Thursday, July 3, 2008

it's all about the polka dots

This weekend, I did a spot of ceramic painting (can you see the pun in there?). I wanted to experiment with creating polka dots... and it worked! "How did you do it?", I hear you cry. Well, here's how...

Choose what it is you want to paint. I think white is the best background colour to have. But I'm sure cream would look good too. I chose a plain cup and saucer from Ikea. 

Get some circular stickers and stick them on. These stickers aren't anything fancy. I think I got them from the Post Office (I've had them a while).

Pick the colour you want. I chose light blue (as you can see), so that meant mixing the colour first. I use water soluble ceramic paint so that if I make a mistake, I can wash it all off and start again (which I did!). It also means that I only need to use water to thin it. Don't wait for the paint to dry - peel the stickers off as soon as possible, otherwise they end up peeling the paint off.

The paint has to dry for at least 24 hours before it is baked in the oven. Once it's been fired, let it cool and then it's done!



  1. Another thing to put in your shop Pippa!

  2. Hiya Pippa! WOW! I love your creativity and imagination. Hurrah indeed!!!!


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  4. Thank you Sian, thank you Getty - I'm loving the enthusiasm! Pod: I'm not quite sure what you're on about! (but am I ever?)

  5. So THAT'S how you get the poka dots so even. I was trying to make the process much harder. Very nice piece - simple - nice.

  6. great idea! nice blog, enjoyed it!