HAR-BON CERAMICS & DECALS
|Concepts Over Satin Glaze:|
|I have always admired the fantasy world once created by the late Lucille Watkins. I wanted to try using Concepts over a Satin Glaze. I decided to create the butterfly pictured here, using a project from one of Lucille's books as a guide. I love the glossy finish of the pattern against the satin finish of the background. Apply 3 smooth coats of China Flesh satin glaze to a plain piece of 03 bisque. Make sure you allow ample drying time between coats.|
|If you are good at sketching,
sketch a simple outline to use as a guide. If sketching is not your "bag", use
the rough pattern provided here. You may have to resize it to fit the project you are
To trace the pattern, use a piece of tissue wrapping paper and lay it over the pattern. Trace the lines using a soft lead pencil. Position the tissue over the unfired Satin Glaze. You may use hairdresser's tape to hold it in place. Now, using a firm tipped, extra fine roller ball pen with liquid ink, trace over the pencil lines on the tissue. When finished, lift the tissue. You will see the ink has gone through the tissue and transferred the pattern onto the unfired glaze. Allow the ink to dry before proceeding.
|Now the fun
begins: Refer to the photo for color placement. Use various sizes of
round sable brushes to fit the area you are working on. To the solid, dark color areas
apply the equivalent of 3 coats of color. I did not wait for this portion of the pattern
to dry between coats. I found the build up of color took very well. For the lighter
colors, apply one good coat of the base color, and allow to dry. Apply the shading of
darker colors by using pressure strokes. Fully load your brush with the base color, then
tip, or side load your brush in the darker color for shading. Practice your strokes on
paper first. You will see the different effect of shading as a result of how you load your
darker color. Any white areas require 3 coats with drying time between coats. Once you
have applied all the colors, you are ready to add detail and outline with Black. I used
the regular One Stroke for this purpose. It leaves a more intense impression. Use a #2
liner, and enjoy. It is so much fun watching your piece take on an identity as each
portion of detail is added.
Fire to cone 06. You will be amazed at the end result.
Materials Needed: Plain bisque piece, China Flesh Satin Glaze, Concept colors: Bright Straw, Light Aqua, bright Aqua, Light Plum, Bright Plum, Light Kiwi, Dark Kiwi, Bright Scarlet, Dark Delft, Light White, Black EZ Stroke.