When I realized how easy it was to screen print on bisque tiles (see last Instructable's tutorial) I decided to try something more difficult, or I thought was more difficult. It was actually quite easy!
Ready to use EZScreen Sun & Moon silk screen stencil
Duncan Concepts under-glaze
Beveled bisque plate
Flat artist brush approx. 1.5" wide
Step 1: Painting the Plate
I started by painting the plate in an ombre style. I used a dark blue ceramic under-glaze slightly watered down and painted with a flat artist brush around the edges of the plate. As I got closer to the middle, I continuously added more white to the blue glaze. Three coats were applied.
Step 2: Screen Printing the Edges
I cut the Sun & Moon Ready-To-Use stencil to better fit the plate. Using a yellow under-glaze, I screen printed the stars in the stencil around the edges.
Step 3: Screen Printing the Sun/moon
I positioned the stencil in the center of the plate, took a few deep breaths, and screen printed the design using the same yellow as applied to the edges.
Step 4: Fixing Some Areas
Because of the serving style of the plate, some areas of the design bled or smeared near the curves. Next time, I would use a flatter plate or a smaller version of the Sun & Moon design. I fixed some of the smeared areas using a fine artist brush.
Step 5: Glazed and Fired
My piece was clear dipped and placed in a low-fire kiln for 24 hours. I was very happy with how my piece turned out, as this was my first time with with ceramics. Next time, I would use a darker color for the main design so it pops more. But that's how you learn!
Thanks for looking :)