Tropical Fish Platter

Designer: William Pulse



  1. Use a moistened sponge to wipe down the bisque to remove any dust.
  2. Apply 3 smooth coats of FN-1 White to the top of the tray using CB-604 Soft Fan.
  3. To the edge, back and feet of the tray apply 3 coats of FN-19 Dark Blue using CB-604 Soft Fan.
  4. Using AC-230 Clay Carbon and a pencil to transfer the design outlines.
  5. On a tile put out some of each of the E-Z Strokes and thin slightly to a creamy consistency using a Pallet Knife. Mix some of the EZ101 Neon Yellow with EZ013 White to create a soft yellow.
  6. Starting with the gill and from the face of the fish paint in the top portion of the gills with the yellow mixture using CB-404 Pointed Round. Streak it in with the curvature of the gills. Fade this as you go up around the eye.
  7. Paint around the eye with some thinned EZ032 Peacock Green shaded with EZ035 Dutch Blue. Add final details around the eye with EZ023 Midnight Blue using CB-110 Liner keeping the lines very fine. Pupil of the eye is darkened with EZ024 Royal Blue Green.
  8. Use the brush loaded with EZ058 Poppy Orange to shade the face and below the eye and add a few spots over the eye as well. Darken the front of the face and a small area under the eye with EZ-057 Coral Red as well as the smaller spots over the eye. Darken the edge and some spots under and over the eye with EZ075 Passion Red.
  9. To the mouth area paint in some EZ032 Peacock Green and darken the upper lip with some EZ035 Dutch Blue and EZ024 Royal Blue Green.
  10. To the body behind the gill area apply some EZ002 Princess Pink and shade with some very thin EZ050 Pueblo Purple. Keep the purple shading light next to the gill area.
  11. To the body of the fish use a lightly moistened Silk Decorating Sponge loaded with EZ032 Peacock Green to pounce in the back and top area. Keep this color somewhat light in the middle of the body. There should be no hard delineation of the color to where the color fades to nothing. The color can be darker towards the back of the fish next to the tail.
  12. Streak in some thin washes of EZ032 to the top and bottom fins. You can apply multiple layers of the washes to darken areas and to indicate the sections to the fins. Darken the front and back areas of the top and bottom fins first with EZ035 Dutch Blue and accent further with EZ023 Midnight Blue. Add some spots of first EZ058 Poppy Orange in the top fin and darken with EZ075 Passion Red. Add some thinned EZ050 Pueblo Purple to the front portion of the lower fin. Shade over the Peacock Green area near the tail fin with some EZ035 Dutch Blue and darken with some EZ023 Midnight Blue. Add some very thin EZ028 Leaf Green color to the lower fin for some variation of color.
  13. To the tail fin paint in some strokes of EZ032 Peacock Green. Leave some white areas. Paint in a couple of spotted areas with EZ058 Poppy Orange and accented with EZ075 Passion Red. Darken the top and bottom edges with some EZ035 Dutch Blue and accented with some EZ023 Midnight Blue.
  14. To create the spots on the body, thin some EZ035 Dutch Blue. Paint in some random spots behind the gills, along the top and lower back portion of the body. After painting the spots of color, take a clean but slightly damp Silk Decorating Sponge and blot the color to lighten the spots if too dark.
  15. Detail the fish in a broken line using CB-110 Liner loaded with EZ023 Midnight Blue. Keep this line very fine and broken.
  16. Mix some EZ018 Chartreuse with some EZ011 Sienna Brown to create an olive color. You can make another portion with a bit of EZ028 Leaf Green to brighten the color. Paint in the bulbous portion of the kelp with the color and shade with the greener mixture. Use the ½” Dagger Brush to paint in the leaves of the kelp loaded with the olive mixture. You can tip the brush with EZ024 Royal Blue Green to create depth and shadows in the kelp when painting. Use the brush to paint in the kelp in a ribbon stroke.
  17. To detail the kelp, use the olive color darkened with some EZ028 Leaf Green and thinned EZ024 Royal Blue Green. Outline the kelp and pods with this darkened color using CB-110 Liner.
  18. Shake and Stir CG-722 Seawind. Pour out a teaspoon full into a shallow dish and wash the glaze from the crystals (like panning for gold.) Add some thinned S-2101 Crystal Clear Brushing to the crystals. This mixture should be very thin. Using CB-604 Soft Fan to brush on one thin coat of crystal mixture to the background areas of the pattern dispersing the crystals evenly.
  19. Stilt and Fire to Shelf Cone 05-06.



  • CD1287 Home Decor Tray


  • EZ002 Princess Pink
  • EZ011 Sienna Brown
  • EZ013 White
  • EZ018 Chartreuse
  • EZ023 Midnight Blue
  • EZ024 Royal Blue Green
  • EZ028 Leaf Green
  • EZ032 Peacock Green
  • EZ035 Dutch Blue
  • EZ050 Pueblo Purple
  • EZ057 Coral Red
  • EZ058 Poppy Orange
  • EZ075 Passion Red
  • EZ101 Neon Yellow
  • FN-001 White
  • FN-019 Dark Blue
  • CG-722 Seawind
  • S-2101 Crystal Clear Brushing

Decorating Accessories

  • CB-110 Liner
  • CB-404 #4 Pointed Round
  • CB-408 #8 Pointed Round
  • CB-604 #4 Soft Fan Brush
  • AC-230 Clay Carbon Paper

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Sponge
  • Water
  • OG901 Essence
  • Pencil
  • Red Fine Point Sharpie
  • Fluid Gold Writer Pen
  • Q-tips
  • Tile or Pallet
  • Pallet Knife
  • Silk Decorating Sponge
  • small shallow dish
  • Pattern