Singing Bird Tile

Designer: Marcia Roullard



  1. Begin with properly fired shelf cone 04 Bisque. Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust.
  2. Cut out the body only of the bird. Place it onto the tile and trace around the outside edge.
  3. Using the CB-604 #4 Soft Fan, apply one heavy coat of FN-001 White to fill in the bird. Glaze just a little past the line so that when the paper is placed over the image it acts as a masking tool and the entire bird is glazed.
  4. Using the same brush and with just water wet the painted area and then press the paper bird on the wet glaze. Use a damp sponge to press down the bird making sure there are no wrinkles or gaps.
  5. Using the CB-604 #4 Soft Fan, apply two heavy coats of FN-001 White into the sky area and swirl in SC-65 Peri-twinkle.
  6. Apply two heavy coats of SC-65 Peri-twinkle to the remainder of the tile. Let dry.
  7. Wet the area where the stencil will be placed with the CB-604 #4 Soft Fan brush and water. Place the Bloom stencil on the left corner of the tile which will overlap the paper bird. Use a paper towel to press down the stencil to prevent bleeding.
  8. Use the sponge-on-a-stick to apply SC-31. Dab the sponge-on-a-stick into the glaze, then blot it off to the side. You don’t want blobs of glaze on the sponge as this is what causes bleeding under the stencil The Blues mixed with SC-65 Peri-twinkle to fade the color. Now apply the color with a light up and down pouncing over the stencil. Don’t try to get solid coverage with one coat, pounce the sponge several times for coverage.
  9. Use a palette knife to thicken SC-15 Tuxedo with AC-310 Silkscreen Medium to the consistency of peanut butter. With the shiny side down, place the DSS-018 Aviary- Small Bird screen on the space created from the paper bird. Rub the mixture over the screen from the center out to push the mixture through the silkscreen pattern. Repeat for the music notes.
  10. Fire to cone 05/06.



  • 6″ Tile


  • FN-001 White
  • SC-15 Tuxedo
  • SC-31 The Blues
  • SC-65 Per-twinkle

Decorating Accessories

  • SL-431 Bloom Stencil
  • AC-310 Silkscreen Medium
  • SS-018 Aviary – Small Birds
  • DSS-0124 Music – Notes
  • RB-144 #4 Soft Fan

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Palette Knife
  • Sponge-on-a-Stick
  • Pencil or water-based marker
  • Scissors