Blue Jay Plate

Designer: William Pulse



  1. Use a moistened Synthetic Sponge to wipe down the piece.
  2. Visually divide the ware from lower left to upper right corners. Apply 1 coat of UG-92 Lilac to the lower right portion of the plate using CB-602 Soft Fan. Apply 1 coat of UG-3 Baby Blue to the upper portion of the plate and wet blending the blue down over the Lilac. Wet blend the upper left corner with some UG-219 Marine Blue over the Baby Blue. It is best to use “X” cross strokes when wet blending the colors over one another to avoid harsh breaks in the colors. Repeat the applications of colors for a total of 3 coats, wet blending the colors each time over the others. By the third coat, the upper left side of the plate should be slightly darker then transitioning to the Baby Blue and down onto the lower right portion of the plate to the Lilac. Let dry.
  3. Transfer the design onto the plate using AC-230 Clay Carbon and a pencil. Use the 1” Blue Masking Tape to tape off the sides of the trees. Make a break in the areas where the branch crosses over in the design. Apply 2 coats of UG-53 Silver Grey to the left tree trunk using CB-602 Soft Fan. On the third coat, tip the side of the brush with UG-221 Cement to shade the edges of the trunk. Avoid the shading where the branch crosses over the edge. Let dry. Place the MC-001 6mm Tape over the branch area where it crosses over the second trunk.
  4. Apply 2 coats of UG-221 Cement on the second tree trunk using CB-602 Soft Fan. On the third coat, tip the brush with UG-198 Dark Grey to shade the edges of the trunk. Remove the taped areas.
  5. Using CB-404 Pointed Round loaded with UG-53 Silver Grey to paint 3 coats onto the branch. Shade with some UG-221 Cement to the upper and lower edges of the branch.
  6. Apply 1-2 even coats of UG-51 China White to the bird using CB-404 Pointed Round. Let dry
  7. Retrace the detail of the pattern onto the plate using the AC-230 Clay Carbon and a pencil. Be careful tracing in the detail on the bird sections.
  8. Apply 1 coat of EZ-027 Navajo Turquoise to the blue sections on the bird. Shade the Turquoise areas of the bird with thinned EZ-023 Midnight Blue using CB-220 Detail Liner.
  9. Mix some EZ-013 White with a touch of EZ-037 Black to make a light grey color. Thin the color for shading. Shade the backside of the eye marking, chest, under the wing and abdomen of the bird using CB-220 Detail Liner. Darken the grey mixture slightly and paint in the legs, feet and beak.
  10. Detail the black markings on the bird with EZ-012 Cobalt Black using CB-110 Liner.
  11. Scratch in some highlights on the crown of the bird and flight feathers using a Clean Up Tool.
  12. To detail the bark of the trees, thin some EZ-013 Cobalt Black to slightly more than dirty water. Apply the thinned color to the breaks in the bark using CB-220 Detail Liner. If the color is too light you can always go back and apply more color to darken. Further detail the bark breaks with the pure Cobalt Black to accent the markings.
  13. Fire to Shelf Cone 04-05.
  14. Using CB-604 Soft Fan to apply 2-3 coats of S-2101 Crystal Clear Brushing to the entire plate.
  15. Stilt and Fire to Shelf Cone 05-06.



  • MB-882 Rectangle Tray



  • UG-3 Baby Blue
  • UG-51 China White
  • UG-53 Silver Grey
  • UG-92 Lilac
  • UG-198 Dark Grey
  • UG-219 Marine Blue
  • UG-221 Cement


  • EZ-013 White
  • EZ-012 Cobalt Black
  • EZ-023 Midnight Blue
  • EZ-027 Blue Turquoise

Decorating Accessories

  • CB-110 Liner
  • CB-220 Detail Liner
  • CB-404 Pointed Round
  • CB-602 Soft Fan
  • CB-604 Soft Fan
  • AC-230 Clay Carbon
  • MC-001 6mm Tape

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Clean Up Tool
  • Synthetic Sponge
  • Pencil, Scissors
  • Tile or Pallet
  • 1” Blue Masking Tape
  • Pattern