Peek-A-Boo Raccoon

Designer: Marcia Roullard



  1. Begin with properly fired shelf cone 04 bisque. Moisten a clean sponge and wipe the bisque to remove any dust. Check the inside for any debris as well.
  2. Use some Blue Masking Tape to cover the holes in the side of the pail where the handles are attached.
  3. In a Plastic Mixing Cup mix some water into FN-009 Black to a melted ice cream consistency for rolling the inside of the container. While working quickly, pour the glaze on the inside of the container and rotate the ware for even coverage.
  4. Pour out the excess glaze and invert to dry. Remove tape and wipe off any excess glaze from the outside of the ware.
  5. Apply 3 coats of FN-009 Black to the bottom and top including the beaded trim on the piece using CB-604 Soft Fan or CB-406 Pointed Round.
  6. Use a pencil and AC-230 Clay Carbon to transfer the pattern to the ware. Do not transfer any of the detail in the raccoon or acorns. Use the scissors to cut the pattern if necessary. The Blue Masking Tape can be used to affix the pattern to the ware during the transferring. Note that all the colors used in painting the piece need to be thinned slightly to allow the color to flow easily out of the brush and for blending.
  7. Starting with the pumpkin top, load CB-406 Pointed Round with SC-97 Can’t Elope to paint in the tops of the pumpkin’s individual top sections with two coats of color. While the color is still wet, wet blend the rest of the top sections with SC-50 Orange Ya Happy down to the top of the raccoon. The lighter shade will be the tops of the rigid sections of the pumpkin blending down to the orange color. Use the brush loaded with color by following the individual shapes of the pumpkin sections. The two colors are wet blended to give a shaded effect.
  8. For the pumpkin bottom, start by painting in 2 coats to the “cut” sections of the pattern with SC-97 Can’t Elope using CB-406 Pointed Round.
  9. The sections of the pumpkin are painted with 2 coats of SC-50 Orange Ya Happy starting from the top of the cuts marks about two-thirds of the way down each section.
  10. Alternate the coats with SC-22 Carrot Top by starting at the bottom of the pumpkin sections, wet blending the color over the Orange Ya Happy about two-thirds of the way up each section.
  11. Apply 1 coat of the Carrot Top over each line of the pumpkin sections to darken slightly. Use CB-406 Pointed Round to apply 2 floating coats of SC-92 Café Ole to the raccoon excluding the “white” portions and “mask” areas of the face and eyes. Note the color placement on the pattern. Apply one thin coat of color to the nose. To the “white” sections around the mask and eye portions of the face apply a dirty watery mix of SC-92 Café Ole. Keep this color very light and thin. To the dark sections of the “mask” around the eyes, apply two thin coats of thinned SC-34 Down To Earth using CB-406 Pointed Round. This color should be dark and yet still be able to see through it slightly.
  12. Apply one thinned coat of Down To Earth to the markings in the tail.
  13. Shade the inner ear with some thinned Down To Earth.
  14. To the nose apply some thinned SC-15 Tuxedo using CB-210 Detail Liner to shade and give it contour. Do not paint in the nostrils; just allow the underlying color to peek through as the highlight.
  15. Paint in the eyes with SC-15 Tuxedo omitting the highlight in the eye.
  16. Apply 2 coats of SC-4 Salsa to the apple using CB-406 Pointed Round keeping the brush fully loaded and following the contour of the apple shape. Shade the lower one-third portion of the apple with SC-82 Tuscan Red from the bottom up by wet blending the color. Load the CB-604 Pointed Round with water and dip the brush in SC-39 Army Surplus to shade the leaves along the center vein and base of the leaves where they tuck in behind the pattern. Use the same method of shading to complete the rest of leaves with SC-25 Crackerjack Brown and SC-50 Orange Ya Happy. Shade the top one-half of the acorns with SC-25 Crackerjack Brown in the same manner as step 10. Shade the bottom half of the acorns with SC-14 Java Bean. To the acorn tops apply a thin coat of SC-34 Down To Earth. Use a moistened brush to wipe a highlight in the center of the tops. To the pumpkin stem, apply a dirty water coat of SC-39 Army Surplus and shade with thinned SC-25 Crackerjack Brown using CB-406 Pointed Round. To the branch apply one thinned coat of SC-14 Java Bean. Dot in the berries using the end of a brush with varying sizes of color using SC-22, SC-4 and SC-97. Detailing of the pattern is done with SG-401 Black Designer Liner. Keep the detailing as even as possible when painting in the lines. When painting in the “hair” detail of the pattern, keep the individual hairs short and contour them around the body. Refer to the pattern while painting the hair detail. Note the hairs in the “mask” will overlap onto the white sections slightly.
  17. Using SG-402 White Designer Liner to apply the “hair” lines on the white sections of the face mask. These hairlines will overlap onto the brown color of the body as well. Cut out the shape of the raccoon from the pattern and use a small piece of the Blue Masking Tape to adhere it over the painted section of the raccoon.
  18. Using a Spatter Brush or stiff Toothbrush loaded with slightly thinned SC-14 Java Bean and SC-34 Down To Earth to apply a light speckle over the piece. Keep the speckles light and evenly dispersed over the pattern. Try not to over apply speckles in one area over another.
  19. Apply 2- 3 coats of SC-15 Tuxedo to the handle fittings on the side of the ware using CB-406 Pointed Round.
  20. Apply 3 coats of S-2101 Crystal Clear Brushing over the outside portion of the piece over the pattern and background. Do not over brush the first coat of clear glaze. The clear glaze can overlap the black glaze on the edge of the can to ensure complete coverage.
  21. Stilt and Fire the piece to Shelf Cone 05-06.
  22. Use a piece of heavy gauge wire to form the handle of the container.



  • MB-1404 Can-It Gallon Paint Can


  • SC-4 Salsa
  • SC-14 Java Bean
  • SC-15 Tuxedo
  • SC-22 Carrot Top
  • SC-25 Crackerjack Brown
  • SC-34 Down To Earth
  • SC-39 Army Surplus
  • SC-50 Orange Ya Happy
  • SC-82 Tuscan Red
  • SC-92 Café Ole
  • SC-97 Can’t Elope
  • FN-009 Black
  • SC-2101 Crystal Clear Brushing
  • SG-401 Black
  • SG-402 White

Decorating Accessories

  • CB-110 #10/0 Mini Liner
  • CB-220  Detail Liner
  • CB-404 Pointed Round
  • AC-230 Clay Carbon

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Pencil
  • BT-910 Synthetic Sponge
  • Scissors
  • Spatter Brush or Firm Toothbrush.
  • Tile or Pallet
  • Blue Masking Tape
  • Plastic Mixing Cup
  • Pattern: Download