A Little Tutorial

Okay so I decided to do a blog on how to paint a bare ceramic piece.

If you’ve never done this before it can seem a little bit daunting. Or it can seem like a piece of cake and then you can be disappointed in your product.

If you’re brand-new to ceramics painting, I suggest starting simple.

I should probably back up.

First you need to find a place where you can do this. I would Google ceramic painting and see what comes up that way.

If you live in a town of any reasonable size, there’s probably at least one place where you can do this.

It should be set up so that you can walk in, pick out an unfinished piece, paint it, and leave it there. They should glaze it and fire it and then you ahould go back to pick it up. Usually this process takes about a week.

There is usually a cost for the painting session as well as the price for the piece itself.

Typically you will pay around $18 or $19 for a mug, maybe $25 for a pot with a lid, maybe $20 for a square tile, $30 for a plate the size of a dinner plate, and then higher prices for bigger pieces.

If you’re brand-new to this, I would recommend starting with a flat piece like a plate or a tile.

That way you can get used to the process without trying to deal with a curved surface.

I would also recommend having a design in mind before you go in. It should be a fairly simple design. Nothing elaborate.

If you don’t feel particularly creative in coming up with a design for a flat piece, you could pick a piece like an animal or a mug. True, these are full of curved surfaces, but this could be easier in the long run because you might have a better idea of how to paint it.

A blank plate or a blank tile requires some creativity in deciding what to put on it. If you’re stumped about that then doing a project that doesn’t require as many ideas or as much creativity could be the route to take.

Next you’ll select your paint colors. If you’re just starting out I would only pick two or three colors. Don’t get too wild and crazy.

Think about what color goes in the background, and paint that one first. Let it try a few minutes and then paint a second coat. Paint the middle-ground color next, again letting it dry a little before applying a second coat. Lastly paint the foreground color.

Your colors will look pale, This is normal. The glazing and firing brings out the true color. The first time you paint a piece, you will be guessing at what the finished piece will look like. The next time you paint a piece, you’ll feel more confident.

When you finish painting the piece, use a very fine tip brush and put your initials and the date somewhere (very small) on the surface. This is your masterpiece and you should sign it!

That’s all there is to it. After you’ve done one piece and gotten the feel for it, the next time will be much easier!

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