PAINTING TIPS FOR PAINTING YOUR OWN POTTERY @ HOME return to the pyop @ home cover page
Painting Guidelines & Tips
You will receive a complete "PYOP @ HOME Painting Guidelines" information package with your shipment of pottery to paint. Below is just a brief summary of our key painting tips to keep in mind while selecting your colors...
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TIP 1:
Prepare the Pottery
:: Before you begin painting, take a sponge and get it only slightly damp with clean water (we have cleaning and painting sponges available to purchase with your pottery order). Wipe off your pottery to remove large dust particles because these can cause the colored glaze to pull away from the pottery during the kiln firing process. Be sure that your pottery does not get too wet because soaked-in water will keep the colored glazes from adhering.

TIP 2:
Paint with Multiple Coats
:: For a solid, even coat of color, apply 2 to 3 coats of the colored glaze. After applying the first coat allow the glaze to fully dry (it air dries reasonably quickly, but you may use a hair dryer to speed up the process) before applying the next coat. A single coat of glaze will have a transparent finish and your brush strokes will be visible. Multiple coats will help smooth out the brush strokes during kiln firing and leave a true solid color.

So, how many jars of each color should I purchase?
Our individual jars of glaze
(13/16 oz. each) actually will go a long way for you. But a rough estimate is that one jar of a color will complete a full three coats of paint for a solid background color on a standard desert/salad plate size (about 7 3/4" diameter or a surface covering about 47 square inches). Larger pieces of pottery will require two or more jars to fully cover with three coats. You may find the dimensions of our pottery items in our online catalog.

If you do not intend to cover your entire piece of pottery with a solid coat of color, then one jar will likely be sufficient. Of course, you can also order more colored glaze if you run out... remember shipping is included in all of our prices!

If you have any questions or concerns about the needs for your painting project, please do not hesitate to e-mail us and we'll help you out.

TIP 3:
Dark Colors over Light Colors
:: If you want to overlap colors by painting one color on top of another color, it is always best to have the background color be lighter than the foreground. This is because darker colored glazes tend to bleed through lighter colors, and the lighter color will not show up clearly.

TIP 4:
Unpainted Surfaces
:: Before we kiln fire your pottery, we will coat the entire piece with a clear "over glaze" that will seal the entire piece and provide a glassy, clear surface. Any area left unpainted will have the natural white coloring of the ceramic.


Sponge Painting :: You may use your sponge to directly apply the colored glaze to your pottery. This results in a very nice "textured" appearance after kiln firing, and you can vary the texture density and mix colors.

Dots :: You may use the other end of your brush to paint on clean, uniform dots. Only one coat is required, and this is a very fast and easy method to cover your pottery with colorful dots!

Splatter Paint :: You may coat the bristles of a tooth brush with the colored glaze, and then slide your thumb across the brush while directing the spray toward your pottery. This creates a coat of very tiny dots of colored glaze that provides a nice textured background appearance.

Draw Patterns :: You may use a pencil to directly trace a pattern onto your pottery, and the graphite will completely burn away during kiln firing. Do not erase if you make a mistake with the pencil, just draw it again. Before painting over pencil marks, dust it off again with the slightly damp sponge to remove any large pieces of graphite.

Straight Lines and Edges :: Use masking tape to create straight lines and edges on your pottery. Place masking tape as desired, then paint over the tape edge. After the colored glaze is very dry, carefully peal off the tape. Make sure the tape glue does not remain on the pottery before painting over it as it could cause the glaze to not adhere to the surface.

Contact Us! :: If you have any questions or need help with an idea or technique, please don't hesitate to give us a call or e-mail us for advice and more guidance. We want to help you have a great pottery painting experience! Give us a call at 217.370.6518 or send us e-mail.

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