Brushwork Flower Bowl

Designer: Mike Harbridge



  1. Clean bisque with damp sponge to remove dust.
  2. Place spots of Jaded, Teal Next Time and Cara-bein Blue on a palette. Completely load the ¾” wash brush with Jaded and tip one edge with Teal Next Time and the other edge with Cara-bein Blue. Go to a clean area of palette and work the brush back and forth in the same spot to blend the colors in the brush.
  3. Leaving about a three-inch center area blank in the inside bottom of the bowl, create a stroke with the wash brush going out toward the edge of the bowl. The stroke does not have to go all the way to the edge.
  4. Repeat the strokes around the bowl by flipping the brush so where the strokes overlap, the colors match. So, the Cara-bein Blue always overlaps and the Teal Next Time overlaps. Repeat this around the entire inside of bowl, leaving the center three inches blank. Remember, strokes don’t all have to go all the way to the edge of the bowl. You’ll probably reload the brush with colors every couple of strokes.
  5. Apply a generous coat of Cotton Tail to about a quarter of the center area in the bottom of the bowl. Use the liner brush to pick up some Cara-bein Blue and create S strokes in the white. Immediately dip the same liner brush (without washing) into the Teal Next time and create more S strokes, blending them wet into wet with Cotton Tail and Cara-bein Blue. Repeat this process with Jaded, creating a marble look with the four colors. Repeat this process with the other four quarters of the center bottom of the bowl.
  6. Add spots of Sunkissed, Leapin’ Lizard, and Just Froggy to your palette. Fully load the ¾” wash brush with Sunkissed. Corner load one edge with Leapin’ Lizard and the other edge with Just Froggy and work back in forth on a bare spot on the palette to get a nice blend of the three colors on the brush.
  7. On the outside of the bowl, create leaf strokes with the Just Froggy to the outside edge. Flip the brush over and create another stroke so the Leapin’ Lizard is overlapping in the center of the leaf. Pivot the brush so it comes to a point at the tip of each stroke.
  8. Dilute a little bit of the Cara-bein Blue and create a wash of color between the leaves.
  9. Dilute some Tuxedo and use the liner brush of choice to loosely outline flower petals inside the bowl. Add veining in the petals by pulling strokes at different lengths out from the outer edge of the center circle.
  10. Dab dots of Tuxedo around the outer edge of the center circle inside of bowl. Create a fade of Tuxedo dots going in slightly to the center.
  11. Outline and vein the leaves on the outside of the bowl with thinned Tuxedo.
  12. Thin some Tuxedo and pick up just a little bit with the bristle fan brush. Flick the bristles back at the inside and outside of the bowl to speckle. Be careful not to get the specks on other items.
  13. Use the sponge to pick up a little Tuxedo and dab along the top edge of the bowl and bottom foot areas.
  14. Use a brush handle to add Cotton Tail dots to the tips of some of the flower veins. Add some dots in the center area. Add dots along rim of bowl.
  15. Allow to dry, dip in choice of clear, and fire to cone 06.



  • MB1113 Casualware Cereal Bowl


  • SC006 Sunkissed
  • SC007 Leapin’ Lizard
  • SC008 Just Froggy
  • SC009 Jaded
  • SC010 Teal Next Time
  • SC076 Cara-bein Blue
  • SC016 Cotton Tail
  • SC015 Tuxedo
  • NTCLR Dipping

Decorating Accessories

  • R88W-3/4” Menta Wash
  • R88SL-1 Menta Script Liner
  • R88SL-4 Menta Script Liner
  • M77BF-4 Bristle Fan Brush

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Sponge
  • Water
  • Palette
  • Paper to practice strokes