Technique Description: The Blending Technique is a way to use your brush to pull in two colors into a soft, watercolor-like blended color mix. Great for florals, shading and two-tone effects.
Step 1: Trace your pattern
Trace your pattern onto the ware with clay carbon and a pencil.
Step 2: Load brush with color
Dampen a Shader brush in water and wipe off excess on a paper towel. Place a small amount of each color on a separate area of foil. Load one side of the brush with the first color, then load the other side of the brush with the second color.
Step 3: Apply colors to piece
Apply the colors to the piece, working the brush back and forth to blend the colors. Be sure the colors remain wet while you blend. If the colors start to dry as you blend, it will create a muddied appearance.
Step 4: Apply contrast color
Dip the cleaned brush in a darker color and apply 1 light coat to shade an area. The see-through color creates the natural look.
Step 5: Optional Step: Outline
Outline petals and create light detail lines with Liner brush and Dark Black. Dip brush handle in Dark Black and touch to ware several times to add dots to flower center. Let dry.
Step 6: Apply Clear Glaze
Use Fan Glaze brush to apply 2 coats of Clear Glaze completely over plate. Let dry after each coat.
Create a tribute to this ornamental plant for your favorite gardener or world traveler. The Heliconia Bihai is referred to as "Lobster Claw", and the upward flower acts as a cup to hold rainwater for insects and birds. The color blending is easily achieved with our EZ Stroke™ Translucent Underglazes.