THE BIG REVEAL
By: JoAnn ~
This technique is wonderful and one of my favorites. It is truly amazing how tools used for scrapping and cake decorating can be used in clay and painting on, well anything really.
But lets start with the cricut. Use your cricut (or scissors) to cut out a shape, say a sunshine.
Take a tile, plate or vase with a smooth flattish side and begin in the center. Im using fired paints in the samples. For a sun you want 3 circles. Red, yellow and orange (be creative, use any color combo you like)
Choose a color to start the center with. Ill start with yellow, paint a 3~4" circle in the center of the piece (great project for the banding wheel).
Follow it with a 2~3" ring around the center with your second color overlapping the first by about an inch.
Next the red, remember to blend your edges, it will matter later.
Now take your cutout and brush or sponge very lightly with water, you want it damp, not dripping.
Place your sun anywhere you want it on your tile (et all).
Now use your sponge to press any water out from the center. Do this gently, wet paper tears easily.
If this happens just slide the pieces together gently and pat into place using your sponge.
Now cover the piece with 3 coats of any color you want. One layer at a time so each color is put down before the next layer, this will make it blend more.
Let the paint dry for a bit, till it begins to look dull and starts to lighten. Using a needle tool or cleaning tool, gently lift the paper off the plate, careful not to scratch the glaze underneath.
With acrylics or non fired paints wait for the top coat to dry enough not to drip or run... A few moments at most. The paper will be harder to remove if the paint dries completely, as acrylics are not soluble once dry.
TADA, its beautiful.
Now you can go back and do small touch ups and add more details. Use a liner bottle, stamps on the background for a batik look. Sponge your colors for a different texture. Fired gold and mother of pearl are amazing for accents.
This technique can be used with nearly every fired and non fired paint. Experiment, and share your results with us on facebook!