I wanted to make something unique and fun that spoke to my nerdy sensibilities. Thus the beginning of my project: a set of plates with all of the Pokémon Eeveelutions. I started making trips down to the local pottery painting location, Creativitea. I like Creativitea because there’s a little café under it, so you can order tea, coffee, and bakery items while you paint.
Tips for Pottery Painting:
1.) Always use a sponge and water to clean your pottery piece before painting it. It’s usually dusty and you don’t want it to end up in your paint.
2.) Make sure to check what a color looks like after it’s fired. It may be different than what’s coming out of the bottle.
3.) For a good solid color on your piece, make sure to paint at least two coats. I prefer three, myself.
4.) Paint lighter colors first. When light colors are painted on top of dark colors, they tend to meld together during the firing process and the light color will disappear.
5.) If you mess up, the paint is water-soluble before it’s fired. A sponge and some water can remove most mistakes.
For my second plate, I forgot to print a reference picture, but I was determined to paint anyway. I chose Vaporeon, using my phone to look up a picture for reference. Needless to say, it didn’t turn out quite as well.
The third plate I painted was Glaceon. It was during this trip to Creativitea that I discovered transfer paper. Transfer paper allows you to trace a picture onto your pottery piece. It really helped make the painting easier. It’s kind of like coloring, but with a paint brush.
Using Transfer Paper:
1.) Print out the picture you want to paint . Make sure it’s the size you want it to be since you will be tracing this onto your pottery.
2.) Cut the picture to a manageable size if needed.
3.) Place the transfer paper behind your picture and tape both down onto your pottery. The transfer paper should be between your pottery and your reference picture.
4.) Use a pencil to trace over the lines on your reference picture. Press firmly so that the transfer paper makes lines dark enough to see. You can test this in advance.
5.) When you’re done, peel off the tape. The transfer paper should have left blue-colored lines on your pottery pieces wherever you traced over your reference picture.
6.) Paint your pottery piece!
Any of the lines left by the transfer paper won’t be visible after the piece is fired, so don’t worry if you mess up.
As you can see with the comparison photo below, the Glaceon plate turned out much better than the other two plates.
Have you painted something geeky? What helped you?