Picture of Mosaic Aquarium

Mosaic Aquarium


1. Center plate on banding wheel covered with a circle of shelf gripper for stability. Spin the wheel steadily with your left hand. With your right hand, hold pencil just touching the plate approximately 2" from the edge and allow line to form. If circles are misshapen and not equidistant from the edge, erase the line, recenter the plate and try again.

2. Position the drawing over the plate and tape in place on two sides. Slip a small piece of transfer paper under the design and trace. Using a smaller piece of transfer paper and moving it under the design will result in a neater and cleaner transfer.

3. For design areas that have layered color and still need readable line work, use the permanent marker to go over the lines. Redraw the scales before proceeding.

4. This step is most easily done in a standing position. Snip tape with scissors and overlap tape slightly. Press tape tightly to ware.
A. Tape a narrow border just inside edge of plate.
B. Tape the 2" border drawn from the banding wheel.
C. Visually divide plate in half and tape across center, wrapping tape onto back of plate.
D. Visually divide plate into quarters and tape across center.
E. Tape mosaic squares across center section as desired, no smaller than 1" starting with the vertical strips, then adding the horizontal stripes. Trim the tape neatly so there are no overhangs where ends meet previously applied tape.
F. Tape the border sections in each quarter From 2, 3 or 4 sections as desired.

5. Press the tape securely in place before painting, then paint as if the tape is not there. Use the round brush casually. For brighter color, apply Concepts heavily, even applying 2 coats if necessary.
Fish: Paint top of body and side fin CN 012 Bright Straw. Paint the head, fins, tail and lower body CN 032 Bright Butternut. Paint the lips CN 062 Bright Salsa.
Sea coral: Mix equal parts CN 291 Light Purple and CN 293 Dark Purple. Apply to sea coral. Let dry. Dip wood end of the brush in CN 062 Bright Salsa and make dots over coral.
Seaweed: Paint CN 171 Light Kelp.
Bubbles: Use all listed colors to make different colored bubbles.
Border tile: Paint the wide tiles Light Kelp and the narrow tiles CN 113 Dark Delft.
Water: Paint CN 113 Dark Delft, using water in the brush to make variations in color application. Slosh brush in horizontal strokes to simulate an underwater current.

6. Squeeze out a dime-sized puddle of CN 253 Dark Black. Wet the liner brush and do not shake off the water. Pull the entire length of the bristles through the center of the puddle, pulling out a line about 2" long. Repeat several times with bristles flexed and metal ferrule nearly touching the color. The brush should now be fully loaded and color should flow for several inches. Holding the brush perpendicular to the plate, outline the fish, pulling the brush toward yourself. Rewet, pull brush through color and reload after each stroke.

7. Practice scroll pattern with only water in the liner brush.
A. Paint a diagonal line. If desired, trace a 25-cent coin on each end.
B. Paint the rigth swirl in short lines.
C. Paint the left swirl in short lines.

When ready, load the line brush with CN 113 Dark Delft, following technique in Step 6.

8. Lightly mist plate with water to prevent chipping of paint. Using a sharp edge of tool lift off tape.  If any color seeped under the tape into the grout line, use a small flat brush dipped in clean water to scrub it off.

9. Dip piece in CN 2000 Clear, stilt and fire to cone 06.
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What you need:


  • Duncan Mold, Courtyard Platter (DM 2289)
  • Masking tape, 1/8"
  • Scissors
  • Banding wheel
  • Water mist bottle
  • Pencil
  • Clay Carbon paper
  • Sharpie® ultra-fine point permanent marker