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Ceramic Tile Painting

I did some entertaining in the month of March, but all is quiet at the home front and I can’t wait for the upcoming yard and tag sales!

My sister was visiting me and we had a wonderful time together.  There were plenty coffee breaks and I cooked and fussed over her.   By the way, she is very creative .  She did a lot of sewing throughout the years, and embroidery, and home decorating and home improving etc etc.  the list goes on and on.  A few years ago she started making and hand painting ceramic tiles.   She uses old Dutch tile examples (like the Delft blue tiles) and paints them meticulously.    I asked her to do a tutorial about ceramic tile painting.

Tutorial  Ceramic Tile Painting

I give the microphone to my sister now…

“The following is one of several techniques used on painting tiles.  More about that later. In my first tutorial of Ceramic Tile Making I explained about how to make a tile and we left off with a clean dry tile (greenware) and now it is time to decorate the tile.    Start with using a pattern, adjust to size if needed.  To make things easier I usually cut the pattern to the size of my tile, in this case 4″ x 4”.



Hetty and I were born and raised  in the Netherlands so old Dutch patterns are always my favorite.  Next trace the pattern with a pencil on a piece of white tissue paper.



Again, cut the paper to size.  Place the tissue on your tile and trace with a black sharpie.



The tulip image transfers beautifully and the ink will fire off in the kiln.  After the outlining you go ahead with the coloring.  Pick the colors you like to use.  I use the Duncan Easy Strokes for this project.  Only use a few drops at the time, the paint dries quickly (tip: turn off the ceiling fan too!).  The last step is to outline the entire image with a color of your choice.  I choose blue.


Next you have to place the tiles in the kiln, place them directly on the shelf.  Fire at cone 06.



After the bisque firing the tiles look nice and crisp.   The next step is glazing.  Coat the tiles three times, making sure they are completely dry in between coats.  I use Envision clear glaze 1001 and I use a fan brush.  The fan brush is soft-grip SG850 from Royal.


The tiles are glaze fired at cone 05.  This time they will have to rest on stilts in the kiln to prevent “sticking” to the shelves.


And here is the end result:



I use this particular ceramic tile tableau in my own kitchen:





Thanks Hanneke for this great tutorial!


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  1. What a fun and easy idea to spruce up a kitchen! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

  2. Hello, I’m really interested in trying this. I, however, know nothing about it other than what I just read. Question: I understand about making the green ware. At what point and how did the background, overall tile become white? By the way I have a kiln in my basement that came with the house.

    Thanks, Lora

    • Dear Lora:
      Thanks for your questions, my sister is actually the accomplished ceramic tile maker and painter in the family. I will forward your email to her if you don’t mind.

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