HOW TO PUT YOUR ART ON CERAMICS

My trainticketart on ceramics – but first – New stickers for Autumn/Halloween!

I’ve just designed this set of bright but spooky watercolour Hallowe’en planner stickers. They are for sale over on Etsy.

Planner stickers for halloween

Lots of bats and black cats!

So far, I have only sold planner stickers in my Etsy shop but yesterday I grouped five of them (including the halloween ones) into one package and am selling it on Creative Market.

5 sets of planner stickers in contrasting colours

5 sets of planner stickers in contrasting colours

 

To reflect the trend for bigger, brighter photos in blogs, I have also rewritten my tutorial How To Make A Concertina Book and replaced the photos with better, larger and hopefully clearer ones.

And so to the ceramics…

If you’ve been following me on Facebook  or Instagram, you’ll know that I have some of my trainticketart in another Diverse Manners exhibition in the Riverfront Arts Centre in Newport for the next 3 weeks – but it is a bit different this time.  When we were in France (see previous post), we were staying near Limoges, a famous porcelain making area, so of course we had to visit one of the factory shops!

I bought ten white porcelain door plates which I thought would be great to put some of my train ticket art on to.  This was my process: 

  1. I scanned the artwork into my computer at a high resolution (1200dpi). I selected 10 of these, cropped to the correct size.  I then boosted the levels in Photoshop to enhance the colour saturation and placed them all together on one A3 sized document.  There was some space left so I added a tile sized piece and some strips to fill the sheet completely. You pay for a whole A3 sheet so you might as well get as many ceramics as possible!  
  2. I then uploaded it to Digital Ceramics in Stoke on Trent (my home town). They printed it on ceramic decals and sent it back to me within 3 days.  I was very impressed with their service!
  3. I took the sheet and the porcelain doorplates to my friend Fiona at Barefoot Ceramics. She is a fellow member of Diverse Manners.  She showed me how to float the decals off the backing paper and smooth them over the doorplates and tiles.  This done, she fired them for me.  They were a great success and I think look impressive as ceramics.
ceramic doorplates with images of beach huts, screwed to wooden batons

To exhibit them, I screwed them on to a wooden baton that I’ve painted to look like weather worn seaside fences.

Here are some photos of the results.  I used several train tickets which have a beach hut theme.  Screwing them to the batons was the hardest part!

chaotic table with a lot of mess

See the chaos on my work table? Screwing things isn’t my strong point! Blood, sweat and tears is more to the point.

The exhibition is on until 22 October.  We have an open afternoon this Saturday 8 October from 2pm to 4pm to meet the artists.  If you are in the area or fancy a trip to South Wales, do pop in and introduce yourself.  You can see some of the other artwork on the Diverse Manners Facebook page.

exhibition of trainticketart on door plates and tiles

Here they are hanging in the gallery in the Riverfront. To the left are the original train tickets (I had to rush home to get another to fill the gap!). To the right are the tiles in box frames.

Hope to see some of you there!

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