Painter Isa Lagendijk never expected to work for one of the largest Delft blue producers in the world. The skilled painter studied to become a restoration and decoration painter, but when she discovered there was a Delft blue factory right around the corner of where she lives, she had to have a look inside. As soon as Isa stepped into the workshop of Heinen Delfts Blauw it was love at first sight. What came out of it is her stunning Marblue collection.
The Marblue collection is designed and made by Isa Lagendijk for Heinen Delfts Blauw. Like the name already suggests, the collection focuses on the marble look. With Delft blue paint and gold accents Isa manages to create beautiful luxurious products by using a very specific painting technique. "The skill to paint and imitate marble is something I have learned during my training as a restoration painter", Isa explains. "This technique of imitating marble comes from the Middle East. Marble is very expensive so they found a way to decorate public buildings, such as churches and palaces, with a marble imitation. This painting technique became popular in The Netherlands during the 17th century."
Marblue is a combination of two crafts; imitating marble and the painting of Delft blue.
Unusual painting techniques
The marble painting technique is usually oil paint or acrylic paint onto a wooden surface. "As a painter at Heinen Delfts Blauw I have to work with a different surface of course, so I had to figure out a way to create the same result with different materials. By trial and error I managed to create the result I was looking for." Isa uses a natural sponge and very watery Delft blue paint to first gently brush the pottery. This leaves a very fine structure which she then accents with a brush of raw pig hair. After she applied to basic outlines, she uses a softer brush made of squirrel hair to add depth to the color. As a finishing touch she adds gold accents. "It always stays an unpredictable procedure so every result is different and a surprise for me. That is what makes this technique so interesting and fun."