A few posts ago I mentioned the Delft plates that were the inspiration to my 'China Blue' paintings in watercolour. I'm drawn to their simple design and pallet.
I had in mind at the time to try painting on ceramics, but other comments got in the way, so above is my first ever attempt at painting on a plate.
I worked in a ceramic studio some years ago and loved working with clay and slips etc. but this is quite different.
After much wringing of hands and constant washing of the plate to re-start, I finally settled on an attempt that I'm pleased with. I have to 'cook' the plate and wait a few days to see if it's set.
I love the way the demands of some mediums require you to learn and push boundaries, the ceramic paints do this and once I'd given in to this I began to get the hang of it and relaxed and enjoyed the process.
Below are the designs I practised and developed with the aim of transferring these, in a simple form onto the plate.
I used the brown paper as it's very thin I thought I might transfer using the old pencil technique, but this just proved to be problematic.
My next attempt will probably be more free hand style and in a more limited pallet.
My Christmas holiday is now over and I shall return to work tomorrow, it's been lovely, spending time with family and having more time for my creative projects. Although, if left to my own devices I'm quite a solitary person at heart I am rather looking forward to seeing friends and colleagues and hearing all that they got up to over the holiday!