Woodgrain Birdhouse

Designer: William Pulse



  1. Wipe down the bisque with a moistened Synthetic Sponge to remove any dust. Check inside for any debris as well.
  2. Apply 3 coats of UG53 to the roof panels and the lower portion of the birdhouse using CB-406 Pointed Round.
  3. Using the foam roller to apply (ink) UG-57 Spice Brown to ST-133 Wood Grain Stamp. Apply the stamp in a vertical application to the birdhouse. Repeat this process until the entire birdhouse base is completed. Vary the positioning of the stamp to where the pattern isn’t obvious in its repetition.
  4. Apply 1 good coat to the trim on the birdhouse front around the opening using UG-57 Spice Brown with CB-406 Pointed Round.
  5. For the panels on the roof you will need the Cardboard Tissue Tube. With the Scissors, cut it lengthwise to open it up, unroll to flatten. Cut slats in the one end about 1” in length tapering them slightly at the bottom edge.
  6. Use the Synthetic sponge to apply some UG-10 Crimson and then some UG-207 Flame Red to the slats on the cardboard.  Press the color side down on the cardboard towards the bottom edge on the roof panel. Repeat the application of color and print the shingle pattern up to the roof apex. It should look like staggered shingles of a roof when finished. Use the pointed blade of the Clean Up Tool to scratch (Scraffito) in highlights around the individual shingles. Remove any color debris.
  7. The trim on the roof and eave is UG-221 Cement applied in 3 coats using CB-106 Script Liner.
  8. Apply 3 coats of UG-10 Crimson to the ball and lower base trim of the birdhouse using CB-106 Script Liner.
  9. The flowers around the birdhouse opening are dots of UG-207 Flame Red using a large brush handle. Let dry.  The centers of the flowers are dotted in with UG-204 Orange using a smaller brush handle.The leaves are completed with the curved end of the Clean Up Tool.  Dip the curved blade into UG-220 Sage. Roll (rock) the blade where you want the leaf.  It’s best to start with the tip and rock the blade back forming the base of the leaf. A larger leave can be completed by double printing the leaf with the blade.The stems of the flowers are painted in with 1 coat of UG-31 Chocolate using CB-110 Liner.
  10. Fire the piece to Shelf Cone 03-04.
  11. Use the Blue Masking Tape to cover over the birdhouse opening on the side of the piece. Thin some S-2101 Crystal Clear Brushing in a Plastic Cup to a melted ice cream consistency. Pour the thinned glaze to the inside, while working quickly, rotate the piece to cover the inside surface. Pour out any excess glaze and let dry. Remove the Blue Masking Tape from the ware. Apply 2-3 coats of S-2101 Crystal Clear Brushing to the outside of the ware.
  12. Stilt and Fire the piece to Shelf Cone 05-06.



  • CD-1290 Birdhouse


  • S-2101 Crystal Clear Brushing
  • UG-10 Crimson
  • UG-31 Chocolate
  • UG-53 Silver Grey
  • UG-57 Spice Brown
  • UG-204 Orange
  • UG-207 Flame Red
  • UG-220 Sage
  • UG-221 Cement

Decorating Accessories

  • CB-604 #4 Soft Fan
  • CB-110 Liner
  • CB-106 Script Liner
  • CB-406 Pointed Round
  •  ST-133 Wood Grain Stamp

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Cardboard Tissue Tube
  • Scissors
  • Synthetic Sponge
  • Foam roller
  • Plastic Cup
  • Clean Up Tool
  • Blue Masking Tape