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Most faux painting techniques use washes or glazes, applied over a solid color base coat to create texture and other special effects on pottery or ceramics.

Prepare a Wash

Select a latex paint color that coordinates with the color of the pottery that you are painting.
Pour one part latex paint and two parts water into a bowl or can.
Mix well.
The wash is now ready to apply to your project.


You can vary the ratio of water to paint.
The more paint you use, the more durable the painted surface will be.
Latex washes work well for faux painting techniques such as sponging and ragging on.
Because they dry quickly, they are not recommended for other techniques such as dragging, stippling or striping.

Prepare Acrylic Glaze

Select an acrylic paint color for tinting the glaze.
Pour two parts acrylic paint and one part acrylic glaze into a bowl or can if you're sponging or ragging on.
Use five parts acrylic glaze and one part acrylic paint if you're dragging, stippling or striping.
Add one part water to dilute the paint.
Mix well.
The glaze is now ready to apply to your project


Use acrylic glaze on a wall that has a latex finish coat.
Tint with artist's acrylics.
Increasing the ratio of glaze to paint makes a more translucent glaze.

Prepare Oil Glaze

Select an alkyd paint for tinting the glaze.
Pour one part alkyd paint and one part oil glaze into a bowl or can.
Add one part paint thinner.
For faster drying use less oil glaze and more paint thinner.
Mix well.
The glaze is now ready to apply to your project.


Use an oil based glaze on a project that has an oil based finish coat.
Tint with alkyd paint or artist's oils.
Oil glazes stay wet and workable longer than acrylic glazes.
Use turpentine to create a glaze that dries slower.
This is useful for detailed intricate work.
Thoroughly air dry rags that have been used with alkyd paints, paint thinner, or turpentine before throwing them away.
Have adequate ventilation when working with solvents such as paint thinner and turpentine.

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Have you ever come up with a good idea while working with your handmade pottery and thought that you would like to share it with others? You have? Well, why not send it to us and we will add it to the tips page for all to see.

Handmade pottery can be a very gratifying hobby that produces fun and satisfying results. For many people it's an enjoyable release that is created by working an inanimate mound of clay into a beautiful work of art that you made through your artistic abilities.

The best way of starting out is to take a few lessons from Youtube. You will probably waste quite a bit in materials when you first get started. Figuring out how to truly make handmade pottery correctly and shape into what you want it to be can be quite an ordeal. The different tools that a normal shop will have can be fun to try. You will soon see which ones you like to use the most and then when you are ready you will know which ones to buy.

With the help of the internet, you can now purchase most if not all of your ceramic and pottery tools and supplies online. We are located far from any well supplied dealers and yet working with reliable ceramic and pottery suppliers online has allowed us to recieve most of our orders within a timely manner.

When you get all set up, just enjoy the hobby and have fun at it. Some people get pretty serious and start selling their creations at craft fairs and small stores, but others just like to create items for themselves, relatives, and friends. Whichever kind of handmade pottery you desire to endeavor, enjoy the hobby and have fun doing it.

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