Room on the Broom for One Little Goon's Print

Inspired by the Halloween season, this project recreates a scene from the book "Room on the Broom" by Julia Donaldson, using your child's handprint as the broom upon which is a witch riding through the sky!

Products Used

  • MB-882 - Rectangle Tray
  • SC-6 Sunkissed
  • SC-12 Moody Blue
  • SC-15 Tuxedo
  • SC-16 Cotton Tail
  • SC-33 Fruit of the Vine
  • SC-34 Down To Earth
  • SC-35 Gray Hare
  • SC-41 Brown Cow
  • SC-46 Rawhide
  • SC-73 Candy Apple Red
  • SC-75 Orange-A-Peel
Decorating Accessories
  • AC-230 Clay Carbon Paper
  • CB-110 #10/0 Liner
  • CB-404 #4 Pointed Round
  • BT-910 Synthetic Sponges
Additional Materials
Project Info


Tip on getting a good handprint: To get a good handprint, use a thick brush and paint your child's hand. Then, place it on the plate and press down with your hand over their hand before lifting up.

  1. Begin with properly fired shelf cone 04 bisque. Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust.
  2. Trace the witch pattern onto your piece using AC-230 Clay Carbon Paper. Using a pencil, press firmly as you trace over the witch and the broom. Be careful not to move the carbon paper as you trace. A thin line will transfer onto your bisque and provide an outline from which you may work.
  3. Apply a color wash of SC-12 Moody Blue, SC-15 Tuxedo, and SC-16 Cotton Tail, all over the front and back of your plate. Try not to get the color wash on the witch. (You make a wash by dipping a cotton ball into your cup of water. Then, squeeze excess water out and dip it in one color at a time. Apply color by making swirling motions all over the plate.) It is OK if the colors overlap. BE CAREFUL not to apply too much black - it will overwhelm your piece.
  4. Using a CB-404 #4 Pointed Round brush, apply one coat of SC-41 Brown Cow to the broomstick.
  5. Apply 1 - 2 coats of SC-15 Tuxedo to the hat, cape and shoes of the witch.
  6. Apply 1 - 2 coats of SC-33 Fruit of the Vine to the skirt of the witch.
  7. Apply 1 - 2 coats of SC-73 Candy Apple Red to the hair and blouse of the witch.
  8. Apply 2 - 3 coats of SC-46 Rawhide to the face and hands of the witch.
  9. Apply 1 coat of SC-35 Gray Hare to the legs of the witch.
  10. Place a light dab of SC-41 Brown Cow on the crook of the witch's nose.
  11. Using the very tip of your brush, place a dot of SC-16 Cotton Tail to create the eye of the witch.
  12. Again, using the very tip of your brush, place a dot of SC-75 Orange-A-Peel just above the witch's left shoulder to create a brooch.
  13. Apply 2 - 3 coats of SC-6 Sunkissed to the bow at the base of the witch's braid.
  14. Load the tip of your brush heavily with SC-6 Sunkissed and dab color in the shape of stars around the witch and at the tip of her wand. Using the same technique, make a moon to the left of the witch's hat.
  15. Create the end of the broom with a handprint. Coat the child's hand using SC-34 Down To Earth and then position the hand at the base of the broomstick.
  16. With a CB-110 #10/0 Liner outline the witch, add details to her clothing, and outline her wand. Also, you may want to add the child's name, the month and year.
  17. Stilt and fire to shelf cone 06.

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