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Rubbing Alcohol Technique


Technique Description: Have fun with science! Create circular patterns in layered glazes with drops of rubbing alcohol. Choose glazes in similar colors for subtle patterns, or create big impact with dramatically different glazes (Red and Black is a fabulous combination!).

Additional Information:
Step 1: Base coat
Base coat the piece (we used Mediterranean Olive Courtyard Art Glaze for this example).
Base coat
Step 2: Mask
To create an even pattern, mask off square sections on the top of the piece, using 1/4 inch masking tape to create grids. Make sure paint is completely dry before taping or the tape won't stick.
Step 3: Mix wash
Mix the second glaze color with water to a thin wash consistency (we used Celadon Envision Glaze).
Mix wash
Step 4: Apply glaze wash
Work within one row of squares at a time. Apply 1 coat of the thinned glaze along each row.
Apply glaze wash
Step 5: Drop alcohol
After glazing small portion with wash, immediately add a drop of rubbing alcohol in each square with a Liner brush. The rubbing alcohol drop repels the top layer of glaze and creates a circular outline. Let piece dry, then gently peel off all tape.
Drop alcohol
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