JRodgers on wed 29 aug 12
Can anyone recommend a good pen or other method with which to do line
drawings on bisque. Something that will give a smooth line with no
skips. The art will be sweeping lines with no breaks. After done a clear
glaze will be applied.
Any help/suggestions would be appreciated.
Snail Scott on wed 29 aug 12
On Aug 29, 2012, at 2:45 PM, JRodgers wrote:
> ...Can anyone recommend a good pen or other method with which to do line
> drawings on bisque. Something that will give a smooth line with no
Underglaze pencils (Amaco markets some) work well,
but only give smooth lines on smooth clay. They are
great on slip-cast stuff and porcelain, but anything
grittier may need a coating of fine slip or a bit of sanding
to get a smooth-enough surface.
My regular clay is insanely gritty, but a coating of engobe
over greenware, ribbed smooth when wet then lightly
sanded after bisque, works fine with underglaze pencils.
This means double-bisquing, as I find the raw surface is
hard to draw on and brush-glazing over the pencils leads
to smearing. (The second bisque can be pretty low,
though.) If dipping or spraying, a second bisque may
not be needed.
I find it's tough to get a truly smooth thin line with pens.
For long sweeping or straight lines, a pinstriping brush
can work, if the surface underneath isn't too absorbent.