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Adventure in the Tropics

Take your creativity on a tropical adventure with the Duncan® Oh Four™ Snack Tray decorated in vibrant colors from Cover-Coat® Opaque Underglazes.


  1. Wipe plate with damp sponge to remove bisque dust.
  2. Pour puddles of Neon Yellow and Neon Green on one plate and Regency Purple and Neon Red on a second plate.
  3. Using Fan Glaze brush, paint random streaks of Neon Green and Neon Yellow on tray.
  4. Follow with streaks of Neon Red and Regency Purple in remaining areas, completely covering tray surface with brushes of color, making sure to let brushstrokes slightly overlap the adjacent colors. Let dry and repeat with two more coats, brushing the same colors over base coats and letting dry between coats. Let dry.
  5. Transfer pattern by placing graphite paper between tray and pattern. Trace over leaf designs with pencil.
  6. Reestablish lines by lightly going over with pencil if necessary.
  7. Using No. 4 Liner, paint veins in leaves using Rustic Red and Forest Green. Refer to photo. Let dry after first coat and reapply. Let dry
  8. Mix a little bit of Cobalt Crystal Black into the Rustic Red or Forest Green and float some shadow along sides of leaf for separation and to create dimension with the underlying leaf. Refer to photo.
  9. Use the No. 1 Liner to create a fine line of Cobalt Crystal Black along one side of center vein and along edges of leaves. Refer to photo. Let dry.
  10. Dryfoot on kiln shelf and fire to cone 06.
  11. Once plate cools, using Fan Glaze to brush one coat of Pure Brilliance Clear Glaze onto back of plate. Let dry then brush on a second coat. Let dry.
  12. Apply two coats of Pure Brilliance on front of plate, letting dry between coats. Let dry completely.
  13. Stilt plate and fire to cone 06.
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Posted by Suzie Shinseki

Suzie works as a Senior Designer at iLoveToCreate®. She has been involved with art since childhood, and her passion has continued throughout her life. She honed her natural talents by attending the Academy of Arts in San Francisco on scholarship, art classes at San Jose City College. She works with various media and substrates. You can find her masterpieces on painted signs, murals, people and animal portraiture, mold design, sculptures, ceramic projects and fabric paint designs. Her commercial endeavors include children’s coloring books, illustrative designs for bags, brochures and cards. Her exceptional illustration skills have brought her many jobs as a fashion illustrator for designers in Hong Kong and Hawaii.

What you need:


  • Potter’s sponge
  • Graphite paper
  • Foam or paper plates
  • Container for water
  • Pencil
  • Paper towels