Modern Days Tea Time!

By  Sue Beckerton 

  • Modern Days Tea Time!


  • DecoArt Americana Gloss Enamels: Antique Gold, Baby Blue, Black, Bright Yellow, Burnt Orange, Burnt Sienna, Dark Chocolate, Hauser Dark Green, Hauser Medium Green, Honey Brown, Light Buttermilk, Primary Yellow, White
  • Brushes: FM Dynasty: Black Gold, Series 206: Shader, #4, #10, #14; Flat Wash, 3/4”; Chisel Blender, #8; Deerfoot, 1/4”; Round, #1; Script, #10/0, #1; Filbert, #8; Decorator Collection: Dry Brush, Series 200, #4; Mini Mop, Series 400, 3/8”, 1/2”
  • Tea Mugs (#6094), Cream/Sugar (#5061), Tea Bag Caddy (#6611), Sugar Packet Holder (#4589), Canister (#6684) from Maryland China


  • Tape, 1/4”-wide

Pattern - Modern Days Tea Time!

  • Artist's Tips
  • 1. When painting on ceramics, allow first coat to dry thoroughly before applying additional coats. To keep things moving, base one item, base next item, and so on. If desired, use blow dryer on low to force dry; allow surface to cool before adding additional paint. Do not apply much pressure on brush to avoid peeling paint. If using wet palette, use very little water on sponge. Use only fresh paint; do not use paint that has sat on wet palette overnight. When working with liner, thin sparingly with water and load more often. Use water sparingly to shade and highlight. Remove tape as soon as opaque coverage (second or third coat) is achieved, slowly peeling back onto itself.
  • 2. When transferring lettering, use light touch with stylus; new graphite may work best. Tape lettering pattern to ceramic and not on paint. Allow paint to cure 24 hours before erasing graphite lines.
  • Preparation
  • 1. Wipe areas to be painted with rubbing alcohol. Print out patterns. Use pattern and photo to free-hand background shapes. (Note: Graphite does not stick well to ceramic surface.) These are simple shapes and lines, so there is no wrong way of doing this.
  • 2. Use tape to line off shapes. Use wedge sponge to sponge largest background shapes, then use appropriate size brush to paint triangles, squares, rectangles, circles, lines, and dots. Use pattern as reference to basecoat shapes. (Note: Colors are referred to using their initials.) Use Black to loosely outline largest shapes.
  • 3. Use following colors to shade basecoated colors. Shade Hauser Dk. Green on Hauser Med. Green. Shade Honey Brown on Antique Gold. Shade Black on Dk. Chocolate. Shade True Blue on Baby Blue. Shade Burnt Sienna on Burnt Orange.
  • Canister
  • 1. Transfer teacup design. Base cup and saucer Lt. Buttermilk, tea Dk. Chocolate, and lemon Primary Yellow. Use Dk. Chocolate to shade cup and saucer; deepen with second coat. Use back-to-back float to highlight White down left side of cup and saucer; add comma stroke "chip" on edge of saucer.
  • 2. Use deerfoot to stipple Bright Yellow in center of lemon. Float Burnt Orange along outer edge of center; add section lines.
  • Flowers
  • 1. Use Hauser Dk. Green to paint stems and leaves; highlight Hauser Med. Green and add vein lines. Use filbert to stroke petals Lt. Buttermilk; shade Honey Brown around base of petals. Outline petal edges White then loosely outline. Use decorator dry brush to stipple centers Antique Gold; shade Dk. Brown along bottom edge. Use White to tap in dots along top of centers, and Dk. Chocolate and Black along bottom.
  • Wording
  • 1. Transfer lettering. Paint Black.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Allow paint to cure 21 days or allow painted project to dry 48 hours. Place in cold oven, set temperature to 325°, and bake for 30 minutes; turn off oven and crack open door. Allow project to cool before removing. (Note: Not intended for direct contact with food.) Hand wash; do not soak for lengthy time.