Snow Owl Platter

Designer: William Pulse



  1. Use a dampened Synthetic Sponge to wipe down the ware to remove any dust or debris.
  2. Using CB-608 Soft Fan to apply 3-4 even smooth coats of FN-301 Marshmallow White to the entire front and back surfaces. Let dry.
  3. Cut off the edges of the paper around the pattern with the Scissors. Use AC-230 Clay Carbon and a pencil to transfer the pattern. The detail in the leaves/needles doesn’t need to be individually drawn in, just draw in some movement lines to show the placement and direction of them. Save the pattern for later use.
  4. On a Tile or Pallet thin the all the E-Z Strokes excluding EZ031 to a brushing consistency.
  5. Use CB-310 Flat Shader side loaded (1/4 loaded) with EZ047 Thundercloud Grey to the inner edges of the pattern. Use the pattern for guidance. Notice that some areas around the inner edge of the owl is wider and heavier than others. Shade over the eye, the feathers around the beak and neck. Shade under each layer of wing feathers. Shade the leg and feet feathers.
  6. Starting with the bottom edge of the tail feathers, use CB-602 Soft Fan loaded with some thinned EZ047 Thundercloud Grey to apply color to the tail section. This color should fade out about the middle of the lower chest area. Shade the other wing sections as well with the same color fading the color as you move up the wing sections concentrating the color to the wing tips using CB-602 Soft Fan.
  7. Paint in EZ026 Yellow Orange to the iris of the eye using CB-110 Liner. Shade the eye with EZ036 Orange and thinned EZ011 Siena Brown. Paint in the pupil with EZ012 Cobalt Black. Paint in a line of EZ047 Thundercloud Grey over the eye using the Liner brush. Add a finer line of EZ012 Cobalt Black to accent the eye lid. Use some thinned EZ047 and EZ034 to paint in the beak and then detail and shade half with thinned EZ012.
  8. To paint in the markings in the chest and wing feathers mix a bit of EZ012 Cobalt Black into EZ047 Thundercloud Grey to darken and then thin with a bit of water. Paint in the markings in the wing and tail feather as well as the chest feathers using CB-308 Flat Shader. To darken these markings, use some thinned EZ012 Cobalt Black. You can always go back over an area with thinned color to further darken and area but it is hard to remove to dark of a color once it is applied.
  9. Apply a thin wash of EZ011 Sienna Brown to the branches and pine cone (oval) shapes using CB-404 Pointed Round. Do not paint the branches to the full end of the branch at this time. Detail the grain markings in the branches with EZ055 Brick using CB-110 Liner. Add a few detail lines of EZ010 French Brown keeping this color towards the lower half of the branches and finally add a thinned EZ012 line to the bottom edge of the branch. The pine cones use the same colors to add the detail in them. This detail is a simple line in an alternating layer of lines using EZ055 then darken slightly with EZ010.
  10. The leaves/needles of the tree are painted using CB-308 Flat Shader fully loaded with EZ-071 Dark Olive. To add depth, pick up some EZ-042 in the brush and stroke is some leaves/needles. Use the brush to the fullest when stroking in the leaves/needles. Some of the strokes are “C” strokes or side strokes with the brush. Vary the placement and stroke as you paint in the leaves/needles. Once the leaves/needles are painted use CB-110 Liner to add some branches back in between the leaves/needles. Break up this detail to make it appear that they are amongst them.
  11. Use a thin mixture of EZ047 and EZ012 to outline the bird and detail the feather separations using CB-110 Liner. Check the overall look of the bird to see if you need any accent lines or added depth to the feathers around the beak, chest and wing marking. Use this thinned mixture to add these details.
  12. In a small container, mix some EZ031 Light Blue to a 2:1 ratio of water to color. Fill the cup reservoir with color to test the air brush and color on a piece of scrap paper before painting the sky. You can cut out the owl portion of the pattern to use as a black out stencil to facilitate getting the color around the owl. Use a piece of blue masking tape to affix the cutout stencil so it won’t move during the air brushing of the sky. Once the reservoir cup is loaded and full, apply the color to the sky area of the platter. This may take 2-3 coats or passing with the air brushing color for color saturation. Make sure you use an approved protective face mask and the backdraft ventilation system when spraying the color.
  13. Stilt and Fire the Platter to Shelf Cone 05-06.



  • SB-103 Wavy Mug


  • FN-301 Marshmallow White
  • EZ010 French Brown
  • EZ011 Siena Brown
  • EZ012 Cobalt
  • EZ026 Yellow Orange
  • EZ031 Light Blue
  • EZ036 Orange
  • EZ042 Teal
  • EZ047 Thundercloud Grey
  • EZ055 Brick
  • EZ071 Dark Olive

Decorating Accessories

  • CB-110 Liner
  • CB-308 Flat Shader
  • CB-310 Flat Shader
  • CB-404 Pointed Round
  • CB-602 Soft Fan
  • CB-608 Soft Fan
  • AC-230 Clay Carbon

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Sponge
  • Water Bowl
  • Pallet or Tile
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Blue Masking tape
  • Pattern
  • Airbrush with air power source (You need to wear an approved protective face mask during use as well as a backdraft venting system.)