How to Paint Pottery : Blending Colors when Painting Pottery

How to Paint Pottery : Blending Colors when Painting Pottery


In this segment I’m going to show you how
to blend from one color to the other. There’s a couple of different ways you can do this
to highlight different parts of your pieces. For instance, if you’re doing a vase, you
can go from one shade of let’s say, light blue to the top of the vase being dark blue.
Today I’m going to do a tile and on the tile I’m going to create a little wave effect,
where I’m going to highlight three different colors and I’m going to blend all three colors
together. Let’s get started and I’ll show you what I mean. First off, I’m going to have
a light green in the middle and that’s going to be my sort of highlight color, I guess
you call it. Then I’m going to use two other colors to blend around it. So I’m just going
to really free form. I’m just going to do a fine little wave. I’m going over what I’ve
done a couple of times. Generally, when you’re working with pottery glazes you do want to
let your paint dry each time in between each coat, but today for times sake, I’m just going
to keep going and blend. One other thing where you want to remember when you’re blending
is, you want to work with wet paint, you actually don’t want your paint to be too, too dry,
otherwise you lose that movement of paint. So what I’ve got now is, I’ve just got a nice
little green sort of wave in the middle. Now I’m going to start to add my two other colors.
So all I’m going to do to help blend my green to my other color is I’m going to double-dip
my brush. So I’m going to dip. I’m using a square brush which is really important to
help blend the two colors together. So I’m dipping half of my paintbrush into the green
and half of my paintbrush into a purple. So all I’m going to do now is, I’m going to take
my paintbrush and put it in the middle of the line I just did and start to blend the
purple and the green together. Now keep in mind, when you’re actually doing your brush
strokes, if your paintbrush starts to pull at all, make sure you go and grab more paint.
You really want your paintbrush to be able to glide all the way down your piece. That
way you’re actually helping the colors blend together. Keep going back and forth and really
work the paint into a blend that you’d like. So once I reach, and I definitely want this
white space to be purple, so I am just going to go back and fill in more purple and then
continue with the double-dip and blend those two colors. So you can already see how it
starts to blend quite quickly. To create a more opaque finish, what you want to do is
keep going on top with the three good coats and keep doing the double-dipping. So I am
just washing my brush and I’m going to dip it half in green and half in turquoise this
time. So now I’m going to do is, I’m going to do exactly what I was doing the last time
with putting my paintbrush right in the middle of my green wave and just going back and forth
and really make sure you work the paint. You can see how it really nicely blends those
two colors together. Then I’m just going to take it, my other turquoise and fill in my
other area. Then go back and grab some green and clean off my brush a little bit. Then
you have just sort of a neat, sort of wavy, blended look. So there’s one thing you can
do with blending your colors.

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