Picture of Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland

Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland

Take your serving ware for a walk on the wintery side with the Duncan® Oh Four™ Square Collection Platter, decorated in a wonderland of holiday colors from Concepts® Underglazes.


  1. Wipe ware with damp sponge to remove bisque dust.
  2. Use pencil and ruler to measure and mark a ¼” strip around inner edge of platter frame, then add tape just under markings on each side, pressing along edges to seal. Add strips of tape along inside edges of frame where dip in platter begins, sealing off ¼” section.
  3. Using the No. 4 Liner, paint three coats of Bright Nautical into the taped off section, letting dry between coats. Let dry and remove tape.
  4. Trace penguins and holly patterns on tracing paper. Place graphite paper on platter and position tracing on top. Trace over designs with pencil to transfer onto platter.
  5. Print desired name and year in favorite font from computer or freehand write on tracing paper. Center name on top rim of platter and year on bottom rim as shown. Transfer onto platter using graphite paper.
  6. Brush three coats of Light Nautical on the background area, brushing color up to the rim as shown and letting dry between coats. Use the No. 8 Round for the more open areas and the No. 4 Liner for tight spots around the penguins. Let dry.
  7. Use the No. 4 Liner to brush three coats of Bright Saffron onto the beaks and feet of each penguin, letting dry between coats.
  8. Paint head and body of each penguin with three coats of Black, leaving chest areas white as shown. Let dry between coats. Note: Leave an unpainted strip around the little penguins’ necks for scarves.
  9. Brush three coats of Neon Red on papa penguin’s bowtie, mama penguin’s apron tie and checkers, and baby’s scarf, letting dry between coats. Brush two coats of Bright Kiwi on child penguin’s scarf, letting dry between coats.
  10. Using Liner brush, make a few strokes of Light Nautical around penguins’ feet for shadows in the snow. Refer to photo. Let dry.
  11. Squeeze a dot of Pure White French Dimensions™ for the adult penguins’ eyes and outline around the wings. Dip the brush handle of the Liner brush in Black and dot the young penguins’ as shown.
  12. Using the Liner brush, paint holly berries Neon Red, leaving a small unpainted area in centers for highlight, then paint a fine line for leaf stem using Bright Nautical. Paint short brush strokes of Bright Kiwi for leaves using the “press-pull-lift” method. Brush in one coat and let dry.
  13. Fill in name and date with three coats of Bright Nautical, letting dry between coats.
  14. Use Liner to create crisscross lines for starbursts around platter rim with Light Nautical. Squeeze a dot of Pure White French Dimensions™ in the centers, then squeeze dots randomly around platter background to create falling snow. Let front of platter completely dry.
  15. Lightly sponge a coat of Pure Brilliance® Clear Glaze onto front of platter or use Fan Glaze brush if desired, being careful not to smear designs. Let dry.
  16. Use Fan Glaze to brush two good coats of Pure Brilliance® on backside of platter, letting drying between applications. Let dry.
  17. Stilt and fire to witness 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:


  • Foil or foam plate for palette
  • Potter’s sponge
  • Graphite sheet
  • Computer/printer
  • Pencil
  • ¼” Masking tape
  • Paper towels
  • Tracing paper
  • 12” Ruler
  • Container for water