Specialty Glazes Cactus Canvas

Designer: Elizabeth Carey


  1. Begin with properly fired cone 04 bisque. Moisten a sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust.
  2. Place AC-230 Clay Carbon Paper over the front of the canvas. Trace the pattern using the pencil.
  3. Mix SG-302 Snowfall with the palette knife. Using the Pointed Round, apply 1 thick coat to each section of the cactus.
  4. Mix SG-501 Sculpting Medium with the palette knife. Pour around ½ oz into AC-220 Detailer Bottle. Cut the top off of the Detailer Tip and screw onto the bottle. Squirt a line on the flower outlines. Squirt a line going around the oval on the top of the vase. Then Squirt the vertical lines on the vase.
  5. Using the Script Liner, dip into SG-501 Sculpting Medium and apply 1 thick coat to the oval at the top of the vase. The coat should be as thick as the line going around the section.
  6. Allow SG-302 Snowfall and SG-501 Sculpting Medium to dry.
  7. Squeeze around 1 TSP SC-89 Cutie Pie Coral onto the palette. Dip the sponge in the glaze and sponge around the edges of the canvas. Sponge down the sides.
  8. Using the Script Liner with SC-89 Cutie Pie Coral, apply 1 thick drop coat into the outlines of the flowers.
  9. Squeeze around 1 TBS of SC-10 Teal Next Time and SC-27 Sour Apple onto the palette. Thin each glaze with around 1 TSP of water.
  10. Using the Script Liner with thinned SC-10 Teal Next Time, apply 1 coat around the edges of 1 section of the cactus. Dip the same brush into thinned SC-27 Sour Apple and apply to the center of that section. Repeat for all sections of the cactus.
  11. Using the Script Liner with SC-24 Dandelion, apply 2 coats over the vase. Allow glaze to dry between coat.
  12. Using the Detail Liner with SC-15 Tuxedo, outline the design. Add spines to the cactus.
  13. Using the Script Liner and Soft Fan with CC-101 Transparent, apply 3 coats to the background. Allow glaze to dry between coats.
  14. Fire to cone 06.
  15. Using the Script Liner with SS-138 Flat Black, apply 1 coat to the background. Before it dries, wipe off with a damp sponge. You should be able to see the cracks in the glaze.



  • MB-1353 8×10” Clay Canvas


  • CC-101 Transparent (4 oz jar)
  • SC-10 Teal Next Time
  • SC-15 Tuxedo
  • SC-24 Dandelion
  • SC-27 Sour Apple
  • SC-89 Cutie Pie Coral
  • SG-302 Snowfall (4 oz jar)
  • SG-501 Sculpting Medium (4 oz jar)
  • SS-138 Flat Black

Decorating Accessories

  • AC-220 Detailer Tip and 1 oz Bottle
  • AC-230 Clay Carbon Paper
  • CB-404 #4 Pointed Round
  • RB-144 #4 Soft Fan
  • RB-104 #4 Liner
  • RB-106 #6 Script Liner

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Sponge
  • Water
  • Pattern
  • Pencil
  • Palette
  • Palette knife
  • Scissors