Big-Eyed Bird Platter

Designer: William Pulse



  1. Begin with properly fired shelf cone 04 bisque.  Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust.
  2. Apply 2 coats of FN-001 White to entire piece using CB-604 Soft Fan. Let dry.
  3. Transfer the pattern to the ware using a pencil and AC-230 Clay Carbon. Use Blue Masking tape to mask off inside edge of the pattern and bird where it extends below the edge of the plate.
  4. On a tile, place SC-13 Grapel, SC-23 Jack O’Lantern and SC-89 Cutie Pie Coral. Using CB-604 Soft Fan to apply SC-23 to the top portion of the plate extending the color to the corners. Without washing the brush, pick up some SC-89 and apply the coral color over the previous orange color at the corner edges and extending the color toward the lower corners of the plate. Pick up some SC-13 and a blend the color along the lower edges of the plate excluding the bird area. When blending these colors, work the brush in an “X” or crisscross strokes to blend the colors together while they are wet. Repeat these colors in the same manner to the back of the plate in the same order. This application and blending of the wet color is repeated three times for solid coverage. The colors should appear to blend from one color to the next without a harsh delineation of the colors. When all three coats have been sequentially applied and the color has lost the sheen from the last coat, remove the masking tape from the plate.
  5. Apply 2 coats of SC-27 Sour Apple to the bird body tapering the color off above the upper eye towards the beak with CB-406 Pointed Round. Apply 2 coats of SC-24 Dandelion from the on the upper portion of the head above the eye blending the color over the green. Also shade the back edge of the head and the wing portion of the body with one coat of SC-24. When applying the third coat of SC-27 on the bird, wet blend SC-7 Leapin’ Lizard to the body under the eye, down the neck and along the lower edge of the plate on the wing. Apply SC-97 Cant-elope to the upper portion of the head from the beak backward s along the top of the head fading the color out over the yellow.
  6. Apply 3 coats of SC-53 Purple Haze to the lower and upper eyelids using CB-406 Pointed Round. Shade with SC-71 Purple-licious at each ends of the eyelids using CB-110 Liner.
  7. Apply 2 coats of SC-24 Dandelion to the three feathers below the eye using CB-406 Pointed Round. Shade the left side of each feather with SC-97 Cant-elope.
  8. Apply 3 coats of SC-11 Blue Yonder to the beak and iris of the eye using CB-220 Detail Liner. Shade the iris of the eye with SC-28 Blue Isle using CB-220 Detail Liner. Paint in some fine lines radiating out from the pupil with SC-28 using CB-110 Liner. Paint in the pupil of the eye with SC-15 Tuxedo using CB-220 Detail Liner. Paint in highlights in the pupil with SC-16 Cotton Tail with the same brush. The white of the eye is 2 coats of SC-16 Cotton Tail. Shade the edges of the white of the eye with some very thin (almost like dirty water) SC-15 Tuxedo.
  9. To outline the bird, start with some thinned SC-15 Tuxedo using CB-110 Liner. The lines don’t have to be very fine in width. This will act as some shading of the pattern. Use SC-15 to re-outline the pattern but keeping the line finer and smaller in width than the previous outlining. This will reinforce the detail in the pattern and intensify the black lines.
  10. Outline the border in the pattern with SC-15 Tuxedo using CB-110 Liner. Fill in the triangles and diamond shapes with one coat of SC-16 Cotton Tail using CB-220 Detail Liner.
  11. Shake and stir CG-968 Peppermint Twist and apply 2 coats of the glaze with crystals to the background areas in the pattern using CB-406 Pointed Round. Manipulate the crystals as you are painting to evenly disperse them. Keep the larger crystals slightly away from the edges in the pattern and trim. When dry apply 1 coat of SC-15 Tuxedo to the topknot feathers in the pattern on the bird using CB-110 Liner.
  12. Stilt and fire cone 05-06.



  • MB-1163 Rectangle Tray


  • CG-968 Peppermint Twist
  • FN-001 White
  • SC-7 Leapin’ Lizard
  • SC-11 Blue Yonder
  • SC-13 Grapel
  • SC-15 Tuxedo
  • SC-16 Cotton Tail
  • SC-23 Jack O’Lantern
  • SC-24 Dandelion
  • SC-27 Sour Apple
  • SC-53 Purple Haze
  • SC-71 Purple-licious
  • SC-89 Cutie Pie Coral
  • SC-97 Cant-elope
  • S-2101 Crystal Clear Brushing Glaze

Decorating Accessories

  • CB-110 #10/0 Liner
  • CB-220 #2/0 Detail Liner
  • CB-406 #6 Pointed Round
  • CB-604 #4 Soft Fan
  • AC-230 Clay Carbon Paper

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Pencil
  • BT-910 Synthetic Sponge
  • Blue Masking Tape (Painter’s Tape)
  • Tile or Palette
  • Pattern: Download