Ceramic Painting Techniques: Bubbles

You don't have to own your own kiln or know all about ceramic arts to try this cool painting technique. If you live near a pottery studio,, this is a fun technique you should try next time you' want a new and interesting look on one of your pieces. We used a simple bisque tile to show you step by step how to create this awesome bubbles effect. 

What You Need:

Try out our "Bubbles" Ceramic Painting Techniques on TOO INTO IT

Try out our "Bubbles" Ceramic Painting Techniques on TOO INTO IT

  • bisque tile
  • light blue paint (Gare- Pool Party)
  • light green paint (Gare- Key Lime Pie)
  • dark green paint (Gare- Green Acres)
  • small paper cup
  • water
  • 1-2 small drops of dish soap
  • straw
  • black paint (Duncan- Black, optional)
 

What You Do:

Ceramic "Bubble" Painting Technique on Too Into It!

Ceramic "Bubble" Painting Technique on Too Into It!

Start with a light background and use increasing darker, contrasting colors for bubbles. Ceramic "Bubble Painting Technique on Too Into It!

Start with a light background and use increasing darker, contrasting colors for bubbles. Ceramic "Bubble Painting Technique on Too Into It!

  1.  Paint your tile the light blue (Pool Party) color. (Although you want this color to be light, be sure to give it three full coats to achieve no brush strokes and an even color.)
  2. Prepare your bubble mixture: in a small paper cup, pour 1 part paint into the bottom, 1 part water, and one-two drops of dish soap. The light green -Key Lime Pie- was my first color. Stick the straw into the cup and mix everything together. If you take a break of stop for ever a short while, be sure to mix again. The paints are clay based, and it will sink to the bottom if it isn't mixed. 


     
  3. Now you can start your bubbles! :) Keep your straw on the bottom of the cup and blow slow and steady. Just like blowing bubbles in milk. Let the bubbles overflow in your cup and onto your piece.
  4. Once the bubbles are on your piece DO NOT POP THEM-- it will ruin the effect.
 
Ready to go into the kiln! Ceramic "Bubble" Painting Technique on TOO INTO IT

Ready to go into the kiln! Ceramic "Bubble" Painting Technique on TOO INTO IT

5. Once they all pop on their own, you can start adding other colors. The more colors you use, the more chaotic it will look. (I used Green Acres on top of the first layer of bubbles.)

6. Once all of the bubbles you want are popped and the paint is dry, you can use black paint in a writer tip to write/draw anything over the background design, or leave it as is.

The post was made possible thanks to Rachel Barraza, who awesome painting skills drove me to make a silly X Files inspired tile. You can follow Rachel on twitter at @Babypantss, or on tumblr and instagram at @racheltheriveter.