Hi I have found that you can stain white earthenware with regular
Tempera. I do this by having the students completely paint the whole
project one color with the tempera then wash the paint off. It doesn't
matter when the student washes their project if the paint is wet or dry.
The earthenware is porous enough to absorb the colors. It will create
an antique effect of the color used. If your students want their
projects to be shiny simple have them clear coat it with spray paint. I
usually discourage my students from using multiple colors for this
technique but I did have one student who tried it with some success.
James D. Peters
Yeokum Middle School
Belton School Dist. C124
Sent: Friday, April 20, 2007 9:16 AM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: [teacherartexchange] Finishes for clay
I was hoping for a few ideas. My kiddos have fallen in love with clay
year - to the point that they're even recycling it themselves. The
projects just keep getting better and better. Unfortunately, my supply
glaze is just about gone, and I have NO money (I'm totally broke - no $
either the school account or my own personal bank account) to buy
additional glaze this year. It's a shame to me that these last few
projects - the best ones yet - aren't going to get glazed.
I've had a couple of kids try painting them w/ acrylic paints, but they
wind up looking uber-cheesy.
Suggestions for good ways to finish off these projects? Most aren't
food/water vessels, so anything could be used. (I've reserved the
last little bits of glaze for the food vessel projects.)
I know this has been discussed previously, but I didn't pay attention to
the suggestions because I wasn't doing clay at the time. (Shame on