How to Paint Pottery : Painting Pottery with a Bisque Pencil
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How to Paint Pottery : Painting Pottery with a Bisque Pencil


So in this segments what I’d like to show
you is how to use a bisque pencil. So a bisque pencil is basically dried paint that’s been
made into a pencil, obviously dehydrated. It’s really really great for people who are
used to working with charcoal. I think that’s probably the closest thing that you’re going
to compare it to. Bisque pencils are really really fun to use but there’s a couple really
important tips that you should know before you start to use one. So the first thing is,
you want to keep in mind that bisque pencil’s use really soft lead. So, first thing, when
you’re going to sharpen your bisque pencil you want to make sure you’re using a utility
knife. That really is the only thing that you should be sharpening it with. To create
a finer point you can always use sandpaper and sort of pinch it and wind it in between.
Just stay away from pencil sharpeners because it’ll just chew up your pencils in no time.
The other thing you want to keep in mind is that because it is a bisque pencil, you want
to be really careful about where you’re putting your hands. Because it doesn’t burn off, whatever
smudges you make are going to be permanent. So, have an idea of what you want to work
with although you can always go and sand off the surface and redraw whatever you are doing.
So, I just wanted to show you a couple of little tips and how easy the pencil is to
work with. So all I’m going to do is I’m going to draw just a simple sort of flower design.
Then I’ll show you different blending techniques that you can use. So a bisque pencil is really
close to charcoal and is really really great too. It also comes in a bunch of different
colors now. I have about 6 colors that are usable. When you’re working with your bisque
pencil, the closest thing to think of is pencil crayon that?s really the line that you’re
going to get. It looks a lot like pencil crayon. So if you’re looking for something with a
really sharp line this pencil probably isn’t the choice for you. All I’m going to do is
I’m just going to roughly smooth in my design, just by filling it in. Just like you would
a coloring book. Then, I’m going to go back and smudge it with my finger but I’ll show
you the design that I’ve drawn first. So I just did almost like a lotus design, adding
little highlights. So this is just sort of the light design that I’ve just drawn and
all I’m going to do now is I’m going to smudge it and makes some shadowing with it. So I’m
just going to use my pinky finger. I’m just going to start to rub the paint. You’ll see
it sort of comes together. You’re going to lose some of those strokes that you’ve just
made using the pencil. I’m just going to really really lightly rub it. The more you rub, the
more you’re going to remove. You can always clean your finger off in between to create another new rubbing surface. So
I’m just going to create a little bit of texture here and I’m going to go back and sort of
blend in some of this guy. After you’ve blended you can always go back and sharpen up any
lines that you want to do. So you can always just press a little harder this time and just
double over your lines that you’ve just done. You can always draw in a little bit more detail
too, if you want, and just sort of highlight it. The other thing that’s really nice about
bisque pencil is you can also use this while you’re painting or on top of your paint to
highlight anything. So you can draw this. If you had a nice painted background, you
can always the bisque pencil to right on top of. Then only thing that I would recommend
is that your paint is completely dry before the you try to use the bisque pencil. Otherwise,
you’re just going to dig into your wet paint and that really won’t give you the effect
that you are looking for. That’s how we use the bisque pencil.

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3 thoughts on “How to Paint Pottery : Painting Pottery with a Bisque Pencil

  1. Underglaze pencils are not permanent. Just like underglaze, it can be lifted with water on a paint brush or sponge. You can also sketch an image in graphite (or transfer one in graphite) and then go over the graphite lines with underglaze pencil. An eraser on bisque can make a resist though, so wear cotton gloves and just use your gloved fingertip to erase any graphite lines. The gloves also protect your piece from the oils of your hands, which can also cause a resist. Graphite will burn off when your piece is fired. Underglaze pencil can also be blended with tortillon/smudge stick for a soft look, or water can be painted over it for harder lines.

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