Designs to Paint on Pottery

Does anyone know where I can get pictures or designs to paint onto blank pottery plates or platters? I buy the fired bisque plates and then paint pictures with ceramic paint and get them fired. Fruit and vegetable or floral ideas are effective. Maybe some ideas for Christmas?

Susan from Durban

October 31, 20070 found this helpful

Could you use stencils? WalMart has lots of them in all sizes and designs in their crafts department.

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October 31, 20070 found this helpful

Just noticed your address. Durban's in South Africa? I guess you don't have WalMart there, do you? You can get stencils in any crafts store, I think.

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October 31, 20070 found this helpful

if they are clear see through plates why not put christmas themed paper napkins that lay underneath inorder totrace the design and then paint. so many nice ones at the dollar stores like lite candles, holly and berries, wreaths, poinsettas, and more.

or even some christmas wrapping paper or cards and do the same thing.

last year I painted on my front glass door using that method of transfer from coloring book pages of snoopy from peanuts on his doghouse with christmas lights strung around it. my grandson loved it. I used acrylic paints. when i want it removed i just spray with windex then wipe off.

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November 1, 20070 found this helpful

Depending on how detailed you want to get, any line drawing would do, try googling coloring pages for fruits and vegetables. If you can get Dover Publications, they have some great books full of detailed line drawings of all kinds.Online ordering at

Use the kind of carbon paper u use when copying designs on wood(any wood or hobby store should carry it) on the back to trace design onto bisque. It should fire off just fine, or use plain pencil lead and coat the back of the design with a thick layer of lines, then place where desired on bisque, tape on, trace with dry pen or stylus.

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November 4, 20070 found this helpful

Search for Clip-art designs on the web. You will get more ideas than you'll know what to do with. I started embroidering last year and got scads of ideas to get me started and others I am striving to get good enough to attempt!

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January 9, 20090 found this helpful Hand made painted pottery :)

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