Birdhouse Blues

Designer: Tim McPherson



  1. Begin with properly fired shelf cone 04 bisque.  Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust.
  2. Using the CB-604 #4 Soft Fan, apply 2 coats of FN-001 White to the entire piece.
  3. Place some SC-32 Bluebeard on a palette or tile sprinkle with AC-310 Silkscreen Medium. Using a palette knife mix to the consistency of thick peanut butter. If the mix is to thin add more AC-310 Silkscreen Medium or if to thick add more SC-32 Bluebeard to thin.
  4. Repeat Step #3 this time using SC-14 Java Bean.
  5. Hold the Silkscreen in place, and apply the thickened SC-32 Bluebeard to the bird’s body, and the thickened SC-14 Java Bean to the beak and feet.
  6. Using a CB-106 #6 Script Liner and a CB-110 #10/0 Liner, apply 2 coats of SC-15 Tuxedo to the ribs on the roof, around the opening, the perch and the base. Create the birdcage “bars” and scroll work keeping them in line with the roof ribs.
  7. Using a CB-106 #6 Script Liner, add leaves to the roof area with 2 coats of SC-27 Sour Apple.
  8. Using a CB-106 #6 Script Liner, side load and shade the leaves with SC-26 Green Thumb.
  9. Using aCB-110 # 10/0Liner, outline and vein the leaves with SC-15 Tuxedo. Allow to dry.
  10. Stilt and fire to shelf cone 05/06.



  • MB-1290 8″ Bird House


  • SC-14 Java Bean
  • SC-15 Tuxedo
  • SC-26 Green Thumb
  • SC-27 Sour Apple
  • SC-32 Bluebeard
  • FN-001 White

Decorating Accessories

  • CB-106 #6 Script Liner
  • CB-110 #10/0 Liner
  • CB-604 #4 Soft Fan
  • BT-910 Synthetic Sponge
  • AC-310 Silkscreen Medium

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Pencil
  • Palette
  • Palette Knife
  • Pallet Knife
  • Martha Stewart – Bird Silkscreen