One of our specialities is ceramic painting and our Penzance café even boasts 4 onsite kilns. The cost of each item begins at £5 and we have a truly spectacular range of all sorts including but certainly not limited to
- butter dishes
- fruit bowls
- egg cups
Our studio fee is just £3 per painter regardless of how many items you paint during your visit so if your making gifts for grandparents or painting yourself a set of crockery you pay just once for glazing and firing! What a bargain!
Ceramic painting is such fun for all ages and abilities, we have lots of books to help get your creativity flowing and tools to aid you create something truly stunning. You’ll find stickers, stamps, sponges, scrapers and all sorts of other bits and pieces to help enhance your final artwork and of course our super talented staff on hand to help.
Tips and Tricks for Pottery Painting
- Spend some time thinking about which colours you are going to use for which parts of your masterpiece. We have a lovely range so choose your favourites; we can always get you more as you go along!
- Lots of thin layers are better than 1 thick layer, the paint dries quickly and the more layers the deeper the colour will be.
- If you want a more painterly finish where you can see your brush strokes and more texture then try watering down your paint or using just 1 coat.
- Ask us about the stickers we have for you to use. We have stars or polka dots! If you put them onto clean unpainted bisque and paint over them once the paint is dry peel off the stickers and it looks amazing!! TIP: Peel off the stickers using a pin to avoid fingernail marks.
- You can use a pencil to draw your design out 1st, all pencil marks will disappear during the firing process so don’t worry about it being too neat or adding every tiny detail, you can do this as you paint.
- As all pencil marks disappear during firing bear in mind that any marks you do want to keep will need to be painted over or you can use one of our squeezy pen bottles to do any fine line work or writing!
- Use the pens last of all, because the paint is water soluble until fired if you do lines and then paint over you will end up smudging everything.
- Work light to dark! Consider which areas are going to be your lightest colours and start with those, only use black once you have painted every area that you want any colour on as it takes the longest to dry and also has a tendency to bleed if painted next to. Light colours do not show up when painted over dark colours when fired.
- If you do make a mistake or the paint blobs out of the pen onto your work don’t panic and do not try to wipe it off or paint over it as when it is fired you will find the colour will show through. Instead leave to dry and we can help you pick or scratch it off with a pin.
- The paints we use are all non-toxic and lead free so if it goes in little mouths (or big ones!) Or you get any on any clothing don’t worry it is all safe and will wipe away really easily with a wet wipe or damp cloth and will leave no stains.
- Do not use baby wipes or get sticky hands on the bisque, as this will affect the glaze when your item is fired and you may find you will have pockmarks or bubbles in the glaze. If you are unhappy with a print and want us to wipe it off we will remove under the tap.
- When choosing colours look at the way they will turn out AFTER firing as the colour can dramatically change from how they look when you are painting them. The paints are quite powdery and pastel when you paint your item but will deepen, brighten and sometimes become dramatically darker.
- Also please bear in mind that all of our swatches are 2 layers of paint so if you want the same finish you will need to use 2 layers to achieve this. Especially consider this when doing hand or footprints as you will be only doing 1 layer when printing so the colour will be lighter.
- Use different sized brushes for different parts of your work if needed, we also have sponges if you have a larger area to cover and want a more uniform look.
- Another technique you can use is painting the whole piece with 3 layers of paint and leaving to dry, you can then scratch a pattern into the paint which when fired will leave bright white lines where you have scratched!
- When using the pens have a practice on the palette so you get used to the flow of the paint, you can achieve really fine lines with good control or use them to add dots! Also by squeezing a small amount of paint out 1st you will get rid of any air pockets in the pen and avoid any splodgey disasters! If you want us to do any writing for you using the pens don’t hesitate to ask J
Handprints and Footprints
- When doing hand or footprints on very young children or babies we recommend getting them into their most comfortable position and then distracting them with a toy while they are painted. Footprints are a lot easier to do but that’s not to say handprints are not achievable.
- For a good handprint put a good layer of paint on, don’t worry if they hold onto the brush, the paint should still cover all it needs to! If you pull back their thumb this usually results in them opening their palm, while one person does this if a second person puts the item in front of babies and gently squashes all the parts of their fingers and palm down, pull item away from hand rather than hand away from item in one swift movement to avoid smudges. Speed is essential with little wriggly fingers and toes.
- Bare in mind that baby handprints are rarely perfect and may have a slightly smudged thumb or a missing finger tip but if you are unhappy with the print you have achieved then we can easily sponge off the print to give you another go! (This applies to prints done directly onto Bisque ware without a background colour).
- Colours that we recommend for hand or footprints are 10, 23, 35, 36, 41, 76, 81, 90 on the bigger palette and 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9 on the smaller palette. If painting a background colour before doing the print make sure that the colour is LIGHTER than the colour you are using by a few shades to do prints or it will not show up. You can always leave a light patch where you will put the print if ou really want the item to be dark or the same colour but light colours do not work well for this process. If you don’t mind a pastel print then some of the slightly lighter colours do work and look lovely but it will be a lot lighter and once fired cannot be changed.