By Candie Cooper – To see more from Candie check out here blog, Candie Cooper’s Journal
In this post, I’ve put together some tips for painting on ceramic surfaces with Folk Art Enamels. It all started with a trip to the dollar store for paper plates and canvas shoes. As I was leaving, I saw this cute little owl candle holder on an end cap, except he didn’t look like the owl above…..
He looked like this—pre-Folk Art Enamel makeover. Still cute, but I wanted a bright, quirky owl. For $3 I took a chance. He was perfect for a makeover because Tip #1: The surface was porous like a terra cotta pot, so the paint would soak in easily and dry fast.
I base coated the owl in Cobalt blue. Tip #2: You can get by with an all purpose brush when painting porous ceramics. Tip #3: For slick surfaces like pre-glazed pots or mugs, use a super soft brush.
Tip #4: Tiny sized brushes for detail areas like the beak and feet are key. Tip#5: Use a small stiff bristle brush for areas like the wings/feathers and around the eyes. This gives a brushy look to add texture.
I love polka dots! Tip #6: Use the end of a big paint brush to make polka dots. Dip the end into the paint and touch to a scrap surface before adding to your piece to see if you like the effect.
I wanted the eyes to be perfectly round so I used a Tip #7: Permanent marker to paint the eyes. Tip #8: To unify the piece, you can mix a little brown into Folk Art matte varnish and seal the entire piece. This makes the cracks and crevices show up really great like on the feet.
*Without the permanent marker, you can set the enamel paint in an oven according to manufacturer’s instructions on the bottle. With the marker I’m air curing this little owl, keeping him inside until the paint is good and hardened.