Bottle Brush Tree Mug

Designer: Marcia Roullard



  1. Begin with properly fired shelf cone 04 Bisque. Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove dust.
  2. Roll Glaze the inside of the Venti Latte Cup:  To roll glaze use 2 parts glaze and 1 part water and thoroughly mix.  Now pour the glaze into the cup and slowly roll the glaze around the inside to coat the inside.  You may have to use a CB-604 #4 Soft Fan Brush to pull the glaze up to the rim.  Pour the glaze into a pot and set the mug upside down to drain excess glaze.  By inverting, this will help minimize crawling with excess glaze.  Note:  Just mix enough for your project.  After time, the glaze will fall out of suspension due to the excess water.
  3. Use the pattern and AC-230 Clay Carbon paper to trace on your design or freehand the lines.  Place the trees approximately 1 to 1 1/4″ apart at different heights.
  4. Draw cone shapes around the lines as a guide for the tree shapes.
  5. Start with the largest tree SG-405 Green, use the ruler to guide the vertical line with SG-405 Green. Hold the ruler and place the tip of the SG-405 against the ruler and pull down for a nice straight center line.
  6. Using SG-405 Green for the main branches and draw lines at different angles.
  7. The tree will be filled in with SG-409 Bright Green branches to add contrast to the darker green.  This gives depth and visual interest.  You can do it now or draw the base color of the other trees and let this dry a bit then come back with the other color.
  8. Continue around the mug to fill in the rest of the trees.  Make sure the trees vary in height to give the impression of depth.  The red tree is SG-404 Red as the main branch and filled in with SG-408 Orange.
  9. The Orange tree is SG-408 Orange, filled in with SG-404 Red.
  10. The light green tree is SG-409 Bright Green and fill in branches with SG-405 Green.
  11. The Light Blue tree is SG-409 Bright Blue and filled in with SG-404 Blue.
  12. The handle has a skinny SG-405 Green Tree.
  13. For the stars, squeeze SG-407 Yellow on a palette and using the CCB-110 10/0 Liner brush the star with one coat of the SG-407 Yellow.
  14. Outline with SG-408 Orange and dot around the stars with Yellow.
  15. Dip into NT-CLR or use the Soft Fan to apply two coats of S-2101 Clear Brushing Glaze.
  16. Fire to cone 05/06.



  • MB122 Venti Latte Cup


  • SG-403 Red
  • SG-404 Blue
  • SG-405 Green
  • SG-407 Yellow
  • SG-408 Orange
  • SG-409 Bright Green
  • SG-410 Bright Blue
  • FN-230 Poppy
  • NT-CLR Clear Dipping or S-2101 Clear Brushing Glaze

Decorating Accessories

  • CB6-04 #4 Soft Fan
  • CB-110 #10/0 Liner
  • AC-230 Clay Carbon Paper

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Ruler
  • Pencil or water-based marker