For best results, start by cleaning the vase with water and washing up liquid (or in a dishwasher), then wipe over with methylated spirits. Thorough cleaning is essential for removing any invisible protective film applied during manufacture. Tear off a few strips of washi masking tape and wrap them around your vase in a criss-cross fashion; when removed, these areas will remain blank and create a striking effect once you’ve finished. The porcelain brushpens are ready to use. What’s more, the smooth application ensures even colour distribution, without drips or clumps. The tip of the porcelain brushpen is highly flexible, allowing you to create very fine lines or broad brush strokes.
Paint fine lines all over the vase, including the rim. The fine brush tip works really well for here. For thicker lines, use the flat outer part of the brushpen. If you wish to apply layers of colour, let the first colour dry before applying the next one. This stops the colours from mixing. It’s OK to go over the washi masking tape as this will be removed. If you make a mistake, simply wipe it off with a damp cloth or a cotton bud (as long as you haven’t baked your design in the oven, you can continue to make corrections).
When you've finished your design, leave the vase to dry for 15 minutes. Now place the painted item on a cold oven rack, slide it into a pre-heated oven and bake it at 160°C for 25 minutes. Leave in the oven to cool afterwards. After baking, your unique vases will be dishwasher-safe.
You can use the same method to make cards: stick strips of tape on the card, then draw lines in all directions using fibre pens in different colours. For our example, we used a ruler to keep the lines straight.
Products and materials
- White or light-coloured vase made of porcelain or oven-proof ceramic
- Washi masking tape or any other suitable masking tape
- Water and methylated spirits for initial cleaning
- A damp cloth or cotton buds to wipe off any mistakes
- A conventional oven
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