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Olot Saints Museum

Painting and decorating. Ground floor

<p>Natural pigments, brushes and oil were frequently used to decorate the figures.</p>

Natural pigments, brushes and oil were frequently used to decorate the figures.

In this space, the pieces receive the final touches to be sold to the public.

This is where they are painted and decorated according to the customer's requests. But before being painted they are covered in a layer of translucent glue to cover any air bubbles in the plaster.

Every workshop has a catalogue that shows each product, with details of the features available for each artefact: size, decoration, prices, and so on.

The price is directly related to the size and decoration of the piece. For the decoration, the price will depend on the techniques used to make the piece and the materials used.

Different decorations give the figurine a different look, and pieces can be painted to look older, polychrome, to look like wood, decorated with golden borders or in different colours, and more.

As explained by Alexandre Cuélla in his book on the Olot Saints, "Els "sants" d'Olot", the figurines "were painted with oil paint. Learning these techniques did not used to be easy, as every painter had their own "secret paints", which they were reluctant to share with a potential competitor. (...) They did not want to share any new discoveries or secrets. Midtones were sacred."

To add the finishing touches to the figure, items that are not part of the figure are added (such as crowns, crosses, cribs, etc.), depending on the image.

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