one who handles them, and they do not emit
offensive odors. Silver stains, and the disagreeable smell of collodion
belong to the old or “wet” process.

At a convenient time take the plate holder into the dark room,
illuminate it with ruby light, take the sensitive plates out of the
holders, being careful not to touch their surfaces. Hold them by the
edge. Place one of the sensitive plates, film side up, in a tray partly
filled with water. While it remains there, mix this solution: Neutral
oxalate of potash, 5 ounces; bromide of potassium, 20 grains; water, 20
ounces. If the solution does not turn blue litmus paper red, add a few
drops of oxalic acid, enough to make it do so. A graduated glass is used
to measure out the liquids. After rinsing the glass out, mix a second
solution made as follows: Protosulphate of iron, 5 ounces; water, 20
ounces; and acidulate it with 20 drops of sulphuric acid. Both of these
solutions keep well. Now combine a quarter of an ounce of the latter
solution with two ounces of the former and mix them well. Pour off the
water in the tray containing the gelatine plates. Be certain not to
touch the sensitive side of the plate. Flow the combined developing
solution over the plate and displace, by a touch of your finger, any air
bubbles that may form. After a short time traces of the image on the
sensitive film will appear. If they do not, pour the developing solution
back into the tray and add a quarter of an ounce more of the iron
solution. Pour the strengthened solution over the plate and look at it
intently. In a short time the details of the picture may be dimly seen.
Wait patiently till the milky white appearance is changed to a grey
color, and then pour off the developer into a developing bottle, if you
have one. Wash the plate in two changes of water. In the unused tray mix
a solution composed of 4 ounces of hyposulphite of soda and 20 ounces of
water. (Label this tray “Hypo.,” and do not use it for any other
purpose.) A plate lifter is a convenient device for taking plates out of
the solutions or baths. Change the plate to the hypo. tray, and let it
remain there until every vestige of the milky white appearance has
vanished, even from the under surface of the plate. The plate can now be
examined by white light, which has no effect upon it at this stage. Wash
it thoroughly. A negative washing box will be found to be of great
assistance. If this washing of the plate is not done thoroughly, the
hyposulphite of soda crystals will adhere to the plate and mar the
picture. Meanwhile rinse out the tray first in use and partially fill it
with a solution consisting of 20 ounces of water and all the alum it
will hold in solution. Allow the plate to remain in the alum bath five
minutes. Cleanse your hands from any adhering soda solution. Again wash
the plate, and set it on edge to dry in a negative rack.

All the preceding instructions can be briefly summarized.

1. Put some sensitive plates into dry plate holders.

2. Make the exposure.

3. After taking a plate out of the holder, place it in a tray filled
with water.

4. Drain off the water and put the plate in the mixed developing

5. Wash the plate and place it in the soda solution.

6. Wash the plate and give it an alum bath.

7. Wash the plate and set it in the rack to dry. When perfectly dry,
coat the plate over with negative varnish, and have that coating dry and
hard. Now it may be touched by the fingers.

=Making Prints from Negatives.= At this point the work ceases to be one
of faith, as the results are now to appear. An outfit of printing
requisites comprises a printing frame, a porcelain pan, a vulcanite
tray, some ready sensitized paper, a bottle of French azotate, a bottle
of chloride of gold, a glass graduate, some hyposulphite of soda, a
glass form, a Robinson trimmer, some sheets of fine card-board, a jar of
parlor paste, and a bristle brush.

=Sensitized Paper Prints.= In the morning prepare a toning bath
sufficient for the prints to be toned that day. Put 7½ grains of
chloride of gold into 7½ ounces of water. Label the bottle “Chloride of
Gold Solution.” Take 1 ounce of French azotate, 1½ ounces of the
chloride of gold solution, and add 6 ounces of water, and you have a
toning bath which keeps well. Where the prints do not give the required
tone, the bath must be strengthened by adding to it some new solution.
Place the glossy side of a sheet of sensitized paper upon the film side
of the negative in the printing frame. _Do this in a very dim light._

The printing has gone far enough when the print looks a little darker
than you wish the finished picture to appear. Make as many prints from
the negative as you desire. Wash the prints in several changes of water.
Take seven ounces of the toning solution and change the prints to the
pan containing it, where the prints should be turned over and over to
make the toning even. The toning process should go on until the dark
part of the pictures have a very faint purplish tint and the white
portion is clear. Wash the picture, but preserve the toning solution.
The pictures should now be left for twenty minutes in a solution
composed of 4 ounces of hyposulphite of soda, 1 ounce of common salt, ½
ounce of washing soda, and 32 ounces of water. This solution should also
be prepared a day or two in advance. Give the pictures a final and
effectual washing. After they are dried, lay them out one by one and,
using the Robinson trimmer, cut them to the desired size. Now spread
over the back of each in turn some parlor paste, and lay them down with
the center on the sheets of card-board. This operation is called
“Mounting Pictures.” Press with a paper cutter upon the pictures and
toward their edges until you are satisfied that they will lay flat.

                         FOR COPYING DRAWINGS.


Procure a printing frame, such as photographers use; lay the tracing,
face down, upon the glass, upon which place the sensitive paper,
prepared side down, then several thicknesses of cotton flannel for a pad
to equalize the pressure, and cause the sensitive paper and tracing to
lay in close contact, and then close in the back. If, on turning the
frame over, any wrinkles appear, that side of the hinged back may be
opened and a piece of paper laid in just above the spot, when all will
come smooth on closing the frame, (this should be done in a dimly
lighted room), then expose to direct sunlight, care being taken that the
whole frame comes under the light, without shadows; let the exposure be
from five to ten minutes, according to the brightness of the day. Remove
again to darkened room, examine by opening one of the hinged backs; if
the lines have slightly turned in color, it has been highly exposed; it
can be removed and washed in clear water, with two or three changes,
then hang up to dry. You will have an exact copy of the original, with
white lines on a blue ground, at a cost of about one tenth that of
tracing, with absolutely no error. The paper must be kept in perfect
darkness until used.

                                THE NEW
                             WOOD PAINTING.


                      TRANSLATED FROM THE GERMAN.

The term wood painting has, through the numerous designs invented for
the purpose, found such a widespread use that it would be wasted pains
to attempt to substitute a more fitting one. Not everything that is
painted upon wood, falls under the knowledge of wood painting. No one
would think of counting an oil painting, executed upon wood, under the
category of wood painting. But if the colors were the distinguishing
sign, then wood and water color painting would fall together, or wood
painting could be only an aquarelle painting applied upon wood. Wood
painting permits itself to be thus defined, inasmuch as the character of
the material and the choice of its objects differ, so _wood water-color
painting_ differs from the actual water color.

While it is possible for the water-color artist to produce upon paper
the softest tones and most brilliant phenomena of nature, so that the
painting inspires the observer through its life-like freshness; if the
same picture, by the same artist’s hand, were reproduced in exactly the
same manner upon wood, it would appear raw and unfinished,—yes, even
wholly incorrect.

The prepared wood takes the softest tint, as well as paper, but the
texture of the wood shimmers through the transparent tones, and though
the fibres and pores of the same have taken another hue, they still act
as wood, and thereby destroy the effect which the artist intended. For
it is originally the task of the artist to thus deceive the human sense
of vision in such a manner, and so faithfully imitate the appearance of
things in nature that the observer must believe himself transported in
the midst of reality and actual life, through the activity of fancy; in
short, the artist must reproduce true to nature, and his pictures have
the effect of nature.

If one was to try with exclusive body colors which do not allow the
grain of the wood to penetrate, to attain this ideal of painting, and
attempt to create upon wood an actual life-like picture, we would not
conceive such an aquarelle, that never can compare with a picture upon
paper in softness, just as little as an oil painting upon wood, as wood
painting in the general sense.

Therefore, neither the material to be painted nor the colors applied are
the criterion of distinguishing reasons for wood painting on one hand,
and the oil or nearer related aquarelle painting on the other.

The difference in a measure lies herein, that the characteristic
peculiarity of wood does not subdue, but is drawn upon for the effect of
the painting, partly in the nature of that which painting upon wood
represents or should represent.

Wood painting, as far as we have touched upon it, cannot and does not
intend to create natural pictures; it only serves to ornament objects in
wood, which through colored and tasteful designs are to produce an
agreeable charm to the eye. It is not an object in itself, like a
painting, the frame of which serves as a folio, but an external
addition, like the ornaments of buildings, to make an otherwise
monotonous surface interesting.

Wooden articles admit of being ornamented in various ways, through
sculpture work, by inlaying of colored woods and metal, and by painting.

The choice of ornamenting is naturally dependent upon the purpose the
object to be decorated is intended for; a table, which must naturally
have a smooth surface, we would not think of making useless by carving
the top.

Wood painting, as it is now _en vogue_, is of a recent date, and
originally sprang out of the idea to imitate the mosaic work of art

It may, with consideration for the purpose of the objects to be
ornamented, also imitate carving, but must not go beyond the wood tones
and the production of the effects of light; it may even attempt to
imitate enamel work by the application of strong, bright colors; but it
ought at the same time be in keeping with the purpose the object in hand
is intended for, and never involve itself in contradictions.

Its refined field should always remain the imitative, and should
therefore confine itself as near as possible upon the application of
ornaments with a surface where effect is flat, and consequently do not
mar the surface. To apply figures, modest, decorative additions for the
ornamentation of surfaces, is allowable, as long as they do not clash
with the character of the surface; but here the limits that are drawn by
the nature of the article are not to be overstepped. For every
perspective representation of a figure painted with the application of
light and shade intends to deceive the observer; it lifts itself off the
surface and no longer works upon our fancy as a part of the surface, but
as body. Cases, chests and other large pieces may be decorated in this
manner; tables, portfolios and similar pieces which in themselves are
required to have smooth surfaces; smaller objects to be handled, where
the sense of touch can at every moment convince itself of the attempted
deception intended for the eye, one will do well to take heed in not
painting these with figures of a plastic effect. Such contradictions are
not to be tolerated in principle and should be avoided in the selection
of patterns and designs.

To create a real picture in the beginning lies outside the province of
the art of wood painting, and therefore the practice of the same, as far
as it does not reach into the professional art, must always be confined
within the circle of amateurs. Good, correct drawings of the outlines,
cleanliness in coloring and a proper combination of the colors, is the
highest aim the art of painting upon wood may achieve; for the artist is
greatly answerable for the composition of ornaments, where designs are
used as patterns.

But even in the narrow limits in which the art of painting upon wood
moves, it accomplishes much that is beautiful, that the acquirement of
the same cannot be too strongly recommended.

This is especially intended for young ladies, who, in the occupation of
painting upon wood, find just as agreeable and remunerative diversion as
the tedious, sense-dulling work of embroidery.

=General Preliminaries.= The first essential requirement to paint upon
wood is, without a doubt, practice in drawing.

One is easily inclined, inasmuch as there is no self-inventive gift
employed in connection with it, to consider painting on wood as a purely
mechanical work, because the design is traced and transferred upon wood,
by means of tracing paper; yet there remains, up to this easy beginning,
the further embellishment entirely to the free hand, and it is just here
that difficulties meet the painter unskilled in the art of drawing.

The difficult point in wood painting lies in the conscientious, artistic
execution; the more pains taken in that direction, the stronger the
lines of beauty and harmony in coloring, the more certain it is to
obtain something excellent in this work.

The simplest design, when correctly and cleanly painted, has a more
agreeable effect upon the observer than the most beautiful pattern that
has been faultily produced through a series of shortcomings.

=Requisites.= The possession of a good and complete set of instruments,
in a measure, assists in the success of the work. The following utensils
are used in wood painting: Lead Pencils, (Faber’s B, HB, HH), a pen
knife, a lead pencil file, an eraser, a horn protractor upon which to
rest the compass upon round articles, a ruler, a square, a porcelain
palette with six cells, several good fine and coarse water-color brushes
on handles with metal ferrules, several sheets of extra fine tracing
paper or cloth; the latter is more expensive than the paper, but far
more durable, in such cases where the drawing is gone over again. For
the drawing of fine outlines, pens (Gillott’s crowquill pens are best);
for heavier outlines or large designs goosequills are best. It is
desirable to possess a complete outfit of drawing materials, of which
the following are indispensable: A drawing pen, a compass with pen and
pencil pieces.

=The Colors.= It is advisable to use only the genuine India ink, as the
ordinary India ink nearly always discolors the soft tints that are
painted over it, which sometimes spoils the entire work. The ordinary
water-colors, not the covering or Gouache colors are to be used. The
prepared wood just as readily takes the Gouache and covering colors, as
a large number of designs of natural flowers show, yet this method
should not be indulged in, for this reason, because it completely covers
the texture of the wood, thereby giving the art critic an opportunity to

Since wood painting is mostly an imitation of inlaid wood work—mosaic—as
a rule the preference should be given to the application of the fitting
colors to the stained wood tones. Who does not possess a complete outfit
of colors, ought at least secure the following: sepia, dark sepia, burnt
sienna, light ochre, dark vermilion, carmine, cobalt blue, Indian red,
olive green, Roman brown, lampblack and white.

The best colors are the Dusseldorf (Schonfeld or Winsor & Newton’s)
moist water-colors, in metal tubes or porcelain pans. Gold and silver is
generally painted from shells, this is to be used sparingly, and is
polished when the work is finished with a steel instrument, a
knitting-needle, glove buttoner, or an agate burnisher. Red gold has a
dark effect, retreating; green gold, on the other hand, stands out and
has a light appearance. Black-lead is to be had in lumps, and is most
effective for bright or red ornamentations. Bronze powder is prepared
with a little gum water. The possession of a magnifying glass is of
importance in going over the work when finished, and subjecting the same
to a severe scrutiny. It also greatly assists in the correction of
faults that may have crept in.

=Transferring the Drawing upon Wood.= A design should be chosen that
corresponds with the size and shape of the wood article. A design is
seldom spoiled by extending the outer lines, yet we should be cautioned
against the reverse case, in trying to force a large design upon a small
space by omitting the outer lines that serve as a frame.

=Enlarging and Reducing Designs.= If a design is to be brought within
the compass of another, reduced or enlarged, take a proportional
divider, or draw a net of equal squares, the original or a drawing of
the same with a lead pencil, in proportion required for the wood
surface, which are numbered. In each square exactly the same parts are
drawn from the design which are contained in the corresponding square on
the wood.

=The Divisions of the Wood Surface.= At the beginning of the work, the
surface to be painted is divided by distinct pencil lines into halves,
quarters, sixths, etc., just as the design admits of; these lines serve
as a starting point for the traced design to be placed upon this, where
halves, quarters, etc., must fit exactly into these. The measuring is
done by means of a compass or a strip of paper the length of the object,
which gives the center point by cutting the same in two. In painting
round articles, such as lamp plates, table tops, etc., a sheet of paper
of the exact size is cut out This is folded once, in halves and
quarters, as the case may be. It is spread upon the surface of the
article, then prick through the creases where they cross each other. To
avoid injury to the center of a round wooden plate by the repeated
application of a compass, a horn protractor is fastened to the center
with thumb tacks, which leaves the center transparent, upon which the
compass may be applied with considerable pressure. In the absence of a
compass with an extension where large circles are required, a strip of
pasteboard is substituted; this is fastened to the center by a needle.
For every cross line a hole is made into the strip, the pencil is
inserted and drawn around by moving the strip in a circular motion.

=The Tracing and Transferring of Designs.= The design is carefully drawn
upon tracing paper or tracing cloth, by means of a medium soft pencil;
the more perfect the drawing is made, the more it will lighten the work.
If the drawing obtained is perfectly symmetrical, i. e., the right half
of the same exactly like the left, it will save much time and labor by
transferring it upon the surface by rubbing. If the symmetrical design
is accompanied in the center by a monogram, motto, figures or flowers,
these are for the present omitted and traced in a manner which will be
explained further on.

The tracing of an entirely symmetrical design is reversed, with the
drawing turned downward upon the wood and carefully observed that the
center of the tracing lies completely in correspondence with the center
line of the division line of the surface. The tracing paper is fastened
with wax, and held as firmly with the left hand as possible, that it
cannot be displaced, and rubbed with a paper folder or the thumb-nail of
the right hand over all parts of the design, until the same is plainly
transferred upon the wood. For figures, flowers, monograms and all not
strictly symmetrical designs, the following manner is applied: The
tracing paper is laid upon the surface, design upward, under which a
piece of colored transfer paper is placed and the design is retraced
with a hard lead pencil. For this somewhat slower and more tedious
manner it is advisable to fasten the tracing and transfer paper with
thumb-tacks. Those parts of the surface are selected for the thumb-tacks
that are afterwards to be painted with black or other ground colors, so
that there will be no visible traces left after design has been

=Fixing the Transferred Design.= After the design has been transferred,
all the straight and intersecting lines are carefully measured and
compared with the compass from the center or the dividing middle lines;
then with the drawing pen and India ink the entire design is gone over
in fine lines. In figures and light ornamental designs, that come upon a
dark ground, the India ink line is not put over, but closely to the
outside pencil mark, or such figures will become too faint in the
beginning, and are lost in the dark ground, whilst it can always be
remedied by the subsequent removal of parts that have been drawn too
heavily. The entire article is now cleaned from all pencil marks left by
tracing, and the coloring begins.

=The Coloring.= Spread upon the palette, before beginning to paint, all
the different colors, in sufficient quantity, that are to be used. A
good rule in coloring the design, is not to apply the colors in too dry
a state, so that the separate brush strokes may not be visible. The
coloring is just that part of the work which cannot be explicitly enough
described and taught in written instructions, and can only be thoroughly
comprehended through the practical knowledge gained by experience, and
thereby perfected.

Upon the most delicate tinting of entire surfaces the middle tones
follow, lastly the dark ground colors, black, and the metals. Allow each
color to dry thoroughly before beginning with the next, or going over
it. The colors must stand out boldly from each other and should not be
too lightly applied; this must be particularly observed in the dark body
tints, as the colors lose a little of their depth in the process of

When the work is completed, the entire drawing is gone over again with a
fine brush or pen; all the outlines lost in painting are reproduced with
India ink.

Clear white upon light wood is to be avoided as much as possible; on the
other hand, a mixture of white serves to make the light colors stand out
more effectively upon gray or black wood.

=Retouching.= If there are any weak points in the painting, the spots
are to be carefully removed with a damp sponge, and the dampened parts
scraped clean with a penknife. If visible holes are left by the thumb
tacks used in the tracing of the design, a small drop of clear water is
applied to them, when they will gradually draw together. Paint in good
light, have a steady table, and keep the design constantly before the
eyes during the work.

In painting boxes and other high objects, it is necessary to place on
the right and left of the same some other objects, such as books, to
reach the plane of the surface being painted, in order that the hand and
arm may rest with ease.

=The Wood Articles.= Wooden articles ready for painting are procured
from the cabinet makers, or at the art stores.

There are over 900 different articles in wood for decorating, in all
shapes and sizes, beautifully and tastily finished, for the artist and
amateur to paint upon. A few of them may be mentioned here—tables,
panels, workboxes, paper weights, fancy boxes, fans, hat brushes, glove
boxes, albums, dust pans and brushes, photo frames, easels, trays and
newspaper holders. What canvas is to oil painting, and paper is to color
painting, the above articles are to the art of painting upon wood.

Not every ordinary smooth-planed piece of wood is adapted to painting.
The wood must be prepared for the purpose it is intended for, or it
would cause the color to flow or spread. Lime, maple, chestnut, ash and
holly are the woods generally manufactured into articles intended for
painting upon. Olive wood is also excellent for this purpose. In the
south of France and Italy, painted olive wood, forms quite an article of
commerce, being closely allied with the inlaid work.

=Polishing.= Procure a bottle of the wood varnish (prepared for this
purpose); in a warm room, with a soft flat brush, go over the article as
rapidly as possible, with a thin coat. Leave this first coating until
the next day to dry, in a place entirely free from dust. The varnish is
applied twice more in the same manner; then have at hand a small bottle
of white shellac polish and one of linseed oil. Make a small ball of
flannel; put upon this a few drops of the oil; then cover it with a
piece of linen, which is moistened with the polish, and the article is
rubbed in a circular manner, without resting upon the article when the
rubbing is discontinued. If the linen should adhere during the
polishing, put a drop of the oil upon it. It sometimes requires from one
to two hours of constant rubbing until the surface is completely smooth
and polished.


=Designs= recommended are those by Minna Laudin, Hermann Schaper, E.
Wendt, Emil Zschimmer and Elizabeth Hubler. They are lithographic color
plates, and come in the form of sets.

Minna Laudin’s designs are among the newest. The two sets contain over
twenty patterns, each fitting exactly in size and shape the wooden
articles already mentioned.

Schaper’s designs are intended for larger pieces, such as table tops,
music holders, lamp trays, etc. His first series (entirely new) is
divided into five sheets, with as many sheets upon which the outlines of
the designs are clearly printed, to facilitate the transferring of the
same upon wood.

E. Wendt’s designs are both unique and rich in their way, and contain
considerable ornamental work in gold and silver. His designs for table
tops are extremely handsome.

Emil Zschimmer’s and Elizabeth Hubler’s are acknowledged as standard
works, and favorites of the artists engaged in painting upon wood.



These transparencies, or window pictures, are of late very much used and
admired, and are purchased by those who have no knowledge of how they
are made, at exorbitant prices. They are made upon glass, perfectly
transparent, and require a good light to see them. The way these
pictures are produced is simple, and the process easy to learn. In it
lies the secret, or fundamental principles, of all glass pictures.

=Instructions.= Procure a fine, clear, French plate glass, size
required, to receive the picture, and make it perfectly clean with
alcohol. Select the picture you may desire from the list of fine steel
engravings contained in magazines, etc. Go over the face with a damp
sponge, in order to remove the dust or spots that may have accumulated
upon it, and smoothing it out. Apply to the face of the print, with a
brush, a paste made from amylum, a teaspoonful, and nitrate strontium, ⅛
ounce—sometimes albumen is used. Now go over the glass in the same way,
evenly and smoothly. When this is done, lay the picture, face down, upon
the glass, and press with dry cloth until every part of the picture has
adhered to the glass, and all the air bubbles pressed out. Lay away the
glass for a few hours, until perfectly dry, when you wet the paper and
commence rubbing it off; if it works well without any further wetting,
continue the process until every vestige of paper has been removed, and
nothing left upon the glass but the outlines of your engraving. Oil it
now with castor oil three parts, oil of lavender one: if too thick, add
turpentine. It is now complete, and by holding it to the light it will
present a beautiful, steel-like engraving transparency.

You can add a border if you like, by pasting around the margin a tinted
paper; or to give them still a better finish, back them up with a pane
of ornamental ground glass, and place in a transparency metal frame,
with rings to hang them by, which can be found at any art store.


                     Crystal, or Oriental Painting.




Lay the glass over the pattern or copy you wish to paint from, such as
flowers, birds, wreaths, etc., then with a fine pencil brush, or a
common writing pen, trace all the outlines of your pattern as well as
possible on the glass, using for that purpose black paint made from
lampblack and copal varnish; if too thick, add a little turpentine. When
this is done, paint all the glass outside the picture, or that part not
occupied by your drawing, with the black paint, same as used in making
the outlines, only a trifle thicker. This will give your picture a neat
background; other colors can be used, but this gives the best body, and
is the most appropriate, contrasting well with the other colors to be
used in the picture.

Let it lay until well dried, so the black will not unite with the colors
you are about to use. Now, with the glass still remaining over the copy,
you may commence applying the paints, if the tracing lines are dry. If
you are painting a red rose, use carmine and flake white, Prussian blue,
and chrome yellow for the leaf, etc., using a small camel-hair brush.
Continue in this way until you have used all the colors which appear in
your copy or picture underneath, which remains there to guide you, and
the pen lines upon the glass to separate the colors. When the first
color is perfectly dry, apply the second, and so on until you have
completed all the work which the copy demands, using your own judgment
in the matter, applying them as they appear in the picture you are
working from.

When the painting is done and dry, cover the back of the transparency
with _copper or tin-foil_ crinkled, which gives it a sparkling,
crystal-like appearance. It is now ready for framing. In placing it in
the frame, be careful and not press the backboard too close on to the
foil, or it will destroy the brilliant effect in the picture.

The colors used in this kind of painting must be _transparent_ oil
colors, with the exception of the background.

For white, use ground silver or flake white; for blue, Prussian blue;
for pink, mix scarlet lake and silver white; orange, mix chrome yellow
and scarlet lake; for red, use scarlet lake, crimson lake, or carmine;
for green, mix Prussian blue and yellow lake; for purple, mix red and
blue. Use the best tube paints and camel-hair brushes.

No style of painting has yet been produced which shows transparent
colors to such advantage, and never fails to attract attention and
admirers wherever introduced.

It is called Oriental from the fact of its producing effects of coloring
equal to the colors of Oriental flowers, and the plumage of Oriental

                       Italian Landscape Painting


                               ON GLASS.

All honor to the worthy sire who produced the first pictures upon glass,
paper or canvass, with oil; and, although those pictures have passed
from sight of the present generation, we live to enjoy the knowledge
given to us through history, that many a fine artist did live long
enough to give to the world the highest productions of his artistic
hand; and, although passed to “that bourne from whence no traveler
returns,” his teachings are still practiced among men. And no man,
however original he may be, can to-day sit down and paint the form or
ornament of a house, but that it will be the development or degradation
of forms practiced by the artists of early days. The style of painting
which is given below is somewhat ancient, but very ornamental and
useful; and, although to an extent it passed from existence years ago,
the lovers of decorative art have again revived it in the East, and it
is now being sought after and practiced by thousands on account of its
being cheap and easy to attain. This plan of transferring the engraving
from paper to glass, and discarding the paper wholly, is simply
wonderful. We give it below:

Procure a fine quality of French glass, make perfectly clean with
alcohol, then apply with a stiff brush a coat of damar varnish; after
drying about an hour, apply another coat, evenly and smoothly; this
allow to dry about ten minutes, or just long enough to make it sticky.
Procure an uncolored steel engraving that you may desire to see painted,
and trim off all the paper not connected with the picture. Dampen it
with a sponge or wet cloth, and while yet damp place the engraving on
the glass with the face to the varnish, rubbing with your dry hand or
cloth until every part adheres to the surface, and all air has been
removed, rubbing from the center.

Lay this away a few hours, until it is perfectly dry, then dampen the
picture again, and commence rubbing therefrom the paper; continue this
until you have removed every vestige of the same, nothing remaining upon
the glass but the face of the engraving. Now apply a coat of boiled oil,
let it dry fifteen or twenty minutes, and apply another, or a coat of
varnish, evenly and smoothly; after laying an hour or two it is ready to
receive the paint. As the paper has been all removed the colors will
strike through readily. Arrange the glass to the light in such a manner
that you may see through it, and apply the colors to the engraving on
the back, as in the Grecian oil. The outlines and shades are already
produced by the engraving, and all that is necessary now is to place the
colors where they belong, which, with a little practice, can soon be

The paints used are, yellow lake, yellow ochre, chrome yellow, chrome
green, Prussian blue, burnt sienna, Vandyke brown, ivory black,
verdigris green, silver white, mixed with damar varnish. Use brushes as
in Grecian oil.

                         GRECIAN OIL PAINTING.


Grecian oil paintings are made from engravings and lithographs. There is
but little of it done in this country; and, although there was quite an
interest manifested in it here a few years ago, it did not live long,
and this is the first time I have seen the instructions in print since
or before.

We select the engraving most desired to hang upon our walls, (regardless
of size), and place it upon a frame or stretcher with small tacks or
glue; this prepares it for the work. When ready, commence by sponging it
with clean water; when dry, saturate it well with turpentine, applied
with a large size paint brush; when this is done, apply Grecian varnish
in the same way, spreading it smoothly and evenly over the surface,
until all the dry spots in the paper have entirely disappeared. The
application may be made on either side of the picture. When done, let it
lay level (with the face down), twenty-four hours, and it will then do
to paint, if free from spots and perfectly transparent. When you
commence upon the back to paint, follow the lines with those colors
necessary to make it look natural; the shading being made by the
engraving, nothing is necessary but to apply the colors required. Suit
your taste in choosing those colors. Mix the paints with varnish made
from balsam fir three parts, alcohol two parts, and spirits of
turpentine one part; or use _tube paints_, which are already prepared.

In painting the figure of a person, if the eyes are blue, mix Prussian
blue and white; for dark eyes or hair, Vandyke brown works with good
effect; for flesh color, mix red, white and a little yellow, adding a
little more red for lips or cheeks. You may suit your own taste in
regard to the color for background, but I will suggest equal parts of
blue, red, green, and Vandyke brown, covering all that part which is not
connected with the object you have painted. Don’t apply a second color
until the first is perfectly dry. When done, give the face a coat of

The colors suitable for this painting are chrome yellow, yellow lake,
emerald green, carmine, Prussian blue, burnt sienna, raw sienna, Vandyke
brown, ivory black and silver lake.

The brushes required are one large varnish brush, with two or three
small to medium size camel or sable hair paint brushes.


                            GLASS SIGN WORK.


                       FOR LETTERING DOOR PLATES,


How this art may be applied to making signs of every description,
numbers of dwellings, door plates, ornamental borders for pictures,
ornamenting work boxes, etc., which are made at a trifling expense, and
unsurpassed for brilliancy.

First. Clean well the glass to be used, with alcohol. Second. Wet with
your tongue the side cleaned, and immediately lay over the whole of that
side a coat of gold or silver leaf. Third. Let this dry on—it will take
from two to four minutes. Fourth. When the leaf has dried on the glass,
polish it with a ball of cotton. Some of the leaf may possibly be rubbed
off by the polishing, but this is of no consequence. Fifth. After
polishing, wet again with your tongue the whole side you have polished,
and lay another coating of leaf over it. Let this dry. Sixth. After the
second coat of leaf is dry, polish it as before, with the ball of
cotton, and then your sign or door plate will be ready for lettering.

As a border will add much to the appearance of the plate, I will now
instruct you how to make one. Rule with the point of a needle two lines
around the edge of the plate, the outside line one-quarter of an inch
from the edge. After the lines have been ruled, wet your pencil brush,
and with it moisten the leaf laying outside of the space between the
lines you have ruled, and remove with the brush the leaf thus moistened,
working gently from the lines. Your border is now made.

Your next step is to put the lettering on the glass. To do this, first
measure the height of your letters, then rule with the needle two lines
as far apart as the letters are high. When this is done, lay the letters
on the leaf, one at a time, beginning at the right hand, and placing the
back of the letters up, or backwards. Hold the letters on firmly with
your left hand, and with your right mark around them with a needle. When
you have marked around all the letters in this way, wet with your tongue
the pencil brush, and apply it to all the leaf on the glass, except what
is needed for the letters and border; then remove the leaf thus wet by
rubbing it gently with the brush.

The next process is to apply the Japan. Do this with a small paint
brush, and cover the whole of the side which has been covered with the
silver leaf. It will require two coats, and after these are dry you have
an elegant plate.

All that now remains to be done is to place the plate in a frame, to do
this apply a little putty to the edges of the glass, and set it in the
frame; then lay upon the back a piece of paper of the same size, and
over that a piece of tin, and fill up the remaining space with plaster
of Paris. Your door plate is now complete.

To ornament glass work boxes, flowering, etc., proceed as above.

=Articles Used.= A small camel-hair pencil brush, cost three cents; blue
or black enamel, or Japan, per gill, 25 cents; selected silver leaf, per
book, (24 sheets), 24 cents; patterns for letters, per set, 37½ cents;
patterns for numbers, per set, 25 cents.

[NOTE.—A gill of Japan will answer for fifty signs. A book of silver
leaf will answer for six or eight door plates.]



                     BUILDINGS, AND PRIVATE HOUSES.

Vitremanie is the process by which glass of all kinds may be easily,
durably, inexpensively, and elegantly decorated by any person.
Diaphanie, which this art supersedes, was a great success, (no less than
250,000 sheets of designs having been sold in England alone). It had,
however, its defects; the sheets being applied with transfer varnish,
bubbles of air sometimes remained between the design and the glass,
which in the subsequent process of rubbing off the paper, resulted in
holes; this rubbing off, moreover, required much time, patience, and
care, and was rarely perfectly performed. These defects are obviated by
Vitremanie. By this method the designs, after being covered with
Glucine, may be applied to the glass with water only, and the paper
removed entire, a few minutes sufficing for the operation, and nothing
being left upon the glass but the design in colors of unclouded
brilliancy and transparency.

=The Materials Required= are as follows: The printed designs, three
brushes, (two of camel’s hair and one of hog’s hair), a bottle of each,
Glucine and enamel varnish, a roller, a sponge, a little blotting paper,
and a pair of scissors.

The instructions are very simple. With the camel-hair brush pass a
coating of Glucine over the colored face of the designs that are
proposed to be used, care being taken that the Glucine does not touch
the plain side of the paper; the sheets of the designs should be laid
flat to dry, they should be left two or three days before being used,
and they will remain good for three months, or even longer.

To apply the design to the glass it should be wetted with water on both
sides, the glass should also be wetted; lay the design on the glass, and
roll well down—all air bubbles will be easily removed by this means—keep
the plain side of the paper wet for a few minutes, then, with the point
of a knife, carefully raise a corner of the paper and pull it gently
off; the work is now to be washed with a camel-hair brush and water, and
afterwards dried by placing a piece of blotting paper over the work, and
rolling it; leave it now for a few hours, then coat it with enamel
varnish, and the work is finished. In removing the paper it is sometimes
better, particularly when the design is large, to carefully scratch a
hole in the paper, and tear it off in pieces from the center. The work
is more easily performed on free glass, cut to the proper sizes, and
afterwards fixed over the glass already in the window, by means of a
bead; it may, however, be done upon the window as it stands.

The designs may be arranged to fit any window, strips of lead foil
applied with gum being used for the purpose of covering the edges of the
borders, groundings, etc., where they join. For circles and other shapes
the strips of lead may be stretched with the thumb and fingers to any
pattern desired, the creases being smoothed by the handle of a knife or
paper-cutter, slightly wetted.



The Diaphanie prints for transferring to glass are very similar to the
Decalcomanies; they are colored lithographs arranged on paper for
transferring to glass, to represent stained glass, and is equally as
pretty, and not so expensive. By this plan you may ornament your church
windows, lamp shades, glass work boxes, or wherever stained glass is

The materials required are a bottle of fixatif for fastening it to the
glass, one or two medium size brushes, a bottle of transparent varnish,
a plate of glass, and your design.

=The Application= is as follows: Lay on a coat of the fixatif to the
face of the design, and place it upon the glass, pressing it closely and
evenly, that it may adhere perfectly to the entire surface of the glass.
In order to do this, it may be well to lay over the design a piece of
heavy damp paper, and then roll it to the glass with a small roller used
for that purpose; when this is done, and it is dry, apply a coat of
transparent varnish with a flat camel-hair brush.

Some of the designs used are as follows: There are the Japanese and
China figures, autumn leaves, Grecian and Egyptian heads, birds of
paradise, soldiers, national figures in bronze, butterflies, angels with
wings, roses, fruits and flowers, buildings, landscapes, etc., besides
ten thousand other choice selections which can be furnished to you by
mail, at catalogue prices.

                              PAINTING ON
                        SILK, SATIN AND VELVET,


                      WITH THE ENGLISH OIL COLORS.

From all the different styles of modern painting, we select this as the
most admired, and seemingly the most sought after by ladies of taste,
fashion, or wealth; for nothing will aid more in beautifying the dress
than a beautiful flower or butterfly painted upon the little satin or
silk scarf which surrounds the neck, the collar or cuffs; your monogram
on one corner the pocket handkerchief, or any other portion of the dress
desired by the lady artist and lady of taste.

=Transferring.= First get the outlines of the picture you wish to paint,
by use of transfer paper, or in the following manner: Lay the picture
upon the silk to receive the painting, and with a needle-point prick
through the picture, following closely the outlines, until you have
passed over the whole, holding it to its place with one hand—with the
other rub over the perforated part a black powder or fine crayon. For
this purpose use a piece of velvet, rubbing it sufficiently to pass the
powder through the holes. On raising the picture you have the outlines
of it left on the silk, which is now ready to receive the paints. This
method is merely given to aid the beginner in getting started; those
more familiar with painting can commence at once upon the silk, without
the aid of transferring.

=The Painting.= Stretch your silk upon a board, and lay the board flat.
After you have the outlines, proceed with fine pointed brush, the same
as other fine painting. Do not place a brush full of paint upon the work
at once, but use paint lightly at first, otherwise it may crack and harm
the picture.

In painting on velvet, with oil, place such colors as are intended to be
used, on blotting paper for a couple of days, until the paper absorbs
the oil. This will leave the colors in better condition for this kind of
work. Use colors lightly—a great deal of stippling is needed. For raised
work, or what is sometimes called Kensington painting, use sugar of
lead, with the colors as a medium.

                  *       *       *       *       *

N. B. Use for this painting the _English Oil Colors_, and mix with gold
size or opaque mixture.

After the work is completed, if it looks dull, you can bring it out
again by using the sicatif gently upon the surface.


                             STAINING WOOD
                               AND IVORY.


YELLOW. Diluted nitric acid will produce a fine yellow on wood;
sometimes it makes a brown, and if used strong, it will be nearly black.

MAHOGANY COLOR Is produced by a mixture of madder, Brazil wood, and
logwood, dissolved in water and put on hot. The proportions must be
varied, according to the tint required.

BLACK. Brush the wood several times over with a hot decoction of
logwood, and then with an iron lacquer; or, if this cannot be had, a
strong solution of nut-galls.

RED can be made by a solution of dragon’s blood in spirits of wine. This
stain is to be laid on the wood boiling hot, and before it dries it
should be laid over with alum water.

BLUE. Ivory may be stained blue thus: Soak the ivory in a solution of
verdigris and nitric acid, which will make it green, then dip it into a
solution of pearlash boiling hot, and it will turn blue.

To stain ivory, black, the same process as for wood may be employed.

Purple may be produced by soaking the ivory in a solution of
sal-ammoniac and four times its weight of nitrous acid.

                      _ON PAPER, WOOD AND GLASS_.


A concentrated solution of salt, acetate of soda, Epsom salt, etc.,
mixed with Dextrine in the cold, and laid on thinly as possible, with a
broad, soft brush, and allowed to dry. The paper must be sized first,
otherwise the formation of crystals will be irregular, on account of the
absorption of the liquid. The coating on glass is rendered adhesive by
brushing it with a solution of shellac in alcohol.

Colored glass arranged in this way makes a pretty transparency.

A beautiful adhesive coating of pearly lustre upon paper produces a very
handsome card.


[Illustration: “Out of Art Culture grows Refinement.”]

                            CHINA PAINTING.



            Colors Used, and the Process of Burning them in.


At the present time this art is receiving a great deal of attention
among the American people, and especially the intelligent class, who are
taking every opportunity of informing themselves in regard to the plan
of moulding the various ornaments for use, the art of decorating them,
the particular kinds of paints used, and the operation through which
they pass in the _burning in_ of the colors. It would be useless for me
to attempt a book on art that would meet the wants of the people, and
omit China Painting, which is gaining universal favor among the higher
classes in eastern cities.

The art is applied directly to the ornamentation of the house, which
makes it much sought after by ladies, who take pride in ornamenting
their china and earthenware by the use of the _La Croix Enamel Colors_,
which are arranged especially for this kind of painting.

After the paints are applied, the ware requires a certain amount of heat
to fix the colors, and prevent it from being effaced by washing.
Commence work by first

=Tracing the Drawing.= For tracing, details should be left out as much
as possible, or at any rate indicated soberly.

DIRECT OUTLINE. If the pupil can draw well, she will outline her subject
lightly on the object she wishes to paint, directly, without tracing, by
means of a lithographic pencil.

TRANSFERRING. When you want to make a minute and complicated drawing,
you are obliged to transfer, to avoid getting double lines on the china.

Before transferring, prepare your piece of ware as follows: Pour three
drops of alcohol on the plaque or white plate intended for decoration.

It is very easy to trace on a perfectly flat surface. We shall mention
several ways.

FIRST METHOD. _Tracing by Rubbing._ After having traced from the
engraving, or original model to be reproduced, the outline of your
subject (figure, ornament, or landscape), with one of the lithographic
pencils, you reverse the tracing over a sheet of white paper, and go
over the outline again very carefully with the same pencil; this being
done, prepare your piece of china with medium as we have just described.
The vegetal tracing paper is then fixed, by means of little lumps of
modeling wax, on the exact spot the subject is to occupy; and when that
is done, you have only to rub all over the outline with an ivory knife,
to make the lead that is on the vegetal tracing paper convey itself
distinctly on to the previously prepared oiled enamel.

SECOND METHOD. _Tracing with a Tracing Point._ Take either black, blue,
or carmine transferring paper, according to the tint of the painting
that is to be done. The carmine gives all security for the success of
the painting; it does not soil it. When the piece of paper has been
rubbed with carmine from a soft crayon, after taking great care to
remove what is superfluous it is cut to the size of the subject, or
rather to that of the space you are to paint on.

To make sure of tracing on the exact spot, you must draw a horizontal
line in the middle of your drawing, one also in the middle of the
tracing paper, and one as well on the porcelain, with crosses and
letters to each end as landmarks; two crosses marked A and B on the
horizontal line of the enamel, and + + _a b_ on the horizontal line of
the tracing paper. The piece is _prepared_ with oil of turpentine or
spirits of wine. At the end of two or three minutes you place your
drawing on the porcelain in accordance with the marks + + _a b_, taking
care to place the middle lines one on the top of the other, _a_ on A,
and _b_ on B; you fix the vegetal tracing paper by means of small bits
of gummed paper, or else with little balls of modeling wax; the sheet of
tracing paper being quite firm, you slide beneath it the piece of paper
rubbed with carmine, blue, or black lead; you then take a porcupine
quill with a fine point, and without leaning too hard you go over all
the outline. You must be careful not to press your fingers on the
drawing, for it often causes the deposit of powder to be of the same
color as your transferring paper, which spoils the result and prevents
careful painting. Before finishing all the work, lift up a corner of the
overlying paper to see if the tracing does mark. It will be but an
affair of habit to trace well, for it is by experiments frequently
repeated that one comes to know exactly the amount of strength to be
used so that the transferring paper may mark sufficiently. This paper
lasts a long time, and improves as it grows old; you must prevent it
from getting creased. For this, each time it has been used, it should be
put away into a brown paper cover, wherein the tracing papers are also

THIRD METHOD is by pricking the outline with small holes, and in making
what is called a “Poncif.”

In a bottle containing alcohol the brushes and the dabbers are cleaned
after each day’s work. To preserve these useful instruments it is
indispensable never to leave any color in them; you must take care to
wipe them well after this washing, and even to blow a little on them, to
make the spirits of wine evaporate, for if any were to remain it would
spoil the color and take away the painting already finished. With a few
drops of spirits of wine, the most loaded palette can be instantaneously
cleaned, and the driest painting can be effaced. For this reason I
recommend that the little bottle of spirits of wine be kept always far
away from you during your work; if a single drop were to fall on the
painting, it would immediately smear and obliterate the work done.

Cleaning brushes with spirits of wine has to be done every day. From
time to time a more thorough cleaning with soft soap is resorted to; the
brushes are steeped in the soap, and are washed the next day only.


                          GENERAL INFORMATION.

We borrow from M. Lacroix his classification of colors, which is very
practical with regard to their employment in painting:

part in the composition of a great many enamel colors; for this reason I
have taken it as a standard for my classification of colors into three

“FIRST GROUP.—Colors that do not contain any iron: First, the white;
secondly, the blues; thirdly, the colors from gold.

“A horn or ivory knife is preferable for the use of colors of this

“A glass muller is still better than knives.

“SECOND GROUP.—Colors with but little trace of iron. This group includes
the yellows and greens, several of which colors contain iron in small

“Third Group.—Colors with an iron basis, or of which iron is one of the
coloring parts: First, the reds, fleshes, red browns, and violets of
iron; secondly, the browns, yellow browns, ochres, blacks and a greater
part of the greys.”

The enamel colors usually designated by the name of iron colors are: All
the browns; the greys, excepting platina grey; the blacks, minus iridium
black; the ochres; the reds, and the violets of iron.

The enamel colors said to be with a golden basis are: The carmines;
crimson lake; the purples, and the violets of gold.

TESTS.—The amount of flux added to the coloring oxides for the
manufacture of enamel colors varies according to the color; this
difference, joined to the diversity of the chemical elements, causes
actions in the firing which may modify certain colors and even make them
disappear entirely; it is said expressively that they have been _eaten
up, devoured_ by the fire. We shall cite, as an example, the mixture of
ivory yellow with carmine, as one of those which decompose in the
firing. Other causes act likewise on enamel colors during firing; the
intensity, more or less great, of the heat, the thickness, and the
amount of oil in the color, the way it is used, etc.

In order to well understand the various influences, and to secure
yourself against accidents, you must be continually making tests of the
mixtures _yourself_; it is the only way to paint with safety.

It is indispensable for the test to be double, that is, on two small
bits of precisely the same manufacture of china as the piece you wish to
paint. The same mixture is made on both small pieces, they are both
dried, and one only is fired in order to be able to judge what change is
caused by the firing, by comparing it with the unfired test you have
kept by you. Besides, you will be able to make sure of a satisfactory
result by comparing your experiments with the test tiles and plates of
fired colors.

Mixed colors should be stirred with the brush when used; without this
precaution they would separate; light blue would rise on dark blue,
yellow on green, ivory yellow on carnation.

Some hints follow which it will be advantageous to verify and to carry
out by tests. They apply generally to painting on porcelain or
earthenware for the ordinary muffle.

FUSIBILITY. Hard colors (those which require the greatest heat to make
them fuse) spoil and often destroy those of a softer flux (that fuse
more easily). The flux added by the manufacturer to the coloring oxide
lightens the tint of the color; dark colors are therefore generally
harder than light ones. In the palette of M. Lacroix the colors more
fusible than the rest, although taking the same time to fire, are light
sky-blue, light carmine A, pearl grey, warm or russet grey, and ivory
yellow, all light colors.

THICKNESS. The tint of enamel colors get darker when you increase their
thickness. But you must beware of doing it too much. Light and fusible
colors used too thick, blister in firing; it is prudent to give them
only a medium thickness.

You should apply in drops those colors only that are specially designed
for the purpose; permanent white, permanent yellow, and relief. They
hold on earthenware, but their use on porcelain is liable to failure.

MEDIUMS. Experience will prove that if too much oil of turpentine is
added to the colors used, which is called adding “fat,” they will craze
in the firing. Make some trials by exaggerating this fault. You will
remark nevertheless that colors applied very thin, although with much
“fat,” do not craze. The cracks caused in the firing, by the action of
the resinous part of the oil, which evaporates and causes the white of
the enamel to reappear, is called crazing.

CONDUCT OF THE WORK. It is very important in the first painting to use
the most fusible light colors, and those most easily developed in the
first firing, which is the strongest. Commence always on a lighter scale
than the final tint, for in pottery painting any color made too dark in
firing cannot be made light again. When the mixtures have produced, for
example, some browns or russet hues which have not glazed in the first
firing, the glazing is brought back by a little fusible light grey,
applied before the second firing for retouches. These short general
instructions will be resumed and developed in the following lessons.



Whites, belonging to the first group. White is obtained by _permanent
white_, (for high lights), and _Chinese white_, a color of very limited
use in painting, it being preferable to keep the white of the china when

Permanent white, alone or mixed with other colors for heightening, which
is called _high light_, or _relief_, requires perfect grinding. It
should be tried by repeated and well fired tests before using it for
important works. It is lifted up with the point of the brush, and laid
without spreading. It could not bear two firings; it is put at the
second firing, which is always less powerful.

BLUES. (First group.) In his character as a chemist, M. Lacroix gives
us, in his work already quoted, the general reason for excessive care in
using blues. “All the blues, with very few exceptions, derive their
color from cobalt.... As the mixture of cobalt and iron produces,
proportionably, tints varying from light grey to black, it is well to
take great precautions in painting when blues are used with reds,
fleshes, browns and ochres. It follows as a natural consequence, that
when you wish to have some beautiful shades of blue, you must avoid
using brushes which have already served for one of the iron colors, and
have not been properly cleaned.”

Blues are laid on in very thin coatings, particularly blue green.

Ordinary oil medium.

The first painting is but little loaded, and is shaded with the same
tint in a second coating, added to grey in the last firing for the
darkest parts.

Here are some notes on the concordance of enamel colors with oil colors
and their usual names.

Sky Blue—sky blue.

Light Blue—light sky blue.

Blue Verditer—two-thirds ultramarine blue; one-third deep blue green.
Slight oiling.

Barbeau Blue, or Smalt—Victoria blue.

Marine Blue (in oils)—half Victoria blue, half carmine No. 2.

Cobalt—deep ultramarine.

Prussian Blue—one-third dark blue; one-third Victoria blue; one-third
ultramarine; a touch of grey No. 2; a very little touch of purple.

Indigo—dark blue; a touch of raven black.

CARMINES AND PURPLE. (First Group.) Carmines must be used very thin,
lest they should turn yellow in the firing. You must put but little oil
to avoid shrivelling. Never touch them with a knife; the brush must be
sufficient. It is also recommended, when using purple, to fill the brush
well and to turn it round and round to dissolve the little gritty lumps
generally found at the opening of the tubes. When a pink color has had
an addition of purple to it, spirits of lavender with a drop of oil of
turpentine should be preferred to turpentine only.

All the carmines are shaded with the same tint. Purples are also used
for strong shadows, and blues for reflected lights. If light tints or
pinks are made with light yellows, these colors must not be spread one
over the other, but side by side, otherwise the carmine tints would be
injured. In the first painting, carmines and purples are to be laid on
very light; it is only in the second firing that strengthening touches
are made.

“When carmines are fired in the muffle at too low a temperature, silver
takes the upper hand and the color has a dirty yellow tint; if, on the
contrary, the temperature is too high, the silver shade is completely
destroyed, and the carmine becomes lilac or violet, which explains the
difficulty in firing carmines. The same thing takes place with purples,
but in a considerably less perceptible degree, because of the shade
being much darker and cassius being in a larger quantity.”—_A. Lacroix._

ENAMEL CARMINES AND PURPLES are equivalent to the oil colors of the same

Light Pink—Carmine A and carmine No. 1.

Deeper Pink—Carmine No. 2 with carmine No. 3.

Laky Red—Crimson lake.

Purple Lake—Carmine No. 1 and a touch of purple.

Peony Pink—Half ruby purple; half carmine No. 1.

Chinese Pink—Carmine No. 3; touch of ruby purple.

Lakes (in oils)—Carmines.

Crimson Lake (in oils)—Purples.

Red Purple—Deep purple.

Crimson—Crimson purple.

LILACS AND VIOLETS. (1st group, except the violet of iron, which belongs
to the 3d group.) The same precautions are required in using lilacs as
for carmines.

Lilac—Half carmine No. 1; half sky-blue; a touch of carmine No. 3.

Mauve—Half carmine A; half ultramarine.

Magenta—Two-thirds carmine No. 3; one-third deep ultramarine; a touch of
ruby purple.

Violet—Light violet of gold.

Deep Violet—Deep violet of gold.

Light Pansy—Light violet of gold, with a touch of deep ultramarine.

Deep Pansy—Deep violet of gold, sustained more or less and with an
addition of ultramarine.

REDS. (3d group, except the purples.) Red, a predominant color, is
nearly always used alone. Thus, the reddish tips of green leaves are
obtained by placing the red next the green, but not by putting it over.
With the dark colors, on the contrary, it is red that disappears.

Chinese vermilion in oils has an equivalent tint in coral for porcelain
applied thin; backgrounds are made of it, but it would be risking a
great deal to use it in painting, on account of its extreme sensibility
in firing; besides, it suffers no mixing. Scarlet vermilion is
approached by adding a touch of flesh No. 1 to capucine red, and laying
on this mixture in a moderate thickness.

Capucine Red—Capucine red.

Poppy Red—Half capucine red; half deep purple. A satisfactory result is
obtained only at the third application of this mixture, which loses at
each firing.

Madder—Capucine red; a touch of purple and of carmine No. 3.

Gules (in heraldry)—Capucine red and a touch of purple.

Venetian Red (in oils)—Violet of iron (third group).

YELLOWS. (Second group.) Certain yellows greatly destroy the colors
mixed with them, and even make them disappear entirely. This
disadvantage is perceived when too much ivory yellow is mixed with red,
or when that yellow is placed abundantly over other colors.

“The yellow called silver yellow contains no silver; it is composed of
jonquil yellow and orange yellow. Yellows that contain no iron (yellow
for mixing and jonquil yellow) are generally preferred for making fresh
greens. On the other hand, for mixing with iron colors, yellows that
contain already this metal are used.”—_A. Lacroix._

Light yellows scale very easily; the dark yellows, being less fusible,
need to be used moderately thin in the first painting, for the first
fire develops them; at the second firing they increase in depth, and if
they are too heavily loaded they cannot be made lighter again.

Avoid using yellows next to blues, which would produce a green tint. For
the centers of blue flowers, which necessitates some yellow, the place
must be well scraped before putting the color.

Permanent yellow, (half white and half yellow for mixing), serves for
placing lights in drapery and yellow flowers, as well as high lights in

Lemon Yellow—Yellow 47 of Sevres, with a touch of silver yellow.

Golden Yellow—Half silver yellow; half jonquil yellow.

Saffron Yellow—Two-thirds ivory yellow; one-third flesh No. 1; a touch
of capucine red.

Salmon—Two-thirds ivory yellow; one-third flesh No. 2; a touch of
carmine No. 3.

Straw Color—Yellow for mixing, used very lightly.

Yellow Lake—Yellow for mixing.

Dark Chrome Yellow—Silver yellow; a touch of jonquil yellow.

Light Chrome Yellow—Jonquil yellow.

Indian Yellow—Half jonquil yellow; half ochre.

Naples Yellow—Ivory yellow.

Orange Yellow—Orange yellow.

Maize—Half ivory yellow; half orange yellow.

GREENS. (Second group.) For foliage it is well to remember that dark
tints placed in advance of light ones destroy the latter in the firing.

All the greens, whether in foliage or in drapery, can be shaded with
browns, reds, and carmine tints.

By painting over for the second fire, foliage can be made purple or

Dark green, being very powerful, should be used with caution.

The blue-greens are used for the distance, but then excessively light;
they are tinted with capucine red for the horizon.

Emerald-stone Green—Emerald-stone green.

Water Green—Half apple green; half deep blue-green.

Veronese Green—One-third apple green; one-third chrome green; one-third
emerald-stone green.

Malachite—Apple green; a touch of emerald-stone green.

Blue-green—Deep blue-green.

Dark Green—Two-thirds chrome green 3 B; one-third dark green.

Bottle Green or Sap Green—Sap green.

Emerald Green—Two-thirds blue-green; one-third emerald-stone green.

BROWNS. (Third group.) The artistic browns for china which steady
painters prefer, are vigorous browns, fresh when mixed, and resisting
well the action of the fire, but which have not the brilliancy of the
less coloring browns.

The warm browns in oils exist for china. The deep red brown and mixtures
of violet of iron and of laky red correspond to the red browns.

Golden Brown—Golden brown.

Vandyke Brown—It is impossible to obtain it exactly. The nearest
approach would be by mixing brown 108 with violet of iron.

Raw Sienna—Sepia.

Orange Mars—Uranium yellow and a touch of purple.

BLACKS. (Third group.) The blacks in oils are represented in the palette
for pottery by raven, ivory and iridium black, which answers all

If these blacks fail, others can be composed by mixtures of simple
colors, as dark reds and dark blues. It would be better to operate in
two firings to avoid crazing.

The use of iron reds is not admitted on soft paste; the blacks are to be
made with iridium black, which is ready made, or with purple and dark
green. It is rare that black is needed for subjects painted on soft
paste. It is sometimes used in decoration for surrounding ornaments with
a line, but seldom for backgrounds, excepting on decorative vases of a
certain style.

GREYS. (Third group.) A grey of some kind is always obtained by mixing
complementary colors; reds with greens, or yellows with violets, violet
being a combination of carmine and blue.

The greys obtained by mixing greens, ready made or composed, with
carmine or purple, as required, are very frequently used by flower

Experience on this subject can only be acquired by continual trials.

Dove Color—Dove color.

Ash Grey—Light grey used lightly, and a touch of sky blue.

Pearl Grey—Pearl grey No. 6.

Russet Grey—Warm grey.

Brown Grey—Grey and sepia.



We now come to painting. Begin on porcelain by a plate, and on
earthenware by a tile. If the pupil has had no practice either in water
colors or in oils—if, in a word, has no idea as yet of setting a
palette, undertake first a monochrome, that is to say, a painting done
with one color only, heightened by one or two other tones.

Monochromes are made in the following tints: Grisailles, green,
blue-green, blue, violet of iron, carmine, purple capucine red, sepia,
red brown, bitumen.

Deep red brown and violet of iron are the two colors easiest to be used.

Grisaille Monochrome: Light grey No. 1, touched up with brown grey.

Greys Nos. 1 and 2; mix a little carmine No. 1 to warm up the tints.

On porcelain the bodies of cupids are often done in grisaille, with a
little carmine at the extremities.

Green—Emerald-stone green and deep green.

Blue-green—Blue-green, touched up with the same color.

Blue—Deep ultramarine; dark blue; permanent white. Or common blue,
shaded with itself; any other blue would spoil it.

Violet of Iron—Violet of iron, and the same with a grey tint.

Carmine—Light carmine A; deep carmine No. 3.

Purple—Deep purple, strengthened by the same tint placed at the second

Capucine Red—Capucine red: orange red; sepia. Or orange yellow and
capucine red in juxtaposition; the capucine red touched up with red

Sepia—Sepia touched up with the same shade.

Red Brown—Orange yellow for light and distant tints; the foreground deep
red brown. Or deep red brown heightened with bitumen. Or else deep red
brown and sepia.

Bitumen—Yellow brown; brown No. 3 bitumen; brown No. 4 or 17.

The design having been traced on to the porcelain or china, you take the
tube of color and uncork it with care. Squeezing out the color from the
extreme bottom of the tube, you set about the tenth part of its contents
on your glass palette, which should be extremely clean. Grind it with
the palette knife, (of steel or of ivory, according to the color), for
about a minute.

=Sketching In.= Is done with the finest pointed of your brushes, dipped
lightly into the little bottle of spirits of lavender, then filled with
a little of the color taken from the edge of the lump, turning the brush
meanwhile between your fingers to get a fine point. It is better still
to work with the color diluted with water, and with the addition of a
little dextrine, which gives it the advantage of resisting the oils.
Indicate lightly the nose, the mouth, the lachrymals a little, as well
as between the fingers. It will be useless to efface this sketch.

You will then begin to paint the head, taking a larger brush to spread
the color broadly and quickly. Still very little medium. Put a rather
light local tint; while the color is still wet deepen the tone beneath
the arch of the eyebrows, the cheeks, the extremity of the chin, and the
parts to be shaded, taking care meanwhile to leave out the bright
lights, or those reflected, which should remain of the first tint, in
order that the shadows may give an appearance of roundness. Take next a
small dabber, with a flat top, and holding it perpendicularly, dabble
lightly before the color has time to dry. Soften and mix well the two
tints, keeping them distinct the while.

Do the hair after the flesh tints have been laid on, toning the locks
more or less. Here, however, no more dabber; on the contrary, the
strokes of the brush must appear and mark the hair.

Pass on to the drapery, and wash in broadly the principal shadows with a
still larger brush. It will be effective to preserve the white of the
porcelain or china for the lights of the draperies. In the first
painting, spirits of lavender are used, so that the color may dry less
quickly. You must not be afraid to paint the drapery with large strokes
of the brush, the effect is all the better for it. Above all, let there
be no harsh or dry marks; in painting there are no marks, but shadows
and lights.

Before retouching, the painting must be allowed to dry, and the medium
to evaporate, and you must not work again on it unless, lightly placing
the tip of your finger on the painting, you feel scarcely any dampness
left; some, however, must remain, for the color would easily be removed
by retouching, if it were in a pulverized state. The dessication can be
hastened by heating, either at a lamp of spirits of wine, or in an oven;
but you must wait until the work is quite cold again before resuming.

The first painting must be taken great care of, and kept very clean.
While it is drying, it should be placed out of the reach of dust and
damp; if it be a plaque, place it in a flat box with a proper lid to it,
shutting hermetically.

M. Lacroix’s colors being perfectly well prepared, we will not dwell
upon the disadvantages offered by the former badly ground colors. The
inexperienced beginner used to put too much ‘fat,’ or too much spirits
of lavender. In the former case the painting crazed in the firing; it
was lost. With too much spirits of lavender the colors ran; fled in the
firing. Therefore there must be no excess, but the three mediums must be
used with management and discretion.

When you retouch your painting, before the first firing, you must model
by retouching with flat tints, and you must do it very soberly, very
lightly, not to remove what is underneath; work almost dry, that is,
without much soaking the brush in the spirits of turpentine. If the
color does not spread easily, the brush is wetted with the least
possible quantity of oil of turpentine, a drop of which has been poured
on the palette. Spirits of lavender are of no use for this second

To finish the monochrome completely, it is necessary to stipple the
shadows, using very little rectified spirits of turpentine. If the
beginner will master thoroughly the shadows of the original, she will
not find it more difficult to paint in monochrome than to reproduce a
drawing either in black chalk or in stump; the brush will take the place
of the stump or chalk: the only difficulty that can arise being in the
use of the mediums, and in the lack of time for allowing the painting to

I repeat it again, for it is of great importance, that with the colors
of M. Lacroix one can work almost dry, once the palette has been set.

When the work is finished, it is submitted to the firing, either at
home, (by the Gabelle process), or at a decorators. According to the
result obtained, the parts which lack vigor are retouched.

In general few raised lights or reliefs are employed. Yet in
accessories, they heighten advantageously the brilliancy of the
painting. The paint for raised lights is taken from the palette in a
particular way; the brush must lift up a lump of color at the point,
that it may be laid on the easier. Raised lights are placed on small
flowers, on jewelry, pearl necklaces, etc. A light in the eye is often
marked with permanent white, but it should be used in great moderation,
and placed at the second firing.

Photographs from casts, medals, bas-reliefs, afford excellent models for
copying in monochrome painting. Copies of photographs on oval plaques
are done with red brown, heightened with bitumen. Raphael’s female
figures on plaques for sconces, are copied in light grey, retouched with
brown grey, on a ground of very light carmine No. 1.

                            China Painting.


Set on the palette, at intervals of about an inch, some ivory yellow,
yellow brown, flesh No. 1, flesh No. 2, light grey, brown 108,
blue-green, and the other colors.

The drawing having been traced with chalk, you proceed to sketch it in,
which should always be done in the same color as the object. For the
flesh take some flesh No. 1 at the tip of your brush, and indicate very
lightly the outline of the eyes, the nostrils, the corners of the mouth,
and the ears; but above all, take care not to make a line all round the
face, as the effect produced in the firing would be exceedingly bad.
Paint likewise the face, the neck, and inside the fingers, but
especially not on the side of the light, _which must detach itself by
the local tint only_.

With the ivory knife mix one-third flesh No. 1 with two-thirds ivory
yellow; this forms the flesh color for the local tint. Prepare also a
little yellow brown for the reflected lights. These two tints are to be
applied almost simultaneously, one next to the other. Commence always
from the top of the head, and only when the sketched outline is dry,
otherwise the local tint will remove it. This tint must be laid on very
thin; apply it quickly with precision and without deviation of the
brush, that is, without discontinuation of tint; look at the china
sideways, and if the color is deficient in any place remedy that at
once. Finally, the tints are made even by dabbing, and the flesh color
is gently blended with the yellow brown by means of a very small fitch

For faces high in color, yellow browns should be used with the reds, and
some violet of iron.

While the first tint is still wet, and before dabbling, the flesh color
should be strengthened with some flesh No. 1 beneath the arch of the
eyebrows, the cheeks, and the lower part of the chin.

Cast shadows are commenced with yellow brown, and retouched with brown
108. Strong shadows are made of violet of iron, and the edges of
blue-green and light grey.

Paint the lips with flesh No. 1, retouch with No. 2, but above all, let
there be no outline either to the upper or to the lower lip, nothing but
a soft, flat, pale tint, strengthened a bit for the shadow.

Blue eyes are made with sky-blue and a minimum of blue-green, retouched
with blue-grey. Brown eyes, with yellow brown retouched with sepia or
bitumen. The pupil, raven black. The sparkle is left white, or is laid
on with a dab of permanent white.

Fair hair is begun with ivory yellow. The shadows are made with yellow
brown, and brown 108 graduated, and they terminate with grey and

Colored draperies are begun like the draperies in monochrome, a flat
general tint touched up again at once with the same tint to give
strength to the shadows. There is nothing prettier than pink drapery
shaded with blue, and yellow shaded with pink or capucine red. White
drapery is begun with an extremely light grey, mixed with green. Whites
are reserved, that is, the greatest possible part of the china is left
bare without paint to form the lights.

The beginner will do well if she paints a subject with several figures
in it, to ascertain which colors throw back, and which bring forward. In
the foreground, light colors; white, pink, light blue, lilac. In the
middle ground, blue, green, purple and red are used. For the background
there are dark blue, brown and dark green.

The ground is made with ivory yellow (for the lights), bitumen, grey,
and a little violet of iron. Trunks of trees are begun with yellow-grey,
greenish-grey, and bitumen.

The palette, set complete for figure subjects, includes the following
colors: Chinese white, sky-blue, light sky-blue, dark blue, deep
ultramarine Victoria blue, blue No. 29, (special for porcelain scales on
earthenware), brown No. 3, bitumen, brown No. 4 or 17, yellow-brown,
deep red-brown, sepia, light carmine A, carmine No. 2, deep carmine No.
3, light grey No. 1, grey No. 2, neutral grey, russet or warm grey,
silver yellow, permanent yellow, ivory yellow, (47 of Sevres), yellow
for mixing, (41 of Sevres), crimson lake, raven black, iridium black,
yellow ochre, purple No. 2, crimson purple, deep purple, capucine red,
flesh No. 1, flesh No. 2, deep flesh, orange red, grass green No. 5,
brown-green No. 6, dark green No. 7, deep blue-green, deep chrome green,
apple green, sap green, violet of iron, light violet of gold.


                            CHINA PAINTING.


                           STYLE OF BOUCHER.

To paint the style of Boucher (Cupids) you begin by transferring your
design on the china.

Then you sketch with flesh No. 1 the lines of the face, and the fingers
and toes. When this sketch is dry, the reflected lights are marked with
yellow-brown, mixed with ivory yellow.

The local tint of flesh color is laid on immediately after, the same as
in the preceding lesson; the dabbling evens the two colors placed side
by side, and blends them one into the other. Let it dry, then heighten
by half a tone the extremities of the hands, feet, knees, etc. Sketch in
the hair and accessories, the clouds and background, while the local
tint is drying.

=Retouching.= When the first painting has lost nearly all its moisture,
return to it again; work the shadows by stippling some brown No. 17,
mixed with sepia, yellow ochre, light grey, and a touch of blue-green
for the transparent parts. Where the flesh is brown, the reflected
lights are made with yellow ochre throughout, and the scale of browns is
more used. A touch of violet of iron warms up the shadows, and
approaches nearer to Vandyke brown in oils.


=Flowers.= To paint flowers well it is necessary that the drawing should
be exceedingly correct and sober in its lines, for the tints having to
be very light and very pure, too many pencil marks would injure the
painting. The little details of the petals are done with the brush,
without previous tracing. The pencil must only mark the leaf’s contour
and central vein; the direction of the brush strokes is enough to
indicate the smaller veins.

A general rule for the manipulation of the brush in flower painting may
be laid down thus: The handling is always done the way of the petals,
converging towards the center.

=Leaves.= Each plant possesses a particular kind of leaf, and even in
the rose the leaves of different varieties are not alike. Thus, for the
leaves of the Bengal rose, a semi bright tint, a shiny appearance
without many veins, the young shoots tinged with carmine, or else purple
mixed with silver yellow. The king’s rose: the leaves of this rose are
of a darker green than the preceding; they are done with grass green No.
5, the edges of the older leaves become somewhat russet, the young
shoots light green. Red rose: the leaves deep green, heightened with
brown, the veins dark green No. 7, the serrations carmine red, the
fading leaves have a reddish brown hue. Yellow roses: shiny leaves
inclining to blue-green, retouched with grey, mixed with grass green;
the deeper tints made with dark green No. 7. Do not use this last color
too freely.

Leaves have a direction, to paint them properly you must begin them from
the top, that is, from the stalk end. Half the leaf is painted at a
time, from the principal vein to the edge, making the brush twist in
such a manner that the brushmarks and ridges done in the handling may
represent the secondary veins. The leaves of bulbs are painted from the
top downwards; so are the leaves of heartsease. The leaves of nasturtium
are made almost of a flat tint, converging to the center, which is a
light spot; their color is a very light blue-green, shaded with grey.

You must not be afraid to mix purple or carmine with green, to shade


=Fruit.= This style is done indiscriminately on porcelain, earthenware,
enamel, and faience. It is very easy; the essential point is to match
well the different shades of color, and to lay them one over the other
while they are still wet. The softener flattens them and helps the tints
to mingle. Leaves are not dabbled, nor are the stalks.

To describe in detail the manner of painting divers fruit would take too
long, and would, in truth, have very little interest. We shall limit
ourselves to one example.

PAINTING OF A PEACH. Flat yellow tints, graduated into green, and mixed
with grey in the shadow. Dabble carefully. Be careful to add more oil to
the red part, which is softened afterwards very easily with a dabber,
and red blending freely with its neighboring color from the effect of
the oil.


=Birds.= On faience birds look very well. They are also done on
porcelain to imitate Saxony ware.

There is nothing particular to be said about bird painting. With regard
to fancy birds, the merit consists in the servile copy of ancient and
exotic types. Good examples of natural birds are not scarce. General
information sufficient for the use of the colors will be found in our

=Landscape.= Landscape is not traced; it is drawn very lightly, so that
the pencil may form no obstacle to the painting.

This is how the painting is proceeded with: On a square ground-glass
slab of moderate size set your “palette” with green tints, in the
following order: yellow for mixing, yellow ochre, apple green, grass
green, chrome green, blue-green, brown-green, dark green, sepia,
bitumen, violet of iron, etc. Take care to leave a space of about
three-quarters of an inch between each color, in order to be able to mix
them, for they ought not to be used pure; the effect would be bad and

Commence by the sky, using sky-blue and excessively light ultramarine;
the lighter parts of ivory yellow, also very thin, and the distance blue
green, with the slightest touch of carmine. Skies are to be done with a
very large brush, and the mixing of blue and yellow, which would produce
impossible green clouds, is to be avoided. Skies are worked from left to
right; they are washed in very rapidly, covering also the place for the
trees. A dabber may be used after.

The sky being dry, the trees are massed. Inasmuch as light tints would
disappear in the firing if they were put beneath dark colors, fresh
tints of apple green are commenced first, which are retouched or
darkened at once before dabbling. When these tints have been laid and
are dry, the foliage is done by manipulating the brush from left to
right with little strokes close together, to imitate the leaves. Autumn
tints are preferable to greens that are too bright. You obtain them by
sepia and the ochres. _Trunks of trees_, light grey and sepia.
_Branches_, bitumen. For strengthening touches use violet of iron.

_Houses_, ivory yellow mixed with grey; shadows, violet of iron.
_Ground_, the lights of ivory yellow, and sometimes yellow ochre;
shadows, bitumen; strong tints, brown mixed with black. _Water_ is done
with very light blue-green, retouched with grey, and occasionally
revived with fresher green to reflect grass or trees.

Strengthening touches are given at the second firing, and a glaze is
passed over the tints altered in the first firing.


              _When it has to be shipped away for firing._

Have the work _perfectly_ dry; if necessary, drying in oven, which may
alter the color, but firing will restore that. Wrap each piece
separately in fine paper, and pack in a box large enough to admit
sufficient excelsior straw or paper to keep all steady, particularly the
corners. Allow good layers at the bottom and top of the boxes. By
sending directions in the box with the china, its prompt return is
assured. In giving instructions with the china, be explicit as to pieces
requiring gilding, and amount desired. Prices quoted on list refer to
simple lines only. Gilding costs extra.



 1 Cup and               15, 20 and 25¢. Gilding inclu’d,  25, 30 & 35¢.

 6 Cup and             (12 pieces), 75¢. Gilding inclu’d,          $1.50

 1 doz. Individ’l             50 to 60¢. Gilding inclu’d,           1.00

 Plates, single,              10 to 15¢. Gilding inclu’d,     20 to 25¢.

 1 doz. Plates,           $1.00 to $1.25 Gilding inclu’d, $1.50 to $2.00

 Pitchers,            10, 15, 20, 25 and Gilding inclu’d,     20 to 50¢.

 Fruit Dishes,                25 to 50¢. Gilding inclu’d,     50 to 75¢.

 Covered Dishes,         25, 50 and 75¢. Gilding inclu’d,  50¢. to $1.25

 Placques,        10, 15, 20, 25 to 50¢. Gilding inclu’d,     20 to 75¢.

 Tiles, 6×6                                                         10¢.

 Tiles, 8×8                                                         15¢.

 Plates Banded in any tint desired (Gilding inclu’d), per          $3.00

Other pieces according to size and amount of Gilding.

Ladies who wish their China gilded must clean the edges of the same.


                         TERRA-COTTA PAINTING.




First outline with a lead-pencil the subject to be painted; if tracing
is preferred, use tracing paper, and transfer the design upon the
article, by means of a colored transfer paper. The terra-cotta is now
immersed in water; when thoroughly saturated, take it out, and with a
soft sponge absorb all the superfluous moisture. If, during the process
of painting, some of the parts become too dry, moisten them with a flat
brush dipped into water.

Have on hand a sufficient quantity of white enamel powder, and with a
glass muller grind this upon a ground glass slab until perfectly smooth,
with water, adding a little gum water (dissolved gum arabic), until it
assumes the consistency of cream. Apply this to the surface to be
painted, going over it a second time, so as to cover the tint of the
ware. The enamel should be put on heavy enough so that it appears raised
from the flat surface, being careful to spread it on very evenly, that
none of the parts are coated lighter than others of the design. Enamel
will stand firing several times, and such parts not brought out
sufficiently can be restored by retouching the same, and subjecting the
article to a second firing.

If the design is to be in natural colors, these are painted over the
enamel after having been fired, proceeding in the same manner as in
china painting. Some colors will bear mixing with the enamel before
firing; in such case the dry enamel colors (China) are used, thoroughly
mixed with the white enamel. Steel grey, neutral grey, blues and yellows
are among the colors that bear mixing. The first three are best adapted
for mottled or clouded backgrounds, if such are desired. The glaze
contained in the colors and enamel when vitrified by firing, produce the
effect of Limoges ware.

For ornamental work the relief enamel colors can be used successfully in
the way of bead work, as well as in the entire design, they being
already mixed in a powder state, consisting of about twenty-four
different tints.

In doing larger pieces, where a quantity of color is used, the former
instructions are to be preferred. If vases are decorated, intended for
use, the inside should be washed with a mixture of enamel and color to
give it a glaze, and thus prevent the outer decoration from being
injured by the penetration of liquids.

Before taking the article to be fired, place it where it will become
thoroughly dry, as it cannot be fired in a moist state. The Barbotine
ware, which has lately come into the market, can be effectively
decorated in the above manner.

                      OIL PAINTING ON TERRA-COTTA.

Upon terra-cotta of a light tint the design is drawn with a lead pencil;
upon that of a dark tint, use the colored impression paper.

Place the article between piles of books, or fill a box with sand, and
lay or stand it into this in the position required; see that the right
arm rests upon an even plane with the article to be decorated.

A terra-cotta medium is made from a small quantity of gum arabic
dissolved in water, to which is added a little syrup; go over the entire
article with a flat brush dipped into the medium; when dry, repeat the
wash. The article is now ready for the oil colors. Mix these with flake
white, and use McGuilp instead of turpentine; lay the colors on fairly
thick, and let them dry for some hours, then tint and finish with the
colors necessary, without the flake white, but still using McGuilp. When
finished and quite dry, varnish with best copal or mastic.

The artist should have at hand two or three fine oil brushes, a flat
brush, and the necessary colors. Those being indispensable are the
following: black, burnt light ochre, terra di sienna, Indian red, and
flake white.

The artist is reminded that vases of antique shape look best when
decorated in antique designs.


Outline or transfer the subjects as before mentioned. Moisten the
terra-cotta, and absorb the superfluous moisture with blotting paper.
Mix the colors with Chinese white, and use with them the terra-cotta
medium already mentioned. For the blues, yellows, carmines, and the
bright colors, coat the parts thickly with Chinese white, using plenty
of medium; when quite dry, add the pure, bright colors. Wash them
carefully over the white, mixed with medium, in order not to rub the
latter up, which would lessen the effect. When finished and thoroughly
dry, varnish with copal or mastic.

                              BURNING IN,
                         MINERAL DECALCOMANIE.



Decalcomanie has now been successfully before the public for a number of
years. The above is still a later invention, and never before brought to
the market. It has long been a question whether the durability of a
transferred article, particularly on glass, porcelain, china, etc.,
could not be improved upon. This has at last been accomplished, and the
choicest designs are now likewise printed with mineral or china colors,
thus meeting a demand often made. Articles ornamented in this manner,
and after going through the regular process of burning in, will be found
as durable and impossible to deface as those painted by hand from the
celebrated potteries of Europe. By this, the art of Decalcomanie is
brought to perfection.


1. Place the mineral subject which you wish to transfer (about ten to
fifteen minutes before being used), between some blotting paper slightly
moistened. The object of this is to give flexibility to the paper, which
thus moistened will give itself easy to the object, either concave or
convex, on which you desire to transfer.

2. Cover the object to be decorated with a coat of Vitrifiable Varnish,
about the size of the design, with a flat camel’s-hair brush; leave it
to dry a few minutes, that is, until the varnish is nearly dry, and be
careful to lay on the varnish as thin and even as possible, nor leave
any spots bare. The varnish may be applied to the picture instead of the

3. Press the picture on in a uniform manner, and rub at first with a
clean piece of linen, then, with the handle of a tooth brush, or ivory
handle of an infant’s brush, or any smooth article suitable in shape,
rub constantly for several minutes, until the entire paper assumes a
polished appearance.

4. Place the transferred object in a pail of water, until the paper
detaches itself, or can be removed without any difficulty.

5. Pass gently a soft brush, dipped in water, over the transferred
picture, in order to remove the preparation off the paper. Press down
the blisters of the picture with a soft pad made of silk or linen,
instead of the above manner, if preferred.

6. Now lay aside the decorated article for twenty-four hours, to get
thoroughly dry, and be careful in keeping it out of the dust.

This being all done according to directions, your work is now ready for
being _burnt in_ by the furnace. The _burning in_ process for which the
work is now waiting, is only to be accomplished in a _china burning

=Materials Required.= 1. One flat camel’s hair brush. 2. Vial of
vitrifiable varnish. 3. Vial of clarified spirits.


Designs go by numbers, as follows:

   301. Upright Flower Bouquets, 3×4, 30 on sheet               $2.10

   330. Scenes, Landscapes, 2×2¼, 35 on sheet                    1.50

   351. Roman Heads, 2×2¾, 36 on sheet                           3.60

   355. Celebrated Painters’ and Female Heads, 2½×2¾, 20 on sh.  3.00

   557. Ladies’ Heads, small, 1×½, 144 on sheet                  2.40

   401. Children scenes, Watteau style, 2×2¾, 42 on sheet        2.40

   417. Ladies’ Heads, oval, 2¾×3½, 20 on sheet                  2.40

   502. Flower Bouquets, assorted, 64 on sheet                   2.40

   505. Children’s Heads. 1×1¼, 168 on sheet                     2.40

   507. Roman Heads, 3×2, 36 on sheet                            2.40

   508. Females, 4×3, 16 on sheet                                2.40

   509. Female Heads, 2×2½, 42 on sheet                          2.40

   510. Monkeys, 3×3½, 20 on sheet                               1.80

   511. Roman Heads, one color, 48 on sheet                       .75

   512. Round Fruit Pieces, 5×5, 16 on sheet                     2.10

   513. Classical Statuary Figures in groups, 6×9¼, 6 on sheet   1.80

   515. Deers, full size, 15 on sheet                            1.80

   521. Oval Fruit Pieces, 3×3½, 36 on sheet                     2.10

   521. Bis. Oblong Fruit Pieces, 3×3½ and 1×3½, 30 on sheet     2.10

   522. Bis. Children’s Pieces, 3×3½, 18 on sheet                2.40

   522. Children in squares, 3×4¾, 12 on sheet                   2.40

   523. Chinese in groups, 6×4, 10 on sheet                      1.20

   524. Birds in squares, 2×2½, 24 on sheet                      2.10

   525. Oval Flowers and Fruit Pieces, 5×2½, 22 on sheet          .65

   527. Garland of Mosses, Roses, etc., assorted, 28 on sheet    2.10

   530. Etruscan Figures, Emblems, etc., 31 on sheet             3.00

   531. Female Busts, 4×5, 10 on sheet                           2.40

   532. Oval Landscapes, 5¼×4, 9 on sheet                        2.40

   533. Children’s Heads, 2½×3¾, 21 on sheet                     2.40

   534. Fantastic Warriors and Females, assorted, 14 on sheet    2.40

   539. Female Busts, 3×3½, 21 on sheet                          2.40

   543. Figures in Groups, ass’t’d, 8 on sheet                   2.40

The above designs are all to be burnt in on crystal, porcelain, etc.,
and cannot be used any other way.

                            PRESERVATION OF
                            NATURAL FLOWERS.




              “’Twas a lovely thought to mark the hours,
                As they floated in light away,
              By the opening and the folding flowers,
                That laugh in the summer’s day.”—_Hemans._

There are five distinct methods for preserving natural flowers, and no
one method can be given proper for all varieties, and all families of
the floral kingdom. Annuals, flowers of quick growth, of a succulent
nature, cannot be preserved in their natural state. Balsams require the
elaborate chemical method, and all flowers resembling the balsam require
the same specific treatment. To preserve flowers as they should be
preserved, a thorough acquaintance with all five methods is desired.
These, in combination, form one perfect system, which requires lessons
and experimental practice.

There was a process patented, and practiced for some years, which was
found, after a year’s time, that the flowers grew dark, spotted, and
were a distressing souvenir. This was the

=Hot Water System.= All flowers of a fibrous, woody nature, are
susceptible of preservation. The fibrous nature of the wood enters into
the composition of the flower.

Roses, camelias, japonicas, tube roses, and azaleas, also carnation
pinks, (white), were preserved in boiling water, as below:

Take a few crystals of oxalic acid, pour on them boiling water, perhaps
a pint to a half dozen crystals, thoroughly dissolving the crystals;
after separating carefully with the sharp point of a fine moulding pin
the flower petals, drop them into the boiling water, each flower
separately—replace it over the fire and let it boil a few seconds,
watching and removing each petal as soon as the waxy substance of the
flower is gone, and the transparent fibre of the petals remain. Coat the
back of the petal with sheet wax, pressing it down until incorporated
with the fibre, and put back the flower precisely as it was taken apart,
using a wax bud for the foundation of the flower, and using cotton
covered wire for the stems.

At the Centennial Exposition held at Philadelphia in 1876, a white
transparent camelia attracted my attention. Being possessed of every
receipt in the known world, and some of my formulas being combinations
resulting from experiments under the instructions of the celebrated
chemical professors at Leipzig, I requested permission to examine this
flower closely, and to do so, was obliged to get special permission.
This camelia was transparent, clear, pure, without flaw, and close
examination showed it to be a composite of several different flowers,
all of the same variety, done by the hot water system, and instead of
wax on the back, varnished with a fine transparent white spirit varnish.
These flowers look well for a while, but I do not commend its general
use. It will do where the flowers are to be worn in the hair, or on the
breast, for a few times only, but after a year they grow discolored,
spotted, and are unpleasant souvenirs.

=The Sandwich Island Process.= In the Sandwich Islands the ferns are
preserved green and fresh for months by those who sell collections to
visitors of the Islands. These are prepared carefully, and picked in a
dry atmosphere, (remember, _that_ is indispensable to good
preservation), the fronds selected perfect in shape, brilliant in tint,
and fully seeded. The fern fully spored is in its prime. The paper used
for pressing should be an absorbent, not letter paper, or any satin
surfaced or calendered papers. The collector should carry the book to
the ground, and not depend on bringing them home in a botanist’s case,
or heated by hand bringing. You must pick them dry, and place them
directly in the book, bringing them home only in that manner. Arrived
home, roll a small bit of cotton batting around the cut end of the stem,
and seal the end over with red sealing wax, leaving as small a wad of
cotton and wax as possible. Then transfer the ferns into another fresh
book of papers, changing them every morning and evening until dry. The
warmer the books are kept the greener and fresher the ferns after
drying. Then ferns can be used ten years after pressing, cutting off the
waxed end and setting the ferns into water, they will in twenty-four
hours, fill out again and look like freshly picked ferns.

A preserver of flowers said once to me that ferns could not be kept
green by any known process. This Sandwich Island process is splendid,
and a complete success.

By dissolving benzoic acid in alcohol one oz. to a pint, coloring with
aniline green, shaded up by mixing brown or black and yellow, all
anilines, and dipping _old_ ferns, browned by time, the ferns can be
used for decoration, in hanging baskets, or on the window curtains, but
they do not bear close examination. The coloring matter is perfectly
perceptible on close inspection.

=The Sand Drying Method= in preserving small flowers is good, and no
process is complete without the addition of this important part of the
instruction. It is within reach of every lady, and the flowers so dried
will retain their colors a long time. To every 25 lbs. of fine glass
blower’s sand add 1 oz. of spermaceti and 1 oz. of calcined borax,
thoroughly mixed and incorporated with the sand. The sand must be kept
perfectly dry, the flowers must be dry, and from all flowers where the
honey gathers at the bottom of the cup, it must be removed before the
sand bath is attempted. This is a delicate operation, and effected by
the use of a crotchet hook, with a little cotton batting twisted around
the point. Introduce it delicately in the flower, remove the honey,
dew-drop or water drop, and your flower will preserve dry, in shape.

Sweet alyssum, daisies, candytuft, can be beautifully preserved and keep
their freshness for a long time, under the sand drying process. Some
flowers need a varnish before the sand bath, some need to be varnished
after removal from the bath. All labiate corollas, all flowers cup
shaped, should be first stuffed delicately and carefully with cotton
batting before putting them into the sand. This knowledge is obtained
only by a regular course of instruction, as the family of flowers, or
the floral kingdom is so extended. After preparing the flowers, (all
flowers should stand after being plucked a short time, their stems
immersed in cold water, so as to give full life and strength to the
flower, and if it is to be varnished it should be done while standing in
the water), have ready your sand in a box with a draw bottom. This
bottom is drawn out after the process is completed, leaving the dried
flowers intact in the box.

Fill your box partly, with sand perfectly dry, without mixture, clip off
the stems to within an inch of the flower cluster, and dip it into hot
sealing wax, sealing up the end of the stem carefully and thoroughly,
then immerse the stem in the sand up to the flower cluster, taking care
to space between the flowers—no two touching. After filling your flowers
in the box, commence by pouring in softly and gradually the sand
prepared for them. Cover them perfectly, and set the box in a dry place,
where no dampness can get into the sand. A single drop of water, or a
particle of sap, will ruin the whole of the box of flowers.

In some white flowers a little chloride of lime mixed with the sand can
be used once, but as soon as the lime slacks it must be removed. Flowers
require from two weeks to thirty days in an even heat of 80 degrees, not
more. As soon as the process is complete, pour off carefully the sand
from the flowers, and if found to be brittle, expose them a few hours to
a dry atmosphere. The ordinary atmosphere of the room will be all that
is required.

For the five methods combined, regular lessons are required, but it is
not necessary for any excepting those who desire to make floral
preservation a business. The sand drying can be followed by any lady for
winter bouquets, and the usual flowers of the garden, beautifully
preserved in this method, for winter decorations, hanging baskets, etc.
Jardinieres are a lovely winter ornament, with green ferns floating, one
could not tell but what these flowers had just been plucked from the

=The Last Process is=: Clip from the bush, without injuring the stem,
the buds just as they are opening, allowing two or three inches of stem
with each bud, and immediately cover the ends with hot sealing wax. When
cold, wrap them up in cotton batting, separately, and lay them away in a
cool place in a box, where nothing can rest upon or injure them.

At any time you wish to make use of them, bring them forth from the
place of concealment, cut off the end containing the wax, and place the
stems in a vase of cool water, containing a little salt. Allow them to
remain in a moderately warm room for a few hours, and you will perceive
the buds commencing to expand and open, and soon after you can have the
opportunity of beholding a full-blown rose, representing all those
beautiful colors with which nature has so wisely endowed it, and sending
forth, in all the sweetness and purity of its nature, the most loving
and fascinating odors, which is so much desired and sought after by
lovers of flowers.

These flowers in winter command exceedingly high prices, so much so that
some are making it a business of preparing them, and are making money by
the operation.

                          PAPER-FLOWER MAKING.



Much of the success in making paper flowers depends on the quality of
the material, and the _form_ of the pins, moulders, pincers, etc.

The paper should be carefully selected, reference being had principally
to its color and texture. As a rule, it cannot be too thin, and must be
soft and strong. Avoid highly glazed papers, excepting when such a
flower as the peony is to be copied. In passion-flower and fuchsia there
is a thickness of texture only to be imitated by placing a sheet of thin
waxed muslin between two sheets of paper. For many flowers, especially
roses, a shaded paper is used, so colored as to allow of its being
doubled, that a number of petals may be cut from it, leaving the dark
shade in the part required. Many flowers will need painting, and for
this purpose powder color is employed, using it with a tinting brush, a
separate one being kept for each tint. Many flowers, such as tulip,
geranium, picotee, etc., require a second or third shade of color; for
these, moist or transparent colors are to be used, violet, lake, carmine
and sepia being most useful, but for a complete list of colors the
reader is referred to page 142. The moist colors must be applied with a
sable brush. They should all be mixed with water, in some cases adding a
little gum, for the purpose of more completely fixing the color on the

Avoid using the powdered color too wet; it should resemble a thick paste
on the palette. Sometimes use the color dry, rubbing it on with the
finger, but this only on rare occasions.

Several kinds of wire will be wanted, some flowers having soft and some
stiff stems. In some—not many—a very light springing stem is necessary,
as for poppy; fine soft wire for the stems of fuchsias, etc. I am led to
insist on particular attention being paid to the stems being imitated
carefully, as so many otherwise good specimens have been spoiled by
having stems hard looking and unlike the natural flower.

Wire covered with cotton is generally used, also fine steel wire for the
tendrils of passion-flower, or for the light and graceful stem of the
common field poppy.

Floss silk is useful; this must be fine, strong, and soft. It is used as
a fastening to many of the petals, to nearly all the leaves, and when a
joint of many stems is to be formed.

Black tying wire, for greater strength and larger work, is sometimes

Gum water is used for fastening the work together; this must not be too

The proper tools will be found at an art store, both as regards size and
form, numbering from 1 to 8, but practice alone will enable the learner
to judge which is best suited, some finding a large, some a small tool
the more effective.

The pincers are required to arrange the petals of a flower, as for a
rose, clove, etc.

Scissors adapted to cutting the paper, having a nipper-like contrivance
at the bottom of the blades for cutting the wire.

As nearly all the leaves will require some painting, to give them a
_warmer_ or more natural tint than is to be found in those usually
purchased, mix a small quantity of the proper color, use it with a
tinting brush, and having carefully painted over the surface of the
leaf, leave it to dry, then hold it to the fire; or should a glossy
appearance be required, as in a camellia leaf, the polishing brush must
be used.

To obtain the pattern of a natural flower, proceed thus: Select one or
more petals, as the case may require. Take a geranium, for example; this
has two sizes, so that one of the large, or painted petals, and one of
the smaller, will be required. Place these on a sheet of thin cardboard,
trace round the edge with a pencil, then cut out to drawing, allowing a
little additional length for fixing them. Mark on each the number
necessary for the flower. In some cases petals are cut in a circle or
star, as in clove, rhododendron, or passion-flower. This is done by
getting one petal traced on paper, as above directed, then cutting the
required number for it, and so arranging them on the cardboard as to
represent, as in the passion-flower, a star of five. Take for example a

                         CRIMSON RHODODENDRON.

This most effective flower should be made thus: Select about twelve
petals, gum the edge, draw over edge, let them dry, then gum the small
bulb at base of pistil and stamens (called the “heart,”) pass the stem
of this through the opening of petals, draw down tightly, and let remain
for a few minutes to dry, cover the stem with pale green paper, slightly
bend the pistil and stamens that they may incline towards the central
petal of the flower. A piece of strong wire about nine inches long is
required on which to mount the flowers and leaves; arrange three flowers
on the top of this with their backs to each other, leaving the flower
stalk about two inches in length, tie this with silk, roll a little stem
paper round and then place on three scales, cut from palest brown stem
paper; other three flowers should be placed between those already fixed
a little lower down. This order of arranging the flowers to be observed
until the truss of flowers is complete. Cover the stem with brown stem
paper and arrange the leaves, beginning with the small ones in the same
manner as directed for the flowers, only that each leaf should be a
little lower down than the last; they will require coloring, and for
this use burnt sienna and Prussian blue, applied with a tinting brush,
afterwards using the polishing brush; this will give them the gloss
observable in the natural leaf. Many of the rhododendrons are made of
plain colored petals, but their beauty is much enhanced by spotting
them; the process is simple, and the direction for one will do for all,
only varying the color used. Select the crimson with dark spots. Take in
the hand a stamped flower, and having mixed some carmine, take a tinting
brush and apply to the three uppermost petals, taking care that the
color becomes lighter towards the edge and deepening towards the center.
Now mix a little violet (moist) with carmine, and mark the spots as
desired; this must be done with a small sable brush. White rhododendrons
spotted with yellow and brown, or lilac with green spots, make very
striking varieties.

                            WHITE CAMELLIA.

For this flower use white tissue paper of medium thickness; no other
paper will so nicely imitate the texture of this well known flower.

Cut from a pattern, to be obtained as before directed, (which may be
purchased when the flower is out of season), the proper numbers of
petals; place each set or size separately on the hand, deeply curl the
edge with the same pin used for the rose, and then press down the center
with the steel stem, so as to give the deeply indented vein seen in the
center of each. The larger petal will require turning on the fingers
previous to using the stem of the pin, so as to cause the edges to turn
backwards. ’Tis well here to remark that while you use the head of the
pin on the edge or other part of a petal placed on the palm of the hand,
always place the petal on the fingers when the stem of the instrument is
to be used.

The stem of cotton wire No. 2. On this roll some pale-yellow wax; make
it about the size of a small plum stone, the three smallest petals so
placed that the edge turns inward and the points meet, leaving the base
of each petal just touching the wire stem; three of the next size must
now be placed on between the preceding, slightly raised. It is found
that the most expeditious method of fixing the petals of this flower is
to take a small piece of white wax, as large as the head of pin No. 2,
used as a wafer, only without being wet. Place this at the bottom of
each petal, it will then only require carrying to its place and firmly
pressing with the finger or point of the ivory pin to make it adhere;
this is both quicker and more easily performed than with gum water. The
three following sizes may be arranged in the same order, and each set
standing higher up and spreading open as the petals increase in size;
all the remaining petals placed on in rows, gradually getting them to
bend over, so that the last stand at right angles with the stalk; the
calyx cut from pale green stem paper, thickened by the use of wax, this
requires the edges to be curled, so as to give a rounded appearance. The
edges should be shaded with brown, which may be applied with a small
sable brush; a bud placed close to the flower, and some good dark leaves
being added, we have one of the most perfect representations of nature
to be obtained in paper.


                          (_Gloire de Dijon._)

Cut from pale yellow shaded paper, petals Nos. 1 (the outside petal) and
2, and from shaded paper of a lighter shade, but having pink in the
middle of the stripe, so placing the pattern on the paper as to bring
the pointed end of it to the darkest part of the paper, and so fold it
as to allow of eight petals being cut at once. Sixteen of each size will
be required. Cut off a proper length of the medium cotton wire, bend
over the top of it several times, so as to make a head to it about the
size of a pea, on this tie a few of the proper stamens, and around it
roll a small quantity of pale green wax. All the petals should be
treated as follows, as a preparation for other moulding. Take eight
petals of a size, place them on the palm of the left hand, so that they
can be held in their place by one of the fingers of the same hand,
holding in the right hand pin No. 1, so that it may revolve easily round
the edge of the petals, held as described in the other hand. The object
of this rolling of the edge is to overcome the hard or unnatural look of
the paper, and is _essential_ as a preparatory step to all other
modeling. This done, turn the bunch of petals, press them in the center
with the finger, after which roll over all parts of it excepting the
edge, with the head of pin No. 2, this will leave the edge of the petals
turned backwards, and this moulding must be continued until sufficient
roundness has been obtained.

Separate the petals. This is best done from the points, so as not to
disarrange the form already given to them. Take five of the smallest
petals, place each on the hand as before described separately, and with
the head of pin No. 2, indent it deeply down its center, _beginning at
the top_, so as to curve the petal, that when placed on the foundation
already prepared they will curl over and nearly conceal it.

These must be tied on with silk. To form the groups of petals, take two
of the smallest, and three of the next size; the smallest place in
front, the larger behind, and so arrange that each petal should be
slightly elevated above the one in front of it; hold them together by
the points, and then open the petals from the top, so as to be able to
insert the end of a fine gum brush; a mere spot of gum is all that is
required, as much as possible in the center of the petal, so as to leave
the edges perfectly free.

Place this bunch of petals on the hand, as before directed, and round it
in the same manner, only not to the same extent. Five or more of the
bunches or nests of petals are required. Each should be placed in its
proper position, and tied with floss silk. The two next sizes of petals
must be treated in a similar manner, and placed on behind the bunches
already fixed, so as, in fact, to give to the center of the flower the
appearance of being divided into five or more divisions.

Petals No. 3, require the same rounding as applied to the preceding, two
or three being placed together, giving them a more open form; fix these
round the petals already on. Elevate them, so as to produce the cup
shape observable in nearly all good roses. As the petals become larger,
the thumb is found more convenient than the finger, it more quickly
produces the roundness on which the beauty of a rose so much depends.
The larger petals must be treated in a similar manner, only the edges
require to turn back with more freedom and boldness, and the petals
gradually receding, so that those placed on last will stand nearly at
right angles with the stem, in some cases being even more bent
backwards. Two or three of the last may be slightly shaded with green at
the base, and carmine and burnt sienna at the edge, so as to give the
faded appearance of the outer petals. Frequent reference should be made
to the illustration of the flower or its parts as the work proceeds; the
calyx should then be passed up the stem, so as to fit close to the back
of the flower, and the stem covered with pale green stem paper.

Add a bud or two. These should appear close under the outer petals of
the flower. The leaves start from the junction of these stems, being set
round, each a little lower than the preceding. They should be colored
and polished as directed in “general observations,” to give them the
bold and waxy appearance seen in this deservedly popular and beautiful

                             PINK FUCHSIA.

                       (_Duchess of Lancaster._)

Place a sheet of pale yellow waxed muslin between two sheets of pale
pink shaded paper. So arrange the pattern as to bring the points to the
white, and the darker shade of color to come to about the center. Cut
the four petals from deep cherry paper, made thick as before described.
The sepals, to be placed on the hand, and with the head of pin No. 2,
gently roll from the points, so as to produce a number of faint lines,
and also to unite the paper and wax firmly together, giving at the same
time the proper transparency and gloss. The petals require considerable
working with the large pin, to give them the roundness necessary after
they are formed. They will require shading with a mixture of carmine and
“magenta,” put on with a large tinting brush, the color being almost
dry. The pistil made of a large white seed, which must be attached to a
piece of fine cotton wire. About two inches from the edge of pistil roll
round some wax or cotton wool, then add eight stamens. These will not be
as long as the pistil; they must be shaded with pink; top of pistil of a
pale green color. Stamens may have a small quantity of white pollen on
them; and this being finished, fasten on with a small quantity of wax
the four petals, and then tie them with silk. The neck of the flower can
be made either of wax or wool, the former being the best. The four
sepals having been properly bent, are now placed on, great care being
taken in forming them perfectly on the neck before mentioned, which, if
it is made of wax, can be done by rolling over each petal as it is
placed on with stem of ivory pin; but should wool be used, the petals
must be fastened on with gum.


The lighter flowers, both of form and color, should be so placed as to
be at the top, excepting such flowers as passion flower, fuchsia, etc.,
which are drooping or climbing plants.

Aim at simplicity in coloring rather than too great a mixture, which
gives a confused look.

The foliage is used as a background; there should be no stint of this.
The great fault observable in the arrangement of bouquets, whether
natural or artificial, is that they rarely have the leaves brought as
prominently forward as they should be, consequently the bouquet loses
both character and elegance.

Ferns, of which there is now so large and beautiful a collection, add
very much to the elegance of the bouquet.

EXAMPLES IN GROUPING. _No. 1, Roses._ Gloire de Dijon, apricot; Geant de
Bataille, scarlet and purple; Aimee Vibert, small white; pink cabbage;
forget-me-not; maiden hair fern.

_No. 2._ Rhododendron, crimson; red spotted do.; deep pink do.; pale
do.; white do. Some large ferns and orange azaleas of various shades.

_No. 3._ White camellias; red camellias; pale yellow azalea; pink
fuchsia; deep blue cineraria; ribbon grass.

_No. 4._ Passion flower (various); fuchsias; thunbergia; hop; ivy

                     LIST OF MATERIALS, TOOLS, &c.

Moulding pins, moulders, pincers, tinting brushes, scissors, three sizes
of cotton wire, silk for tying, fine wire for tying, gum water.

COLORS IN POWDER. Carmine, burnt sienna, Prussian blue, ultramarine,
chrome 1, 2 and 3, white, magenta, violet.

MOIST COLORS. Carmine, lake, violet.

The papers most used are: White tissue, carmine, pinks (various), shaded
for roses (various), stem paper (green and brown), violet, 3 shades,
yellows, scarlet for poppies, etc.


                            THE FRENCH ART.


                          FOR DECORATING WOOD,
                    LEATHER, SILK AND OTHER FABRICS.

It is simple to perform, durable, and very effective. The designs are
printed in colors, upon paper so prepared that after they are cemented
to the surface of the article intended to be decorated, by simply
dampening the back of the paper, it may be at once and entirely removed,
and the finished work exactly resemble painting; nothing but the colored
designs remaining upon the work.

Suppose that a white earthenware or porcelain plate is the object to
decorate: Take the design, and after having cut off the larger portion
of the margin of the paper, pass over the colored design, fine brush, a
slight coat of _Fastening Varnish_, being careful to cover the whole of
the design and not go beyond the outlines. When the varnish has
partially dried, or has become “tacky,” which will happen in five or ten
minutes, place the varnished surface in the position you wish it to
occupy upon the plate, and then press it well down with the roller; then
take a damp piece of cloth or sponge and press well the back of the
picture, (if you were decorating a curved surface, such as a vase, the
ivory knife may be used for the purpose), and allow it to remain for a
minute or two, then thoroughly wet the back of the design and raise the
paper with the hand evenly and carefully. Now wash the picture, which is
transferred as gently as possible with the water brush, to remove any
soil; this done, carefully press the work with a piece of fine linen
slightly wetted, so as to absorb the water and nearly dry the design,
this prevents it from blistering and causes the work to dry flat and
evenly. Then after having left it at least one day, apply a coat of
retouching varnish, and the work is complete.

=To Decorate Silk and other Delicate Fabrics.= Apply a coating of
fastening varnish, and allow it to dry, then with the water brush, wash
the paper surrounding the design carefully; this removes from the paper
the preparation which would otherwise soil the silk; now apply a second
coat of the same varnish, and when this has slightly dried, place the
design upon the silk or other fabric to be decorated, and with the
roller press it well down. With the water brush wet the back of the
paper covering the design and the paper may be at once lifted off.

=Another Method.= Cut out the design carefully and cover it with a thin
coating of fastening varnish, and allow it to dry, then lay it upon the
silk or other fabric, and roll thoroughly; dampen the back of the paper
with the water brush, and lift it off as previously directed.

=To Decorate Articles of a Dark Color.= In decorating Japanned goods, or
any dark material, it is necessary to take the prepared pictures covered
with white lead or gold back, and follow the directions as before.
Should there be any design you wish to remove, or any spots of varnish
accidentally dropped upon the article decorated, you can easily remove
it by applying the clarified spirits.

                  *       *       *       *       *

A few of the many articles which can be easily and advantageously
decorated. Vases, trinket stands, and other ornaments in white china,
with or without a border of gold; tea or coffee services in china,
earthenware, or Bohemian glass; dessert services, flower pots and boxes,
candlesticks, urn and jug stands, carriages, sleighs, wagons, furniture,
tinware, and many other china articles which have been made expressly
for decoration by this art; white wood articles, straw dinner mats, silk
or cloth sofa cushions, scent bags, slippers, hand screens, fans,
ribbons, articles in ivory, book covers; indeed it is difficult to say
what ornamental article may not be thus decorated, from the panels of a
room to the tiny articles of the dressing table.

To the house decorator this art offers a complete substitute for the
costly process of hand painting for panels of rooms, and other portions
of his work which require artistic embellishment.

As to the choice of subjects, of course that must be left to individual
taste. The variety is large, comprising flowers, birds, figures and
landscapes, of all dimensions and in every style, the beautiful products
of Sevres, the works of modern artists, and inlaid woods.

The brushes may be easily cleaned with a little of the clarified
spirits, as well as any accidental spots of the varnishes upon the

As all designs are covered with gold, or plain, the latter will show on
a white ground only, and are mostly used for ladies’ work. The covered
designs will show on any ground, dark or light, and are principally used
for manufacturing purposes, such as tin, woodenware, etc.

                                WAX ART.
                           Flowers and Fruit

                         WITH INSTRUCTIONS FOR

Wax Art was supposed to have reached the height of perfection many years
ago, but since the invention of the various machines for cutting and
molding designs into form from wax, the rapidity with which the work is
executed, and the endless variety of artistic productions in wax art, it
is evident perfection has not yet been reached, and we are led to
believe it susceptible of attaining a still higher degree of excellence.
The reason of its being taught so little during the past few years is
owing principally to the fact of its simplicity since the use of molds
and cutters, so artistically arranged that the form of any desired leaf
or flower may be chiseled out at will, from the varieties of colored wax
before you.

Nothing in fancy work excels the art of making Wax Flowers for interest,
amusement and fascination. Only a few tools are required. A good eye for
colors and a little taste in arranging them. There are two distinct
methods. First,

=By Molding Them.= All tubular flowers must be made by molds, viz: Calla
lily, lily of the valley, iris, morning glory, scarlet cypress vine,
stephanotis, and all other flowers tubular or labiated. A good set of
_wooden molds_, carved carefully, is the best, but any lady can prepare
her own molds in the following manner. Get your flower fresh as
possible, and stand it in water to give it perfect strength. Fix a
little pasteboard box, or any small cup shaped box; prepare these
yourself with strips of pasteboard, some larger or smaller, just
according to the size of leaf or flower you intend to mold from; mix the
finest dentists’ plaster of paris, (practice alone can perfect one in
the proper consistency), and pour it into the flower, having enough
mixed to fill it and cover every little part of the flower, let it
remain until hard, tear off the flower, and you have a _perfect_ mold,
every little vein and impression perfectly taken. With a sharp knife
trim off all ragged edges and superabundant plaster, leaving your mold
small as possible, and lighter to handle. These _leaf_ molds are much
better for all uses, even for _sheeted_ wax flowers, than those _metal_
molds that _cut_ the wax, and never give the fibrous look needed for a
_natural_ looking leaf. The lily of the valley needs a _wooden_ mold,
the flower is so delicate a plaster mold cannot be made.

=Preparation of the Wax for Molded Flowers.= These recipes are of the
times of our great grandmothers, who kept a few bees in their gardens,
making honey from the fields of sweet clover, the apple and other fruit
blossoms in the spring of the year, and buckwheat patches in the summer.
The wax was brown, and they bleached it by melting it, clarifying it by
selecting the whitest, running it off in thin sheets, and laying it in
the hot sun to bleach. All bleacheries do this on a larger or smaller
scale. After bleaching the wax white as muslin, you can make your parlor
mantel ornaments of it.

Keep a set of tin cups for your different tints of wax, your white cup
being the largest.

=To Mold a Calla Lily.= Have ready a basin of hot soap suds, strong as
possible of soap, and hot, so that your lily will be smooth, not lumpy
or bubbly. Melt your wax by setting the tin cup in _boiling water_, as
glue is melted. To every pound of white wax add a tube of Winsor &
Newton’s flake white paint, dissolved and thoroughly mixed with one
tablespoonful balsam fir, or Venetian turpentine, and half table
spoonful of dissolved gum mastic, the _whitest_ possible. This is a
_good_ recipe for _sheeting wax_ for your own use, and will be given
below in preparations for sheeted wax flowers.

Your liquid being thoroughly mixed in two cups, your white and yellow
chrome cup, the yellow prepared exactly like the white, only _yellow
chrome_ paint substituted for the white tube paint; your molds all
prepared by standing soaked in the hot soap suds, you commence with the
yellow cup, dipping your spadix mold, or the center of the lily, in the
yellow cup, making as many spadix as you wish to make lilies. After
finishing dipping spadix, you take your white cup and large mold,
dipping once and letting it cool a moment, and then immersing the second
time, to give a double thickness to the heavy portions of the flower.

A hundred lilies can be molded in an hour.

The stems of wire can be prepared next. Fasten the spadix to the stem,
and slip the stem through the hole at the bottom of the molded flower,
then with a brush dipped in the hot _green_ cup solder the whole
together, spadix, stem and flower.

All molded flowers are made exactly alike. All tools dipped first in hot
suds for every flower, after in the hot wax. It is well, as a rule, to
make all _white_ flowers first—afterward, the colored flowers.

All variegated flowers are _painted_ with a brush, using Winsor &
Newton’s moist _water colors_. All yellow flowers, like Thunbergia,
spadix of lilies, etc., by dipping in the _yellow_ cup. A scarlet cup
for scarlet flowers, blue for blue flowers, rose colored for roses,
Naples yellow for sofrano and tea rose tints.

All roses and double flowers are made of separate petals molded and
joined together afterward.

All large leaves should be molded, and all small leaves, all dipped in
the green cup.

Your green cup is made of all your refuse colors melted together, and
the tube green tint added. Never use any darker tubes than No. 1 chrome
green. Your olive and other tints are made by the refuse tints thrown in
from the drippings of red, yellow, purple, and odd tints.

=Directions for Sheeting Wax.= To every pound of bleached wax, after
dissolving thoroughly in an outer crucible of hot water, add 1 oz.
balsam of fir, or Venetian turpentine, in which dissolve a little resin,
white or mastic. If white wax is desired, one and one-half tube Winsor &
Newton’s flake white paint should be added—yellow, orange or rose, and
just what other tints are required. All sheeted wax by machine is first
molded into square blocks or bricks, and the machine slices off the
sheets. But these machines are expensive, and no lady cares to have one
who only makes wax flowers for pleasure.

_Green_ wax is made from the drippings of all the other tints, and from
the yellow unbleached wax, with green tube paint added.

After preparing your cup of melted wax, have ready a plaster mold made
on a tea saucer or tea plate. Dip your mold in hot soap suds, for flower
molding, and with a small ladle pour over its wet surface the melted
wax, trimming off the sides and making even sheets, remelting the
clippings and resheeting it.

A wooden spaddle size of ordinary sheet wax is sometimes made, and used
instead of the plaster mold, called _paddle wax_, and a great many
teachers use a bottle, dipping the bottle, and forming wax thin at one
end, thicker at the other. Either plaster, wood or glass must be dipped
in the hot suds between every dipping in hot melted wax.

=Wax Fruit= is made in molds, and is always used with the paints in
preparing the crude wax, and painted afterwards with dry powder paint.

Almost all molds for Wax Fruit should be made in halves—pears in three
pieces—and some fruits require the mold in several pieces. Unless the
molds are perfect the fruit will be defective, and nothing can make it
beautiful when it is once molded wrong.

Your fruit should be perfect, and in making your molds care should be
taken that there are no open places or leaks in the molds. Grease your
lemon, apple, orange, or whatever is to be molded, well first in every
part. Have ready your pasteboard cup, made a trifle larger than your
fruit, nearly filling your cup with the plaster, mixed with cold water
to the consistency of pound cake unbaked. Your fruit being oiled, _be
very careful_ to sink it down _just half_ in the dissolved plaster. If
you do not get in half, or if you sink it in more than half, you will
have an imperfect mold, and your fruit will be defective. A little care
makes it perfect.

As soon as the plaster is a little hardened, with a pen knife make four
holes in the outer plaster rim, not touching the fruit. These holes,
half an inch deep, are to hold the top of your mold; lock it into the
lower half, blow off all loose pieces of plaster, and when completely
hardened, oil the top of the fruit and the new half plaster mold, and
the holes for the locks; then prepare the second half. Be sure and have
your plaster fresh and strong, when thoroughly mixed to the same
consistency as the first, pour over the fruit into the pasteboard cup,
and even it all over. Leave it standing a good half hour, then remove
the pasteboard cup, and if the mold seems hardened, carefully open it,
being careful not to break off the locks, for upon the perfection of
these consists the perfection of the fruit.

In a basket of fruit, lady apples are beautiful, crab apples, Seckle
pears, Bartlett pears, a lemon, an orange or two, California plums, two
peaches, and grapes are desirable. Two pounds of wax will make this
elegant variety. None of the fruit should be large—all small, high
colors, and _perfect_ in painting.

After preparing your set of molds, prepare your wax, as before directed,
and there should be twelve gill, or half-pint cups kept ready for this
work, with the different tints. A small sharp pouring spout on each cup
is a great help. The half-pint cups being generally used for apples,
peaches, pears, oranges and lemons; the plums, cherries, and little
fruits are made with the gill cups.

All fruit makers, _masters_, will tell you to be very careful and not
get too deep tints; for a lemon use common lemon chrome paint, dry;
orange, orange chrome, dry, and after making those two fruits, you make
from the same cups your apples, peaches and pears, because the solid,
clear color is needed first, and after, you can paint them to their
natural tint. 1st, Lemon. Match the color of the wax to the lemon you
imitate. Dry patent powdered yellow, gives a splendid lemon tint.

After melting and tinting your wax, two cakes for one lemon, have ready
your mold—remember that every mold must be soaked in hot, strong soap
suds—have the upper half ready to put on as soon as your lower half is
filled with the hot wax. Pour in the even half of the mold with the
melted wax first. Never allow any to slop over the edge. Place on the
upper half immediately and lock closely together, holding them clasped
and turning them gently over and over, keeping every part in a slow,
steady motion until the liquid sound has all ceased. About ten minutes
is needed to every piece of fruit the size of a lemon or an orange.

Let them stand inside the mold for some time, opening very carefully. If
your mold is perfect, very little trimming will be required. With a
sharp penknife remove every trace of the rim where the fruit mold joined
together, and wash off with benzine, rubbing a little dry powder over
the lemon to give it a fresh picked appearance, and painting the stem
end with water colors.

=Orange= is made precisely like the lemon, only orange chrome is used
instead of lemon.

=Apples= are made from the lemon cup or the orange cup, with a little
green chrome added to vary the foundation tint, and after molding,
trimming and washing off with benzine, paint red with dry carmine,
producing a splendid effect.

=Peaches= molded from the lemon cup, or orange, according to the tint
required. The fault with fruit-makers consists in getting too deep a
color in the cup, or melted tint, and that always produces the coarse
effect of the fruits usually displayed. Peaches should be molded of a
very delicate foundation tint, first trimmed while hot from the mold, as
little rubbing as possible on them, painted _hot_, and after the carmine
cheeks are rubbed on, (dry powdered carmine being used), white flock
should be rubbed all over them, to give them the soft, downy effect.

Plums are painted with ultramarine or indigo blue added to the carmine.

Grapes are made over glass globes, blown for the purpose, first stemmed,
then dipped in green or purple wax, and bloomed over with corn meal
(sifted on them).

The California grapes are easy to imitate, for the green wax, after
dipping, simply needs a little carmine painting outside.

No cross, piece of statuary, or vase, can ever be taken from the molds
unless the molds are made in a number of pieces. After running the body
of a cross, there must be a standard through the upright before it
hardens, to support it. Pour the lower part on afterward.

=Molds for Leaves=, consisting of a great variety of beautiful
formations, from almost every tree or shrub in nature’s garden. Among
the number you have to select from are: Oak, maple, myrtle, lily of the
valley, ivy, willow, currant, cherry, grape, orange, strawberry,
blackberry, chestnut, etc., etc.

Wet the molds before placing them in wax, to prevent them from sticking.
It will require but a little time for you to become familiar with the
method of cutting and molding the leaves and flowers, and by the aid of
your good judgment and exquisite taste you may soon be able to arrange
in form almost any leaf or flower you may desire to see produced in wax.

=Wires.= The wire used for making the stems and branches is covered with
silk or cotton, and of different colors, and can be had in coils or by
the spool, each spool containing from twenty to twenty-five yards. Paper
wire comes in bunches. Silver wire on spools or in skeins.

=Steel Molding Pins.= The molding pins are used for molding and changing
the wax leaves and flowers into form desired, before placing them upon
the stem. They are made of steel with glass and porcelain heads. Sizes
run from 1 to 8.

=Moss= can be had by the package, or small sprig, for moss roses.

=Miscellaneous Articles.= Glass shades, glass balls for imitating
currants, grapes, cherries, and other fruit, small sable brushes, and
dry or liquid colors for tinting.

=The Wax=, consisting of a great variety of colors, you can purchase by
the sheet. The size of a sheet of wax is 3¼×5¼ inches.

Having given those who desire to do wax work an outline of the art, with
the materials used, and the method of applying them, I leave the rest
with the learner, who requires taste for the art, and perseverance to
acquire excellence.

                                THE NEW
                             SPRINKLE WORK


                       WOOD AND CHINA ORNAMENTS.

An idea of turning the standard accomplishments of the day into a
remunerative, as well as an agreeable occupation for one’s leisure
hours, has in the past few years so asserted itself in the refined
female world, that the study of wood painting, and etching with the pen,
as well as the production of sprinkle work, are now all much sought

There is no other handiwork that offers such enjoyment, to those
possessed of a sense of the beautiful, as the different methods of wood
decoration. While the study and practice requisite in difficult etching,
and the decorative embellishment of useful articles with stylish
ornamentation, makes one an acknowledged artist, so through the medium
of sprinkle work, with the ever new and beautiful effects to be produced
by the aid of pressed leaves and flowers, or by the simple method of
painting bouquets and landscapes upon wood, there is endless scope for
the taste of the amateur.

Sprinkle work upon wood, the subject of this article, is easily
acquired. In the manipulation of the materials required, good taste is
all that is necessary, although a knowledge of drawing is of great
advantage. Besides the possession of the necessary utensils for the
production of sprinkle work, one should not fail to secure a rich
assortment of leaves, grasses and flowers, adapted to the purpose. A
walk in the country in the early spring or autumn will provide one with
a goodly quantity of lovely material; or suitable specimens can be
procured from some neighboring florist. There are so many fancy articles
prepared for this work, upwards of a thousand, that it is well to have a
great variety of leaves, grasses and other designs, such as figures,
initials, monograms, mottoes, arabesques, butterflies, etc., cut from
paper, so that one can produce from the simplest to the most elaborate
arrangement. The pressing and drying of leaves is so well known that we
need not refer to it here, but it is well to select leaves of perfect
form, as the correcting of deficiencies sometimes destroys the entire
work. The leaves best adapted for this work are: Ivy, oak, clover,
geranium, rose, myrtle, gentian, maple, edelweiss and ferns, avoiding
the thick, fleshy foliage plants.

It is advisable for beginners to arrange their designs upon a piece of
wood or paper beforehand, to judge of the effect. Bouquets are
appropriate for the smaller articles to be decorated, wreaths for larger
or round pieces. For those more advanced, Konewka’s silhouettes are
recommended. With these and the addition of a little painting, highly
artistic effects can be produced.

=Utensils.= The necessary utensils can be procured in complete outfits,
neatly arranged in cases of different sizes. The contents are as
follows: One wire sieve, with handle, one coarse painting brush, one
fine painting brush, three hundred pins, one small pair of pincers,
several china saucers, one tube prepared Vandyke brown, one drawing pen,
one Herbarium with artificial leaves and space for the preservation of
natural leaves and flowers, one envelope containing initials, six models
of leaves.

In working with the sieve and brush, an irregular distribution of color
is made almost impossible. The principal colors used in sprinkle work
are the following: Prepared sepia, Vandyke brown, black, and dark green.
A mixture of black and brown will produce quite a number of shades. The
colors used are water colors, specially prepared, and come either in
tubes in a moist state, or in cakes which require moistening. Great care
should be taken not to get the color too thick.

=Process of Sprinkling on Wood.= After the materials, leaves, etc.,
requisite for the work have been selected, take the article to be
decorated and score it gently with a small quantity of powdered pumice
stone, applied with a flannel pad, this frees it from any roughness or
dust that may have come upon it through handling or transportation. Next
take a clean cloth, and wipe all the powder off. Now prepare the color
to be used in a small porcelain saucer, above all, being careful it is
sufficiently diluted to flow freely, not muddy; about the size of a pea
taken from the tube is sufficient quantity of color to a teaspoonful of
water. The dried leaves or designs are then fastened to the wooden
article, by means of pins; this proceeding must be carefully carried
out, the points, sides and stems must be well secured, and lie perfectly
flat upon the object. In wreaths, the stems should be so arranged that
they come together in the center, in order to accomplish a pretty
_ensemble_. Now take the sieve in one hand and the brush in the other,
dip the brush lightly into the diluted color, that it may not be too
heavily charged with the color, press it gently upon a piece of paper,
and let it glide back and forth over the sieve, holding the latter in a
horizontal position above the object. In this manner a fine shower is
produced, which is kept up until the proper shade is acquired. Blots,
and where the color has run together, should be removed immediately with
blotting paper.

The final arrangement of the wreath should be such that the leaves and
grasses which extend out furthest, and are to have the darkest shade,
should be fastened last, over the others, so that they can be first and
more easily removed with the pincers. After the top layer of leaves,
etc., has been removed, where spaces are now perfectly white, the design
should be examined, whether any of the others have been displaced,
proceed with the sprinkle work as before, and remove from time to time,
the leaves in such a manner that those which are to be left entirely
white, are left to be removed last of all; the others are removed first,
according to the shade required. The spaces of those removed last are
also spattered, but very lightly, so that they may not be too glaring.

The beginner will no doubt content herself to produce only such work in
one shade; with more experience a variety of shades may be attempted.
Those having more practice will not be satisfied with these alone, but
after the bouquet or garland is finished in different shades, will by
means of carefully spattering the separate leaves, seek to bring out a
fine shading and thereby produce a more perfect work; in this case, the
entire design, with the exception of the part of the leaf to be shaded,
must be covered with paper, after it is perfectly dry, so that the color
is not distributed further than the part desired. Through this later and
more difficult work the whole is brought out with a plastic effect from
the surface, while on the other hand the separate layers of the leaves
removed would appear flat and monotonous in their extensions.

Lastly, the pen is taken, and what the foregoing process does not
supply, is put in by hand, to complete the work. Take the same color,
only thicker, and draw in the veins, and if necessary the entire
outlines, to bring out the work more boldly. This being finished, the
cleaning of the utensils should not be overlooked. The dried leaves
place carefully in the herbarium, the brush and sieve wash thoroughly in
water, the finished article allow to dry in a room (not too warm), and
after a day or two the varnishing and polishing may take place, in order
to give it, aside from durability and practical purpose, a more
brilliant finish and higher value to that which has been accomplished
with such care.

=Varnishing and Polishing.= Procure a bottle of “wood varnish,” prepared
expressly for the purpose. This should be applied to smaller articles,
as its peculiar properties make the polishing unnecessary. This varnish
is applied by means of a soft flat brush, in a room entirely free from
dust, and of warm temperature; the brush strokes should be made from the
center of the article towards its edges, and according to its shape.
Repeat from six to eight times. Flat articles more readily take the
polish than round ones. Before putting on the separate coats, the
previous one should be thoroughly dry. After the last coat is dry, apply
a little powdered pumice stone, by means of a moist pad, and make the
uneven places in the varnish smooth by rubbing. When a perfectly smooth
surface is obtained, (this manipulation is omitted in varnishing
articles that are turned, because unnecessary), then apply the varnish
once more in the same manner, for the last time, and the article will
thereby obtain a glossy wood polish. This is left in a temperate room,
free from dust, for two days, when it will be thoroughly dry and
hardened, and ready to be turned over for the object it is intended. As
before mentioned, we advise this method only for articles of small
compass. Tables, etc., we advise to have finished by a regular furniture
polisher, for the smooth finish cannot be accomplished by an amateur. It
is easily conceived that by this process really wonderful effects may be
produced, when the artist has taste, and devotes care and time to the

=Sprinkle Work on China.= It may not be generally known that the same
effects as produced on wood can also be produced on china ware, the
manipulation being slightly different. Instead of water-colors, the
ceramic or enamel colors are used, (Dresden or LaCroix). They come in
tubes, in a moist state, and are diluted with spirits of turpentine,
with a few drops of oil of anise or cloves. Those doing both wood and
china sprinkle work will do well to secure an extra brush and sieve,
which are to be had separate from the outfit boxes, and use these for
the mineral colors only. The leaves and grasses are fastened by means of
dissolved gum arabic, being careful to scrape off any particles of the
gum that may adhere to the china after the leaves have been removed,
before sprinkling over the blank spaces. When the leaves are placed upon
the article singly, and the desired shade is produced, lay it in a warm
place, over a register if possible, and the leaves will come off as the
gum separates from the ware, when the sprinkling may be resumed, and the
proper shading given to heighten the effect.

Veins are drawn in with a crowquill pen, but the color must be properly
mixed to prevent it spreading. Really beautiful decorations can be made
by using ferns and maiden hair to ornament tiles, flower pots, etc. If
the leaves, such as the maple, and others that grow bright with the
first frosts of autumn, are to have their natural tints, the piece is
taken to be “fired,” which fastens the background, so that their colors
can be washed in without fear of injury to the groundwork. The most
useful colors for monochrome work in the Lacroix colors, are the
following: Brown, No. 4 or 17, sepia, brown-green No. 6, dark green No.
7, Victoria blue, and violet of iron. If the Dresden colors (Muller &
Hennig’s) are used, which are preferable on account of their rich and
soft appearance, the following are recommended: Dark brown No. 30,
chocolate-brown No. 36, sepia No. 28, olive green No. 11, shading green
No. 10, and dark blue No. 13. When the work is finished, take it to the
china decorator and have it “fired.”

It is not necessary to use the best French china for sprinkle work, as
it is almost entirely covered with color.

Ladies who do not paint on china, but desire something different from
the ordinary stamped work, that is all that can be had in decorated ware
for common use, will find this an easy and delightful way of ornamenting
the white ware with some favorite flower or fern, and so have something
original, and that can be readily duplicated, should any piece be
broken, one of the objections to the stamped sets being the difficulty
and expense in replacing odd pieces.

To those affected by the odor of turpentine, we would recommend the use
of Hancock & Son’s Worcester moist and water-colors for china.

Faience. Ivory white and other soft wares will answer, and the result
will always be a pleasing one if a little care is taken in the execution
of this branch of decoration.


                            PEARL EMBROIDERY


[Illustration: ON VELVET.]

In the imitation of pearl, nothing has yet presented itself so favorable
to the writer as the beautiful and new method of preparing fish scales
for embroidery. You may take the scales from a large size fish, the
larger the scales the easier they are to handle. Lay them in salt water
for a few hours, until quite well cleansed, after which wipe them clean,
and place them between two sheets of writing paper, and lay a weight on
them, allowing it to remain a whole day, until they are dry and hard,
when they are ready for further use. Now draw the pattern of any favored
leaf, or whatever you wish on the scale, with pencil, and cut it out
with small scissors. If you are conversant with the form of leaves, you
can save time by cutting out the leaf without first drawing the
outlines. Draw in the veins of the leaves next with a needle. Stretch
your dark velvet tightly to an embroidery frame, place the pattern which
you wish to copy before you, and imitate it by sewing the leaves, one at
a time, on the velvet with fine gold thread, and the leaf stalks and
tendrils embroidered with the same. Wet the thread before using, to
render it flexible.

                            FEATHER FLOWERS,


Whoever may be so fortunate as to have in their possession fine feathers
can certainly make fine flowers. Have at hand gum in solution, French
paper for winding stems, and wire of different sizes. Draw the under
side of the feather gently over the edge of your penknife to bend it in
the required direction; make a lump of bookbinder’s thick paste or wax
on the end of a wire for a stalk, and begin your flower by sticking the
smallest size feathers into it for a center; place other feathers of the
same kind, but larger in size, around in order. Choose green feathers
for leaves and calyx, and pure white ones for japonicas and white roses.
Twist the ends of the same on a wire, and make fast with gum, glue,
paste, or other similar adhesive substance. Be careful to select
feathers of the same kind for the same flower. Arrange in a vase, and
cover to keep free from dust. In this, as in all kinds of fancy work,
let taste and neatness govern the process.

It will often be found necessary to color the feathers to give the
desired variety of hues; this can easily be done by attending to the
following directions: Put the feathers into hot water, then drain them;
rinse two or three times in clear cold water; place them on a tray, over
which a cloth has been spread, before a good fire; as they dry, draw
them gently into shape between the thumb and finger.

TO DYE FEATHERS BLUE. Into about three cents’ worth of oil of vitriol
mix as much of the best indigo in powder; let it stand one or two days.
When wanted for use, shake it well, and into a quart of boiling water
put one tablespoonful of the liquid. Stir well, put the feathers in, and
let them simmer a few minutes.

YELLOW. Put a tablespoonful of the best turmeric into a quart of boiling
water, when well mixed, put in the feathers. More or less turmeric gives
different shades.

FOR ORANGE, add a small quantity of soda to the preparation for yellow.

PINK. Three good pink saucers to a quart of boiling water, with a small
quantity of cream tartar. If a deep color is required use four saucers.
Let the feathers remain in this dye several hours.

RED. Dissolve a teaspoonful of cream tartar in a quart of boiling water;
put in one teaspoonful of prepared cochineal, and then a few drops of
muriate of tin. This dye is expensive, therefore use the plumage of the
bird ibis.

LILAC. About two teaspoonfuls of cudbear in a quart of boiling water,
let it simmer a few minutes before you put in the feathers. A small
quantity of cream tartar turns the color from lilac to amethyst.

Bunches of orange blossoms can be made with good success of feathers;
the buds are to be made of starch and gum mixed; the stamens of ground
rice, colored with turmeric, into which the gummed ends of manilla grass
have been dipped.

The inhabitants of the Pacific Islands make beautiful feather flowers,
rivaling the natural ones in delicacy and beauty. Pinks, orange
blossoms, and roses of exquisite workmanship are often brought from
these islands. Old ostrich feathers can be made to look as well as new
by holding over hot steam, then drawing each vane of the feather
separately over a knife to curl it.

                            BRONZE PAINTING.


Prepare your board for bronzing by first coating it over with a strong
solution of size, made by dissolving isinglass in hot water; strain it,
and coat over with a flat camel’s hair brush while the size is warm.
When dry, coat it over thinly and evenly with gold size; let it remain
until sticky, then apply the powder bronze, with a soft dry brush. You
may use a variety of shades of bronze if you wish; pale, blush and
white. Blend them together to suit your subject, and allow two days for
it to dry before commencing to paint. Make a drawing of your figure on
thin white paper, rub some white on the back of it, fit it upon the
picture and mark over with the sharp end of a stick, pressing on very
lightly; after all is drawn in, remove the sketch, and mark over the
outlines with a lead pencil, lightly. If you are copying from an
engraving, notice on which part of the building the light rests, and
select those parts for gold, coating them over with gold size, and
putting on the leaf gold when sufficiently dry. If there are any parts
of your figure which you want rich colors, do them with gold at the same

The painting must now be wiped with a silk handkerchief, to remove all
the particles of gold and dust, and supposing the thimble palette ready,
with all the colors, first mix a pale tint of purple, made with Prussian
blue and a little crimson lake, and pencil over the mountains of the
landscape evenly, then go over the water with a very pale shade of blue.
After coating the mountains and water once, it is best not to touch them
again until dry. Now paint in the foliage, making the tints with yellow
lake and Prussian blue; if you want them bright for the different
shades, add burnt sienna and Vandyke brown, or both, as your tints

Stems of trees are mostly done with Vandyke brown, and other tints added
to suit; faces of figures do with white and a little sienna, mixed
together; white drapery coat over with white, scarlet with scarlet, and
yellow with chrome yellow; all other parts of the figures with white,
except the parts you have already gilded. This will answer for the first

The second shade upon the mountain is made with a neutral, composed of
three primative colors, crimson lake, yellow lake, and Prussian blue.
The tone you desire must predominate in making all your neutrals. If you
want a greenish neutral, the yellow lake must predominate, if you wish a
bluish neutral, the blue must predominate, and if reddish neutral, the
crimson lake must predominate. Having selected your shade, be sure to
have it about the right strength before beginning, as it is difficult to
avoid a patched appearance on the mountains with varnish color,
especially on the second and third coating, unless you are quick in your
work. If the water requires more color, paint it in the darker places,
then repeat the shades on the foliage, where it is required.

Your figures now claim some attention. Any part you wish to have
crimson, paint over with crimson lake, repeat it when a little dry if
you wish it darker, and for the shades add a little blue with your
crimson lake. Blue dresses paint with a pale shade of Prussian blue on
white or pale gold, for the shades, paint in with a little stronger
Prussian blue, and when you wish to make any of these colors paler add
varnish, and when you want to thin it use turpentine. Green dress, with
yellow lake and Prussian blue on pale gold or white; purple dresses,
with crimson lake and a little Prussian blue, on white or pale gold. Any
part of the figure you do with scarlet, shade it with crimson lake;
yellow, shade with burnt sienna, (pale shade). In faces, paint features
in with Vandyke brown, and different tints with yellow lake, crimson
lake, and sienna paled down, and repeat to suit the eye.

Parts of mountains may require a third and fourth wash, if so, do it
with neutrals mentioned above. Sometimes we heighten the effects of the
near foliage by touching the edges with a little opaque color, made of
chrome yellow, white, and a little blue. It must be done very carefully,
as opaque colors are powerful, compared with transparent ones. If what
you do shows too abruptly, you have a remedy by putting on a little more
of the transparent color. Parts of the figures may be heightened by
touches of opaque color, and the faces also may require retouching. When
the painting is completed, a full week should pass before varnishing,
and great care should be taken not to touch the bronze, as it will leave
a stain, bronze being so delicate.

=Varnishing.= In varnishing, care must be taken to have a clean brush,
and the dust wiped from the painting with a silk handkerchief. Lay the
painting flat, and with a one inch camel hair brush coat over with copal
varnish, as evenly as possible, being careful to cover every part. Leave
it flat down, as it is, for a couple of hours, or more, before removing,
or the varnish is liable to run in streaks. Once varnishing is
sufficient to preserve the painting, but if you wish to polish it,
another coat of varnish must be given, allowing a week between; then
after another week, it should be rubbed with pumice sand and water, in
the following manner: Take a piece of woolen, put it over cotton, to
make a rubber of it; wet the rubber pretty thoroughly with water, dip
into some fine pumice sand, and rub it backwards and forwards on your
varnished picture, carefully. After you have rubbed for a short time,
wipe the sand from a part of it, to see the progress. If not
sufficiently smooth, rub again, care being taken not to rub through the
varnish. When smooth, wash all the sand off, wipe perfectly dry, and
give another coat of varnish, allowing the same time for it to dry, then
rub again with water and pumice sand. When smooth, wash off the sand and
proceed to polish with very fine powdered rottenstone, and rubber made
of satin or silk. Saturate this with water, and rub with the rottenstone
for a short time, until it shines, then wash all off. You can make it
shine by rubbing with your hand, using a little sweet oil and a little
more rottenstone.

When wood is used for painting on, choose that which is close grained,
and coat over several times with paint, rubbing down with pumice sand
and water. After the third coat, give plenty of time between each coat
to get dry and hard.


The part you wish to have leaf gold, cover evenly with gold size. Chrome
yellow or white lead may be mixed in with the gold size to enable you to
see the process. Allow it to dry until a little sticky. It can remain
much longer than for bronzing, as leaf gold does not require so strong a
sticking property as bronze. When sufficiently dry, put on the gold by
means of the tip, or your fingers, from the gold book. Be careful to
cover every part of the gold size with smooth leaf-gold. When all
covered, press gently a piece of soft chamois skin, on all the gilded
parts, and remove the superfluous gold.

                             JAPANESE ART.


An elegant, easy and profitable method of arranging autumn leaves to
make beautiful household articles, such as flower vases, work boxes,
etc. Gather yellow withered leaves, perfect in form, press them between
the leaves of a book. Rub the surface of the article to be ornamented
with fine sand-paper, then give it a coat of fine black paint. When this
is dry, rub smooth with pumice stone, then apply two other coats.
Arrange the leaves according to taste, gum them on the under side, and
press them on the piece to be ornamented.

Now dissolve some isinglass in hot water, and brush it over the work
while the solution is warm. When dry, give it three coats of copal
varnish, allowing time for each coat to dry, and the work is completed.

                          THE ART OF PAINTING
                            STAINING GLASS.


Glass-painting is not only restored, in our day, to the perfect fullness
of its ancient splendor, but also has acquired, through the giant
strides of the science of chemistry, and the great progress latterly
made in the arts of design, an amount of technical and æsthetical power
far exceeding whatever could formerly be called to its aid.

Notwithstanding this advantage, however, the art has not yet reached
that wide state of diffusion which, from the exquisite effects it is
capable of producing, and deserves, and which it attained in the olden
time, even with its then more limited capabilities.

The obstacles which, on the revival of the art, have interposed to check
its further extension, and therefore to diminish also the general demand
for its productions, are much rather to be attributed to those in whose
hands it rests, than to anything properly belonging to itself; they
originate in fact less in the art than with the artists.

One of the principal causes of the earlier decay of glass-painting was
that its rules being based so entirely upon empirical principles, those
who practised it were accustomed to consider the knowledge they had
acquired in the thorny path of tedious and long continued experiment as
their most valuable personal property, forming at once the means of
their subsistence, and the foundation of their future artistical fame.
They therefore not only kept the information they had gained profoundly
secret during their lives, but even carried it with them to their
graves, in preference to leaving it behind them to be made use of by
their scholars.

Glass-painting or staining may be defined to mean the art of painting on
transparent glass, (either colorless or already colored in the process
of its manufacture), with vitrescible metallic colors, which are
afterwards burnt into the surface of the glass on which they are laid,
leaving it more or less transparent.

All colors used in glass-painting are oxides of metals, or other
metallic combinations. They may be divided into two principal classes:

1. Those whose coloring base, or the oxide, is laid upon the glass
simply in its original combination with an earthy vehicle.

2. Those whose coloring base, or the oxide, must be made to adhere by
the help of a glassy body, namely, the flux.

The colors which require a flux may be divided again into,

1. Those in which the oxide unchanged, but only _mixed_ with the flux,
is attached to the glass.

2. Those in which the oxide requires to be vitrified, by previous
_fusion_ with the flux, before it is laid on the glass.

The last may be called _fused colors_, all others _mixed colors_.

The classification before given may be made clearer by the following
explanatory remarks. Glass-painting is distinguished especially from
other illuminating processes in that the colors and the foundation on
which they are laid must, in this art, be fused together in the kiln.

Now, some few colors combine with the surface of the glass, at the
temperature of fusion, without further previous preparation than the
simple laying on, wherefore these give to the glass only a coloring
cementation or stain. Others, on the contrary, in consequence of their
peculiar nature, can only be made to combine with the glass by fusing
them upon its surface, into another thin sheet or layer of colored
glass. This is done by means of the _flux_, a vitreous compound, which
fuses more easily (_i. e._ at a lower temperature) than the foundation,
the glass plate.

=The Process of Laying the Colors on the Glass.= The manipulation and
the process of laying the colors on the glass varies, in some measure,
according to the different kinds of glass-painting, which therefore call
for the first explanation.

Either the colors may be laid upon a single sheet of glass, upon which
the whole figure with all its principal colors and intermediate tints
are burned in (Peinture en apprêt); or,

The figure may be composed of various pieces of _pot metal_ (glass
already colored in its manufacture), and only the outlines and shadows
painted on, the glass pieces giving the colors for the peculiar places
where they are inserted (Mosaic glass-painting); or, both these methods
may be combined in one and the same picture, by composing it partly of
pieces of colored _pot metal_ and partly of white and painted glass,
fixed together,

=Peinture et Apprêt.= For painting on a single sheet of glass, the
following rules must be observed.

A pure white glass must be chosen for the purpose, free from air specks
or bubbles, and especially difficult of fusion, as the whole labor would
be lost if it were attempted to burn in the colors upon a ground which
fused as easily as themselves. It is practicable, as the examples of the
ancients show, to paint on what would appear the commonest glass with a
good result, provided that it does not contain too much lead, and
thereby become too easily fusible.

Before the operation of painting, the glass plate must be rubbed to a
sufficient extent with pure lime, slaked by exposure to the air, in
order to clean it perfectly.

The ground or foundation must then be laid over the whole surface of the
plate, which may be done in two different ways. Some artists simply dip
a piece of clean linen cloth, or a flat camel-hair pencil, in oil of
turpentine, and brush the pane of glass with it equally over its
surface, while others give to the whole a thin clear ground of black
glass-painting color, in such manner as not to destroy its transparency,
but at most to give it the form of a dead ground glass. Both methods
answer the purpose of covering the glass with a viscous surface, which
takes the design and the colors better than a polished ground; the
latter prepares the glass at the same time for the painting effects
which are to be obtained upon it.

In both cases the ground which has been laid on must be most carefully
leveled over, and brought to as thin a coat as possible with a large
hair pencil, and must be dried quickly, taking great care to preserve it
from dust, etc.

Painting on one sheet requires only one pattern drawing or cartoon,
which, however, may be used in two ways. Either the glass sheet,
grounded and dried as above directed, may be laid upon the drawing, and
the outlines, as seen through the glass, traced lightly with a fine
pencil, and with black or other glass color corresponding to the ground.
Or the drawing may be placed reversed on the sheet, and all the outlines
marked over with a steel or ivory style. If this latter method is used
upon a ground of simple turpentine, the back of the drawing must
previously be rubbed over with black lead, so that the traced lines may
appear dark on the light ground.

In both cases, the drawing, whether it is placed upon or under the
glass, must, for the sake of convenience, be fastened to it with pieces
of wax at the four corners.

For properly carrying out the process of laying on the colors, a desk or
easel is necessary, which should be capable of being placed in an
inclined position by means of props, and should be formed by fixing a
glass plate in a wooden frame, so that the light may pass through the
painting. Sometimes during the progress of the work, the glass which is
being painted may be removed from the easel and laid upon a sheet of
white paper, in order better to show the effect of certain colors.

The vehicle with which the pigments are laid on is generally oil. Some
artists use exclusively water, but this alone is an insufficient medium
for binding the metallic bodies to the glass, particularly if, as in the
case of fused colors, they are somewhat coarse in their nature, and
require to be laid on in thick layers. They then easily loosen from the
plate before the firing, and render the process of laying on much more
difficult. It is an important advantage, that with oil the edges are
more sharply defined, and the parts already painted may be again touched
over when dry without danger of loosening the ground.

It must be understood that when it is wished to make use of water, the
plate must either not be grounded at all, or only with a glass-painting
color worked up with water.

The most suitable kind of oil for the purpose is rectified oil of
turpentine, somewhat thickened by standing, and to which a little oil of
lavender is added. This preparation gives the mass the necessary degree
of viscosity, and also prevents the color on the palette from drying up
and thickening too quickly.

The palette should be of thick sheet glass, ground rough by rubbing with
a glass muller and fine sand.

Preparatory to mixing with oil for laying on, those colors which require
a flux must (unless a different process is specially indicated) be
ground fine in water with the flux, and again dried. But the fused
colors, _i. e._ those in which the oxide has already been vitrified with
the flux into the state of a transparent glass, should for the purpose
of laying on, only be coarsely granulated; for the finer these are
ground the more likely is their transparency and perfection to be
impaired when burnt in.

Those pigments which are laid on in their simple combination with an
earthy vehicle, and without flux, as for example the yellow and red
colors prepared from silver, form an absolute exception to the use of
oil, and must, for laying on, be stirred up with water to the
consistency of a thick cream.

The first of these three kinds of pigments should, as a general rule, be
laid on in a thin, the latter two in a pasty, state. The depth of tone
of the color depends, with all three, upon the degree of thickness in
which the pigments are laid upon the glass.

The laying on of the fused colors is accompanied with more difficulty
than that of the other kinds. The latter are simply laid on with the
pencil, in the same manner as with other kinds of painting, and the only
care necessary is that the coat may be perfectly even and regular,
therefore for large surfaces a wide smooth pencil or driver is usually
employed. The colors prepared from silver must be treated differently,
and laid on the glass at least to the thickness of the back of a knife.

But the fused colors must be brought upon the surfaces to be covered in
the state of a thick flowing mass, moist enough to run, but consistent
enough to lie upon the glass. For this purpose small portions must be
laid on and spread out with a pencil or small spoon, and made to flow to
the circumscribing outlines, by inclining the sheet in the proper
directions. If any part of the surface thus covered is required to take
a darker tone of color, the plate must be kept for some time at an
inclination in the corresponding direction, so that the color may thus
accumulate thicker on that part. By this process many gradations of tone
may be obtained from one and the same pigment.

The remaining rules for the laying on of the pigments are those which
principally result from the different methods of painting on one sheet,
of which there are principally three.

Either the whole picture may be brought out in its outlines and shadows,
on one side of the sheet, with black, brown or gray color, and
illuminated with the proper colors in the proper places on the other

Or simply the manner of ordinary oil painting may be adopted with the
glass colors, and the picture treated as by an artist in oil.

Or, as is now most customary, both methods may be united, the artist
making use of each in certain places, according to the requirements of
the object he has in view.

For these three methods the following common rules will serve.

The shadows and dark colored outlines, and that which is called in oil
‘under painting,’ should be drawn on the front side of the glass, or
that which is turned towards the spectator.

The illuminating colors, especially the principal ones, should be laid
on the back or reversed side.

Intermediate tints, and gradations by shading, should generally be
placed on the front side, but sometimes, when they alternate with each
other, necessarily must lie on both; as they cannot be put in contact on
one and the same side without danger of running into each other, and
making a false color.

The silver yellow and red colors, before alluded to, must always be
placed on the back or reversed side.

In some particular cases colors may be laid on corresponding places on
both sides of the glass, in order to produce certain effects by the
light falling through the two together. Thus, purple on one side and
gold yellow on the other, give a magnificent fiery scarlet; blue and
yellow, according to their respective intensities, give different shades
of green; the latter, again, with blue on the opposite side, serve for
excellent distance colors. And finally, by the mixture of several
colors, the most diversified intermediate tints may be obtained, so that
glass-painting in its present state may be brought to assimilate with
oil painting in its power of producing varied effects.

In order to put a new tone of color on a surface already marked with
outlines, etc., it must first be dried by a gentle and equal heat, (to
avoid the warping of the glass), and again painted immediately after it
has cooled. Or the black lines first laid on may be at once burnt in,
and where possible, with these any yellow shades also which may be
required, after which the painting, then fixed, may be further worked
upon without danger of damage. The residuum of the unfluxed yellow color
may be removed after burning, and again used. This color must never be
put over any other, nor over dark shadows, unless these are previously
burnt in, but always require a carefully cleaned surface of glass to lie
upon; otherwise it would combine with the flux of the under color,
whereby the earthy residuum would be fixed, and the transparency and
beauty of the whole destroyed.

All pigments must be laid on somewhat darker than in other kinds of
painting, as they lose in depth by burning.

When a pigment has overrun its outline, the superfluous quantity must be
removed, when dry, with a knife.

By taking away the ground with a style of fine grained wood, pointed in
front and smooth at the back, (a tool used in etching), the most
effective lights may be obtained.

Should the colors not appear quite dull and dry, but shining and greasy,
after the drying of the picture, this is caused by the misuse of the
oil, which is always dangerous to the beauty of the pigments in firing.

It is neither necessary nor advisable to allow more than one day for the
drying of the colors; the burning in should be proceeded with at the
expiration of the time named.

Lastly, during the work, the greatest cleanliness must be observed
throughout, the pencil and palette must be kept perfectly clean, and the
painting preserved from dust, etc., for which reason it is not advisable
to paint in a laboratory or melting room, where the presence of vapor,
dust, and impurities of many kinds cannot be avoided.

=Mosaic Glass-Painting.= The before mentioned rules for laying on the
colors will apply also to the method of forming designs with colored
pieces of pot metal, or partly with these and partly with painted white
glass. It remains to say something more in reference to the employment
of the cartoons, and the cutting and arrangement of the glasses in this
branch of the art, which, however, is but little practiced, since the
leaden bars in a picture calculated for a near view are detrimental to
the effect.


Mosaic glass-painting requires two cartoons. One of these, a finished
and colored one, is used by the artist as a pattern, and serves to
determine the arrangement of the piece of glass according to their
several colors, and the manner of introducing the leaden ribs to fasten
them together, according to the outlines of figures. Each piece of glass
proposed to make part of the picture, must be distinguished by a
separate number.

The other cartoon, which consists only of the black outlines of the lead
jointing, and whose several parts are numbered to correspond with the
first, is to be cut up in pieces according to the outlines, and the size
of each piece diminished all round by one-half the thickness of the lead
bar of the jointing, so that the pieces of glass may be exactly cut to
the proper dimensions.

The cutting of the glass may either be done by the diamond, or by
tracing the line of division with a red-hot iron, after having made a
small incision at its commencement, or by cutting with scissors under
water, which, however, is not a safe process.

With overlaid glass, _i. e._ pot metal, several sheets or layers laid
upon each other from the frit, as for example, red and white, blue and
white, etc., it is possible to produce many effects of shading by
removing more or less of the colored glass sheet, according to the
outline, by grinding with emery. Or the colored sheet may be ground
through to the white glass, and thus colored ornaments may be given on
white ground, especially for the representation of damasked materials.
Also, the white parts thus exposed may have a color given them at
pleasure on the opposite side, in order to produce many kinds of
effects, or to avoid the necessity of using many pieces when the
introduction of another color in that of the pot metal is indispensable
for the effect required.

The colored pot metal may be painted with intermediate tints of its own
principal color, or even in order to produce certain effects, may be
covered on one of its surfaces with another color. Thus, a fiery red may
be obtained by covering a red overlaid glass on its white surface with
the yellow silver color, and burning it in, or a shade of green by a
similar use of the same pigment on a blue overlaid glass. In these
operations the widest latitude is left to the talent and practice of the


                     GILDING THE BORDERS OF GLASS,


                       IN TRANSPARENCY, ANTIQUE,

                       AND OTHER GLASS PAINTING.

The present art of gilding upon glass is an improvement on the method in
fashion years ago. It is chiefly used for decorating the borders of
prints in executing show glasses, and inscriptions for various purposes,
also for ornamental decorations in a variety of elegant forms, upon
different colored grounds; but as black is the most general one in
demand, shall first treat on that, there being two ways of performing

Procure some fine isinglass. You will find white and transparent is the
best, otherwise it will be unfit for this purpose. Dissolve it in very
clean water, and strain through linen cloth. Put a piece the size of a
pea into a tea cup of luke warm water, and let it remain until
dissolved. Make the glass you wish to have gilded quite clean, and free
it of any dust or grease, get some leaf gold, put it on a gilding
cushion, and cut into pieces according to the breadth you wish to have
your work gilt. Go over the parts to be gilt with a hair pencil, dipped
in the thin isinglass water, and while moist lay on the leaf gold, piece
by piece, until the parts are covered. The leaf will instantly adhere to
the glass. Then place it near the fire, in a slanting position, until it
dries, which will be in a few minutes.

While it is slightly warm, take a piece of cotton or wool and rub the
gold to the glass, until you find the superfluous pieces of leaf gold
gone, and likewise the back of the part gilt receives a kind of polish.
Proceed to lay on a second coat of gold, in the same manner as the
first, drying it as before, and polishing it, and so a third coat, which
will be sufficient.

Then take the size of the print or drawing which is to be framed, and
laying it on the gilt part of the glass, mark where the edges come to,
with a hair pencil and some dark color, after which, being provided with
a long ruler, and a pointed piece of ivory, draw two parallel lines out
of your gold, and with a mahogany or deal stick, carefully pointed, work
away the superfluous part, leaving the gold fillet which is to encompass
the picture sharp and neat. If you wish to ornament it by any other
lines, to appear black in the center, lay on your ruler, and with the
ivory point scribe them, and then varnish, having some black Japan, to
which a little lampblack has been added, to deepen the color. Paint it
all over the gilt part of the glass, and the space between it and the
edge, then set it to dry, which takes a few hours. When you are to lay
out the breadth of the black line that is to be inside your gilding,
scribe it with a sharp point, and cut away the waste black with a
graver, or some sharp instrument.

To cut figures, or any kind of ornament out of your gold, after the
glass is gilt, have a drawing of the design on paper, at the back of
which rub some powdered red chalk, and the smallest quantity of fresh
butter; lay the paper on the gold, and with a bluntish ivory point go
over the lines of the drawing, and they will be nicely transferred on
the gold, when you can with an ivory point trace them out of the gold,
and shade them agreeable to your fancy, or from the drawing you have by
you. You may, by mixing any other color you choose with white copal
varnish, vary your ground as you think proper.

The most important secret in glass gilding is the following method: In
an instant after your glass is blacked, taking away the parts where the
gold is to appear, and the remainder of the black to stand fast, by
which means the black gilding work is done in one-half the time, and
with half the gold leaf. The process is simple, and is performed as
follows: Obtain the very best black Japan carriage varnish, to which add
a very small portion of burned lampblack, very finely ground in spirits
of turpentine; then with a large flat varnish brush give the glass one
even thin coat, holding it between you and the light, and observing that
it does not appear a thick dead black, but exhibits a degree of
transparency not so much so as to prevent its appearing a good black at
the right side of the glass. After this, have the letters and ornaments
drawn on paper, as before mentioned, and trace it in the same manner on
the black varnish when it is perfectly dry. The drawing will be thus
very finely transferred to the black. Then take a needle pointed bodkin
and finely mark the outlines of what black is to come out through the
varnish; take some thick brown paper, dip it in water, and squeeze it
gently, spread it over the parts of the varnish you want to detach from
the glass, and in a few minutes, by raising one edge of the black, it
will instantly peel away clean from the glass. When all the black you
want is taken out, lay the glass to the fire, and the remaining part of
the varnish will instantly become as hard as ever, and ready to have the
gold put on.


                           ETCHING ON COPPER.


Doing this kind of work upon copper, in imitation of engraving, at a
much less expense, is something worthy the attention of sketch-artists
and draughtsmen, who will find it very useful in getting duplicates of
their work. You first make a correct tracing with a black lead pencil of
the drawing which is to be etched, then screw the copper plate into a
small hand vice. It must be understood that the copper is perfectly free
from scratches, or other blemishes.

Warm the plate from the back with a torch, which must be kept moving
over it in all directions, until it becomes gradually heated. It should
be just hot enough to allow your hand upon it for a second or two. Take
the etching ground—which is inclosed in a silk wrapper—and rub it as
evenly over the surface of the copper as you can. Before the plate
cools, take the dabber and dab over the etching ground until it becomes
perfectly flat, and indeed assumes the appearance of a thin transparent
wash, through which the bright copper appears. The etching ground must
be equally spread over the copper, not thick in one part and thin in
another. Should the copper become too cold ere the dabbing has been
finished, you may warm it again; be careful, however, not to make it so
as it will burn the etching ground—this would be a great blunder,
because it would not then resist the action of the biting-in liquid,
which is aqua fortis of different degrees of strength.

Now take a wax torch and smoke the whole surface of the copper thus
prepared; keep the torch at a fair distance from the copper, and move in
all directions, until the whole plate becomes black with the smoke. Let
the plate cool, then slightly dampen the tracing, and lay the penciled
side upon the smoked plate, and run both through a printing press. Upon
removing the tracing paper, you will find a perfect _fac
simile_—reversed—of the drawing, transferred to the copper by means of
the smoke.

Now place the copper on the table, which must face the light, and put up
between the light and your plate a shade of tissue paper, which will
cause every scratch you make on the copper apparent. The shade is simply
a sheet of tissue paper stretched upon a common wooden strainer. Keep it
constantly up during your work. The plate may be laid flat upon the
table, or inclined a little, just as you please.

Now get a piece of thin mahogany, or common deal, longer than the
copper, and sufficiently broad for your hand to rest upon while working,
for the hand must not come in contact with the plate, otherwise the
tracing would be obliterated. The rest for the hand must have two pieces
of wood glued on each end, so as to raise it off the plate an inch or
so; or you may place a book on each side of the copper—not on it—and lay
a flat piece of wood across it, and resting on the books; all that is
required being to keep the hand off the plate while etching in the

Have a looking-glass near, and place the original drawing or tracing
before it, which will thus be rendered just as the reversed outline on
the copper. Now take an etching point and slightly go over all the
outline, simply _scratching_ the copper, not digging deeply in it.

When all the etching is done, put a border or wall, about an inch high,
all around the plate, to contain the biting-in fluid. The composition
for bordering must be warmed, and laid down on the plate, taking care
that it adheres sufficiently, or else the fluid will escape and burn
whatever it touches. The aqua fortis is now to be laid over all the
etching, and according to its strength so must its continuance be. It
may be kept in motion with the feathered end of a quill, and when it
bubbles up, you may be sure it is in active operation.

When the distances and delicate lines have been etched in sufficiently,
pour off the liquid, wash the plate with cold water, and when dry, cover
up with the preparation—made for the purpose of resisting the action of
the fluid—all the parts which, according to your judgment, are
sufficiently bit in. Lay on the fluid again, and rebite the next
delicate parts, then pour off as before, and wash the plate with cold
water. Stop out and rebite again, and so continue to do until the whole
work is accomplished.

The darkest parts of the etching always require more biting-in than the
light parts. Clear off all the etching ground from the plate, and the
work is done.

Many ladies do this work for amusement, but they give the plate out to
be bitten-in, as the fumes from the aqua fortis are unhealthy.

The materials for the art of etching can be obtained in any village.
There are also professed biters-in, who are employed by engravers.

Etching on steel is done in precisely the same manner, only the
biting-in fluid is much weaker.

=Etching Fluid for Copper.= Mix two ounces aqua fortis with five ounces
water. Another is verdigris, common salt, and sal ammoniac, each four
ounces, alum one ounce, (all in powder), strong vinegar, eight ounces,
water, one pound; dissolve by boiling for a moment; cool and decant.

                          KENSINGTON PAINTING.

Kensington art work probably, at the present time, is attracting more
attention than the other methods of painting on silk and velvet.
Kensington embroidery had its day, and while it has not altogether
passed out of use, it is nevertheless, like many other methods of art
needle-work, being improved upon, and for the old method of doing the
work with the thread, paint is being substituted, which far exceeds the
more ancient work in splendor and simplicity. The great progress lately
made in this accomplishment, the amount of mechanical and artistical
power, far excels whatever else has formerly been called into use.
Notwithstanding all this, however, the art has not reached that wide
state of perfection which, from the exquisite effects, it is capable of

Kensington painting, in general appearance, resembles Kensington
embroidery, and as the latter seemed to pass away, the former caught up
the name, the idea being to produce with paint and brush upon cloth, a
_fac simile_ of the raised work of embroidery, to answer a demand of
artists in oil for something new.

=Materials Used.= For doing the work procure the following materials:
The best probably for the purpose would be a brass pen, one that is very
elastic; a goose quill would answer the purpose. Next is a round piece
of steel, or needle, such as is used by milliners, and set in a handle
if you wish. Three sable brushes, Nos. 3, 5, and 7. Cut from brush No. 3
_all_ the bristles, leaving nothing but the abrupt square end of the
metal holder; from No. 7 cut away nearly two-thirds of the hair, leaving
it with a round end, and you have the required tools.

Now arrange the velvet upon which the painting is to be laid, by
stretching it upon pasteboard, and fasten with thumb tacks, so as it may
be kept in place for working upon: after this is done, stamp upon it the
pattern you wish to have painted. This can better be executed at a place
where stamping for embroidery and other work is generally done, and
where designs can be found from which you can select just the pattern
you wish.

If you have a picture you would like to paint, that is not perforated,
you may make a transfer of it to velvet by pricking through with a fine
needle, following carefully and completely the full outlines of the copy
before you, after this is done, and before the picture is moved, press
through the now perforated pattern white powder, with a soft pad, which
will show up the outlines of what you seek, on the velvet beneath, or
you can use the transfer process given on page 28. It is now ready to
receive the painting.

=The Colors used= are Winsor & Newton’s oil colors in tubes, and the
opaque mixture for thinning. Flake white, rose madder, cerulean blue,
vermilion, chrome green Nos. 1 and 2, burnt sienna, orange chrome,
emerald green, mauve lake. For Poppies use Chinese vermilion, a little
chrome yellow and green for the centers; for Pansies use mauve lake,
with green and yellow for the center; for Daisies (white) with yellow
centers, use flake white, with chrome yellow for the center;
Forget-me-nots, use light blue, by mixing white with permanent blue, dot
the centers with yellow; for leaves, use green, with a little Naples
yellow and Chinese vermilion for autumn leaves; for stems of flowers,
use green, and green heightened with white for grasses, and where the
leaves require it; for Wild Rose, use rose madder and white, apply same
as in poppy.

=Applying the Colors.= After the piece has been fastened to the board,
and the flower is stamped thereon, you may begin the painting. Take
first a Forget-me-not. Commence with pencil No. 3. Take upon the brush
all it will hold of cerulean blue, mixed with white lake, lay this upon
the point which you are to place the flower, and with the brush press it
out by rolling the brush from the center to the outline of the petal of
the flower, in such quantities as to show a rolled edge, (resembling the
embroidery), leaving the center with but little of the paint. With the
same brush, or point of the pen, (after cleaning with naphtha), touch
the center with a small particle of chrome yellow, (about the size of a
pin head). Now, with the needle, lay on the stems, using green. In doing
this, cover the whole of the needle with the color, and lay on the
velvet full length, drawing it over the outline, and rolling in the
fingers as you move it. This is also used in making flat grasses and
leaves. In painting the daisy a pen is used. Place the paint first upon
a palette knife, and then take it off from the knife with the pen, which
will be found much more convenient, being particular to get the point
full of the color by laying the pen sideways when taking it up, (using
flake white), press to the outside of the flower, and by bearing heavy
enough you will find it carries the color to the outline of the petal in
rolls, leaving the center almost void of color. The instrument used for
this should be very elastic, and one not easily broken by bending. After
you have gone over each petal, dot the center, by using No. 3 brush,
with chrome yellow and burnt sienna, mixed, using enough of the color to
fit the space of pistil.

In painting the Poppy, use No. 7 brush for outside petals, and No. 5 for
inside, or smaller ones. Press as before directed upon the brush, and
turning it at the same time toward the outline, pressing the paint to
the margin of the petal, and leaving it there in a roll, with the center
of the petal as before mentioned. This being done, take brush No. 3, and
with chrome yellow place in the pistil and stamens (commonly called the
“heart”). For other flowers, follow instructions as previously laid

The outlines of flowers are made with brush No. 3, and the pen. The
needle is again employed for drawing in the veins, using for this light
green, and apply as heretofore directed, by covering with the color, and
draw full length over the outlines endwise.

In making autumn leaves, take No. 5 brush, using for this vermilion,
chrome yellow and burnt sienna, and sometimes a little green. For
durability, this painting will compare favorably with any other method.

                  *       *       *       *       *

N. B.—When the opaque mixture is used no previous preparation or coating
of any kind is necessary. The colors will not spread, run or stain silk
or velvet of the most delicate shade or tint, beyond the outline.

Use the opaque mixer, to thin the paint to its proper consistency before
applying, using no oils, turpentine, or dryer of any kind with the
mixer, as it is of itself a sufficient dryer.

If your silk or material painted shows a dampness beyond the line of
color, let it remain until the color dries, and it will all evaporate
dry, leaving no stain whatever on the material, placing the paint
beautifully in rolls, to imitate what it is intended to, Kensington


                         AND RIBBON EMBROIDERY.


Ladies are turning away from the more laborious kinds of work, and
seeking that which is artistic, useful, and beautiful. Many who have
heretofore sat idle, are making their leisure hours pleasant, and their
homes resplendent by aid of decorative art. Housekeeping may be classed
among those necessities which, to many, is a “life-long torment,” for
which there is hardly a remedy, although there are those who find charms
therein; they at the same time are almost lost amid the vast multitude
of ordinary indifferent ones. However, nearly all are kept mindful of
the purity of the art of home decoration, and are showing sufficient
interest to do something for its elevation.

Arrasene embroidery is comparatively new, yet its beauty has so
fascinated the women of taste that teachers of the art are sought after
everywhere, and their scarcity has caused the publication of the
following instructions.

There is a wool called wool arrasene, and a silk called silk arrasene;
the arrasene embroidery is simply the working of these in tufts, to form
flowers and other ornaments, such as mottoes, cushions, etc. An owl
worked in grey arrasene is beautiful. Inasmuch as the working of flowers
seem to better satisfy the taste of arrasene art workers, I will give
the instruction.

=How to Make a Wild Rose.= For this you will need two shades of satin or
velvet—either are very pretty. Have the pattern stamped or drawn on
whatever you wish to embroider, plush, felt, satin, or other goods; cut
the satin in shape of the petal of the flower, and be sure to have them
long enough to turn in the edges. Now blindstitch it on the pattern,
being careful to leave fullness enough to form folds in the petals,
gathering them at the center, using the French knot, or seed stitch, and
embroidery silk, yellow and brown for roses. For double rose, cut more
pieces for petals, and lay one over the other. For daisies, use narrow
white ribbon, plaiting the ribbon in the center, filling in with the
French knot stitch, using two shades of yellow and brown.

In making a forget-me-not, use very narrow blue ribbon, for the centers
one knot stitch of yellow and one of red. For green leaves and stems,
and the green around the rose, (calyx), use arrasene wool or silk, or a
part of each. It is much handsomer to use the silk for high lights; for
stems of roses use reddish brown.

Many flowers can be very effectively represented by the ribbon
embroidery, such as dogwoods, sunflowers, pansies, and other varieties.

                             BLACK CRAYON.


Crayon portraiture, to one who knows nothing of the method, seems not
only very difficult, but almost unattainable, except after long years of
study and practice. Even then many suppose artists are born, not made.
The writer of this article has been employed in teaching the art for
several years, and could refer to many pupils who, after comparatively
few lessons, were able to execute finished portraits of real merit. Any
one who can learn to write can learn to draw, but a special method is
necessary to enable pupils to work intelligently. Most other branches of
art have been elaborately treated by able pens, but crayon drawing as a
study, has been hitherto neglected. A careful preparation of written
instructions cannot fail to enable one with ordinary ability and taste
to master this most beautiful art. One of the first requisites for
successful work, is to have proper material, and of the best quality.

PAPER. The best and only paper that should be used is Whatman’s
imperial, or double elephant. It should never be used by tacking to a
drawing board, but must be mounted on a stretcher. All Art Stores have a
ready supply of these, but for the sake of economy they can be made in
the following manner. Take a pine frame 20 × 24, or any desired size,
lay a sheet of Whatman’s paper upon a table, face side down, dampen it
with a sponge over the entire surface: lay the frame upon it, and trim
the edges of the paper with a knife, about one inch larger than the
frame. Cut out the corners, then with a small brush put a little flour
paste upon the paper beyond the frame, and also upon the edges of the
frame; turn this paper up on to the edges of the frame, drawing it a
little with the fingers to take out the larger wrinkles, and make it
adhere firmly. Put away in a cool room, to allow the paper to dry, and a
stretcher is ready for use. Do not moisten the paper on the side upon
which the drawing is to be made, as this would occasion spots, which
would spoil the work.

In selecting materials, buy the small paper stomps, which come in
packages of a dozen or more; one soft rolled chamois stomp; (avoid the
hard stiff ones); a stick of square Conte crayon No. 3, a piece of Conte
rubber, which can be sharpened with a knife when it becomes too blunt, a
few sticks of the round glossy Conte crayons, a crayon holder, and a few
sticks of soft charcoal. Take a small block of wood, about 3×5 inches,
paste a piece of fine sand paper carefully over one or both sides, and
let it dry. This block is useful to sharpen and clean the rubber and
paper stomps. Upon another block of the same size, or a little larger,
paste a piece of Whatman’s paper, smoothing it down carefully, allowing
this to dry thoroughly. Take the stick of No. 3 square crayon, rub it
over this block hard, to make the pulverized crayon to be used with
stomps, or use a fine file, and allow the crayon thus pulverized to fall
upon the block. Keep this free from dust when not in use. These are all
the materials necessary to execute a crayon portrait.

The next step will be to make the enlargement of the photograph from
which a copy is to be made, providing a solar print is not used. There
are several ways of doing this. The best method is to have a good
pentagraph, unless one is able to draw the outline enlargement free
hand. In either or all cases make the outline upon a piece of manilla
wrapping paper, cut the size of the stretcher intended. When this
enlargement is made, thoroughly blacken the back with a piece of
charcoal by laying the paper upon a smooth drawing board or table; turn
it over and lay it upon the stretcher, being careful to place it so the
drawing will be in the center of the stretcher, securing it with tacks
or pins at the corners, in order that it may not slip. With a stylus, or
hard lead pencil, trace over all these outlines again, being careful to
follow them accurately, omitting none. Remove the paper with care, and a
definite outline of the picture will be seen upon the stretcher. This
will rub off with the slightest touch, therefore take one of the paper
stomps, rub it on the block of pulverized crayon, holding it in the hand
as a pencil, trace lightly over these outlines in order to prevent
losing them while at work upon the picture. Be careful, however, to do
this very lightly, if not, the lines will show when the picture is
finished, and spoil the effect of the work.

The first step to be taken is to put the crayon on the darkest part of
the features. Rub the paper stomp on the block of pulverized crayon very
hard, turning it around between the fingers in order to get the crayon
on the whole surface of the point and tapering end. Apply this lightly
but firmly, and with a broad stroke to the lines or lids above the eyes,
the nostrils, the line through the center of the mouth, the dark shades
in the ears and the eyebrows, following the outlines already upon the
stretcher. Put in the pupils of the eyes very black and heavy. The stomp
has now cleaned itself somewhat. Next darken the iris of the eye, put on
the shadows under the eye, the curves of the nose from the eyebrows to
the end, and the curves around the nostrils. Next the upper lip, tinting
it lightly. Now define the outlines of the cheeks, working in light
strokes inward, and hatching them, or crossing the strokes at an acute
angle (never at right angles). Work for the expression, and hold it.

Having gone thus far the stomp will be quite free of color. The blending
process comes next in order. Work slightly upward from the lines around
the eyes, borrowing from the color already there for the shadows
desired. The same from all the features above mentioned, watching the
photograph closely and leaving off such shadows gradually.

Tint all the darker shades on the entire face in the same manner, not as
dark at first as they will be required. Leave all the strong high lights
perfectly white until the picture is nearly finished. In putting on
these shadows the hatching process will be found the most effective,
not, however, by making strong lines, but simply have the strokes of the
stomp made in such direction, very soft and indistinct. If any large
white spots seem to remain, thus destroying the evenness of the tone,
touch them over lightly until the tone resembles in quality a wash with
India ink or water color, gradually growing lighter and lighter until
lost in the high lights and half tones. The beauty of the finished
portrait will depend very largely upon this blending, as there must be
no abrupt ending to any shadow. Leave the face for the present, and take
the chamois stomp, rubbing it on the block of crayon until the end is
thoroughly covered. Lay it very flat and lightly on the parts of the
hair which are the darkest, commencing at the deepest part of such
shades, and ending toward the high light. Leave these high lights as in
the face perfectly white for the present.

Try and follow the direction in which the hair is combed, but mass it.
No attempt should be made to show individual hairs. It is simply light
and shade in masses. Next take the clear end of the chamois stomp,
borrow from the darker shades to tint the high lights, making broad
strokes. If this makes them too dark, lighten with the rubber. All
rubber strokes in the hair should also be broad, not fine lines. The
drapery comes next in order. A black silk dress or a broadcloth coat
should be worked in the same manner. With the chamois stomp put in the
darker places in the drapery first, following the same general rule of
hatching only in broad strokes, not lines. Tint the higher lights in the
drapery with the clean end of the same stomp, borrowing from the darker
places as before. The same rule should be observed in ending the drapery
as in the shadows of the face—let it become lighter and lighter, until
lost entirely.

Note carefully the collar and shirt front. Generally there will be seen
light shadows upon them. If so, tint lightly with a clean stomp,
borrowing the color necessary from the drapery, not from the block.

If the drapery now appears spotty it must be cleaned up in the following
manner. Fill up the lighter places with the paper stomp, rubbing lightly
in different directions, while the spots that are too dark can be
cleaned off with the rubber in light strokes. In this manner the drapery
can be worked up very smoothly, and free from spots. The background
should be worked up in the same manner as the drapery, only not as dark.
Do not put a background around the entire head, only from the shoulders
up about half the distance to the forehead. If the subject is a lady,
and lace work is desired, make this with the paper stomp. Do not work
for details, but in an indistinct manner, following the original design
somewhat, but in soft strokes, taking out the high light with the
rubber, if necessary. The drapery, background and hair are now supposed
to be finished, the above directions having been followed carefully.

The finishing of the features must now be attended to. With a paper
stomp, not too black, strengthen all the darkest shades in the face,
borrowing color again, working the shades off upon the high lights,
preserving the half tones and reflected lights. Unless the high lights
are very strong in the original, tint them over slightly with a stomp
fairly clean. It is hardly necessary to say the subject, or original
photograph, must be studied very carefully. If this is done, and the
outlines accurately made, a perfect likeness will be the result.

If the pupils of the eyes, or any very deep shadow, need a little
strengthening, it can be done with the round Conte crayon, sharpened to
a very fine point, and hatched lightly over such shadows.

The finishing touches must be made by using a clean paper stomp, going
over the entire picture, a little beyond all the outlines, to soften
them, thus producing a soft and natural effect. Last of all, take out
the catch light in the eyes, with a sharp pointed knife, scratching it
slightly until it is of the desired shape.

In closing these instructions, the writer wishes to impress upon the
pupil or reader the necessity of working at all times, and upon all
parts of the picture, _very lightly_, if not, a muddy effect will be the
result. The hatching should be tolerably open, but not too much so. This
produces the effect of transparency, which is very desirable.

If the above instructions are carefully studied, and patient labor put
forth, any one may reasonably expect to obtain excellence in
representing life-like and natural portraits.

                           ANALYSIS OF COLORS


                       THEIR NATURE AND QUALITY.

We will begin with gall-stone, which is one of the finest and brightest
in the world, and it very lasting color, although in face painting it
should be sparingly used, its wonderful brilliancy being apt to drown
all the other colors, and make the work it is used in too warm in its

_Of Terra Sienna_, it is unburnt, a bright yellow-brown earth, and is
used by some miniature painters as a warm yellow; but burnt it is a
beautiful color, and partakes of three tints, yellow, red and brown.

_Yellow Ochre_ is a bright yellow earth, and comes from France, is
semi-opaque, and works well. Much used by artists, but must be used with
caution. It is a lasting color, and of service in the fleshy face tints.

_Roman Ochre_ is a reddish yellow earth of a very great body, and used
by some with success in miniature painting. Used with gum water it works
well, and being a warm color, it communicates that quality to the tints
it is worked on.

_Naples Yellow_ is an earth found near Naples, and is a soft, bright and
durable color. A great proportion of that used is composed of lead,
alum, sal-ammonia and antimony. This color is not very much used by
artists, as it does not stand well. Is a pale, gritty yellow. It absorbs
all colors that are worked on it or mixed with it.

_Gamboge_ is the concrete juice of various trees in Ceylon—is a
transparent color, and consequently useful as a glazing color.

_Yellows_ have their base in iron, lead, quicksilver and arsenic.

BLUE. Of all blues in use none can equal ultra-marine—its wonderful
brilliancy and permanency excelling all others. But it is often
adulterated after reaching this country, and the genuine is not common.
Put a small quantity on a case knife, and hold it over a candle, keep
the smoke from touching it; if adulterated it will appear in grey spots,
and if genuine it will remain brilliant as at first. It was formerly
made from lazulite, the beautiful variegated blue mineral, worth at one
time in Italy twenty-five dollars an ounce. A greater part of that used
now is composed of carbonate of soda, sulphur and kaolin, colored with

_Prussian Blue_ is a good color, it is a ferrocyanuret of iron, produced
in different ways. There is no substitute for Prussian blue for
miniature painting on account of its strength of effect and
transparency. The best and purest is that which is dark color.

_Indigo_ is beautiful on account of its extreme depth of color, nearly
approaching to black; the best is called the rock indigo.

_Cobalt_ is another fine blue, much used in sky grounds, and in the
delicate parts of faces and necks.

_French Ultra._ A beautiful bright blue; it is adapted for ladies’
drapery—rather too powerful for pearly tints or flesh.

_Permanent Blue, Cerulean._ Useful in draperies and backgrounds; also in
landscape and flower painting. Not good for flesh tints.

_Sap Green_ is the juice of buckthorn berries, and has proven to be a
highly useful color when judiciously mixed with other colors, producing
warm fleshy tints which cannot be made without it.

_Copper_ is the base of most blues, though some are formed from iron and

REDS. Carmine is a fine bright crimson, inclining to scarlet, and rather
an opaque color. From it a variety of fine tints may be made, but it
being a very high red, renders it unfit for delicate subjects; in this
case use rose madder. There are various kinds of it prepared of other
reds, but the deep kind is the best, the lighter being made so by
adulteration, commonly made of alum and cream tartar, colored with
cochineal, but it fades rapidly by out door exposure. The genuine is
made from kaolin, or China clay, colored with cochineal, prepared with
much difficulty, which makes it expensive.

_Crimson Lake_ is a beautiful crimson color, inclining toward the
purple, making it useful for the carnation tints in painting delicate

_Chinese Vermilion_ is a bright red, and useful in miniature pictures,
though too freely used, its opacity renders it dangerous to mix much
with other colors, but by itself, in touching the lips and other parts
that require extreme brightness, it is of good service. It comes from
China in small parcels, fourteen ounces each.

The native, or _Mineral Cinnabar_, or vermilion, is very fine in Spain;
the French have mines of it in Normandy.

_Light Red._ Useful in almost all flesh colors, and the ground upon
which all the finer tints are made.

_Venetian Red._ Nearly the same as light red, and used almost for the
same purpose. It is an earth, found in many parts of the world.

_Rose Madder_, indispensable for carnation lips. This, with cobalt, and
almost any transparent yellow, forms all sorts of pearly and grey tints.

_Indian Red_ is of a deep purple cast, and a most excellent color for
touching the deep red parts, and the fleshy tints. Also useful in bright
backgrounds and draperies.

BROWNS. Umber is a yellowish brown, and mixes well with water colors.
Useful in backgrounds. When properly burnt it is a charming reddish
brown, very useful in hair. Works extremely well.

_Terra de Cassel_, or Vandyke brown, so called from the very great
estimation the inimitable painter of that name held it in, is the finest
rich brown in the world, in itself producing a more beautiful color than
can be formed by the junction of any colors whatever. It is in general
use, and is, in its natural state, rather coarse and sandy, but when
prepared, it amply repays the artist for his labor; good glazing color
for hair shadows.

_Lampblack_ is the smoke of burning resin, and is useful for marking the
pupil of the eye, and in painting draperies. It is a good color when
burnt, stands and works remarkably well. The smoke of a candle, received
on a plate, is found the best, being blacker than the common lampblack.
Ivory black is preferred by some.

_King’s Yellow_ is a fine bright opaque color, and is admirably
calculated for painting lace, gilt buttons, etc., but should be
cautiously used, as it is a rank poison.

_Chinese White_ is permanent, and works remarkably well; it is freely
used on every part of a picture in water colors.

_Flake White._ This is the only white adapted for oil colors. Chinese
white is never used.

MIXING COMPOUND TINTS FOR THE FACE. Purple is formed of either
ultra-marine, Prussian blue, smalt or indigo, mixed with either carmine
or lake. Ultra-marine, although the most beautiful and brilliant of
colors by itself, loses that perfection in any mixture, but it still
retains a sufficient share of brightness to render it a desirable tint
in the purplish-grey tints of the face. Prussian blue, mixed as before
mentioned, makes a bright or dark purple, according to the quantity of
either color. Indigo makes a still darker purple, owing to its great
natural depth of color. French ultra and carmine, or lake, forms nearly
the same tint as ultra-marine, and may be used nearly for the same

_Olive Tints._ A very fine olive tint is formed of gall-stone,
Nottingham ochre and carmine, or lake; and another of sap green and lake

                                 TINTS AND THE COLORS WHICH PRODUCE THEM.

 Grey is made by combining          White and Lampblack.
 Buff is made by combining          White and Yellow Ochre, Red.
 Pearl is made by combining         White, Black, Blue.
 Orange is made by combining        Yellow, Red.
 Violet is made by combining        Red, Blue, White.
 Purple is made by combining        Violet, Red, White.
 Gold is made by combining          White, Stone, Ochre, Red.
 Olive is made by combining         Yellow, Blue, Black, White.
 Chestnut is made by combining      Red, Black, Yellow.
 Flesh is made by combining         White, Yellow Ochre, Vermilion.
 Limestone is made by combining     White, Yellow Ochre, Red, Black.
 Sandstone is made by combining     White, Yellow Ochre, Red, Black.
 Freestone is made by combining     Red, Black, Yellow Ochre, White.
 Fawn is made by combining          White, Yellow, Red.
 Chocolate is made by combining     Raw Umber, Red, Black.
 Drab is made by combining          White, Raw and Burnt Umber.
 Pea Green is made by combining     White and Chrome Green.
 Rose is made by combining          White, Madder, Lake.
 Copper is made by combining        Red, Yellow, Black.
 Lemon is made by combining         White, Yellow.
 Snuff is made by combining         Yellow, Vandyke Brown.
 Claret is made by combining        Red, Umber, Black.
 Dove is made by combining          White, Vermilion, Blue, Yellow.
 Pink is made by combining          White, Vermilion, Lake.
 Cream is made by combining         White, Yellow.
 Salmon is made by combining        White, Yellow, Raw Umber, Red.
 Straw is made by combining         White, Chrome Yellow.
 Lilac is made by combining         White, with Violet.
 Changeable is made by combining    Red, Green, lightened with White.
 Peach Blossom is made by combining White, Red, Blue, Yellow.
 Bronze Green is made by combining  Chrome Green, Black, Yellow, or Black and Yellow, or Black and Green.

TRANSPARENT COLORS. Burnt Terre de Sienna, Terre Verte Asphaltum,
Dragon’s blood, Carmine, Rose Pink, Gamboge, Prussian Blue, all the
Lakes and all the Gums.

SEMI-TRANSPARENT. Umber, Vandyke Brown, Chrome Red, Emerald Green,
Indigo, Verdigris, Brilliant Ultra-Marine.

CONTRAST AND HARMONY OF COLORS. One color will generally harmonize with
another when both contain the same base in different proportions. White
contrasts with Black, Brown, and harmonizes with any other color. Yellow
contrasts with Purple, White, and harmonizes with Orange and pale
colors. Orange contrasts with Blue, and harmonizes with Red, Pink. Red
contrasts with Green, and harmonizes with Crimson. Green contrasts with
Red, and harmonizes with Yellow. Purple contrasts with Yellow, White,
and harmonizes with Crimson. Black contrasts with pale colors, and
harmonizes with deep colors. Gold contrasts with dark colors, and
harmonizes with light colors.





When a quadruped is killed, and its skin intended for stuffing, the
preparatory steps are to lay the animal on its back and plug up its
nostrils, mouth, and any wounds it may have received, with cotton or
tow, to prevent the blood from disfiguring the skin. The fox will serve
admirably our purpose as an example. Therefore, Reynard being procured,
we need not say how, lay him on his back in the same position as before
recommended, and having first stuffed the mouth with cotton and tied it
up, and measured his neck and body with rule and calipers, and noted
them, proceed. Make an incision from the last rib nearly to the vent,
but not quite up to it. Having done so, proceed to raise the skin all
round the incision as far as the thighs, first skinning one side and
then the other, using the flat end of the knife in preference to the
blade to raise the skin. Having reached the hind legs, separate the
latter at the femur or thigh-bone, close to the backbone, leaving the
legs attached to the skin. Now skin the head quarters close up to the
tail, and separate it from the body at the last vertebræ, taking care
not to injure the skin. Pull the skin over the heads of the hip-joints,
and now the carcase may be suspended by the hind-quarters, while the
skin is stripped by pulling it gently and cutting towards the
fore-quarters. The fore-legs are separated from the body, as the hind
ones had been, close to the shoulder-bone, and the skin fairly pulled
over the head and close to the nose, when the head is separated from the
body by cutting through the last vertebræ of the neck. Reynard is now
skinned, the head, legs, and tail being all attached to the skin, from
which the carcase is separated.

The flesh is now cut entirely away from the cheek-bones, the eyes
removed, the brains taken out by enlarging the occipital opening behind
the cranium, the whole cleaned and supplied with a coating of arsenical
paste and stuffed with tow or wool to the natural size.

The legs are now successively skinned by pushing out the bones and
inverting the skin over them until the foot-joint is visible; every
portion of flesh and tendons must be cut away and the bone cleaned
thoroughly, and a coating of arsenical soap laid over it as well as the
skin. Wrap tow, or cotton, or any other suitable material, round the
bone, bringing it to its natural shape, and draw the skin over it again.
Do this to each leg in succession, and the body itself is ready for
stuffing and mounting.

The utmost care will not prevent accidents; the fur and plumage will get
sullied, and before stuffing it is well to examine the skin, for stains
and spots are calculated to deteriorate its appearance. Grease or
blood-spots may be removed by brushing over with oil of turpentine,
which is afterwards absorbed by dusting plaster of Paris over.
Macgillivray recommends that all skins, whether they are to be put away
in a cabinet or stuffed, should receive a washing of spirits of
turpentine sprinkled on, and gently brushed in the direction of the
feathers or fur. Not to trust too much to memory, it is desirable to
measure and note the proportions of the animal before skinning, first
taking the muzzle to the tail. Afterwards, from the junction of the tail
to the tip. Secondly, from the middle of the shoulder-blade, or scapula,
to the articulation of the femur, or thigh-bone. Thirdly, the animal
being placed on its side, measure from the upper part of the scapula to
the middle of the sternum—that is, to the spot where the two sides meet
above, and finally from the socket of the scapula to the socket of the
articulation of the femur, or thigh-bone. In addition to these, note, by
measurement with caliper compasses, the size of the head, the neck, the
tail, and other points which affect the shape of the animal. These
measurements will serve as a guide in stuffing, and for the size of the
case and length of the mounting wires. In the process of skinning, it is
important to avoid penetrating to the intestines, or separating any of
the abdominal muscles which lead to the intestines; any such accident
would be very disagreeable, as well as injurious to the skin.

=Stuffing Quadrupeds, etc.= Let us suppose the animal which we intend to
stuff, to be a cat. Wire of such a thickness is chosen as will support
the animal by being introduced under the soles of the feet, and running
it through each of the four legs. A piece of smaller dimensions is then
taken, measuring about two feet, for the purpose of forming what is
termed by stuffers, a tail-bearer. This piece of wire is bent at nearly
a third of its length, into an oval of about six inches in length; the
two ends are twisted together, so as to leave one of them somewhat
longer than the other; the tail is then correctly measured, and the wire
is cut to the length of it, besides the oval. The wire is then wrapped
round with flax in a spiral form, which must be increased in thickness
as it approaches the oval, so as to be nearly equal to the dimensions of
the largest vertebræ, or root of the tail. When finished, it should be
rubbed thinly over with flour paste, to preserve its smooth form, which
must be allowed to dry thoroughly, and then the surface should receive a
coating of the preservative. The sheath of the tail must now be rubbed
inside with the preservative. This is applied with a small quantity of
lint, attached to the end of a wire, long enough to reach the point of
the tail-sheath. The tail-bearer is then inserted into the sheath, and
the oval part of the wire placed within the skin of the belly, and
attached to the longitudinal wire, which is substituted for the vertebræ
or backbone.

Four pieces of wire, about the thickness of a crow-quill, are then
taken, which must be the length of the legs, and another piece a foot or
fifteen inches longer than the body. One end of each of these is
sharpened with a file, in a triangular shape, so that it may the more
easily penetrate the parts. At the blunt end of the longest piece a ring
is formed, large enough to admit of the point of a finger entering it;
this is done by bending the wire back on itself a turn and a-half, by
the assistance of the round pincers. On the same wire another ring is
formed in a similar manner, consisting of one entire turn, and so
situated as to reach just between the animal’s shoulders. The remaining
part of this wire should be perfectly straight, and triangularly pointed
at the extremity.

Another method of forming the supporting wires, as practiced by M.
Nichols, is to take a central wire, which must be the length of the
head, neck, body and tail of the cat; two other pieces are then taken
and twisted round the center piece, these extremities being left for the
leg wires. After the wires are thus twisted together the central one is
pulled out, and the feet wires of one side are pushed through the legs
of one side from the inside of the skin, and the other two leg pieces
are bent and also forced through the legs, and afterward made straight
by a pair of pincers; the center piece, having been previously sharpened
at one end with a file, is now forced through the forehead and down the
neck, till it enters the center of the twisted leg wires which it
formerly occupied, and pushed forward to the extremity of the tail,
leaving a small piece projecting out of the forehead, after which the
completion of the stuffing is proceeded with.

This mode is unnecessary for the smaller animals, and it should only be
adopted for quadrupeds the size of deer, etc. These wires are, besides,
much more difficult to insert by this than by the other method.

All the wires being adjusted, the operation of stuffing is next
proceeded with. The skin of the cat is now extended on a table; and the
end of the noose seized with the left hand, and again pushed into the
skin, till it reaches the neck, when we receive the bones of the head
into the right hand. The skull is now well rubbed over with the
arsenical soap, and all the cavities which the muscles before occupied
are filled with chopped tow, flax, or cotton, well mixed with preserving
powder. The long piece of wire is now passed into the middle of the
skull, and after it is well rubbed over with the preservative, it is
returned into the skin. The inner surface of the neck-skin is now
anointed, and stuffed with chopped flax, taking care not to distend it
too much. Nothing like pressure should be applied, as the fresh skin is
susceptible of much expansion.

Observe that it is always the inner surface which is anointed with the
arsenical soap. Take care that the first ring of the wire, which passes
into the head is in the direction of the shoulders, and the second
corresponding with the pelvis, or somewhat toward the posterior part.
One of the fore-leg wires is then inserted along the back of the bone,
and the point passed out under the highest ball of the paw. When this is
accomplished the bones of the leg are drawn up within the skin of the
body, and the wire fastened to the bones of the arm and fore-arm with
strong thread or small twine. Brass wire, used for piano forte strings,
makes it more secure, and is not liable to rot. These are well anointed,
and flax or tow _slivers_ wrapped around them so as to supply the place
of the muscles which have been removed. To give the natural rise to the
larger muscles, a piece of silver should be cut off the length of the
protuberance required and placed in the part, and the silver wrapped
over it. This gives it a very natural appearance.

The mode of fixing the legs is by passing one of their pieces of wire
into the small ring of the horizontal or middle supporting wire. Pursue
the same plan with the other leg, and then twist the two ends firmly
together by the aid of a pair of flat pincers. For an animal of the size
of a cat, the pieces left for twisting must be from five to six inches
in length. After being twisted, they are bound on the under side of the
body wire with strong thread; the two legs are then replaced and put in
the form in which we intend to fix them. The skin of the belly and top
of the shoulders is then anointed, and a thick layer of flax placed
under the middle wire. The shape is now given to the scapula on both
sides, and all the muscles of the shoulders imitated. These will be
elevated or depressed, according to the action intended to be expressed.
The anterior part of the opening is now sewed up, to retain the
stuffing, and to enable us to complete the formation of the shoulders
and junction of the neck. This part of the animal is of great
importance, as regards the perfection of its form, and much of its
beauty will depend upon this being well executed.

If the animal has been recently skinned, the best plan possible is to
imitate, as nearly as possible, the muscles of the carcase, by which
many parts will be noticed which might otherwise have been neglected. As

It must be observed as a general rule, that the wires for the hind legs
of quadrupeds should always be longer than those of the fore legs.

The next thing is to form the hind legs and thighs, which must be done
as above described for the fore legs; but with this difference, that
they must be wound round with thread, drawn through the stuffing at
intervals, to prevent it slipping up when returned into the skin of the
leg. They are then fixed by passing the leg wires into a second ring of
the center body wire, which is situated at or near the pelvis; the two
ends are then bent, twisting them to the right and left around the ring;
and, to make them still more secure, they should be wound round with
small brass wire or packthread; the tail-bearer is then attached in the
manner formerly described.

Having completed this part of the iron work, the skin of the thighs is
coated inside with the preservative, and the stuffing completed with
chopped flax or tow. The whole inner parts of the skin which can be
reached are again anointed, and the body stuffing completed with chopped
flax. Care must be also paid not to stuff the belly too much, as the
skin very easily dilates. The incision in the belly is now closed by
bringing the skin together, and then sewed within and without, while
attention is paid to divide the hairs, and not to take any of them in
along with the thread; but should any of them be inadvertently fixed,
they can be picked out easily with a point. When this is completed, the
hair will resume its natural order and completely conceal the seam.

The seam should now be well primed on both sides with the solution of
corrosive sublimate, to prevent the entrance of moths.

The articulations of the legs are then bent, and the animal placed on
its feet, and pressure used at the natural flat places, so as to make
the other parts rise where the muscles are visible.

A board is now prepared, on which to place the cat. But before fixing it
permanently the animal should be set in the attitude in which it is
intended to be preserved, and the operator, having satisfied himself,
then pierces four holes for the admission of the feet wires, which must
be drawn through with a pair of pincers till the paws rest firmly on the
board. Small grooves are then made for the reception of the pieces of
wires which have been drawn through, so that they may be folded back and
pressed down in them, and not be beyond the level of the back of the
board; wire nails are now driven half in, and their heads bent down on
the wires to prevent them from getting loose or becoming movable.

The stuffer next directs his attention to the position and final
stuffing of the head and neck. The muscles of the face must be imitated
as correctly as possible by stuffing in cotton at the opening of the
eyes, as also at the mouth, ears and nostrils. To aid in this also the
inner materials may be drawn forward by the assistance of instruments,
and also small pieces of wood formed like small knitting meshes.

Our next care is the insertion of the eyes, which must be done while the
eyelids are yet fresh. Some dexterity and skill are required in this
operation, and on it will depend most of the beauty and character of the
head. The seats of the eyes are supplied with a little cement, the eyes
put in their place, and the eyelids properly drawn over the eyeballs;
but if rage or fear are to be expressed, a considerable portion of the
eyeballs must be exposed. The lips are afterwards disposed in their
natural state and fastened with pins. If the mouth is intended to be
open, it will be necessary to support the lips with cotton, which can be
removed when they are dry. Two small balls of cotton, firmly pressed
together and well tinctured with the arsenical soap, must be thrust into
the nostrils so as to completely plug them up to prevent the air from
penetrating, as also the intrusion of moths; and, besides, it has the
effect of preserving the natural shape of the nose after it has dried.
The same precaution should be adopted with the ears, which, in the cat,
require but little attention in setting.

We must again recommend the stuffer to see that he has sufficiently
applied the preservative soap; and the nose, lips, eyes and paws, being
very liable to decay, must be well imbued with spirits of turpentine.
This is applied with a brush, and must be repeated six or eight times,
at intervals of some days, until we are certain of the parts being well
primed with it; and, after all, it will be advisable to give it a single
coating of the solution of corrosive sublimate.

The methods of stuffing, which we have pointed out in the preceding
pages, are applicable to all animals, from a lion down to the smallest
mouse. Animals of a large description require a frame-work suited to
their dimensions; these we will point out in their order. There are also
some animals whose peculiarity of structure requires treatment differing
a little from the ordinary course.

=Apes and Monkeys.= One of the chief difficulties to contend with in
setting up monkeys and apes, is the preservation of their hands and hind
hands, or what we commonly call their feet; because we must not attempt
to deprive these limbs of their flesh, as we never could again supply
its place anything like what is in nature. The hands must therefore be
dried, and then well imbued with turpentine and the solution of
corrosive sublimate, repeated eight or ten times at least, at intervals
of four or five days. The other parts of the stuffing should be exactly
similar to that recommended for quadrupeds generally. The paws of
several will require to be colored with the different varnishes, and,
when dry, slightly polished with fine sand paper to remove the gloss.
The callosities, on the hinder parts of many of them, will also require
to be colored, and treated in the same way as the face.

=Bats.= The wing-membranes of this varied and numerous tribe do not
require either wire or parchment to set them. They are very easily dried
by distension. They are laid on a board of soft wood, the wings extended
and pinned equally at the articulations, and, when dry, they are removed
from the board.

=Hedgehogs.= When it is wished to preserve hedgehogs, rolled into a
ball, which is a very common position with them in a state of nature,
there should be much less stuffing put into them than is usual with
quadrupeds, so that they may the more easily bend. No wires are required
in this case. The head and feet are drawn close together under the
belly; then place the animal on its back in the middle of a large cloth,
and tie the four ends firmly together; suspend it in the air till
thoroughly dry, which finishes the operation.

If hedgehogs are wished with the heads and limbs exposed, the usual
method of mounting is adopted. The skins of mice, moles, etc., having a
very offensive smell, it will be necessary to add a considerable portion
of the tincture of musk to the solution of the corrosive sublimate with
which the skins are imbued. The same applies to badgers, wolverenes,
polecats and skunks, all of which are strong smelling animals.

=Bears.= The structure of the wires requires to be different in these
larger animals from any we have before described.

Procure a bar one inch thick, two inches broad, and as long as to reach
horizontally from the shoulders to the connection of the thighs, or _os
pubis_. A hole is bored four inches distant from one of its ends, from
which a connecting groove must be formed, extending on both sides to the
end of the plank next the hole; this groove must be cut out with a
hollow chisel deep enough to receive the wire. The wire is then passed
through it, one end of which is just long enough to be twisted with the
other at the end of the plank. The wire on both sides is now pressed
down into the grooves and twisted firmly together by the aid of a pair
of strong pincers. Pierce some holes obliquely into the groove and
insert some wire nails into them, which must be firmly driven home, and
then bent over the wires to keep them firm. The longest end of the wire
should be at least eighteen inches beyond the bar so as to pass through
the skull of the animal.

The use of this bar, it will be observed, is a substitute for the
central or supporting wires of the body. Two other holes are now bored
into it, the one two, and the other three inches from the end which we
first pierced; these are for the reception of the wires of the fore
legs; and two similar holes must be made at the other extremity of the
bar for receiving the wires of the hind legs.

Bears always support themselves on the full expansion of their dilated
paws, so that it is necessary to bring the leg-wires out at the claws.
The leg-wires are bent at right angles for a length of five inches from
the upper end. These are put through the holes in the bar, and when they
have passed through they are curved again. Two small gimlet-holes are
then made for the reception of smaller wire, by which the leg-wires must
be bound together close to the bar. The foreleg-wires are fixed in the
same manner, which completes the framework.

No other means are used for middle-sized animals, such as the lion,
tiger, leopard, etc. The stuffing is completed as in other quadrupeds.

The walrus, seals, and other amphibious animals of this order, are
treated in the manner of quadrupeds generally, only that leg-wires are
unnecessary, except in the fore-feet; the tail, which represents the
hind-feet, has merely to be dried and kept properly stretched in during
this process, which precaution also applies to the fore-feet. They are
the easiest stuffed of all animals, only the skins are very oily; they
should be well rubbed with the arsenical soap, and also with the
preserving powder.

The stuffing of the walrus, and other large animals of this family,
should consist of well dried hay for the interior parts and tow for the
surface next the skin.

=Beaver, etc.= The beaver, muskrat, common rat, and other animals whose
skins have a strong smell. These require to be plentifully supplied with
the preservative. The tail of the beaver should be cut underneath, and
all the flesh removed, then stuffed with tow or chopped flax, and
afterwards thoroughly dried and well primed with the arsenical soap to
prevent putrefaction, to which it is very liable. It should also have
repeated washings with oil of turpentine. The back should be round and

=The Porcupine.= In stuffing this animal considerable and varied
expression may be given, both from the attitude and disposition of the
quills. Great attention is therefore required in giving these a proper
set during the process of drying. They will require to be looked at
several times during the first and second day after they have been
stuffed, and any of them that may have fallen out of the position
required, to be adjusted.

=Hares and Rabbits.= A very pretty attitude for the hare or rabbit, is
to have it seated in its form in an upright position, as if alarmed at
the noise of dogs, etc. An oval is formed of wire and attached to the
interior framework, after having passed one end of it through the anus,
which must be passed through a hole in the board on which the animal is
to be fixed. The wires of the hind legs must be forced through the
posterior part of them, and also fixed into holes formed for their
reception in the board.

=Deer, Antelopes, Goats, etc.= These animals should be mounted on the
same principles as recommended for the bears. A different mode must,
however, be adopted in skinning the animals, which the horns render
necessary. It is performed in the ordinary manner until the operator
reaches the neck. After cutting as near the head as possible, another
incision must be made, commencing under the chin, which is continued to
the bottom of the neck, or from eight to ten inches in length. By this
opening, the remainder of the neck is separated from the head; the
tongue is cut out, and the occipital orifice enlarged, and the brain
extracted thereby. The lips are now cut as near as possible to the jaw
bones, and the operator must continue progressively ascending towards
the forehead, and in this manner all the skin will be separated from the
head, except at the nose, or point of the muzzle. All the muscles are
next removed by the scalpel, and the skull well anointed with arsenical
soap. The muscles which have been cut out are then imitated with chopped
flax or cotton, which may be attached to the bones with cement. When
this is done, the head must be replaced within the skin. The orifice
under the neck must now be sewed up with fine stitches, so that the hair
may spread over them to conceal the seam. The whole other parts of the
mounting is completed as directed for the bear.

=The Dolphin, Porpoise, etc.= The structure of these animals, as well as
of the other species of the first family of this order, differs but
little in general structure.

In skinning these, an incision is made under the chin, and continued to
the extremity of the tail; the skin is then detached right and left with
the scalpel, or a sharp knife. When the skin has been cut back as far as
possible, disengage the vertebræ at the tail, and this will enable the
operator to detach the skin from the back; the vertebræ are now cut
close to the head, and the whole carcase removed.

All this tribe have a thick layer of fat under their skin. In the
operation of skinning it requires considerable dexterity to leave this
fat, or blubber, adhering to the carcase. Practice alone will obviate
this. When this has not been properly managed in the skinning, the only
thing to be done afterwards is to scrape it thoroughly with a knife. The
oil which flows from it during this operation must be soaked up with
bran, or plaster of Paris.

There being no muscular projections in the skin of the porpoise, there
is no use for wires in mounting it. A narrow piece of wood the length of
the body is quite sufficient to keep the skin stretched, and stuffed
either with tow or hay. Some months are necessary to render it perfectly
dry and stiff, from its greasy nature. The grease almost always leaves
some disagreeable looking spots on the skin. To remove these, and
prevent a recurrence of them, powdered pumice-stone steeped in olive
oil, is rubbed thickly on the skin with a hand-brush. It is then gone
over a second time with emery and oil. It is rubbed in this way till the
skin has a glossy appearance, when it may be rubbed dry with a woolen
cloth; and to complete the polish, a clean woolen cloth may be applied
with some force to complete the gloss, which is natural to the skin in a
living state.

Where a very glossy appearance is wished, varnishes become necessary,
but some difficulty has been experienced in getting these to remain
attached to the skin in all weathers, because the humidity of rainy
seasons melts gum-arabic when it is used as a varnish, and when white
varnish is applied, both it and the gum-arabic fall off in pieces. To
prevent the gum from falling off in this way, by its contracting, the
solution should have about an eighth part of ox-gall mixed with it, and
the surface of any body to be varnished should be washed with ox-gall
and water before the varnish is applied, which will, almost to a
certainty, prevent it from cracking and falling off. It must, however,
be thoroughly dried before the varnish is applied.

We may here state, that an animal the size of a fox or a cat, may be
skinned, prepared, and finally set up, in the space of four or five
hours, by a person who has had a little practice in the art of
taxidermy, and that from ten to fifteen minutes are all that will be
required to skin an animal of the size just mentioned.



Immediately after a bird is killed the throat and nostrils should be
stuffed with tow, cotton or fine rags, and a small quantity wound round
the bill, to prevent the blood from staining the plumage; but should any
get on the feathers, notwithstanding this precaution, the sooner it is
removed the better, which should be effected by a sponge which has been
merely moistened in water. Too much dispatch cannot be used in removing
the skin, if the bird is shot in a warm climate; but, in temperate
regions, the bird may be allowed to cool.

In proceeding to skin the bird it should be laid on its back and the
feathers of the breast separated to the right and left, when a broad
interval will be discovered, reaching from the top to the bottom of the

A sharp penknife, or scalpel, must be inserted at the point of the bone,
and cut the outer skin from thence to the vent, taking care not to
penetrate so deep as the flesh, or upon the inner skin which covers the
intestines. The skin will then easily be separated from the flesh, in
larger specimens by the fingers, or in smaller ones by passing a small
blunt instrument betwixt the skin and body, such as the end of the
scalpel handle; with this you may reach the back. The thighs should now
be pressed inwards, as in the common method of skinning a rabbit, and
the skin turned back, so far as to enable you to separate the legs from
the body at the knee-joint. The skin is then pulled downwards as low as
the rump, which is cut close by, the insertion of the tail, but in such
a manner as not to injure its feathers. The skin is now drawn upwards
the length of the wings, the bones of which must also be cut at the
shoulder-joints; it is then pulled up till all the back part of the
skull is laid bare, when the vertebræ of the neck are separated from the
head, and the whole body is now separated from the skin. You next
proceed to remove the brain, through the opening of the skull, for which
purpose it may be enlarged by a hollow chisel, or other iron instrument.
The eyes must then be taken out, by breaking the slender bones which
separate the orbits from the top of the mouth, in which you may be
assisted by pressing the eyes gently inwards, so as not to break them.
In skinning the neck, great care must be taken not to enlarge the
opening of the ears, and not to injure the eyelids. The whole of the
flesh is next to be removed from the under mandible.

Several species will not admit of the skin being thus pulled over their
heads, from the smallness of their necks; some woodpeckers, ducks, etc.,
fall under this description; in which case a longitudinal incision is
made under the throat, so as to admit of the head being turned out,
which must be neatly sewed up before stuffing. The flesh from the head,
wings, legs and rump, must then be carefully removed with a knife, and
the cavities of the skull filled with cotton or tow. The whole inside of
the skin, head, etc., must be well rubbed with arsenical soap, or
preserving powder, or spirits of turpentine, or the solution of
corrosive sublimate. When it is wished to stuff the bird, it may now be
immediately done, as it will easily dry if in a warm climate; but in
low, damp countries, it will require artificial heat to do it

When the skins are merely wished preserved, the bones of the legs and
wings should be wrapped round with cotton or tow, so as to supply the
place of the flesh; the skin is then inverted and hung up to dry, after
using the arsenical soap, as above directed; before doing which, in
larger birds, a thread or small string may be drawn through the rump,
and passed up the inside of the neck and drawn through the bill, to
prevent the head from stretching too much by its own weight. In larger
specimens, where cotton or tow is not easily to be met with, well dried
hay may be used.

The incision for removing the skin is frequently made under the wings.
This may be done with marine birds to advantage. The penguins and divers
may be skinned by making the incision in the back.

The tongue should either be kept in the mouth, or sent home separately
with the birds.

The greatest care must be taken to prevent the fat and oily matter, so
common to sea-birds, from getting on the feathers: pounded chalk will be
found an excellent absorbent for applying to these birds.

In sending home specimens of birds, they should be each wrapped in paper
and closely packed in a box; and camphor, preserving powder, and strong
aromatics, strewed amongst them, to prevent them from being attacked by
insects; and they ought to be kept in a very dry part of the vessel.

It is of the utmost consequence to know the color of the eyes and legs
of birds, and these things should be carefully noted the moment they are
killed; and it should also be mentioned whether they are male or female;
such a memorandum ought to be attached to the birds by a ticket. The
season of the year in which the bird is killed, must also be mentioned.
It is also of much consequence to have good skeletons, and, for this
purpose, the carcases may be sent home in a barrel, either in spirits or
a strong solution of salt and water.

Mr. Salt, while in Abyssinia, packed his bird-skins between sheets of
paper, in the same manner as a hortus siccus, or herbarium, and they
reached England in perfect safety, and made excellent specimens when set
up. In warm climates, the boxes should be well closed, and the seams
filled with warm pitch on the outside, to prevent the intrusion of
insects; and the inside should be supplied with camphor, musk, or
tobacco-dust, which will prevent the attacks of the smaller insects.

Till practice has given facility to the operator, it will assist in
keeping the feathers clean, if, as he opens the skin of the breast, he
pins pieces of paper or linen cloth on the outside; but, after a few
trials, this will be unnecessary.

Some of the marine fowls are so fat that there is much trouble in
separating it from the skin, and, in warm weather, great attention will
be required to prevent it from running on the feathers. As much as
possible should be scraped off, in the first place, with a blunt
table-knife or palate-knife, and a quantity of powdered chalk applied,
to absorb what remains, which, when saturated with the oily matter,
should be scraped off, and a fresh supply used; after which a much
larger proportion of the preserving powder should be applied than in
other birds which are not fat.

When shooting on the sea coast, if the ornithologist is not provided
with these requisites for absorbing the oil, which flows quickly from
any wounds of the skin, he will find dry sand a tolerable substitute.

If, however, after every precaution, the oily matter should get on the
feathers, the sooner it is removed the better, as, in birds where the
plumage is white, if it is allowed to become hardened it will produce a
very disagreeable appearance; and, besides, render that part
particularly liable to the attack of insects. There are several
effectual methods of removing the greasy stains; the first, safest, and
best is, by taking a quantity of diluted ox-gall—or, where it cannot be
commanded, sheep’s-gall, or that of any other animal—mix it with about
double the quantity of water, and apply it with a sponge to the place
which the fatty matter has touched, when it will immediately remove it.
The next is by using a solution of salts of tartar, or potash, or soda.
This must be made very weak, not exceeding half a teaspoonful to a cup
of water, which will have the same effect as the gall. Whichever of
these are used, the place must be immediately afterwards washed in pure
water, so as to leave none of the gall or alkaline substance remaining.
The gall has a gummy tendency, and will glue together the fibers of the
feathers, and, besides, it has a great attraction for moisture, and, in
humid weather, will become damp, and therefore produce mould; the other
alkaline substances must also be used with much caution and quickness,
because they have the power of changing the colors of the plumage, so
that they are most useful in white plumage, and therefore should only be
used on colored feathers, where gall cannot be procured.

One general observation applies to the preservation of all animal skins,
which is, they must be made perfectly dry, so that the sooner they are
exposed to a free current of air the better; and unless they are
speedily and thoroughly dried, the skin will become putrid and rotten,
and the hair or feathers will consequently fall off. If a skin is
properly dried, soon after it is killed, it will keep a considerable
time without any preservative whatever, only it will be the more liable
to be attacked by insects afterwards.

The following excellent general directions for skinning are given by Mr.
Waterton:—“While dissecting, it will be of use to keep in mind, that in
taking off the skin from the body, by means of your fingers and little
knife, you must try to shove it, in lieu of pulling it, lest you stretch

“That you must press as lightly as possible on the bird, and every now
and then take a view of it, to see that the feathers, etc., are all

“That when you come to the head, you must take care that the body of the
skin rest on your knee, for if you allow it to dangle from your hand,
its own weight will stretch it too much.

“That, throughout the whole operation, as fast as you detach the skin
from the body, you must put cotton immediately betwixt the body and it,
and this will effectually prevent any fat, blood, or moisture, from
coming in contact with the plumage.

“As you can seldom get a bird without shooting it, a line or two on this
head will be necessary. If the bird be still alive, press it hard with
your finger and thumb, just behind the wings, and it will soon expire.
Carry it by the legs, and then, the body being reversed, the blood
cannot escape down the plumage and through the shot-holes. As blood will
have often issued out, before you have laid hold of the bird, find out
the shot-holes, by dividing the feathers with your fingers, and blowing
on them; and then, with your pen-knife, or the leaf of a tree, carefully
remove the clotted blood, and put a little cotton on the hole. If, after
all, the plumage has not escaped the marks of blood, or if it has
imbibed slime from the ground, wash the part in water, without soap, and
keep gently agitating the feathers with your fingers, till they are
quite dry. Were you to wash them, and leave them dry by themselves, they
would have a very mean and shriveled appearance.

“In the act of skinning a bird, you must either have it upon a table, or
upon your knee; probably you will prefer your knee, because, when you
cross one knee over the other, and have the bird upon the uppermost, you
can raise it to your eye, or lower it, at pleasure, by means of the foot
on the ground; and then your knee will always move in unison with your
body, by which much stooping will be avoided, and lassitude prevented.”

=Stuffing Birds.= The first thing to be done in stuffing is to replace
the skull, after it has been well anointed with the arsenical soap, and
washed with the solution of corrosive sublimate inside. The thread, with
which the beak is tied, is taken hold of by the left hand, and the head
is repassed into the neck with the forefinger of the right hand, while
the thread is pulled on the opposite side; and we are careful that the
feathers, at the margin of the opening, do not enter with the edges of
the skin. The bird is now laid on the table with the head turned towards
the left hand, and the legs and wings adjusted to their proper
situation. A flat piece of lead, about a pound in weight, is laid on the
tail, while the feathers of the margins of the opening are raised by the
forefinger and thumb of the left hand, to prevent their being soiled.
The inside of the neck is now coated with the arsenical soap; flax is
stuffed into it, but not too tightly. The back and rump are anointed,
and the body should then be stuffed with tow, to about a third of the
thickness required, so that the wire may have a sort of cushion to rest

Four pieces of wire are then prepared, of the thickness proportionate to
the size of the bird to be stuffed. The centerpiece should be somewhat
longer than the body of the bird. At about a fourth of its length a
small ring is formed, by the assistance of the round pincers or plyers,
and the other end is pointed with a file. This wire is oiled and
introduced across the skull, and passed into the neck, through the
center of the flax or tow with which it is stuffed, the ring being
situated toward the anterior part of the skull, for the purpose of
receiving the points of each of the wires that are passed through the
feet and thighs.

The following is the mode in which this perforation is effected: A hole
is bored with a bradawl the caliber of the wire which it is intended to
use. The wire, which is to continue in the leg, is passed across the
knee and brought out interiorly, and, placing it into the ring above
mentioned, the same operation is performed on the other side. The
extremities of the wires of the legs, and the end of the central wire
beyond the ring, are all twisted together with flat pincers, and then
bent towards the tail. The tail-bearer is next formed, which consists of
the fourth piece of wire, with which an oval is formed, by twisting the
two ends two or three turns, so that they may form a kind of fork, with
the oval nearly the length of the body of the bird; the two points of
the fork must be sharpened with a file, and near enough to enable them
to enter the rump, through which they must pass, and their points will
be concealed by the rectrices, or large straight tail feathers, while
the oval is within the body of the bird. If the bird is large, the
tail-bearer must be firmly attached to the interior wires, by twisting a
small wire several times round both. But unless the bird be very large,
it may remain quite free.

All the parts of the skin at which we can come must be thoroughly rubbed
with preserving soap, the rump in particular, which should besides be
soaked with the solution of corrosive sublimate. The stuffing is now
proceeded with, by inserting chopped flax or tow, till it has attained
its proper dimensions. The skin is brought together and sewed up, while
we take the greatest care to separate the feathers at every stitch.

The orbits of the eyes are next finished, by inserting, with small
forceps and a short stuffing stick, a small quantity of chopped cotton,
while attention is paid to round the eyelids properly. The glass eyes
are now inserted, taking care to place them properly under the eyelids.
But, before fixing the eye, a little calcareous cement must be used, to
prevent them from coming out. If any part of the nictitating membrane is
visible below, it must be pushed up with the steel point.

The stuffing of the bird being now completed, the next thing is to place
it either on a branch, or, if a bird which does not sit on trees, on a
piece of plank; whichever of these it is, two holes are bored for the
reception of the wires, which have been allowed to protrude from the
soles of the feet, for fixing the bird. (See fig. 8.) These, of course,
are pierced in such situations as are necessary for the attitude or
position of the legs. The wires are put through these holes, and twisted
so as to secure the bird in its position. The attitude of the bird will,
of course, depend upon the fancy and taste of the operator, and ought to
be in conformity with the manners of the bird in a living state.

The wire frame-work, above described, is the most simple of any in its
construction, and is better adapted for small than large birds. Indeed,
it will hardly suit those of the larger species. The following is
another method of constructing the framework, which may be used either
in large or small birds:

Like the former it is constructed of four pieces of wire. The center
piece should be double the length of the bird; it is bent at a third of
its length in an oval form, and twisted two turns, the shortest end
being passed into the oval, and then raised against the longer end, so
as to produce a ring at the end, outside of the oval, large enough to
admit the two wires which pass from the feet to the inside of the bird.
It is now twisted a second time, and firmly united to the longer end,
which ought to be straight, with a sharp point, effected by means of a
file. As before directed, it is rubbed with oil, and forced through the
stuffing of the neck. It ought to be so constructed, by measurement,
that the oval part of the wire shall be in the center of the body
inside. The wires of the feet and legs, as before directed, ought to be
straight and pointed, and passed through the soles of the feet as
before. When the point is penetrated, the other end of the wire may be
bent, so that by means of it we may be able to assist in forcing up the
remainder of the wire. The two internal ends of the foot-wires are
twisted together, and curved within, so as to pass through the small
circle or ring of the middle branch above the oval, to each side of
which they are now attached with a piece of small string.

The tail-bearer is constructed on the same principles, and attached in
the same manner, as before described, and the latter apparatus is
introduced after the neck and back are finished in the stuffing.

This practice of introducing the neck-wire, after the neck is stuffed,
was first adopted at the Jardin des Plantes at Paris, and is now
invariably adopted in that establishment in preference to introducing it
before the neck is stuffed. The neck of a swan or other long-necked and
large birds, are even done so. It is unquestionably the best plan which
has hitherto been discovered, as it preserves the cylindrical shape of
the neck.

=Mr. Bullock’s Method of Stuffing Birds.= Mr. Bullock, of the London
Museum, Egyptian Hall, had another method of arranging the wires which,
after what we have already said, will be easily comprehended by a
reference to Fig. 8, where we have given a figure of his mode. After the
skin is taken off and prepared, different sized nealed iron wires are
procured, according to the size of the bird they are to support. The
skin is laid on its back without stretching it; cut two pieces of wire,
the one rather longer than the bird, and the other shorter, so as not to
reach to the head of the bird, twist them together, sharpen the ends of
the longer by means of a file, and pass one end through the rump and the
other through the crown of the head, near the base of the bill. Care
must be taken not to extend the neck beyond its ordinary length—a very
common fault in most preservers. Lay a little tow along the back of the
skin for the wire to rest on, then take two other pieces of strong wire
and file them to a point at one end; these are passed through the soles
of the feet and up the center of the leg-bone, or tarsus. When within
the body, they are to be fastened to the first wires by twisting them
together, which, when accomplished, may be supposed to represent the
back bone. The wire should be left two or three inches out of the soles
of the feet, to fasten them in a standing position, as before directed.
Two smaller wires are then passed through the wings, as in the legs, and
afterwards fastened to the back wires a little higher up than the leg
wires, taking care that no part of the skin is to be extended beyond its
natural position.

=A New and Easier Method of Bird Skinning and Stuffing.= A fair specimen
being obtained, take common cotton wadding, and with an ordinary
paint-brush stick plug the throat, nostrils, and, in large birds, the
ears, with it, so that when the skin is turned no juices may flow and
spoil the feathers; you must then provide yourself with the following
articles: A knife of this kind, which is very common; a pair of cutting
plyers, a pair of strong scissors, of a moderate size; a button-hook, a
marrow spoon, and a hand-vice. With these, a needle and thread, and a
sharpener of some kind, to give your knife an occasional touch, you are
prepared, so far as implements go. Then provide yourself with annealed
iron wire of various sizes; some you may buy ready for use, some not;
but you can anneal it yourself by making it red hot in the fire, and
letting it cool in the air. Common hemp is the next article, cotton
wadding, pounded whitening, and pounded alum, or chloride of lime; as to
the poisons which are used, they will be spoken of by and by. You should
also have a common bradawl or two, and some pieces of quarter-inch pine
whereon to stand the specimens when preserved, if to be placed as
walking on a plane; if not, some small pieces of twigs or small branches
of trees should be kept ready for use, of various sizes, according to
the size of the bird. Cedar, or common laurel cut in December, will be
found to answer best, but this must be regulated by fancy and the
requirements of the case; oak boughs are sometimes of good shape.

The best time for preserving specimens is in spring, because then the
cock birds are in the best feather, and the weather is not too warm. In
mild weather three days is a good time to keep a bird, as then the skin
will part from the flesh easily. If a specimen has bled much over the
feathers, so as to damage them, wash them carefully but thoroughly with
warm water and a sponge, and immediately cover them with pounded
whitening, which will adhere to them. Dry it as it hangs upon them
slowly before the fire, and then triturating the hardened lumps gently
between the fingers, the feathers will come out almost as clean as ever.
To test whether the specimen is too decomposed to skin, try the feathers
about the auriculars, and just above the tail, and if they do not move
you may safely proceed.

Lay the bird on his back, and, parting the feathers from the insertion
of the neck to the tail, you will find in most birds a spare space. Cut
the skin the whole length of this, and, passing the finger under it on
either side, by laying hold of one leg and bending it forward, you will
be able to bring the bare knee through the opening you have made; with
your scissors cut it through at the joint; pull the shank still adhering
to the leg till the skin is turned back as far as it will go; denude the
bone of flesh and sinew, wrap a piece of hemp round it, steep in a
strong solution of the pounded alum, and then pull the leg by the claw,
by which means the skin will be brought again to its place.

After having served both legs alike, skin carefully round the back,
cutting off and leaving in the tail with that into which the feathers
grow, that is, the “Pope’s nose.” Serve the wing bones the same as the
leg, cutting them off close to the body, and turn the skin inside out
down to the head. The back of the skull will then appear, and you will
now find it of advantage, as soon as you have got the legs and tail
free, to tie a piece of string round the body, and hang it up as a
butcher skins a sheep. Make in the back of the skull a cut with your
knife, which you can turn back like a trap-door, and with the
marrow-spoon entirely clear out the brains; Having done this, wash the
interior of the skull thoroughly with the alum, and fill it with cotton
wadding. The next operation requires care and practice—namely, to get
out the eyes. This is done by cutting cautiously until the lids appear,
being careful not to cut the eye itself, and you can then, with a
forceps, which you will likewise find useful, pull each from its socket;
wipe the orifice carefully, wash it with the alum solution, and fill it
with cotton wadding. Cut off the neck close to the skull, wash the
stump, and the whole of the interior of the skin with the alum, and the
_skinning_ is done. Now comes the stuffing. The ordinary mode used by
bird-preservers is a simple one, and answers very well; there is a
French method, however, which has its advantages, and will be adverted
to hereafter. Take a piece of the wire suitable to the size of the bird
(Fig. 11)—that is, as large as the legs will carry—and bend it into the
following form, _a_, representing the neck, _b_, the body, and _c_, the
junction of the tail, allowing sufficient length of neck for the wire to
pass some distance beyond the head, and being sharpened at each end,
which may be done by obliquely cutting it with the plyers. Wind upon
this wire hemp to the size of the bird’s body, which you should have
lying by you to judge from, and it will present something of the
appearance of Fig. 12. You can shape it with the hand, but be careful
not to make it the least _too large_; and, after you have finished it to
your satisfaction, you may singe it, as the poulterer would singe a
fowl, which will make all neat; but be particular to wind the hemp very
tight. Then take the skin, lay it on the table on its back, and pass the
wire at the head into the marrow where the neck is cut off, through
above the roof of the mouth, and out at one nostril, and draw it up
close to the skull; turn the skin back, and draw it down over the hemp
body, and pass the wire spike, protruding at the lower end, through the
flesh upon which the tail grows, about the centre, and rather below than
above. The skin may now be adjusted to the hemp body, and sewn up,
beginning from the top of the breast, and being particularly careful
always to take the stitch from _inside_, otherwise you will draw in the
feathers at every pull. At first sew it very loose, and then, with the
button-hook, draw it together by degrees.

With the plyers cut two lengths of wire, long enough to pass up the legs
and into the neck, and leave something over to fasten the bird by to the
board or spray upon which it is to be placed. The next operation
requires some address and great practice, namely, the passing the wire
up the legs. This is done by forcing it into the center of the foot, and
up the back of the legs, into the hemp body, through it obliquely, and
into the neck, until it is pretty firm. In doing this, you must remember
the ordinary position of a bird when alive, and, therefore, instead of
passing the wire the whole way _within_ the skin of the leg, when you
get to the part where you have cut off the bone, that is, the
knee-joint, pass it through the skin to the outside, and in again,
through the skin, from the outside, where the knee would come naturally
in the attitude of standing or perching—it makes little difference
which. This is essential, because, if the wire be passed the whole way
_inside_ the skin, it produces a wrong placing of the legs. Fig. 13 will
illustrate this, a representing the line in which the wire should run.
The bird is now stuffed, and you may at once place it upon a spray or
board, as the case may be. In placing a bird upon a spray, the first
joint should be bent almost on a level with the foot; and, in placing a
bird on a board, one leg should be placed somewhat behind the other. If
the wings are intended to be closed, as is usually the case, bring them
into their place, which may be done by putting the fingers under them,
and pressing them together over the back; you may then pass a needle, or
large pin, of which you should have a good supply by you, through the
thick part of the upper wing into the body, and so by the lower wing,
and if you allow these to protrude, you may fasten to one of them a
piece of thread, and wind it carefully and lightly round the body, which
will keep the feathers in their places, and this thread should be kept
on for a fortnight or three weeks, until the bird is dry. The tail
should be kept in its place, also, for the same time, by a piece of thin
wire bent over it.

The only thing now to do is to put in the eyes. The color, of course,
depends on the bird, and these you may buy at any fishing-tackle store.
If you do not use eyes too large, you will find little difficulty; the
juice of the lids will act as a sufficient cement. As to the mounting, I
shall say nothing about that now, but shall only advert shortly to a
French method of preserving, which is more difficult, but has the
advantage of superior firmness. It is this: Measuring from the insertion
of the neck to the tail, make a wire frame. Upon this wind hemp for the
neck only, and place in the skin in the same way as before directed,
only that, instead of one wire being passed through that in which the
tail grows, it is a fork that is passed through it. Having formed this
frame, fit on to it two legs, and after the frame itself is in the skin,
pass these from the _inside_ down each leg, instead of from the outside,
and fasten them on to the frame with the plyers, by twisting the ends
round the frame. This will make all firm, and you can then fill the body
with cut hemp, and sew up. One word as to the other preparations used by
bird preservers. These are either corrosive sublimate or regulus of
arsenic, which is yellow and of a consistence like butter. As I have
said before, in cold weather, when there are no flies about, alum will
do perfectly well; in warm weather either of the two others may be used.
I should prefer the former—corrosive sublimate—as the other is “messy,”
and the chief object is to dry up anything which can be attacked by
flesh-seeking insects. When you have finished your bird, you can lay the
feathers with a large needle—it is as well to have one fixed in a handle
and kept for this purpose—and, tying the two mandibles of the bill
together with a piece of thread until the whole specimen has hardened
and dried, the work is done.


                          MOUNTING IN GENERAL.

We will suppose that a proficiency, from practice, has been attained in
the art of bird-preserving, according to the instructions given. The
proficiency in preserving may apply only to the preservation and the
form, great and necessary things, no doubt, as preliminaries; but, like
matter without manner, of little avail alone. For attitude, I would say,
as has been said to many a young artist, go to Nature, and there you
will find an original in perfection. Would you make a willow-wren look
like a willow-wren, watch him as he there hangs upon the weeping birch,
or stands on a bough peering in quest of food? Each bird has its own
manner, and if you cannot hit the manner, or make your stuffed skin so
far amenable as to assume the attitude, it is either ill-stuffed, or you
want the requisite knowledge of that which you should copy.

=Bird Pinned Up.= Having fixed on the attitude, it now only remains to
put the feathers into their natural order as smoothly and regularly as
possible; and to keep them in this state they should be bound around
with small fillets of muslin fastened with pins. The bird should then be
thoroughly dried, by placing it in an airy situation, if in summer; or
if in winter, near the fire, but not so close as to affect the natural
oil contained in the feathers. The want of proper attention in drying
ruins many a fine specimen; if long kept damp putridity ensues despite
all preservatives, when the skin will become rotten, and the feathers
will soon fall off; besides, the mold and long-continued damp change the
chemical properties of the preservatives used.

After the bird has been thoroughly dried, the fillets are removed; the
wire which protruded from the head is cut off as close to the skull as
possible, with the wire-cutting pincers elsewhere shown. It must then be
attached to a circular, or other shaped piece of wood, with the generic
and specific name and sex, as well as its country and locality attached
to it, on a small ticket, when it may be placed in a museum.

Young hands commonly suppose that a bird should stand bolt upright, with
the legs almost perpendicular, or at right angles to the perch. This is
a great mistake, and never to be found in nature. Do _we_ stand rigid,
like a foot-soldier on drill? Does not a bird, as well as ourselves,
accommodate itself to the thing on which it rests? Assuredly it does;
for birds do not, as a young bird-stuffer endeavors to do, find always a
perch to rest upon in the plane of the horizon. It therefore follows
that, as he keeps himself upright, his legs must accommodate themselves
to his perch. So in the ground-birds there is a gentle slope backwards
from the hind toe, the balance being preserved in both cases by throwing
the body forward in proportion. It is not uncommon to see birds
preserved with wings and tail spread. Now, ordinarily speaking, this is
very objectionable, because very unnatural. A bird preserved is supposed
to represent a bird in a state of repose, that is, not in flight; the
only modification allowable being with regard to those birds whose
manner it may be to have the wings more or less open on occasions; thus
the falcon tribe, supposing they are represented as devouring a quarry,
or two birds toying with each other. It may be that a bird essentially
aërial, like the swift, or perhaps some of the terns or the frigate
bird, may be represented as actually on the wing. In this case, of
course, the wings must be spread; and this is best done by passing a
wire, not too thick, from the base of the quill-feathers on the under
side, alongside the bone into the body, where it should be carefully and
coaxingly inserted towards the tail until you feel that you have a
pretty good hold. You may then pass it carefully under the longest
quill-feather, and through the back of the case, and fasten it by
bringing it back again through and clinching it, concealing it so by the
oblique position of the bird that it is not detectable. It is obvious
that by passing the wire alongside the bone, you may bend the wings to
any angle you please. With regard to the case there are two methods: one
a bell-glass, which, glass being now so reasonable, is certainly a very
pretty and reasonable way of mounting, but inapplicable to birds which
are to be placed on a wall, or to be represented flying; although this
may be managed by attaching one wire from the point of the wing to a
twig sufficiently firm, which it will scarcely appear to touch, if
managed adroitly. It is likewise indispensable that a bird for a shade
should be stuffed so well as to look nicely in all positions. One thing
must always be remembered, _do not have your case a shade too large_,
just clear the object so as not to stint it for room; and in flat cases
this applies chiefly to depth, for it should have sufficient light, or
it will not look well. Wooden cases should be made as slight (in
thickness) as is consistent with firmness; well-seasoned white deal is
best; and the case should be formed of back, top and bottom, open at the
front and sides, and at each corner of the front two slight deal
supports, rabbited on their inner edges, and presenting on the whole a
good appearance.

Having the case prepared, it should be papered with ordinary demy paper
on the top and back within, and, when the paste is dry, washed over
carefully with size and whitening, tinted with a little stone-blue; some
add some touches of white subsequently to represent clouds, the ground
representing the air; some also paste a landscape on the back, but this
must be good, or you had better have plain color. The bird to be placed
in this case is either perching, standing, or flying. For the latter,
directions have been given. As to the two former, the perch must be
firmly fixed in the small piece of flat wood upon which it previously
stood, and put in upon it, the wood being fastened to the bottom of the
case, either by screwing from below, from above, or gluing with stout
glue, or by passing wire through two holes in the bottom of the case and
the wood, and clinching above. In this case, or in screwing from below,
let the wire or the screw into the wood, and putty over, and so if the
bird is represented standing. The bird being fixed, the next thing is
the decorating or “weeding,” as it is technically called, and here we
enter upon a subject so entirely of taste and fancy, that no fixed rules
as to the disposition can in all cases be given. One rule applies
equally to this as to landscape painting, viz., that there should always
be a compensation of objects. That is, if you have a tuft of grass on
one side which rises towards the top of the case, there should be
something in the lower opposite corner to strike the eye, but not to
rise above midway up at the furthest, and the ground, or floor, should
not be overfurnished with mosses, etc. After the bird is fixed, the
whole bottom should be carefully glued over with thin glue, taking care,
where the bird’s feet are on the bottom, not to touch the toes with the
glue. Some fine-sifted sand or gravel should then be sifted over it, and
it will adhere wherever the glue has touched; for this purpose a small
tin shovel is best, about two inches wide by four long, with a handle in
proportion, which can be made to order at any tinman’s for a trifle.

Everything used in “weeding” should be baked in a slow oven, otherwise
spider’s eggs and minute creatures, which are pretty sure to be
contained in it, will make their appearance after the case is closed in
the disagreeable form of destroying your specimen. Moss, etc., by being
slowly dried, will also keep its color better. Yellow moss, found on the
roofs of old barns, and dark gray of the same species, are very
generally useful; and where yellow moss cannot be had, the white or gray
may be colored with chrome, and looks as well. Water plants fade, being
more or less succulent, and hence a little common water-color with gum
will be used with advantage and look less artificial than oil plant,
which is often used. Fern looks very pretty as an adjunct for
heath-birds, but it should be dried gradually and carefully, when
_quite_ full grown, and a small touch of light green, permanent white
forming a portion of it, will give it a freshness and more natural
appearance. Grass in seed (not in flower) of various kinds is also a
very pretty addition; but bird preservers have a habit of using dyed
grass, and yellow and red _Xeranthymum_, or Everlasting, which is
certainly to be avoided, and indeed anything which is unnatural. If it
is wished to introduce a lump of earth, or an apparent bank, a piece of
thick brown paper, bent to the requisite shape, and glued over and
covered with sifted sand or gravel, has a very good effect; but insects
and butterflies, or artificial flowers, unless they are extremely
natural, should certainly be avoided. Regard should also be had to the
season at which the bird is usually seen. For instance, summer birds
are, of course, surrounded by green and living objects, but autumn or
winter visitants by decaying or dead herbage. It has often been made an
experiment to represent snow, but it is difficult to obtain anything
white enough, and at the same time of a crystalline character, which, of
course, it should be. Potato farina nicely dried, mixed with Epsom salts
pounded very fine, does not make a bad substitute; but the real
difficulty lies behind, namely, in fixing it, and, more than all, the
least damp takes very much from its appearance, if it does not destroy
the effect, and hence we must have recourse to mineral aid, and any very
white mineral powder mingled with pounded glass is perhaps best. It is
unnecessary to say that the herbage upon which it is meant to rest
should be touched all over with paste, not glue, and the white mixture
shaken over and left to dry. What will heighten the effect very much, if
prettily executed, is a black landscape with a dark leaden sky and
nearly black earth mingled with moss. To represent water, a piece of
looking-glass, surrounded by moss, etc., answers very well. The bills
and legs of birds should be always varnished, and where the natural
color fades after death it should be restored by a thin coat of
oil-color of the required shade. The bird being fixed and the case
garnished, nothing remains but to put in the glass; this is in three
pieces, one for the front and a piece at each end. This can be pasted in
with very strong paper round the edge, advancing sufficiently over the
glass to hold it. In doing this it is not necessary to be very
particular to avoid pasting the glass, as after it is dried it can be
wiped clean with a damp cloth. The last operation is a very simple one,
and done in a few minutes. You must procure some black spirit-varnish,
which you can make yourself by dissolving the best black sealing-wax in
spirits of wine, and should be kept corked; when this is good it acts as
paint and varnish at the same time, and dries as fast as it is put on.
One or two brass rings screwed on at the top of the back of the case
will finish the bird, and if the case be nicely and closely made, there
is no limit of time to which the preservation of the specimen may not

=Method of Mounting Dried Skins.= We must now say something respecting
the setting up of skins which have been preserved by travelers, and sent
home from distant parts.

The general method is exactly the same as in stuffing recent specimens.
There are, however, some preliminary steps, which it is necessary to

If the specimen sent home has been partially stuffed, our first business
is to undo the stitches, if it has been sewed—which was an unnecessary
process. We then remove the whole cotton or tow from the inside, by the
assistance of forceps, and from the neck with a small piece of wire,
twisted or hooked at the end. Having finished this, small balls of wet
cotton are placed in the orbits of the eyes, and the legs and feet are
wrapped round with wet cotton or linen rags. A _damp_ cloth is then
thrown over the bird, and it is allowed to remain in this state till
next day. The neck and body are then filled with wet linen or cotton,
and it will be ready for commencing setting up in four or five hours.

The eyes are now put in, as directed in the recent subjects, and then
stuffed in exactly the same manner. Some difficulty will, however, be
experienced with respect to the leg-wires, and it will require more time
and care, from the dryness of the legs, to get the wire to penetrate.
Having proceeded so far as to get the bird generally formed, the wings
are next adjusted; this also is frequently difficult, owing to the
stiffness of the tendons, and want of proper attention in skinning and
drying them at first. Indeed, with some of the South American birds, a
proper adjustment of the wings is found impracticable, owing to the
attempts of the native Indians of Guyana, who seldom dispose them

When these skins—frequently exceedingly valuable from their rarity—are
undone, to be remounted, it is oftentimes found utterly impossible to
get the wings to take a natural set, in which case there is no other
remedy but cutting them off close to the body, and fixing them anew. The
scapulars are separated, they are softened with damp cloths, and then
wrapped up with bands of sheet lead, to give them a proper set. When we
have got them in their natural shape, they must be fixed to the sides by
cement and cotton, and a long pin through each, with the head concealed
amongst the feathers. The scapulars, which we have cut off, must then be
cemented on, and they will effectually cover the joining of the wings.
The bird being now arranged, and all the feathers adjusted, it is
wrapped round with small bands of fine linen or muslin, and set aside
till thoroughly dry.

Should any feathers be disengaged during the mounting, they must be
kept, and, when the bird is dry, we can replace them in their proper
situations with a pair of forceps, after they have been touched on their
shafts with the cement; the feathers around the place in which we intend
to insert them, must be held up with the probing-needle.

If any of the feathers are deranged in mounting, and have got a wrong
set, the only way to remedy the defect is to pull them out with forceps,
and re-insert them with cement.

=Of Mounting Birds, Feather by Feather.= Rare birds are frequently
received from foreign countries, the skins of which are in such a state
of decay, that it is impossible to mount them by the ordinary processes
above described. The only way in which they can be preserved, is to
mount them feather by feather, which, however, is a very tedious method.
It is as follows:

Procure a piece of soft pliable wire, such as is used by bell-hangers;
or take some of the ordinary wire used, and make it red-hot in the fire,
and allow it to cool gradually, when it will become quite pliable. Take
five pieces of this, of different lengths, and form them into the
skeleton of a body; namely, two for the back, one on each side, and one
to represent the breast bone. Imitate the shape of the bird’s body, as
nearly as possible. The wires must be roughened with a file, at the
place where all the wires meet, at the neck and rump; and first wrap the
place next the neck round with strong thread or fine brass wire. Two
pieces intended for the back must bend gently downwards, and be
gradually separated from each other towards the center, and brought
together again at the place intended for the rump, where they must
intersect each other, and be twisted two or three times, to keep them in
their place; they are then spread out as supports for the tail; the side
pieces are next formed, so as to represent the natural bulge of a bird’s
body, and attached to the rump; the piece representing the breast is
then formed, joined at the rump, and afterwards continued as long as the
other tail-pieces, to support the center of the tail; while at the front
extremity a piece is left, for the purpose of forming a neck to which to
attach the head. The leg-wires are attached to the side-wires, being
rolled round them for several turns, making a framework the shape of the

After this body has been properly formed, it must be wrapped round with
tow-sliver, and the neck thickened to its required dimensions. When this
is accomplished, the head, legs, wings and tail are softened in the
usual manner; the eyes are then fixed in with some cotton introduced
into the orbits, with a little of the cement. The wings and tail are now
placed on a table, with a flat leaden weight above each, to restore them
to their natural shape. The leg-wires are then passed through the legs,
commencing at the top, and bringing them out at the soles of the feet,
and left with a piece extending beyond the claws.

The tail is now fixed on, by first attaching to it a quantity of cotton
with the cement, and, when dry, it is fixed to the part intended as the

The feet of the bird must be fixed into a piece of wood, as a perch, the
ends of which must be left some inches beyond the body. The end next the
tail is fixed into a table-vice, with the belly upwards, and the head
pointing towards the operator. The feathers are now put on, commencing,
under the tail, or crissum, with what are termed the under-tail coverts;
a coating of cement must be previously laid on, to attach the feathers
with. It is proceeded with upwards to the breast, and finally the length
of the neck, taking care to put the proper feathers on their respective
sides, as the side-feathers have all an inclination to one side. The
bird is now turned with the back up, still keeping the head towards the
stuffer; and the wings are fixed on with cement, and pins forced through
the beards of the feathers to conceal the heads. When this is done, put
on the feathers of the rump, and proceed upwards, as has been done with
the belly. After reaching the top of the neck, the head is then fixed on
with some cotton immersed in the cement, and allowed to dry before
attempting to put on the feathers.

In this mode of mounting a bird there are several things which must be
attentively adhered to; these are—first, not to put the feathers too
thick, for there is a danger of running short; secondly, all the shafts
of the feathers must have a small bit cut off the tip, so as to admit
the cement and to give them a firmer hold; and thirdly, that the
feathers should all occupy their respective parts; and fourthly, that
they should be arranged as they are in nature on these parts, as the
disposition of every part of the body is peculiar to itself.

At first, this mode of setting up birds will be found a difficult task,
but, by a little practice and experience, it will become familiar and
comparatively easy, although it will always be found a tedious process.
We have seen some specimens set up in this way, which we could hardly
detect from those mounted in the ordinary manner.

Besides what we have already said concerning the stuffing and preparing
of birds, there are many details connected with particular species which
demand our attention, and which can only be described as regarding that
species. It will, however, be impossible for us to enter into all these
minutely, but only give a few examples as general guides. We shall take
these in systematic succession.

=Preservation of Colors.= In the preservation of the feathers of birds,
little else is required to prevent the dissipation of their colors than
to keep them as much as possible from air and light. These two agents,
which were indispensable to their beauty and perfection in a living
state, now exercise their influence as destroyers, and that influence
will sooner or later work its ends according to the quality, texture, or
color of the object with which it is contending. The feathers are now
deprived of two agents, which in a living state contributed to their
vigor and their beauty, namely, the internal circulating juices which
they received from the body of the animal, and the external application
of oil by the bill of the bird, supplied from a gland which is placed
over the rump of all birds.

The colors of the rapacious tribes are not so evanescent as those of
many others, as they, for the most part, are composed of intense browns
and blacks, which are not so easily absorbed by light or air, so that
they continue for a very long period without any sensible difference.
There are, however, certain other points which are liable to almost
immediate change of color after the death of the animals, and these are
the cere and skin of the legs and feet, and the naked skin on the heads
and necks of vultures and their congeners. We shall treat of these

Now, as all these colors which we have described are liable to change
immediately after death, it is evident that considerable nicety will be
required to give the preserved specimen the appearance of nature. These
must, therefore, be supplied artificially with the varnish colors, which
we have particularly described in their proper place, as also the
combinations for the formation of compound colors. The reddish-brown
color mentioned, of which the fold is composed, must be touched by a
mixture of the scarlet varnish, with a little powdered burnt umber, and
the blue streaks with which it is traversed, colored above with cobalt
blue. All the varnish colors have a tendency to shine, which, it will be
evident, is not the character of any part of the skin or caruncle of the
bird described. As soon, therefore, as it is thoroughly dry, which will
be in about an hour, the whole surface must be gently rubbed with very
fine sand-paper, which will completely remove the gloss and give the
appearance of nature.

Some nicety will be required in painting betwixt the hairs, but it can
be easily managed with a little caution. Sometimes these hairs are
liable to become brown, in which case they can be touched with the black

As these birds are inhabitants of warm climates, some care is requisite
after killing them, to prevent decay; the tendons of the legs should be
extracted to prevent their being attacked by moths, and their place
supplied by some cotton and preservatives. The tendons are extracted by
means of a longitudinal incision made behind the tarsus. The edges of
this incision can easily be brought together when the bird is under the
process of preparation.


Few objects of natural history are more interesting than the nests of
birds. To the reflecting naturalist they open up a wide field for
inquiry. Speaking of the examination of birds, in the exercise of their
mechanical arts of constructing nests, Professor Rennie says: “This work
is the business of their lives—the duty which calls forth that wonderful
ingenuity which no experience can teach, and which no human skill can
rival. The infinite variety of modes in which the nests of birds are
constructed, and the exquisite adaptation of the nest to the peculiar
habits of the individual, offer a subject of almost exhaustless
interest.” The number and variety of the eggs of birds are curious
subjects of contemplation, and should be carefully noted whenever
opportunity offers. They are as essential to the personal history of the
species, as any other part of our inquiries.

The eggs are emptied of their contents by making a very small hole at
each end with a point. By blowing at one of the ends, the contents will
escape by the other, unless the young has been already formed; in which
case a larger hole must be made in the side of the egg, and the contents
removed with a small hook. The hole should then be stopped up by pasting
a little goldbeater’s leaf over it. The eggs are then either returned to
their nest, in which they ought to be cemented, or should be fixed down
by one side to cards, with the name and locality attached.

The best manner of conveying loose eggs to a distance, is to put some
cotton at the bottom of the nest, and then another layer above them. The
nests should all be put in separate boxes if possible, and so packed
that the pressure of the lid may not injure the eggs, or a box with
several compartments should be used, taking care that each is carefully
marked. It would also be of consequence to have the nests attached to
the branches, with those species which build on trees, which will enable
us to trace the ingenious means employed by those little animals in
constructing their habitations. In sending home specimens from a foreign
country, the seams of the box should be covered by pitched cloth to
protect them from the influence of moisture.

To preserve the shells of eggs, first take care to clear them of their
contents; get a small, fine-pointed common syringe, such as is sold in
toy-shops for a penny or twopence, and inject the specimen with water
until it comes out quite clean. When an egg has been partly hatched or
addled, the removal of the contents generally includes that of the
internal membrane or pellicle; this makes the shell weaker. When the
specimens are quite clean internally, and have become dry (which will be
in a day or two), take the syringe and inject them with a strong
solution of isinglass (with a little sugar-candy added to prevent its
cracking); blow this out again whilst warm. Let the shell get dry, and
then wash the outside with a soft wet cloth to remove saline particles,
dirt from the nest, etc. This method varnishes the inside, and the first
specimen on which it has been tried was the before-mentioned
hedge-accentor’s egg, which is to this day as bright in color as a fresh

Also in a pair of nightjar’s eggs, of which species the delicate gray
tint is particularly evanescent, one was injected in the manner
described, and the other was not; in the first the gray is still
perfectly defined, in the other it has entirely disappeared. Eggs which
have lost their internal pellicle become strengthened by this process,
and those which have not lost their color greatly improved.


                         TORTOISES AND TURTLES.

Skinning. The first operation is to separate the back and breast shells
with a strong short knife, or chisel. If the force of the hand is
inadequate, a mallet may be used, taking care not to strike so hard as
to crack the shell.

These two bony plates being covered by the skin, or by scales, the
scapula, and all the muscles of the arm and neck, in place of being
attached to the ribs and spine, are placed below, from which cause the
tortoise has been termed a retroverted animal. The vertebral extremity
of the scapula is articulated with the shield, and the opposite
extremity of the clavicle with the breast-plate in such a manner that
the shoulders form a ring for the passage of the windpipe and gullet.

After the turtle is opened, all the flesh which adheres to the
breast-plate, and also to the upper shell, is removed, while attention
is paid to the parts as above described. The head, fore-feet, and tail
are skinned as in quadrupeds; but none of these must be removed from the
upper shell, but left attached.

All the fleshy parts being removed, the shells are washed out with a
sponge, and carefully dried. They are then slightly rubbed with the
arsenical soap.

=Stuffing.= Wires are now passed through the middle of the legs, after
the skin has been rubbed with the preservative. The skull is returned to
its place, and the whole of the head, neck, and legs stuffed with
chopped flax or tow. The parts of the skin which have been cut are then
sewed together. The back and breast-plates are then united by four small
holes, being bored at their edges, and united by strings or small wires.
The junction of the bones may then be attached with the cement, colored
so as to correspond with the shell.

If the calipash is dirty, it may be cleaned with a slight solution of
nitric-acid and water; afterwards clean washed, oiled, and then rubbed
hard with a woolen rag, to give it a polish.


=Skinning.= All this tribe are skinned in the same manner as quadrupeds.
Care is, however, required in skinning the tails of the smaller species,
as they are very liable to break. The skins being of a dry nature,
require but little of the preservative. After they are thoroughly dried
they will keep a very long time without decay.

=Stuffing.= Stuff them as directed for quadrupeds. They admit of but
little variety of attitude. The small species are exceedingly apt to
change color in drying, which must be imitated with the colored
varnishes, and afterwards dimmed with sand-paper. To keep them in their
natural colors, they should be preserved in spirits.

The skins of such as are glossy should be varnished after they are
perfectly dry.

                          SERPENTS IN GENERAL.

=Skinning.= In skinning serpents there is some nicety required, to cut
them so as not to disfigure the scales; the opening should be made in
the side, commencing at the termination of the scales; and they should
on no account be divided, as upon their number the species is mostly

It is a very frequent practice to send home serpents without the head,
which renders them quite unfit for any scientific purpose. This proceeds
from the fear of receiving poison from the fangs. But there is not the
slightest danger of being affected, as these can easily be cut out by
means of pincers. The head should be cleaned and the brain removed, in
the same manner as recommended for birds and quadrupeds, the skull
anointed and then returned into the skin.

When the skin is removed, it may be rolled up and packed in small space.
The simplest way to preserve small species is to put them in spirits,
which must not be too strong, as it will destroy the colors.

Mr. Burchell, in his four years’ journey through Africa, glued the skins
of the smaller serpents perfectly flat on paper, which preserved the
size of the animal, and the skin retained all the beauty of life.

=Stuffing.= The skin, if not recent, must be first softened in the
manner recommended for birds. A piece of wire is taken, the length of
the animal, which must be wrapped round with tow till it is of a proper
thickness, and above the whole a spiral band of sliver should be
carefully wrapped. It is then placed inside of the skin, and sewed up.
The eyes are placed in, as directed for quadrupeds and birds. When dry,
give the serpent a coat of varnish, and then twist it into any attitude
wished. A favorite and striking one is to have it wound round some
animal, and in the act of killing it.

                            FROGS AND TOADS.

=Skinning.= The mouth is opened, and the first vertebræ of the neck is
cut. The whole inside of the mouth is cut out with scissors. The two
jaws are next raised up and the skin is pushed back with the fingers of
the right hand, while the body is drawn back in a contrary direction
with the other hand, and the whole body is then drawn out at the mouth.
The legs are then returned to their proper place.

=Stuffing.= The simplest method of stuffing these animals, is with sand.
A small funnel is placed into the mouth, and pour in well dried sand.
When full, a small piece of cotton is pushed into the throat, with some
of the cement, to keep the sand from escaping on moving the animal.

The frog is then placed on a board, and in an attitude. When quite dry,
give it a coat of varnish. When this has perfectly dried, very small
perforations are made under the belly with the point of a needle, and
the sand allowed to escape, leaving the body in its natural form.

These animals are liable to change of color from drying, and should,
therefore, be painted with the varnish to their natural hues. There is
less difficulty with toads in this respect, as they are usually of a
brown color, and not liable to much change.

They may be perfectly preserved in spirits.




The general directions which we shall give respecting insects, hold good
as to spiders, only we must mention there is considerable difficulty in
preserving the bodies of spiders, which generally, in a very short time,
shrink into a shapeless mass. To prevent this, the body should be
pricked with the triangular awl and the contents pressed out; it should
then be stuffed with very fine carded cotton or down, which can be
pushed in by a pricker, blunted a little at the point. When properly
distended, the small aperture should be filled up with a little cement,
or a solution of gum-arabic. The legs of the larger species, such as the
bird-catching Mygale and the Scorpions, are also liable to shrink, and
should be stuffed in the same manner as that of the body.

In those species of spiders which we have thus prepared, and whose
colors are rich and likely to be affected by the action of the
atmosphere, we must endeavor to arrest its progress by immediately
imbuing the animal, after it is set up, with the solution of corrosive
sublimate, and in an hour after with a thin coating of a very weak
white-spirit varnish; for this purpose, take a teaspoonful of the
ordinary white-spirit or elastic varnish, and add to it two teaspoonfuls
of spirit of wine; apply this wash with a fine camel hair brush, which
will quickly dry, and have a strong tendency to preserve the color. The
varnish, being thus reduced in strength, will not leave any gloss on the
insect, nor will it be at all perceptible.

Mr. Samouelle, author of “The Entomologist’s Useful Compendium,” in
speaking of preserving spiders, says: “The best preserved specimens that
I have seen are those where the contents of the abdomen have been taken
out and filled with fine sand. I have preserved several in this way, and
find it answer the purpose.”

Mr. Donovan makes the following observations on the preservation of

“To determine whether some species of spiders could be preserved with
their natural colors, I put several into spirits of wine; those with
gibbous bodies soon after discharged a very considerable quantity of
viscid matter, and therewith all their beautiful colors; the smallest
retained their form, and only appeared rather paler in the other colors
than when they were living.

“During the course of last summer, among other spiders, I met with a
rare species; it was of a bright yellow color, elegantly marked with
black, red, green, and purple; by some accident it was unfortunately
crushed to pieces in the chip-box wherein it was confined, and was,
therefore, thrown aside as useless; a month or more after that time I
observed that such parts of the skin as had dried against the inside of
the box, retained the original brightness of color in a considerable
degree. To further the experiment, I made a similar attempt, with some
caution, on the body of another spider, and, though the colors were not
perfectly preserved, they appeared distinct.

“From further observations I find, that if you kill the spider and
immediately after extract the entrails, then inflate them by means of a
blow-pipe, you may preserve them tolerably well; you must clean them on
the inside no more than is sufficient to prevent mouldiness, lest you
injure the colors, which certainly, in many kinds, depend on substance
that lies beneath the skin.”

Scorpions, and all the spider tribe, may be sent home in spirits, which
will preserve them perfectly, and when taken out and dried, they will be
found to have suffered nothing from their immersion. We have seen some
specimens set up, after being sent home in spirits, which rivaled any
which have been preserved in a recent state. The animals of this class
are particularly liable to the attacks of insects, particularly in warm
countries, on which account the mode of transporting them and keeping
them in spirits is, perhaps, superior to all others. If, however, they
are set up in a warm climate, they should be well soaked with the
solution of corrosive sublimate, made according to the recipe of Mr.

For the setting up of this class, see the directions for preserving


Every country of the world is replete with this extensive and
interesting class of beings, whose forms are infinitely diversified, and
whose species are the most numerous of any class in the animal kingdom.

Before any attempt is made to collect insects, certain apparatus must be
provided, not only to enable us to secure them, but also to preserve
them after they are caught.

First, then, we must be provided with a quantity of wooden boxes, from
18 to 20 inches long, 15 to 17 inches wide, and two inches deep. These
should have well-filled lids, with hinges, and fastened by a wire catch,
or small bolt. The bottom should have a layer of cork, about the sixth
of an inch in thickness, which should be fixed down with very strong
paste, made according to our recipe; and also some wire nails, to
prevent it from springing. Over the cork should be pasted white paper.
The box should be anointed inside with oil of petroleum. If that cannot
be procured, make an infusion of strong aromatic plants, such as
cinnamon, aloes, thyme, laurel, sage, rosemary, or cloves, and wash the
inside with it. A small packet of camphor should be wrapped in a piece
of rag, and deposited in a corner of the box.

We must also be provided with a quantity of _insect pins_ of different
sizes, corresponding with the size of the insect. The pins used for
setting should be longer than those which are taken to the field.

Bottles, with mouths from an inch and a quarter to two inches in
diameter, must also be procured, and these must be three-fourths full of
spirits, such as weak brandy, rum, gin, or whisky.

=Hunting-Box.= We must, besides, have what is termed a hunting-box, for
carrying in our pocket, when seeking after insects. This should be made
of strong pasteboard or chip, for lightness, or, if this is no
consideration, of tin. It must be of an oblong-oval shape, rounded at
the ends, for the convenience of the pocket. It should be from eight to
ten inches long, four to five inches wide, and two-and-a-half to three
inches deep. It must have a layer of cork both in the bottom and top of
the lid, inside for attaching insects to, when caught during the day.
The larger insects are placed at the bottom, and the smaller ones on the

=The Entomological.= We next procure a net, as in figure 26, constructed
similar to a bat-fowling net. This is either made of fine gauze or
coarse muslin; it may either be green or white—the latter is the best
for observing small insects which may be caught; the green, however, is
better adapted for catching moths. The net-rods should be made of
hickory, beech, hazel, or holly; they ought to be five feet in length,
quite round, smooth, and tapering to an obtuse point, as at figure 24;
the oblique cross-piece at the point should be of cane, and fitted into
the angular ferrule; the rod must be divided into three or four pieces,
so that it may be taken asunder and carried in the pocket; the upper
part of each joint must have a ferrule affixed to it, for the purpose of
articulating the other pieces. Each joint should have a notch or check
to prevent the rod from twisting.

The net itself, figure 31, must have a welting all around it, doubled so
as to form a groove for the reception of the rods. In the center of the
upper part or point it must have a small piece of chamois leather, so as
to form a kind of hinge; this must be bound round the welting and
divided in the middle, so as to prevent the cross pieces from slipping
over each other; it shows about four inches of the gauze turned up, so
as to form a bag; there are strings for the purpose of passing through
the staple, to which the net is firmly drawn on each side. When the net
is used a handle is to be held in each hand.

If it is intended to take insects on the wing, by means of this net, for
which it is admirably adapted, it may be folded together in an instant.
If the gauze is fine enough, and preserved whole, even the smallest
insect cannot escape. It may be also applied in catching coleopterous
insects, which are never on the wing, as well as caterpillars. When used
for this purpose the entomologist must hold it expanded under trees,
while another must beat the branches with a stick. Great numbers of both
insects and larvæ will fall in the gauze, and by this means many
hundreds may be captured in a day.

Another method is to spread a large table-cloth under trees and bushes,
and then beat them with a stick. An umbrella reversed has frequently
been used for the same purpose. Bose, the celebrated naturalist, used
this last method—he held the umbrella in the left hand, while he beat
the bushes with the other.

=The Hoop or Aquatic Net, Figure 26.= This net is used for capturing
aquatic insects, which are either lurking at the bottom, swimming
through the liquid element, or adhering to plants. It may also be
successfully used in sweeping amongst grass and low herbage for
coleopterous insects and others which are generally to be found in such
situations. The socket, for the handle, may be made of such dimensions
as will answer the second joint of the entomological net-rod, which will
save carrying another handle; or a walking-stick may be made to fit it.

=A Phial, Figure 33.= This may either be made of tin or crystal, and
used for collecting coleopterous and other creeping insects. The mouth
should be nearly an inch wide, and a cork exactly fitted to it, in the
center of which must be inserted a small quill, to afford air, and
inserted about an inch beyond the cork, to prevent the insects from
escaping. If the bottle is made of tin, and of a larger size, a tin tube
must be introduced into its side, and terminating externally at the

=A Digger, Figure 28.= The instrument is either made of iron or steel,
and is about six or seven inches in length, fixed into a turned wooden
handle. It is used for collecting the pupæ of lepidopterous insects, at
the roots and in the clefts of the bark of trees; and also for pulling
off the bark, particularly from decayed trees, under which many curious
and rare insects are frequently found. It is most useful with an
arrow-headed point.

=Setting Needles, Figure 29.= Fitted into a small wooden handle, the
needle itself should be about three inches long, and about the thickness
of a small darning-needle, slightly bent from about the middle. Figure
30 is a straight needle which is used for extending the parts of
insects; at one end of the handle is the needle, and at the other a
camel-hair pencil, which is used for removing any dirt or dust which may
be on the insects. The pencil may be occasionally drawn through the
lips, brought to a fine point, and used for disposing the antennæ and
palpi of insects of the minute kinds.

=Brass Pliers, Figure 25.= These are used for picking up small insects
from the roots of grass, etc. They may also be used for laying hold of
small insects, while they are yet free and not set up.

=Fan Forceps.= This very useful instrument to the entomologist, must be
made of steel or iron, and about eight or ten inches in length; its
general construction is like that of a pair of scissors, and it is held
and used in the same manner. Towards the points are formed a pair of
fans, which may either be square, oval, hexagonal, or octagonal in the
edges, and the centers covered with fine gauze. The general size of the
fans is from four to six inches. These are used for capturing bees,
wasps, and muscæ. They are also used for catching butterflies, moths,
and sphinges. If an insect is on a leaf, both leaf and insect may be
inclosed within the fans; or if they are on a wall or the trunk of a
tree, they may be very easily secured by them.

If a butterfly, sphinx, or moth, are captured by the forceps, while yet
between the fans, they should be pressed pretty smoothly with the
thumb-nail, on the thorax or body, taking care, however, not to crush
it. It may then be taken into the hand, and a pin passed through the
thorax, and then stuck into the bottom of your hunting-box.

=Quills.= These are of great use in carrying minute insects. They should
be neatly stopped with cork and cement at one end, the other end should
be provided with a small movable cork for a stopper. Each end should be
wrapped carefully round with a silk thread waxed, to prevent them from

=Pocket Larvæ-Box.= For collecting caterpillars, this box is very
essential: it consists merely of a chip-box, with a hole pierced in the
center of the top and bottom, and covered with gauze, for the admission
of air. It will be necessary to put into the box some of the leaves on
which the larvæ feed, as they are very voracious, and cannot long exist
without food.

=Pill-Boxes.= No entomologist should be without five or six dozen of
these useful articles. They are of great value in collecting the smaller
species of lepidopterous insects, such as the tinea, etc., and only one
specimen should be put in each box, as, if more than one, they are apt
to injure each other’s wings by beating against each other.

=Setting Boards.= These must be made of deal board, from a foot to
fifteen inches long, and eight or ten inches broad, with a piece of wood
run across the ends, to prevent them from warping. They are covered with
cork, which must be perfectly smooth on the surface, with white paper
pasted over it. Several boards will be required, by persons who are
making collections, as some of the insects take a considerable time to
dry, so that they may be fit for introducing into a cabinet.

The boards should be kept in a frame made for the purpose. It should
consist of a top, bottom, and two sides; the back and front should have
the frames of doors attached by small hinges, and their centers covered
with fine gauze, for the free passage of air; the sides should have
small pieces of wood projecting from them, for the boards to rest on;
which should be at such a distance from each other that the pins may not
be displaced in pushing the boards in or drawing them out. The frame
should be placed in a dry, airy situation.

=Braces.= These are merely small pieces of card, cut in the form
exhibited, Fig. 36, attached to the butterfly and other insects; and
also at Fig. 39. They are pinned down on the insects, to keep their
wings, etc., in a proper state, till they acquire a set.


Of the orders Coleoptera, Orthoptera, and Hemiptera. These are easily

They are killed by immersing in scalding water, and then laid upon
blossom or blotting paper, for the purpose of absorbing as much of the
moisture as possible; or they may be placed in a tin box, with a little
camphor in it, near the fire, which soon kills them. This is, besides,
of considerable effect in their preservation.

Insects of the genera _Gryllus_ (Cricket), _Locusta_ (Locusts), etc.,
have tender bodies, and are sure to shrivel in drying. The intestines
should therefore be extracted, while they are yet moist, and skin filled
with cotton, as directed with some of the spiders.

When Coleopterous insects are set with the wings displayed, the elytra
should be separated, and the pin passed through their body near the
middle of the thorax, as in Fig. 35. The wings are exhibited as in the
act of flying, and are retained in this situation until they are quite
dry, by the cord braces. The insects of this order should always have
the pin passed through the right elytra on the right side, as shown at
Fig. 37, that is, it should pass underneath, between the first pair of
feet and the intermediate ones.

The legs, palpi and antennæ should be displayed in a natural order on
the setting board, and retained in the position by means of pins and
braces, as shown in Figs. 35, 37. These must be kept in that state,
either longer or shorter, according to the insect and the state of the
weather, as, if placed in a cabinet before they are quite dry, they are
sure to get mouldy, and will ultimately rot.

Minute insects should be attached to cards with gum, as shown, Figs. 34
and 39, with the legs and other organs displayed. Entomologists
generally adapt triangular cards as at Fig. 38, as less liable to hide
the parts of the insects.

=Order Lepidoptera.= Mr. Haworth, in mentioning the tenacity of life in
the Goat Moth, states that “the usual way of compressing the _thorax_ is
not sufficient to kill this insect. They will live several days after
the most severe pressure has been given there, to the great uneasiness
of any humane entomologists. The methods of suffocation by tobacco or
sulphur are equally inefficacious, unless continued for a greater number
of hours, than is proper for the preservation of the specimens. Another
method now in practice is better, and however fraught with cruelty it
may appear to the inexperienced collector, is the greatest piece of
_comparative mercy_ that can, in this case, be administered. When the
larger Moths must be killed, destroy them at once by the _insertion of a
strong, red-hot needle_ into their thickest part, beginning at the front
of _the thorax_. If this be properly _done_, instead of _lingering
through several days, they are dead in a moment_. It appears to me,
however, that insects being animals of _cold_ and _sluggish juices_, are
not so susceptible of the sensations we call pain, as those which enjoy
a warmer temperature of body, and a swifter circulation of the fluids.
To the philosophic mind it is self-evident that they have not such acute
organs of feeling pain as other animals of a _similar size_, whose
juices are endowed with a quicker motion, and possess a constant,
regular and genial warmth.”

Butterflies are soon killed by passing a pin through the thorax. The pin
passed through the thorax of small moths generally proves almost
instantly fatal to them.

The best manner of preserving the minute species of moths is by
pill-boxes, as above stated, each moth being kept in a separate box. We
have found the following the best mode of destroying them:

A piece of flat hardwood is taken, and a circular groove cut in it,
sufficiently deep to admit the mouth of a tumbler being placed within
it. In the center of the wood, pierce a hole about a third of an inch in
diameter in its center: place the pill box under this tumbler, with the
lid off, and the insect will soon creep out; but whether it does so or
not, a match well primed with sulphur is lighted and placed into the
hole under the center of the tumbler, which will suffocate the insect in
a few seconds. I have also found this an effectual method of killing the
larger species of butterflies, and moths. In piercing them, the pin
should be quite perpendicular, that no part of their minute frame should
be hidden by its oblique position.

The larger insects of this order are set by braces chiefly. A single one
should in the first place be introduced under the wing, near the thorax,
as shown in Fig. 36, and a longer brace extending over the wings. These
should not bear upon the wings, but be ready to rest gently on them,
when required. The wings are now elevated to their proper position by
the setting needle, and other braces are used as necessity dictates. The
feet and antennæ are extended and kept in their places by means of pins,
in which operation small braces are also occasionally used.

The French entomologists set butterflies, moths, and sphinges, on a
piece of soft wood, in which they have excavated a groove for the
reception of the body, as deep as the insertion of the wings. They are
otherwise preserved as above directed.

In the larger butterflies, moths, and sphinges, the abdomen should be
perforated, its contents extracted, and then stuffed with fine cotton,
after having been washed internally with the solution of corrosive
sublimate. Indeed, the cotton should also be rubbed with arsenical soap
before being introduced, as these insects are particularly liable to the
attack of smaller insects, such as the mite.

Several of the moth tribe are extremely liable to change their color
some time after they have been placed in a cabinet. This change is
frequently occasioned by an oily matter which is common to many of them.
This first makes its appearance in small spots on the body, but soon
spreads itself over the abdomen, thorax, and wings; and ends in a total
obliteration of all the beautiful markings. A method which has been
sometimes successfully adopted is to sprinkle all the wings with
powdered chalk, and holding a heated iron over it; the chalk absorbs the
grease, and may then be blown off by means of a pair of small bellows.
Another way of applying the chalk, and perhaps the better of the two, is
to throw some powdered chalk on the face of a heated iron, and then put
it into a piece of linen cloth, and apply it to the body of the insect;
the heat of the iron will soften the grease, and the chalk will absorb

Another method is to hold a heated iron over the insects for a few
minutes, and then to wash the spotted or greasy places with ox-gall and
water, applied with a camel-hair pencil, and afterwards wash it with
pure water, and dry it by an application of blotting paper, and when
perfectly dry imbue it with the solution of corrosive sublimate. But
grease seldom appears where the contents of the abdomen have been

=Orders Neuroptera, Hymenoptera and Diptera.= The Dragon Flies
(_Libellulæ_) are frequently very difficult to kill, being powerful and
nervous animals. When caught they should be transfixed through the
sides, and it sometimes becomes necessary to put braces on their wings
to prevent them from fluttering while in the hunting box. They may also
be killed sometimes by placing them under a tumbler and suffocating
them. Some entomologists put them in scalding water for an instant.

The contents of the abdomen should always be removed from Dragon Flies,
otherwise it will become black and shining through the skin, and destroy
the beautiful bands with which they are ornamented. They can be stuffed
with cotton or a small roll of paper introduced. If these precautions
are attended to, the insect will preserve the perfect beauty of its
living state.

The other species of these orders soon die after being transfixed. They
may be set by braces and pins, as represented in Figs. 35 and 37.

Some of the _Dipterous_ insects are very perishable in point of color
after death, particularly in the abdomen, the skin of which is very
thin. The only way of remedying this is to pierce the abdomen, and after
taking out the contents the cavity should be filled with a powdered
paint the same color as the living subjects, which will shine through
and give it all the appearance of nature.


Insects frequently get stiffened before the entomologist has leisure to
get them set; and it usually happens that those sent home from foreign
countries have been ill set, and require to be placed in more
appropriate attitudes after they have fallen into the hands of the
scientific collector. They may be relaxed and made as flexible as
recently killed specimens by the following simple process, from which
they can receive no injury: Pin them on a piece of cork, and place the
cork in a large basin or pan of tepid water, and cover the top tight
with a damp cloth, taking care that it is sufficiently high not to
injure the insects. In most cases a few hours is sufficient to restore
them to their original flexibility, so that they may be easily put in
their proper positions. In some instances, three or four days are
necessary to relax them thoroughly, so as to set the wings without the
risk of breaking them; no force whatever must be used with any of the
members. When set up, after being relaxed, they must be treated in
exactly the same manner as recent specimens.

We must again caution the entomologist to be careful that he applies the
solution of corrosive sublimate to all his species, otherwise there is
little chance of their continuing long without being attacked by the
mite; they ought to be frequently imbued.

Mr. Waterton, who has studied deeply the subject of preserving animal
substances, and applied them not only in our own country, but also under
the influence of a tropical climate, makes the following observations on
the preservation of Insects: “I only know of two methods,” says he, “to
guard preserved insects from the depredations of living ones. The first
is, by poisoning the atmosphere—the second is, by poisoning the prepared
specimens themselves, so effectually that they are no longer food for
the depredators. But there are some objections to both these modes; a
poisoned atmosphere will evaporate in time if not attended to, or if
neglected to be renewed; and there is great difficulty in poisoning some
specimens on account of their delicacy and minuteness. If you keep
spirits of turpentine in the boxes which contain your preserved
specimens, I am of opinion that those specimens will be safe as long as
the odor of the turpentine remains in the box, for it is said to be the
most pernicious of all scents to insects. But it requires attention to
keep up an atmosphere of spirits of turpentine; if it be allowed to
evaporate entirely, then there is a clear and undisputed path open to
the inroads of the enemy; he will take advantage of your absence or
neglect, and when you return to view your treasure you will find it in
ruins. Spirits of turpentine poured into a common glass inkstand, in
which there is a piece of sponge, and placed in a corner of your box,
will create a poisoned atmosphere and kill every insect there. The
poisoning of your specimens by means of corrosive sublimate in alcohol,
is a most effective method. As soon as the operation is properly
performed, the depredating insect perceives that the prepared specimen
is no longer food for it, and will forever cease to attack it; but then
every part must have received the poison, otherwise those parts where
the poison has not reached will still be exposed to the enemy, and he
will pass unhurt over the poisoned parts till he arrives at that part of
your specimen which is still wholesome food for him. Now, the difficulty
lies in applying the solution to very minute specimens without injuring
their appearance; and all that can be said is, to recommend unwearied
exertion, which is sure to be attended with great skill, and great skill
will insure surprising success.”

I am convinced that there is no absolute and lasting safety for prepared
specimens in zoölogy from the depredations of insects, except by
poisoning every part of them with a solution of corrosive sublimate in

Mr. Waterton is of opinion that tight boxes with aromatic atmospheres
are not to be depended upon in the preservation of insects. He says:
“The tight boxes and aromatic atmospheres will certainly do a great
deal, but they are liable to fail, for this obvious reason, viz.: That
they do not render forever absolutely baneful and abhorrent to the
depredator that which in itself is nutritious and grateful to him. In an
evil hour, through neglect in keeping up a poisoned atmosphere, the
specimens collected by industry and prepared by art, and which ought to
live, as it were, for the admiration of future ages, may fall a prey to
an intruding and almost invisible enemy, so that, unless the solution of
corrosive sublimate in alcohol is applied, you are never perfectly safe
from surprise. I have tried a decoction of aloes, wormwood and walnut
leaves, thinking they would be of service on account of their
bitterness. The trial completely failed.”

Many entomologists are satisfied with possessing the insect in its
perfect or image condition. But it is exceedingly interesting to be able
to trace these through their different states of existence from the egg
to the perfect insect. Besides, we are certain to produce the insects in
the highest state of preservation when we breed them ourselves, and it
is besides very interesting to have the eggs of the different species as
well as the caterpillar and pupa.

=The Eggs of Insects.= The eggs of insects preserve their form and color
in a cabinet, in general, without much trouble. Swammerdam had a method
of preserving them when they appeared to be giving way. He made a
perforation within them with a fine needle, pressed out their contents,
afterwards inflated them with a glass blow-pipe, and filled them with a
mixture of resin and oil of spike.

=The Larvæ, or Caterpillars.= The easiest way of destroying the
Caterpillar is by immersion in spirits of wine. They may be retained for
a long time in this spirit without destroying their color.

Mr. William Weatherhead had an ingenious mode of preserving larvæ. He
killed the caterpillar, as above directed, and having made a small
puncture in the tail, gently pressed out the contents of the abdomen,
and then filled the skin with fine dry sand, and brought the animal to
its natural circumference. It is then exposed to the air to dry, and it
will have become quite hard in the course of a few hours, after which
the sand may be shaken out at the small aperture and the caterpillar
then gummed to a piece of card.

Another method is, after the entrails are squeezed out, to insert into
the aperture a glass tube which has been drawn to a very fine point. The
operator must blow through this pipe while he keeps turning the skin
slowly round over a charcoal fire; the skin soon becomes hardened, and,
after being anointed with oil of spike and resin, it may be placed in a
cabinet when dry. A small straw or pipe of grass may be substituted for
the glass pipe. Some persons inject them with colored wax after they are

=The Pupa.= When the insects have escaped from their pupa skin, the skin
usually retains the shape and general appearance it did while it
contained the insect. It is therefore ready for the cabinet, without any
preparation whatever. But if the animal has not quitted its envelope, it
will be necessary either to drop the pupa into warm water, or to heat it
in a tin case before the fire; the former mode, however, is the best,
and least liable to change the colors of the pupa.

                      METHOD OF BREEDING INSECTS.

=Breeding Cages.= These must be made of oak, or other hard wood, as pine
is apt to kill the caterpillars from its strong smell of turpentine. The
best form for these is represented in Fig. 32. The sides and front are
covered with gauze; a is a small square box, for the reception of a
phial of water, for placing the stalks of plants in, on which it is
intended the caterpillars are to feed. The most convenient size for a
breeding cage is eight inches in breadth, four deep, and one foot in
height. It is not proper to place within a cage more than one species of
caterpillar, as many of them prey upon each other. Indeed, animals of
the same species will devour each other if left without food. The
caterpillars of insects, for the most part, will only eat one particular
kind of food, so that it is better to have no more than one sort in a

There must be at the bottom of the cage earth to the depth of two
inches; this should be mixed with some fine sand and vegetable earth, if
possible, to prevent it from drying. The cages should be kept in a cool
cellar or damp place, because many insects change into the pupa
condition under the earth; so that it would require to be somewhat
moist, to prevent the destruction of the animal. The shell or case of
the pupa also becomes hard, if the earth is not kept moist; and, in that
event, the animal will not have sufficient strength to break its case at
the time it ought to emerge from its confinement, and must consequently
die, which but too frequently happens from mismanagement.

Some seasons are more favorable than others for the production of
caterpillars, and to keep each kind by themselves would require an
immense number of cages, as well as occupy much time in changing the
food, and paying due attention to them. To obviate this, some persons
have large breeding cages, with a variety of food in them, which must be
cleaned out every two days, and fresh leaves given to the caterpillars;
as, on due attention to feeding, the beauty and vigor of the coming
insects will much depend.

The larvæ of insects, which feed beneath the surface of the earth, may
be bred in the following manner: Let any box that is about three or four
feet square, and two or three feet deep, be lined internally with tin,
and a number of very minute holes be bored through the sides and bottom.
Put into this box a quantity of earth, replete with such vegetables as
the caterpillars subsist on, and sink it into a bed of earth, so that
the surface may be exposed to the different changes of the weather. The
lid should be covered with brass or iron network, to prevent their
escape, and for the free admission of air.

The young entomologist should obtain a cabinet of about thirty drawers,
arranged in two tiers, and covered in with folding doors. There is a
great convenience in this size, as the cabinet is rendered more
portable, and at the same time admits of having another of the same
size, being placed above the top of it, as the collection increases,
without injuring the uniformity, and thus the drawers may be augmented
to any extent. It is immaterial whether the cabinet is made of mahogany
or oak; sometimes they are constructed of cedar, but seldom of pine, or
any other soft wood. Small cells must be made in the inside of the
fronts for camphor.

=Corking of Drawers.= The simplest way to get the cork is to purchase it
of a cork-cutter, ready prepared, but it will be much cheaper for the
entomologist to prepare it himself. In this case, it should be cut into
strips of about three inches wide, with a cork-cutter’s knife, to smooth
the surface and to divide it. The strips should be fixed in a vice, and
cut to the thickness required with a fine saw; but grease must not be
used in the operation, as it will not only prevent the cork from
adhering to the bottom of the drawer, but will also grease the paper
which should be pasted on its surface. The black surface of the cork
should be rasped down to a smooth surface. After having reduced the
slips to about three quarters of an inch in thickness, the darkest, or
worst side of the slip should be glued down to a sheet of brown, or
cartridge paper; this should be laid on a deal board, about three feet
in length, and the width required for a drawer or box; a few fine nails,
or brads, must be driven through each piece of cork to keep it firm and
in its place until the glue is dried; by this means, sheets of cork may
be formed the size of the drawer. All the irregularities are filed or
rasped down quite to a level surface, and then polished smooth with
pumice-stone. The sheet, thus formed and finished, is glued into the
drawers. To prevent its warping, some weights must be equally
distributed over the cork, that it may adhere firmly to the bottom of
the drawer. When quite dry, the weights are removed, and the cork
covered with fine white paper, but not very thick. The paper is allowed
to be quite damp with the paste before it is placed on the cork, and
when dry it will become perfectly tight.

Insect cabinets should be kept in a very dry situation, otherwise the
antennæ, legs, etc., will become quite mouldy. The same evil will ensue
if the insect is not perfectly dry before it is placed in the
cabinet.—Should an insect be covered with mold it can be washed off with
a camel’s hair pencil, dipped in camphorated spirits of wine; in which
case, the insect must be dried in a warm airy situation, before being
placed in the cabinet.

There should always be plenty of camphor kept in the drawers, otherwise
there is great danger to be apprehended from mites; where these exist,
they are easily discovered by the dust which is under the insects by
which they are infested. In which case, they must be immediately taken
out, and rubbed clean with a fine camel’s hair pencil, and well imbued
with the solution of corrosive sublimate, and then placed near a fire,
taking care, however, that too great a heat is not applied, as it will
utterly destroy the specimen. The butterfly, sphinx and moth tribes are
extremely liable to the attack of mites, and should, therefore, be
frequently examined.


Cuttle fish, and all other molluscous animals, can only be preserved in
spirits. The same observation applies to the animals which inhabit that
numerous tribe called Testaceous Shells. They must be detached from the
shells, and put into spirits, while the shells themselves must be
preserved, independent of the animal.

Shells naturally arrange themselves under three distinct heads: Marine,
Land, and Fluviatile, or Fresh Water.

Marine shells are only to be expected perfect, when procured in a living
state. The way to extract the animal is to pour some warm water on it;
but, if too hot, it is liable to crack the shells. When the animals are
dead, they can easily be pulled out with any hooked instrument, or fork,
or if the animal is small, by a common pin. This applies to all marine
shells; whether univalve, bivalve or tubular. It is of great consequence
to preserve the ligament of bivalve shells entire, so that the valves
may not be separated. The animals of land and fresh water shells are
killed by the same means, only that the water requires to be very hot.

Unless the shells are covered with extraneous matter, it is not
necessary to clean them. Marine shells are, however, very liable to be
incrusted with other marine bodies, particularly with serpula and
balani, etc. These must be started off by means of a sharp instrument;
an engraving tool is well adapted for this purpose. This must be done
with great caution, in species which have spines, and other
excrescences, as they are very liable to be broken. Should any of the
calcareous matter still adhere, this must be removed, by applying to it
a _very weak_ mixture of muriatic acid and water, applied with the point
of a quill, and then plunged into water, and allowed to remain till the
acid is quite extracted. But on no account whatever attempt to eradicate
these parasitic bodies by means of acid, or acid and water alone, as the
chances are that the shell will be completely destroyed by their
application. We have seen many fine and valuable shells destroyed by an
injudicious application of acids—they should never be used when it can
possibly be avoided. We have, on the other hand, seen shells which were
so completely enveloped in calcareous crust, that it was impossible to
trace their external surface, most thoroughly cleared of all this,
without being touched at all by acids, the whole being removed by a
small knife or other sharp instrument; and these, in many cases, having
long and tender spines externally.

Nothing can be more monstrous than the application of pumice-stone,
which some recommend, for polishing shells; as is also the use of
tripoli, rotten-stone, and emery. Neither do we approve the application
of varnishes, as such shells never have their natural luster.

If a shell is found dead upon the beach it is probable that it will have
undergone a certain degree of decomposition, that is, it will have
parted with part of its animal matter, and consequently the colors will
have faded and the surface present a chalky appearance. To remove this
take a small proportion of Florence oil and apply it to the surface,
when the colors which were invisible will appear. When completely
saturated with oil let the shell be rubbed dry and placed in a cabinet.
Oil may also be applied after acid has been used, and it will be found
extremely useful when applied to dry the epidermis, which it will
prevent from cracking or quitting the shell entirely, which it
frequently does.

Whether marine shells are procured in a living or dead state, a very
necessary precaution is to immerse them in pure tepid water after the
animal has been extracted, and allow them to continue in it for an hour
or two so as completely to extract any salt or acid which may be in

Fresh water shells are liable to a calcareous or earthy incrustation,
which must be removed by immersing them in warm water, and afterwards
scraping and brushing them with a nail or toothbrush. Much nicety is
necessary in cleaning these, as their great thinness renders them, in
general, liable to be broken. A little Florence oil will improve the
appearance of the epidermis and render it less liable to crack.

Land shells seldom require any cleaning except washing in water, as they
are not liable to incrustations of any kind.

When shells are perforated by marine animals, or otherwise broken, if
the specimen is rare, it is desirable to remedy these defects as far as
possible; they may therefore be filled up, or pieces added to them with
the cement, which may be colored when dry to its original state.

=Of Polishing Shells.= Many species of marine and fresh water shells are
composed of mother-of-pearl, generally covered with a strong epidermis.
When it is wished to exhibit the external structure of shells, the
epidermis is removed and the outer testaceous coatings polished down
till the pearlaceous structure becomes visible. It has been a common
practice to remove the strong epidermis of shells by means of strong
acids, but this is a hazardous and tedious mode of operating. The best
method is to put the shells into a pan of cold water with a quantity of
quicklime and boil it for two to four hours, according to the thickness
of the epidermis. The shells afterwards must be gradually cooled, and
some strong acid applied to the epidermis, when it will easily peel off.
Two hours are sufficient for the common muscle being boiled. The shells
are afterwards polished with rotten-stone and oil, put on a piece of
chamois leather.

The epidermis of the uno margaritifera is so thick that it requires from
four to five hours boiling. After the epidermis has been removed, there
is beneath it a thick layer of dull, calcareous matter, which must be
started off with a knife or other sharp instrument; this requires great
labor, but, when accomplished, a fine mother-of-pearl is exhibited which
adds an agreeable variety as a specimen.

Various turbos and trochuses are also deprived of their epidermis and
polished with files, sand-paper, pumice-stone, etc., till the pearly
appearance is obtained; but all these modes are invented for disfiguring
rather than improving the shells in the eye of the naturalist, and
should never be resorted to except where the species is very common, in
which case it is well enough to do so with one or two specimens to show
the structure of the shells.

After the operation of polishing and washing with acids, a little
Florence oil should be rubbed over to bring out the colors and destroy
the influence of the acid.


                         QUADRUPEDS AND BIRDS.

It is hardly necessary to recommend a double-barrelled gun. One of the
barrels should be loaded with small shot or dross of lead for small
birds and the other with large shot. These should have much less powder
than an ordinary charge, so as not to tear and injure the animals.
Paper, cotton or flax and powdered dry earthen ashes should form part of
the naturalist’s stores.

When a bird is killed, a small quantity of dry dust is to be put on the
wound. For this purpose the feathers must be raised with a pin, or a
gun-picker, close to the wound. The bill of the bird should have a small
quantity of cotton or flax introduced into it to prevent the blood from
flowing and spoiling the plumage. The feathers must be all adjusted, and
the bird then placed on the ground to allow the blood to coagulate.
Every specimen should be placed in a piece of paper of the form of a
hollow cone, like the thumb bags used by grocers. The head should be
introduced into this, the paper should then be closed around the bird,
and packed in a box filled with moss, dried grass or leaves.

Birds taken alive in nets and traps are to be preferred to others for
stuffing, and also those caught by birdlime, which must be removed by
spirits of wine.

Birds should always be skinned the same day they are killed, or next day
at farthest, particularly in summer; as there is a danger of
putrefaction ensuing, by which the feathers will fall off. However, in
winter there is no danger for some days; but in tropical climates they
must be prepared soon after they are killed. The same observations apply
generally to quadrupeds.

Bats and owls are caught during the day, in the hollows of aged trees,
in the crevices of walls, and ruins of buildings. These are animals
which, it may be presumed, are still little known in consequence of
their nocturnal habits.

Those who prepare for the chase, with the intention of preserving
animals, should take care to provide themselves with implements
necessary for fulfilling the objects advantageously. The articles most
needed are one or two pairs of large pincers, scissors, forceps,
scalpels, knives, needles, thread and a small hatchet, as well as one or
more canisters of preserving powder, some pots of arsenical soap, or
arsenical composition, and some bottles of spirits of turpentine. Cotton
may be employed in stuffing the skins, and therefore a considerable
quantity should always be taken along with the naturalist. In parts of
Asia and Africa, where this cannot be procured, tow must be employed, or
old ropes teazed down; and where even this cannot be found, dried grass
and moss may be used. M. Le Vaillant used a species of dog-grass while
in Africa, which is very abundant in that country; and it answered the
purpose remarkably well.

It being supposed that a traveler has an ample caravan, provided with
all the necessaries which we have pointed out, and having killed a
quadruped, he will skin it immediately, according to the method which we
have pointed out. He will then sew up the skin after receiving a partial
stuffing, and having been anointed with the arsenical soap or
composition. All the extremities must then be imbued with spirits of
turpentine, and the skin should be placed in some convenient place to
dry, so that it may have the advantage of complete exposure to the air.
The turpentine must be again applied at the end of three or four days,
more especially around the mouth of the quadruped.

It will be of the utmost advantage to remain a week or ten days at one
place; by which means the naturalist will have had time to render
himself somewhat acquainted with the animals which localize in that
neighborhood. And as some species frequently confine themselves to a
very limited spot, by leaving the place too hurriedly he is apt to
overlook them.

After the traveler has determined on leaving his cantonment, he must see
that all the objects he has collected are in a condition to be removed.
He must examine carefully each specimen, and see that they have not been
attacked by the destructive insects, so abundant in warm climates.
Should flies have deposited their eggs in the lips of the quadrupeds or
birds, these must be destroyed by spirits of turpentine. When a set of
animals or birds are thoroughly dry, they should be packed in a box or
case, which has been well joined.

A journal ought to be kept detailing all the circumstances connected
with the animals, the places in which they were killed, and the color of
their eyes, together with any information that can be procured of their
habits from the natives. People are too apt to forget particulars when
engaged in such varied pursuits, and the sooner they are committed to
paper the better.

When the traveler arrives in Africa, he will meet with animals of the
largest size, such as the elephant, the rhinoceros, hippopotamus,
giraffe, quagga, urus, bubulus, condoma, as well as large antelope and
deer. He will unquestionably find some difficulty in his endeavors to
bring with him the skins of these animals, as in that country it is even
troublesome, in many cases, to transport the necessaries of life. But
the ardor of the zealous naturalist will here be increased by beholding
such splendid specimens as he can never meet with elsewhere. All his
energies will be strengthened and every sacrifice made to enable him to
transport the fruits of his toils.

We need only to recur to the zeal manifested by Le Vaillant in his
travels, and the rapturous delight experienced by him when he first
beheld and killed the giraffe. He brought this large skin from
Caffraria, where he killed the animal, a distance of two hundred leagues
from the Cape of Good Hope.

Should the traveler, accidentally, or in pursuit of natural objects,
find himself possessed of the carcase of one of these large and fine
animals, he would deeply regret not being able to fetch away the skin
from want of a knowledge how to separate it from the body. We shall,
therefore, suppose that he has killed an animal the size of a bull. He
must first make an incision under the belly, in the form of a double
cross. The central line must reach from the chin to the anus; the two
other transverse cuts must reach from one foot to the other. These are
always made inside, so that the seams may be less conspicuous when the
animal is mounted. When the skin is stuffed, the hoofs are detached by
laying them on a stone, and striking them with a hatchet or mallet. The
nails or hoofs must be left attached to the skin. After this, the skin
is removed from the feet, legs, and thighs, and treated in other
respects as pointed out in skinning other large animals. The bones of
the head must be preserved if possible, leaving it attached at the
muzzle only. All the muscles must be removed from the head, and the
bones rendered as clean as possible.

As it is probable that an animal of this magnitude has been killed at a
great distance from any habitation, there will not be an opportunity of
macerating the hide in alum and water. The skin will also be too thick
for the arsenical soap to penetrate with effect. Under these
circumstances, the next best thing to preserve it is to take the ashes
of a wood fire, and rub it well inside. The skin should then be
stretched along the boughs of a tree, and allowed to dry. The skull,
after it has been dried, must be returned into the skin, and the lips,
ears, and feet imbued plentifully with turpentine, which operation must
be several times repeated at intervals. Nothing is more effectual in
preventing the attacks of insects than this spirit, and no larvæ will
exist in places which it has touched.

The skin will be sufficiently dried within two or three days, so that
the hair may be turned inwards. If some common salt can be procured, a
solution of it should be made, and the hair rubbed with it. Both sides
of the skin must be rubbed with this two or three times, at intervals of
a day.

When sufficiently dry, the skin may be rolled up and packed. The hair
ought to be inwards, with a layer of dried grass intervening, to prevent
friction during conveyance. The operation of rolling up the skin must be
begun at the head.

If the journey is long, the skin should be unrolled, and placed in the
sun for a few hours, and the places liable to the attack of moths should
be again rubbed with turpentine.

When a skin thus prepared has reached the place where it is to be put
up, it must undergo a preparation previous to its being mounted. In the
first place, it must be extended along the ground with the hair
undermost, so that it may acquire fresh pliability, and those parts
which remain stiff must be moistened with tepid water. The skin must
then be placed in a large vessel of water saturated with alum, there to
remain eight or ten days; after which, it must be extended on half
rounded pieces of wood, and thinned with a sharp knife, which is
facilitated by the projections of the wood, enabling the operator the
more easily to cut it, while it is gradually shifted, till the whole has
been pretty equally thinned. When this operation is completed, it is
allowed to soak in water with an equal quantity of that saturated with
the alum. Twenty-four hours will be sufficient.

In hunting for snakes, great caution must be exercised, as it is well
known that the bite of some of these proves fatal within a quarter of an
hour, particularly that of the rattlesnake and some others. Indeed, it
would be more prudent to allow the natives to hunt for these poisonous
reptiles, as they are better acquainted with their haunts, and the means
of defense to be employed in this dangerous pursuit. They are also
better acquainted with those which are poisonous. We may, however,
remark, that the poisonous snakes have, in general, much larger heads
than those which are harmless, and their necks are also narrow.

=Shells.= Shells, on account of the elegance and variety of their forms,
and beauty of their colors, are objects much sought after, not only by
naturalists but also by most persons who are unacquainted with science.
There is no species, particularly in remote climes, which does not
deserve to be brought home, the things most common in those countries
being frequently the most rare in ours. Shells are found on every part
of the surface of the globe. Some are inhabitants of the land, while
others only frequent rivers, lakes, ponds, and ditches; and another and
more numerous class live in the ocean. Land-shells are spread over the
whole surface of the earth, and although more accessible, are perhaps
less known than those which inhabit the “mighty deep.”

=Land-Shells=, for the most part, are to be found creeping abroad either
in the evening or after a gentle shower of rain. During the heat of the
day they retire to shaded retreats, under thick bushes, the crevices of
rocks, the hollows of decayed trees, or under their bark; beneath
stones, amongst moss, or in holes in the ground. A little experience
will teach the naturalist readily to find their retreats.

=Fresh Water Shells= must be sought for, if in deep lakes, with a
dredge, or if in shallow places, with a tin spoon fixed on the end of a
stick. This is made of a circular piece of tin four inches and a half in
diameter, beat concave, and then perforated with numerous small holes,
not exceeding the sixteenth part of an inch in diameter; around this
must be soldered a perpendicular rim three-quarters of an inch broad,
and also perforated with holes. To this must be attached a hollow
tubular handle three inches long, for the insertion of a walking-stick.
It must have a few holes towards its outer end for passing a string
through to tie it firmly and prevent it being lost. With this spoon the
collector must rake along the mud at the bottom of ditches or ponds, and
after bringing a quantity to the surface, he must wash the mud entirely
away by shaking the spoon on the top of the water, and it will pass
through the holes and leave the shells. The sharp edge of the spoon is
also useful for detaching aquatic shells from the under surface of the
leaves of water-plants.

The large swan-muscle (_Anadonta Cygnea_), and other ana-dons, generally
lie deep in the mud, so that they cannot be procured by dredging. I
found it necessary to invent a net to fish for these. This consisted of
an iron triangle of twelve inches, with a hollow handle fixed on its
base, and in this is inserted a pole of sufficient length to reach the
bottom. It is firmly screwed to the handle. A net is attached to the
triangle either of twine or hair-cloth. The point of the triangle should
be sharp so that it may the more easily penetrate the mud, and it is
drawn through it in situations where shells are supposed to exist.

=Marine Shells.= These are to be found in all seas; some of them inhabit
rocks on the shore within high-water mark; others reside in deep water,
and can only be taken by dredging, or by the use of a kind of net called
in France the gangui, and an instrument called the rake has also been
successfully used.

Different species of sea-weed are frequently covered by minute
shells—weeds should always be carefully examined. Many of the smaller
and microscopic shells are found at high-water mark among the fine dross
and drifted fragments of shells; this sand should be brought home and
examined at leisure. To facilitate the process a small wire-cloth sieve
should be made of about six or seven inches square and all the sand
sifted through it and the shells left.

=Molluscous Animals.= Many species of worms and other soft, invertebrate
animals are to be caught also by the dredge. There is no way of
preserving these animals except by putting them in spirits. Animals of
this kind are still very imperfectly known, notwithstanding the
researches of Lamarck, Poli, and other celebrated naturalists. Every
opportunity should, therefore, be embraced of bringing them home;
indeed, we are still little acquainted with those which inhabit our own

When animals of this kind are procured in foreign parts a careful noting
of the latitude should be taken; and it should be stated whether they
live singly or are congregated, if they are phosphorescent, and if they
were taken in deep water. And as these animals are very liable to lose
their colors by being put in spirits, a careful noting of these should
be taken whenever they are caught, as the colors are very evanescent;
or, what would be still better, a drawing of the animal should be made.

=Intestinal Worms.= Whenever we have killed either a quadruped, bird, or
fish, we should carefully examine the stomach and intestinal canal of
the animal to see if there are any worms; indeed, there are few animals
without them; they must also be preserved in spirits. Besides the
stomach and intestines, worms are also found in the livers and other
parts of the body; also in the back of Skates and various fishes.


This class is subject to infinite variety, according to climate and
soil. The entomologist, or the mere collector, must not confine himself
to those whose beauty of coloring renders them attractive, but collect
all that come in the way. Those species which have wings, and fly around
plants, we take by means of gauze nets, and also those which swim in the
water. Those which live on putrid substances, and such as are
disagreeable to the touch, are seized with pincers; they are first put
into camphorated spirits to render them clean. Trees are the habitations
of innumerable insects; many of them skulk under the old rotten bark,
and others attach themselves to the foliage. A cloth should be spread
under the trees, or an umbrella, and the branches shaken with
considerable force, when they will fall down, and may then be caught.

Insects are killed by making a crow-quill into a long point and dipping
it into prussic acid; an incision with it may be made immediately below
the head of the insect betwixt the shoulders, which usually produces
instant death. But this acid must be used with much caution, because its
effects are almost as instantaneous and fatal in the human subject as in
the lower animals. When cork cannot be had for lining the bottoms of the
boxes, a layer of beeswax may be used in its stead. The pin should be
deeply sunk in this substance, as it is more liable to loosen than when
in cork.

It is of much importance to procure the caterpillar as well as the
insect, and, in this case, some of the leaves on which it feeds should
be placed in a box beside it, so that it may reach maturity. A small
perforation should be made in the box for the admission of air.

Every kind of insect, except butterflies, sphinges, and moths, may be
preserved in bottles of spirits, which will not injure them; when they
are taken out they are immediately placed in the position in which it is
wished to preserve them, and they are then allowed to dry. Another mode
of preserving coleopterous insects, such as beetles, etc., is to put
them in a dry box amongst fine sand. A row of insects is placed in a
layer of sand, and then a new layer of about an inch in depth laid on
the top, and so on till the box is filled. This mode of packing will
not, however, do with soft insects and those having fine wings.

It is extremely desirable that all the different kinds of Spiders should
be caught, particularly those said to be venomous; also termites, or
white ants, the different scolopendra, and gaily worms, etc. The nests
of spiders and other insects should also be sent home; in short, every
insect which is remarkable, in any way, either for its history or

It is also of much importance to bring specimens of the plants on which
they feed; these should be dried, and their localities marked, the kind
of soil on which they grow, and the situations, whether moist or dry,
should be noted.

                            BRITISH INSECTS.

=Woods, Hedges, and Lanes.= By far the greatest portion of insects are
found in these situations. In woods, the entomologist must beat the
branches of the trees into his folding net, and must select for this
purpose the open paths, skirts, etc. The trunks of trees, gates, and
timber which is cut down, should be carefully examined, and a great many
lepidopterous and coleopterous insects are found in these situations,
and in no other. In hedges and lanes, many of the most valuable and
beautiful insects are found, as also in nettles and other plants which
grow under them; these should be well beat, but more especially when the
white thorn blossoms in the months of May and June. Hedges where the
roads are dusty are very seldom productive.

=Heaths and Commons.= Many insects are peculiar to these situations from
the plants which grow on them, as well as from the dung of cattle, by
which many of them are frequented, in the latter of which many thousands
of insects may be found in a single day, in the months of April and May.
These are principally of the Order Coleoptera.

=Sand Pits.= These are favorable for the propagation of _Capris
lunarius_, _Noloxus monoceros_, _Lixus sulcirostris_ and other rare
insects. Minute species are found abundantly at the roots of grass.

=Meadows, Marshes and Ponds.= In meadows, when the ranunculi or
buttercups are in blossom, many _Muscæ_ and dipterous insects generally
abound. The flag-rushes are the habitations of _Cassida_, _Donacina_ and
others. Drills in marshes should be examined, as many species of insects
are found on long grass. The larvæ of various lepidoptera and neuroptera
are confined to these situations, more especially if hedges and trees
are near the spot. Ponds are rich in microscopic insects. These are
obtained by means of the landing net, which, for this purpose, need not
be so long as represented in Fig. 26, and should be made of pretty thick
cotton cloth, but sufficiently thin to allow the water to escape. The
mud, which is brought up from the bottom of ponds and ditches, should be
examined, and what small insects are found may be put in a small phial
filled with water, which will not only clean them but keep them alive;
and in many instances the naturalist will be surprised, upon the
examination of these, the most wonderful productions of nature.

=Moss, Decayed Trees, Roots of Grass, Etc.= Many insects will be found
in moss and under it; the roots and wood of decayed trees afford
nourishment and a habitation to a number of insects; many of the larvæ
of _Lepidoptera_ penetrate the trunks of trees in all directions; most
of the cerambyces feed on wood, as well as some species of _Carabidæ
Elateridæ_, etc. In seeking for these it is necessary to use the digger.
It is sometimes requisite to dig six or seven inches into the wood
before they are found.

=Banks of Ponds and Roots of Grass.= These are a never-failing source of
collecting, which may be followed at all seasons of the year, and in
general with great success; those banks are to be preferred which have
the morning or noon-day sun.

=Banks of Rivers, Sandy Sea Shore, Etc.= These situations afford a great
variety of _Coleoptera_, _Crustacæ_, etc. The dead carcases of animals
thrown on the shore should be examined, as they are the receptacles and
food of _Silphiodæ_, _Staphilinidæ_, etc. May and June are the best
seasons for collecting these insects.

=Dead Animals and Dried Bones= should be constantly examined, for these
are the natural habitats of several insects. It is not uncommon for
country people to hang dead moles on bushes; under these the
entomologist should place his net, and shake the boughs on which they
are hung, as many of the coleoptera generally inhabit these.

=Fungi and Flowers.= These are the constant abode of insects, and many
curious species will be found on them. It is a mistaken idea that
insects are only to be found in summer, as they are to be met with,
either in a living or pupa state, at all seasons. Dried moss, beneath
the bark of trees and under stones are extremely likely places to find
insects in winter; and even then the entomologist is more likely to
procure some of the rare species than in summer, as these are ranging in
search of food and in situations hidden from view.

At this season, if the weather is mild, the pupæ of _Lepidoptera_ will
be found at the roots of trees, more especially those of the elm, oak,
lime, etc., or beneath the underwood, close to the trees, and these
frequently at the depth of some inches under the ground.

In the months of June, July and August the woods are the best places to
search for insects. Most of the butterflies are taken in those months,
flying about in the daytime only. Moths are either found at break of day
or at twilight in the evening. The following method of taking moths is
pointed out by Haworth, in speaking of the Oak Moth (_Bombyx Quercus_).
“It is a frequent practice with the London Aurelians,” says he, “when
they breed a female of this and some other day-flying species, to take
her, whilst yet a virgin, into the vicinity of woods, where, if the
weather is favorable, she never fails to attract a numerous train of
males, whose only business seems to be an incessant, rapid and
undulating flight in search of their unimpregnated females, one of which
is no sooner perceived than they become so much enamored of their fair
and chaste relation as absolutely to lose all kinds of fear for their
own personal safety, which, at other times, is effectually secured by
the reiterated evolutions of their strong and rapid wings. So fearless,
indeed, have I beheld them on these occasions as to climb up and down
the sides of a cage which contained the dear object of their eager
pursuit in exactly the same hurrying manner as honeybees, which have
lost themselves, climb up and down the glasses of a window.”






                        _Mr. Waterton’s Method._

Put a good large teaspoonful of well-pounded corrosive sublimate into a
wine bottle full of alcohol (spirits of wine). Let it stand over night,
and the next morning draw it off into a clean bottle. When the solution
is applied to black substances, and little white particles are perceived
on them, it will be necessary to make it weaker, by the addition of some

A black feather dipped in the solution, and then dried, will be a good
test of the state of the solution; if it be too strong it will leave a
whiteness upon the feather.

                            ARSENICAL SOAP.

                _Invented by Bécœur, Apothecary, Metz._

                     Arsenic, in powder,  2 pounds.
                     Camphor,             5 ounces.
                     White Soap,          2 pounds.
                     Salt of Tartar,     12 ounces.
                     Powdered Lime,       4 ounces.

The soap must be cut in small and very thin slices, put into a crucible
with a small quantity of water, held over a gentle fire, and frequently
stirred with a wooden spatula, or a piece of wood of any kind. When it
is properly melted, the powdered lime and salt of tartar must then be
added and thoroughly mixed. It must now be taken off the fire, the
arsenic added gently, and stirred. The camphor must be reduced into a
powder by beating it in a mortar, with the addition of a little spirits
of wine. The camphor must then be added and the composition well mixed
with a spatula while off the fire. It may be again placed on the fire to
assist in making the ingredients incorporate properly, but not much
heated, as the camphor will very rapidly escape. It may now be poured
into glazed earthen pots and allowed to cool, after which a piece of
paper should be placed over the top, and afterward some sheep leather,
and then set aside for use. The composition is about the thickness of
ordinary flour paste.

When it is necessary to use the soap, put as much as will answer the
purpose into a preserve pot and add to it about an equal proportion of
water. This is applied to the skin or feathers with a bristle brush.

N. B. It should be kept as close as possible and used with caution, as
it is a deadly poison.

The above is the recipe made use of at the Jardin des Plantes, Paris.

                        _Mr. Laurent’s Recipe._

A distinguished French naturalist, Laurent, recommends the following
composition, after ten years’ experience, for preserving the skins of
stuffed animals. He observes at the same time that it penetrates them
with greater readiness, and preserves them much better than any
preparation which has hitherto been in use.

                    Arseniate of Potash,  2 drachms.
                    Sulphate of Alumine,  2 drachms.
                    Powdered Camphor,     2 drachms.
                    White Soap, powdered, ½ ounce.
                    Spirits of Wine,      6 ounces.
                    Essence of Thyme,     3 drops.

The arseniate of potash, sulphate of alumine, and soap, are to be placed
in a phial with a large mouth, and the spirits of wine to be poured on
them at a heat of _twenty-five_ degrees, and they will be perfectly
combined in twenty-four hours. The essence of thyme is then added, when
the phial must be carefully corked. This composition is to be shaken
together before it is made use of, and it must be spread over the skin
of the animal or bird with a brush.

                        SOLUTION OF PEARL-ASHES.

Two ounces of pearlash to one gallon of water.

                          ANNEALED IRON WIRE.

Take common iron wire, make it red hot, and suffer it to cool gradually;
this renders it soft and pliable, so that it may be easily bent in any


                   Fine Whitening,         2 ounces.
                   Gum-Arabic,             2 ounces.
                   Finest Flour,           ½ ounce.
                   Ox-Gall, a teaspoonful.

The whole to be dissolved, and mixed well with water into thick paste.

This is well adapted for attaching different objects, and especially for
fixing shells to pasteboard, etc.

                               GUM PASTE.

                      White Sugar Candy, 2 ounces.
                      Common Gum-Arabic, 4 ounces.

Let these be melted in a pot of hot water, and then strained through a
linen or horse-hair sieve. When properly dissolved, add to it two
tablespoonfuls of starch, or hair-powder, and mix the whole well
together. This paste may be used for many purposes, and it never spoils.
It may be dried, and by pouring a little warm water on it, it will soon
be ready for use. If it is wished to be all melted, and hurriedly, the
pot containing it should be placed in warm water, or sand.

                              FLOUR PASTE.

Make flour paste in the ordinary way, and add to it a small portion of
the solution of corrosive sublimate, or powdered corrosive sublimate.
This will prevent the attack of mites, to which paste is very liable
when dried. This paste may be dried into a cake, and moistened when

                        SOLUTION OF GUM-ARABIC.

The solution of gum-arabic is made by simply adding water to it. When
used as a varnish, or for attaching objects, it is extremely apt to get
too brittle, in very warm weather, and to crack, or split off in scales;
to prevent this, a quarter of an ounce of white or brown sugar-candy
must be added to two ounces of gum-arabic,

                          PAPER PASTE, GUMMED.

Take a coffee-pot, filled with water, and add to it a quantity of paper,
which has been slightly sized, like that used for printing engravings.
Let it boil three hours, and, when the water has evaporated, boil it
again for a similar length of time. Take out the paper, and squeeze it
well in a colander, and then pound it in a mortar, until it is reduced
to a very fine paste. It must then be dried. When it is required for
use, add to it some of the solution of gum-arabic, and keep it in a pot
for use.

                             POLLEN POWDER.

The paper made as above directed, when well dried, is pounded in a
mortar till it becomes a very fine powder; it is then put into a tin
pepper-box, and when any of the parts of parrot’s bills, etc., are
wished to have this powdered appearance, a little of the solution of
gum-arabic is washed over the part with a camel-hair pencil, and the
powder dusted on it and allowed to dry.

                              RED VARNISH.

Take a stick of red sealing wax, beat it down with a hammer, and then
put it into a phial, with an ounce of strong spirits of wine, which will
dissolve it within four or five hours. It may be applied to any part
with a camel-hair pencil, and it will dry in less than five minutes.

Black, yellow, and green, or indeed any color of varnish, may be made
from sealing-wax of these various colors.

To those unacquainted with the combination of colors, we may mention,
that a mixture of blue and yellow produces green; pink and blue makes
purple; red and yellow, orange; black, red, and yellow, brown; black and
blue, gray. These may be varied, in an infinity of shades, by either
color predominating, and by the addition of other colors.


                 Common Resin.
                 Red Ochre reduced into a fine powder.
                 Yellow Wax.
                 Oil of Turpentine.

These must be melted over a fire in the following manner, and the vessel
in which it is made should be capable of holding three times the
quantity required, to allow room for boiling up. An earthenware pipkin
with a handle is the best thing for the purpose, and a lid must be made
of tin to fit it. The luting will be rendered more or less brittle, or
elastic, as the red ochre prevails:

The wax is first melted, and then the resin; the ochre is then added in
small quantities, and stirred quickly with a spatula each time. When all
the ochre has been added, it must be allowed to boil six or eight
minutes; the turpentine is then added, and briskly stirred with the
spatula, and continue to boil it. There is considerable risk of the
mixture taking fire, and should it do so, the lid must immediately be
put on the vessel to extinguish it.

To ascertain the consistence of the luting, a little must be, from time
to time, dropped on a cool plate, or flat piece of iron. If it is too
soft, more of the ochre must be added to it; and if too hard, additional
wax and turpentine.

                         TOW AND FLAX SLIVERS.

These are fillets of prepared tow and flax, of from one to three inches
in breadth. They are extremely uniform in their thickness, being made to
weight, and can easily be procured from any flax-spinning mill, at a
moderate price per pound weight.


Much of the character and expression of animals depends upon their eyes;
it will, therefore, be evident that great attention is necessary in the
artificial imitation of these.

In this operation, a pipe of baked earth is used, or a tube of glass six
or seven inches in length, at the end of which a little white enamel is
placed. This is placed to the flame, so that it may be blown. This
enamel forms a globe, whose dimensions depend upon the quantity of air
introduced. When this globe is of the size wished, we place in the
middle, and perpendicularly to the point of the pipe, the quantity of
enamel necessary to form the enamel. The second enamel is then
incorporated with the first by presenting it to the flame, while
attention is paid to turn the pipe gradually round, so that the enamel
may diffuse itself equally, and the iris be exactly circular. If it is
required that this iris should be of various colors, like that of man,
for example, small filaments of enamel are distributed in diverging rays
of the suitable color; the eye is then placed in the flame, until these
have incorporated with the iris, after which the pupil is placed as
before directed, and the glass applied as before directed.

During this operation, the globe is almost certain of sinking down,
partly from the air escaping, partly from the heat, and from the
pressure which is used in applying the different substances; air must
again be supplied from time to time to prevent it from losing its form.
This becomes particularly necessary when glass is applied, and when it
is extended over the whole surface of the iris.

The eye having got its form and size, the pipe is taken away. To effect
this, after the air has been introduced, the entrance of the pipe is
stopped with the finger, and the back part of the eye exposed to the
flame; when the air contained in the globe, and rarefied by the pipe,
comes through at the place where the flame has most action. This opening
is prolonged by turning the point of the flat pincers, or an iron-wire,
all round the pipe; one point only is left by which the eye remains
fixed. It is then warmed equally all over, after which it is exposed to
a gentle heat, and when it again cools, it is separated from the pipe.

                              AND FISHES.

  1. A box containing scalpels of different shapes; a pair of scissors
    with pointed blades, and two or three pointed forceps of different
    sizes, the extremities of one of which ought to be indented.

  2. Two flat pincers, or pliers, large and small.

  3. A round pincer for turning wire.

  4. A cutting pincer for wire.

  5. A hammer.

  6. Two files.

  7. A triangular.

  8. Points for perforating holes.

  9. A saddler’s awl for drilling holes; also various shoemakers’ awls,
    which will be found useful.

  10. Brushes of different sizes for putting the preservative on the
    animals’ and birds’ skins, and for smoothing and dusting the

  11. An assortment of iron-wire of all sizes.

  12. Flax and tow, coarse cotton. When these cannot be had, untwisted
    ropes or cords. A quantity of tow and flax slivers for twisting
    round the leg-bones of small quadrupeds and birds.

  13. Some small hardwood meshes for assisting in stuffing.

=Instructions to Travelers.= The best means of procuring living animals,
is by applying to the natives of the different countries, who are
accustomed to their habits, and the situation in which they are likely
to be found, and to take them in traps and snares. They are also more
likely to be able to find their retreats, so that they may take these
animals in a young state, and also birds in their nests.

By thus securing animals while young, they are much more likely to reach
home in a living state. Every exertion should be used to render them
familiar, when, being habituated to the appearance of man, they will be
more able to resist the effects of a tedious sea voyage than those which
have been taken when wild, and are under a continued degree of
excitement. Every care should be taken to soothe and caress them; and
there is no animal whose manners cannot be softened by gentle treatment.
During fine weather, they should be allowed to take exercise on the
deck, as nothing is so injurious to their health and growth as being
long pent up in a small cage. While thus confined, it will be obvious
that they require a much smaller portion of food than when they can have
sufficient room to exercise themselves. Many of these animals are lost
from over-feeding. Their diet should be given with great regularity, but
always in such quantity as they can easily digest.

Next to food, cleanliness is of the utmost importance, and of this
requires too much of the attention of those who are bringing them home,
it will be easy to procure the assistance of some of the crew. And
unless this is strictly attended to, there is little chance of
preserving their health.

When animals’ skins are imported, it is also necessary to bring the head
and feet. Those of the mammalia, which can be put into a barrel or
bottle, should be preserved entire in spirits.

In the event of not being able to transport the carcase, the next best
thing is to bring the skeleton along with the skin. It will not be
necessary to mount these. All that is required is to boil the bones,
take off the flesh, and dry them. Afterwards all the bones belonging to
the same skeleton should be put in a bag by themselves, taking care to
fill up the bag with dried moss, or any other substance which will
prevent friction. The more effectually to secure this, the small and
tender bones ought to be wrapped in paper. It is of the utmost
consequence that not a bone should be lost.

In shooting birds, it is of much importance not to use the shot too
large; indeed, it ought to be proportioned, as nearly as possible, to
the size of the bird to be shot at. When the bird is killed, the blood
must be carefully wiped away, and a little cotton must be put into the
bill to prevent the blood flowing from it to injure the feathers. The
wound should also be stuffed with cotton.

Birds should be skinned as soon as possible, as the feathers are apt to
fall off if kept too long. The os coccygis must be kept attached to the
skin. If several individuals of the same species be killed, one should,
if possible, be preserved entire in spirits, with the whole muscles of
the body. If the bird has a fleshy crest, it ought to be preserved in

It is of the utmost consequence to procure the male, female and young,
and these at different ages besides, as many species are subject to
great variety, in their progress from the young to the adult state. This
is more particularly the case with Eagles and Hawks, many of which have
been described as different species in their immature state. The eggs
and nest should also be procured.

=Reptiles.= The chief thing to be attended to in skinning reptiles is
not to injure the scales; and in the lizard kind, care must be taken not
to break the tail. But for all the smaller and middle sized species, the
best mode is to preserve them in spirits; and of the larger kind which
are skinned, the skeletons ought to be kept. The flesh should be taken
away with knives and scalpels as well as possible, and the bones
thoroughly dried, and packed in a box with cotton or grass, and they can
be articulated after they are brought home. When the skeletons are too
large, they may be separated into convenient parts for packing.



                          TRANSCRIBER’S NOTES

 1. Changed “materials needed for this work, is” to “materials needed
      for this work are” on p. 37.
 2. Changed “spirits turpentine” to “spirits of turpentine” on p. 88.
 3. Added missing “China Painting” headings on p. 115 and 118.
 4. Changed “plaster paris” to “plaster of paris” on p. 147.
 5. Silently corrected typographical errors.
 6. Retained anachronistic and non-standard spellings as printed.
 7. Enclosed italics font in _underscores_.
 8. Enclosed bold font in =equals=.

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