Festive Penguins

Designer: William Pulse



  1. Begin with properly fired shelf cone 04 bisque. Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust.
  2. Using CB-618 Soft Fan to apply 2 thin coats of FN-01 White to the entire penguins. Let dry.
  3. Use a pencil to draw in the shapes of the side face markings and [white] tummy areas of the penguins. Mark in an area where the ribbons/scarf will be placed. The ribbon/scarf pattern does not need to be exact at this time.
  4. On a tile place SC-2 Melon-Choly, SC-7 Leapin’ Lizard, SC-16 Cotton Tail, SC-23 Jack-O- Lantern, SC-28 Blue Isle, SC-55 Yella Bout It, SC-88 Tu Tu Tango for painting. Load AB-708 Round with some SC-16 Cottontail and tip the edge with SC- 55 Yella Bout It. Start pouncing the brush from the top edge of the tummy area with the yellow towards the middle of the tummy. As you pounce the color on, slowly move the brush lower blending the color from dark to light. The color will always be more concentrated next to the line/edge slowly fading out toward the center of the tummy area. The yellow will only be in the upper half of the tummy area. All of these colors are applied in the same manner. When reloading the brush it may be necessary to load the brush with the white color only every other time or two. Moving to the next color SC-2 Melon Choly, apply the color not completely over all of the yellow areas. The Melon-Choly color can be brought down as far as the lower wing area. You can shade around the areas of the ribbons with some of the colors as well. Pick up some SC-23 Jack-O- Lantern and repeat this process. You can concentrate some of the color is specific places now to create shading and nuances’ in the colors. Pick up some SC-88 Tu Tu Tango to brighten up the top edge of the tummy areas.
  5. Finishing out the tummy areas are done with SC-7 Leapin’ Lizard from the bottom of the tummy areas up toward the middle section of the tummy. Strengthen the green color now with SC-28 Blue Isle concentrating the color above the feet and under the wings.
  6. The side face areas are completed in the same manner as the tummy areas of the penguins with all of the same colors. Keep the warmer colors towards the areas nearest the eyes and the cooler colors near the bottom of the heart shaped area.
  7. Using a pencil and AC-230 Clay Carbon to transfer the bow/ holly near the top of the tummy areas of the penguins. Complete the ribbon around the neck to fill in the pattern with the pencil.
  8. The holly is filled in with 1-2 coats of SC-7 Leapin’ Lizard using CB-220 Detail Liner. Shade and detail the holly with SC-8 Just Froggy, SC-39 Army Surplus using CB-110 Liner.
  9. Apply 3 coats of SC-4 Salsa to the ribbon/scarf sections using CB-406 Pointed Round. Let dry.
  10. Load CB-406 Pointed Round with water and tip the point with SC-81 Cinnamon Stix to “wet shade” the edges of the ribbons/scarf. All edges are shaded with the dark color next to the outside edge of the ribbon.
  11. Using CB-406 Pointed Round apply one coat of SC-88 Tu Tu Tango in metered sections of the ribbon/scarf. The width of the line should be about ¼ inch. In the center of the line, paint in a smaller line of SC-24 Dandelion. Thin some SC-34 Down To Earth and paint in a fine line over the yellow line.
  12. Dot in some berries around the holly with SC-74 Hot Tamale highlighted with a dot of SC-73 Candy Apple Red and SC-88 Tu Tu Tango. Other berries are SC-13 Grapel highlighted with a dot of SC-75 Orange-A- Peel.
  13. Fill in the black areas (excluding the beaks) of the penguins by applying 3 coats of SC-15 Tuxedo with the brush appropriate for the area being covered. For the smaller areas use a liner and the broader areas use a Soft Fan. Using AB-708 Round to stipple a jagged edge around the tummy and face markings.
  14. Mark a line under the top portion of the beak for the “markings” on both beaks. To the beak of the large penguin apply 1 good coat of SC-23 Jack-O- Lantern using CB- 406 Pointed Round. The smaller penguin’s beak is filled in with a thin coat SC-24 Dandelion. Shading on the beaks is completed with a thin watery coat of SC-34 Down To Earth over the first color. You should be able to see the underlying color showing through the brown color on both. Wet shade all the edges on the top/bottom areas of the beak with SC-15 Tuxedo. The markings under the larger penguin’s beak are filled in with SC-88 Tu Tu Tango highlighted with a top line of SC-75 Orange-A- Peel. For the smaller penguin use SC-23 Jack-O- Lantern highlighted with a top line of SC-24 Dandelion.
  15. On the smaller penguin stipple on SC-60 Silver Lining and then SC-16 Cottontail to the wings and top of the head. This color should go from black to gray to white toward the center of the shading. This is completed as in Step 4-5.
  16. Paint in the eye with SC-23 Jack-O- Lantern using CB-220 Detail Liner. Shade the iris with some thinned SC-75 Orange-A- Peel and SC-34 Down To Earth. Paint in a round pupil in the center of the iris of the eye. Highlight with a dot of SC-16 Cottontail.
  17. Apply 1-2 coats of SC-24 Dandelion to the feet. Wet shade the sections and top edge near the body with SC-23 Jack-O- Lantern. Reinforce the shading with SC-88 Tu Tu Tango.
  18. Use 1” Blue Masking Tape to block out portions of the SL-438 Snowflakes stencil that you don’t want to print. Position the stencil onto the ware and hold firmly. Using a dry 1” Sponge on a Stick loaded with SC-11 Blue Yonder, pounce/stipple 1 coat of color, then lift the stencil off the ware. The three smallest snowflakes are repeated over the penguins sparingly. The snowflakes are done with SC-16 Cottontail over the black areas of the penguins.
  19. Squeeze out some SG-402 White onto a tile and thin slightly with water. Using a Spatter Brush or Old Tooth Brush, spatter the white over the both pieces. Reload the brush and spatter SC-31 The Blues over the pieces. Let dry.
  20. Apply 1 thin coat of S-2101 Crystal Clear Brushing entirely over both pieces. Let dry.
  21. Stilt and fire both pieces to Shelf Cone 05-06.



  • MB-1426 Lg. Penguin
  • MB-1442 Sm. Penguin


  • SC-2 Melon-Choly
  • SC-4 Salsa
  • SC-7 Leapin’ Lizard
  • SC-8 Just Froggy
  • SC-11 Blue Yonder
  • SC-13 Grapel
  • SC-15 Tuxedo
  • SC-16 Cotton Tail
  • SC-23 Jack-O-Lantern
  • SC-24 Dandelion
  • SC-28 Blue Isle
  • SC-31 The Blues
  • SC-34 Down To Earth
  • SC-39 Army Surplus
  • SC-55 Yella Bout It
  • SC-60 Silver Lining
  • SC-73 Candy Apple Red
  • SC-74 Hot Tamale
  • SC-75 Orange-A- Peel
  • SC-81 Cinnamon Stix
  • SC-88 Tu Tu Tango
  • SG-402 White
  • FN-01 White
  • S-2101 Crystal Clear Brushing

Decorating Accessories

  • AB-708 #8 Round
  • CB-110 #10/0 Liner
  • CB-220 Detail Liner
  • CB-406 Pointed Round
  • CB-604 #4 Soft Fan
  • CB-618 #8 Soft Fan
  • AC-230 Clay Carbon
  • SL-438 Snowflakes

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Pencil
  • BT-910 Synthetic Sponge
  • 1” Blue Masking Tape
  • 1” Sponge on a Stick
  • Tile or Pallet
  • Spatter Brush or old toothbrush
  • Pattern: Download