Sea Life Paint Cans


Products Used

  • MB-1404 Can It - Gallon
  • MB-1405 Can It - Quart
  • SC-96 Aqu-ward
  • SC-15 Tuxedo
  • SC-10 Teal Next Time
  • SC-29 Blue Grass
  • SC-12 Moody Blue
  • SC-4 Salsa
  • SC-79 It’s Sage
  • SC-9 Jaded
  • FN-033 Mediterranean Teal
  • SS-81 Shimmering Silver
Decorating Accessories
  • CB-110 #10/0 Liner
  • CB-106 #6 Script Liner
  • CB-604 #4 Soft Fan
  • BT-910 Synthetic Sponge
  • DSS-102 Sea Life
  • AC-310 Silk Screen Medium
Additional Materials
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Palette
  • Palette Knife
  • Tree stencil
  • Flavor Injector
sealife paintcans

Designer: Marcia Roullard


  1. Begin with properly fired shelf cone 04 bisque. Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust.
  2. On the large can cut out the shape of the turtle, on the inside of the outline, then trace the outline on the can. Brush on two coats of SC-79 It’s Sage to the head and legs, and the shell brush on sporadically SC-4 Salsa, and SC-9 Jaded, two coats.
  3. When dry to the touch, wet with water then place on the turtle shape over the glazed turtle to act as a mask. Press in place.
  4. Brush on three coats of SC-96 Aqu-ward to the outside of the cans with CB-604 Soft Fan.
  5. Thin in a small bowl, SC-29 Blue Grass, and a separate bowl SC-10 Teal Next Time, to milk consistency.
  6. Suck up a small amount of color with the Flavor Injector, pull back on the plunger then squirt onto the can. Practice on paper before going to the can, you want to get a lot of force behind a small amount of glaze to get good spatters. If you get something you don’t like, just press a damp sponge to it to remove, before the glaze dries.
  7. Inject color around both cans using the SC-29 Blue Grass and SC-10 Teal Next Time.
  8. For the large can, lay the tree stencil at the bottom of the can then roll over with a small foam roller SC-29 Blue Grass, so it looks like coral. Make sure to not have too much glaze in the roller.
  9. Use the various silk screen from DSS-102 Sea Life for the different coral, shells, starfish, all placed at the bottom of the cans. Colors are varied with SC-10 Teal Next Time, SC-12 Moody Blue, SC-33 Fruit of the Vine, and SC-29 Blue Grass.
  10. To silk screen the colors, all must be thickened with AC-310 Silk Screen Medium to a consistency of peanut butter, use a palette knife to mix well.
  11. Use the silk screen with the grain side up, and rub the color over with your finger, the coral can be used shiny side up to get the other direction.
  12. The larger pieces are screened with thickened SC-15 Tuxedo, so they will stand out the most. Three Angelfish on the lg. can, and the turtle screened with SC-15 Tuxedo. Position the screen over the painted turtle till it matches up, then screen.
  13. Small can used the crab on one side and seahorse on the other, various shells and starfish screened in the thickened colors.
  14. Glaze the upper and lower rims with SC-10 Teal Next Time, 2 coats.
  15. Thin FN-033 Mediterranean Teal to pour and roll the inside.
  16. Fire to cone 06.
  17. Brush the top and bottom rims with SS-81 Shimmering Silver, sporadically, brush over the top edge with water while the silver is wet to separate and float.
  18. Can handle for the large can came from a real gallon can, and the small one was made from a hanger, bent around a pint size glaze bottle, then the ends are bent in to fit in the holes.
  19. Paint the handle silver.

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