The type of alternate finishes I provided depended on the project. The
aesthetics of the finished piece was important. Here are some....
1. Watercolors as a stain on fish sculptures - related colors looked
best. Finish with gloss medium. (similar to Peter's idea).
2, Brown and black acrylic on masks (slightly watered down and wiped
off) to give a wood-look patina. Finish with brown wax shoe polish.
This finish also looked good on textured vessels. The former teacher
at the high school used wood stains for a similar look (acrylics are
safer for kids to use). I did use some water base stains with success.
3. FLAT black paint - then colored with oil pastels or oil sticks. You
need to add white to your colors to make them show up best. I got this
idea from ceramic artist David Stabley. He use oil sticks and Amaco
Rub 'n Buff but the oil pastels are much cheaper.
4. Flat black and/or brown paint - then light dusting of metallic
(silver for aluminum look - gold for bronze look). Light accents of
Rub 'n Buff. Good for sculptural pieces
5. Solid color of paint (choice of brown and/or black) - then stone
fleck paint. Good for sculptural pieces.
6. India ink stain - washed off.... gave a stone look finish - Then
water color accents. This was used for Pre-Columbian inspired
7. For more skilled students.... layering of brown/black paint - the
layering of metallic paints (copper and/or gold) - then careful
highlights with Rub 'n Buff (copper and antique gold) - gives a very
nice bronze patina.
8. For advanced students - Copper topper - and Verdi-gris solution.
Gives and antique weathered look bronze patina. Copper paint comes in
one bottle and the acid solution in another..... Ruins brushes so use
old ones.... Wear rubber gloves.
I have some Pre-Columbian works with some of these finishes - but
don't have them on line.
I will see if I can find the disk and will add them.
If you want a better look with acrylics - try painting FLAT black
first - then painting with the acrylics. Black will stay in the
lines/textures. Try rubbing the ones already painted with acrylic with
black wax shoe polish - rubbing it off of the raised areas and forcing
it into the textures...or other method of forcing black into the
textures (India ink..... black acrylic....rubbed off or raised areas).
On 4/20/07, JAMES PETERS wrote:
> 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.
> James D. Peters
> 3-D Art
> Yeokum Middle School
> Belton School Dist. C124
> From: Heather_Hayes
> Subject: [teacherartexchange] Finishes for clay
> I was hoping for a few ideas.