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Imagine a line thin as a hair or thick as a piece of yarn. Envision a line with character, it’s squiggly, wavy, dotted, jagged, and curvaceous. This product creates a line to fit your student's imaginations. Whether they're writing, doodling, illustrating or simply drawing shapes and patterns, Mayco’s Designer Liner is the modern quill pen of ceramic glaze tools.

Designer Liner comes in an easy to squeeze bottle and precise metal writer tip to allow your students to find their own style.. all in one stroke. Rich, concentrated pigment keeps all lines bold and maintains a dynamic contrast between the line work and background. Designer Liner works great from cone 06-6 temperatures and fires to a matte finish without a glaze over the top.

Try all types of lines to create depth and visual interest in your designs by rendering objects with three-dimensional appearance including shadows and reflections by incorporating various drawing techniques such as cross hatching (crisscross lines), stippling (also know as pointillism), scrumbling (uneven color layering), block-lettering, cursive, or to create calligraphy-like line-work.

Most Art Educators know that Designer Liner can be used for precise lines on decorative pieces ... but did you know that it can also be used for brushwork? Students can use CB-106 #6 Script Liner Brush to paint on designs. This method allows for maximum detail and line weight variation. The painterly approach enables students to create depth by using thin lines which recede to the background and thicker lines which push to the foreground.

Simulate the line work of watercolors, ink wash, drip art or marble by spraying the Designer Liner with a bit of water, essentially to thin the pigment. Students will be all to replicate visual effects of the blending and bleeding of watercolor paintings which have many levels of value (light and dark) for shading.

We often encounter questions by teachers inquiring the difference between Designer Liner versus using black underglaze. Our answer: Designer Liner is a completely different product than an underglaze. While it contains clay it has less water/more solids than underglazes. Lines created with Designer Liner are very, very dark. Also, the Designer Liner has been formulated to flow easily through a small writer tipped applicator. Finally, Designer Liner’s recipe allows it to dry more quickly than an underglaze would.

Although Designer Liner is nearly fail-proof, there are a couple precautions that are good to know before getting started. If applied too thick, the Designer Liner may shiver or pop off the bisque during glaze firing, especially if the Designer Liner isn’t glazed over with two coats of clear glaze. Oppositely, if the Designer Liner is too thick and underneath a clear or translucent glaze, it will often separate from itself and create a break in the line. These don’t seem to be definite results but are possible outcomes with many variables, like the kiln firing program used and the interaction of others glazes under and over the Designer Liner. Urge your students to keep the pin that also comes with the product in the metal tip when you’re not using the bottle to keep the tip clear. 

Designer Liner can be used to design decorative accents, the main imagery, or simply to elegantly sign the bottom of the artwork. Whether you use pattern making, repeating shapes, lettering, or illustrative brushwork, Mayco’s Designer Liner is sure to impress your students.

Learn more about Designer Liner.  

We pulled together a variety of projects for you to try with several application approaches.  Designer Liner is Certified AP non-toxic and food safe. 

sunflower canvas 458.Blue House String
Use Designer Liner to simulate watercoloring, crisp lines or brushwork.   Get smooth, flowing lines that stay thin and clean.
Red FOx School tile Ship at Sea
The squeeze bottle allows for ultimate control of ultra-fine or bold lines.   Best used under non-moving glazes such as Stroke & Coat, Foundations, and Underglazes. 
dl writing text Flower plate by Marcia Roullard
Use the precise metal writer tip and find your writing style.  11 great colors to work with!

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