Big Deal Canvas

Designer: Marcia Roullard



1. Begin with properly fired shelf cone 04 Bisque. Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove dust.

2. Using the CB-604 #4 Soft Fan, apply 1 coat of FN-001 White to the top of the plate and let dry.

3. Cut out the sock patterns. Wet the paper socks and stick it to the plate.Use a damp sponge to press the paper pattern onto the plate.  This acts as a mask to prevent glaze from getting onto the socks. Make sure the edges are sealed down to prevent glaze from seeping under.

4.  Punch out ten stars for the front of the plate.On a palette, pour a quarter-sized amount of SC-6 Sunkissed and SC-16 Cotton Tail. Drag the star though both colors to cover the entire paper star. Lay the painted star on the plate around the socks, color side down.  This can be messy! If the glaze squeezes out wipe it back with a damp sponge. It doesn’t have to be perfectly clean. Continue with all ten stars. Take a picture so you will know where the stars are located so it will be easier to remove later. 

5.  Painting the background of the plate will be painted like a spackling process. Use the plastic card and pick up two colors at the same time from your palette. Lay the card down on the paper sock and pull it out onto the bisque.  Don’t swipe into the edge of the paper as it may lift the edge and it bleeds under the paper.

6.  Pick up two more colors of glaze and lay it down overlapping the first application and pull it out onto the bisque. When selecting colors, try to pick up secondary and tertiary colors. For example SP-288 Speckled Tu Tu Tango and SP-277 Speckled Glo Worm. 

7.  Where the two colors overlap, an additional color is created. Continue picking up colors and laying down a coat of glaze onto the bisque. Periodically wipe off the card as you apply colors to the plate.  Tip: Wipe back the middle of the paper star so you can find it easier when it is time to remove.

8.  When the glaze is dry, lightly sketch out a section where the words will be placed.  This is to ensure the area is kept clean and not compete with the next step of stamping the background.

9.  Using the sponge-on-a-stick, apply SC-15 Tuxedo to the ST-126 Dots & Squiggles Stamp.  For a good random and scrapbook effect, use sections of the stamp at a time versus inking up one long strip.  Press down sections to the left side and between the socks.  Re-ink the stamp after each time stamping. Try to avoid the area where the wording will be.

10.  Using a sponge-on-a-stick and SC-29 Blue Grass, apply the glaze to the ST-132 Diamond Plate Stamp and apply randomly on the plate. Again try to avoid the area where the words will be written.

11.  Remove the paper stars and the paper socks.

12.  Refer to the pattern for color placement.Use the CB-106 #6 Script Liner and apply two-three good coats of the following colors to the socks:

  • SC-6 Sunkissed
  • SC-45 My Blue Heaven
  • SP-209 Speckled Jaded
  • SP-277 Speckled Glo Worm
  • SP-288 Speckled Tu Tu Tango

13.  Use the MC-002 1/2″ Low Tack Masking Tape to mask off the outside space for the DSS-104 Chevron Silkscreen. 

14.  Thicken SC-10 Teal Next Time with AC-310 Silkscreen Medium, using a palette knife, to the consistency of peanut butter. Using the shiny side up (more color will go through the screen to give it a solid coating), use your finger to rub the mixture over the small chevron silkscreen on both socks. Gently clean the screen.

15.  Use SC-10 Teal Next Time to apply to the different sections of the ST-100 Game Board Stamp with a sponge on a stick. Tape off the area to be stamped, press to the different colors.

16.  Using the 102 R190 1/2″ Royal Dagger Brush float one thinned coat of SC-15 Tuxedo around the socks. This provides a shadow and adds depth to the project. The socks will really pop now.

Tip – How to Float:  Wet the brush with water then pick up some color on the tip of the brush, then wipe the brush back and forth across a palette.  This blends the color into the brush but keeps it thinned.  Now put the brush onto the plate with the tip against the sock and brush on one thin coat.Since the dagger brush is slanted or chiseled the color will be stronger at the tip and lighter further out. 

17.  Pencil the words or phrase of choice onto the plate or quote of choice.

18.  Use SG-401 Designer Liner Black to outline the socks and to create the words I’M KIND OF A BIG DEAL. Use SG-403 Designer Liner Red for the word Big.

19.  Using the Soft Fan, apply three coats of the Speckled Stroke & Coat® of your choice to the back of the plate.

20.  Clear glaze with NT-CLR Clear One Dipping or NT-BR Clear One Brushing.

18.  Fire to cone 05/06.



  • MB-1353 8″ x 10″ Clay Canvas


  • FN-001 White
  • SC-6 Sunkissed
  • SC-10 Teal Next Time
  • SC-15 Tuxedo
  • SC-16 Cotton Tail
  • SC-29 Blue Grass
  • SC-45 My Blue Heaven
  • SP-209 Speckled Jaded
  • SP-277 Speckled Glo Worm
  • SP-288 Speckled Tu Tu Tango
  • SG-401 Designer Liner Black
  • SG-403 Designer Liner Red
  • NT-CLR Clear One Dipping or NT-BR Clear One Brushing

Decorating Accessories

  • AC-230 Clay Carbon Paper
  • CB-110 #10/0 Mini Liner
  • CB-106 #6 Script Liner
  • CB-604 #4 Soft Fan
  • Royal 102 R190 1/2″ Dagger Brush
  • ST-100 Game Board Stamp
  • ST-126 Dots and Squiggles Stamp
  • ST-132 Diamond Plate Stamp
  • AC-310 Silkscreen Medium
  • DSS-0104 Chevron Silkscreen (discontinued)

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • MC-002 1/2″ Low Tack Masking Tape
  • 1 1/2″ star punch – 10 stars
  • Palette knife
  • 1 1/4″ sponge-on-a-stick
  • BamboosSkewer
  • Plastic key card or old rewards card
  • Pattern: Download