Bisque Decorating Techniques

 

Marbling

Marbling is a technique where you paint on a coat of glaze so that it is fairly wet. You then put another glaze in lines or pools on top of it. The piece is then shaken fairly violently to mix the two glazes. This give a marbled effect to the glaze coating

 

Tie Dye Ceramics

This is a video that shows a technique for making a ceramic plate that has a tie dyed look and feel where various colors blend into each other.  The user first draws on the plate random lines that give the outline for the colors and then paints on the colors.  Remember that it take three coats to make an opaque color, painting less will make the colors blend at the edges.

 

Ceramic Stamping

A set of videos that show the ceramic stamping techniques.  The stamps are sold by Rubber Stamp Tapestry.  We have most of their sets.  The Gare underglazes are used to give the various colors.  Small cups with sponges inside are used as the ink pads with small amounts of the Gare underglazes put onto the sponges in the cups giving access to the various colors for stamping.

 

Stenciling

Stenciling bisque is when you draw on the bisque using a stencil and then paint with underglazes using the lines drawn as the pattern.  The drawing is done in pencil which burns off during firing.  We have many different stencils from Crafters Workshop and others which can be used for your projects.  The underglazes used are Gare "Fun Strokes" which we have in numerous colors.  You can also use Gare Bumpy Doodles to highlight lines on the stencil since the stand up higher than the underglaze.  We also have writers that allow you to draw thin lines with the underglazes.

 

Sponge Decorating

Sponge decorating is done using sets of sponges that have been formed to make stamps.  They are somewhat larger than the stamps discussed in videos above.  The stamps are of your own design made by drawing the pattern on the sponge and then using a very hot soldering iron to cut away the material outside the pattern.

 

Paper Masking

You can create a mask for part of your piece using a piece of paper on a wet coating of underglaze.  You then paint with a different color over the piece.  This covers at least the area of the piece outside the mask.  Under the mask the piece will be the original color.covering the paper mask or at least up to its edges.

 

Glaze Globbing

You can create an interesting effect by using one glaze as a base coat and then globbing other glazes onto the base coat.

 

Tattooing

In tattooing you transfer an image printed on an inkjet printer onto your piece so that you can use it as a guide to paint on the image

 

Citrus Slice Texture

You can create an interesting effect that simulates a slice of citrus such as an orange in the following way:

 

Water Droplets on a Plate