Whales Tales


Products Used

  • MB-1323 Book Vase
  • SC-16 Cotton Tail
  • SC-30 Blue Dawn
  • SC-11 Blue Yonder
  • SC-15 Tuxedo
  • SC-29 Blue Grass
  • SC-28 Blue Isle
  • SC-302 Snowfall
  • SG-401 Black Designer Liner
  • CG-788 Dutch Enamelware
  • S-2101 Crystal Clear Brushing
  • FN-018 Bright Blue
Decorating Accessories
  • CB-110 #10/0 Liner
  • CB-106 #6 Script Liner
  • CB-604 #4 Soft Fan
  • BT-910 Synthetic Sponge
Additional Materials
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Paper Towel
  • 2" foam roller
  • Pattern: Whales Tales
whale tales

Designer: Marcia Roullard


  1. Begin with properly fired shelf cone 04 bisque. Mositen a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust.
  2. Cut out the whale template from the pattern.  Place on the bisque and create an outline of the whale with a pencil.
  3. Using CB-106 #6 Script Liner apply three coats of SC-11 Blue Yonder inside the whale outline, brushing slightly beyond the pencil line.
  4. When the last coat of the Blue Yonder is dry to the touch, lightly dampen the template and place on top of glazed area. Press down using a paper towel to remove excess water.
  5. Using CB-604 #4 Soft Fan apply one coat of SC-16 Cotton Tail to the front and back cover of the book, brushing over the paper whale template.
  6. Dampen a heavy-duty (double-ply) paper towel with water, then squirt in loops of SC-16 Cotton Tail and SC-30 Blue Dawn onto the paper towel.
  7. Fold the paper towel in half, then open.  Check to see that the entire surface of the towel has glaze on it (no bare spots - if necessary, add more glaze swirls, refold and recheck).
  8. Place the bisque on a flat surface, then place the glazed side of the paper towel onto the bisque. Using a dry 2" foam roller (or a sponge), roll/press the paper towel to evenly disperse the color onto the bisque surface. Let completely dry.
  9. Repeat steps 6-8 to apply color to the back of the bisque.
  10. Remove the paper template.
  11. Sketch the wave under the whale.
  12. Using CB-106 #6 Script Liner apply SC-28 Blue Isle and SC-29 Blue Grass to the wave. The brushstrokes should be applied from bottom right to upper left of the wave, creating the appearance of moving water (don't fully blend the colors).
  13. Using CB-106 #6 Script Liner apply SG-302 Snowfall to the tips of the waves.  Apply heavily applications to the front of the wave, thinning as you work (from left to right) into the wave.
  14. Using CB-604 #4 Soft Fan apply three coats of SC-30 Blue Dawn to the book's spine and one coat of CG-788 Dutch Enamelware to the pages.
  15. Thin slightly (two parts glaze to one part water) FN-018 Bright Blue; pour inside the bisque and roll the thinned glaze around until you have completely covered the inside surface.  Drain out the excess.
  16. When the Blue Yonder on the whale is dry, use SG-401 Designer Liner Black to add details to the whale.
  17. Pencil in a title, "Whales Tales" (or a title of your choosing), then use CB-110 #10/0 Liner to apply SC-15 Tuxedo to the letters.
  18. Apply 1 coat of S-2101 Crystal Clear Brushing to the front and back of the book. DO NOT apply clear glaze to th Snowfall glaze.
  19. Fire to cone 05/06.