Block Printing with Underglazes on Bisque Tile
Printing is a very popular art form that is perfect for creating repeating patterns, images and designs. Printmaking techniques can easily be transferred into working with clay with the help of AMACO® Balsa-Foam® and AMACO® Underglazes, along with the many tools you already have in your classroom. This is the second technique in our lesson plan on printing and embossing with Balsa-Foam and underglazes.
Lightly sketch a design or image onto the Balsa-Foam® block using a soft pencil.
Carve the design into the Balsa-Foam® along the pencil lines by using wooden or carving tools. Varying the lines depths and widths will help make a more unique and interesting block. Be sure not to carve completely through the Balsa-Foam® block.
Using a sponge stippling tool, apply AMACO® Velvets or LUG Underglazes only to the high points of the decorated side of your Balsa-Foam® block.
Lightly press the block onto a bisque tile or flat section of a plate or bowl.
Apply Additional Colors
Multiple colors could be applied during the same printing.
Reapply Underglaze Before Each Printing
Re-apply colors for additional prints or to create a repeating pattern.
Once the underglazes are dry, clear glaze may be brushed on before glaze firing.
Paint, If Desired
Additional colors or underglaze highlights may be painted onto the design.