Ok, here is how the stamping works. I start out using a set of rubber stamps that my sister-in-law gave me for Christmas a few years ago. Little did I know how much I would use them!
First you start out by selecting what letters you’re going to use.
Then you dip the letters into the thinned paint. You can test on the tile palette before stamping on the piece you’re going to fire, but the beauty of china painting is that you can wipe it right off if you make a mistake. That is the bane of it too, though, with rubber stamps and oil-based paint. It’s very easy to slip and I often have to wipe off letters that smudge.
Next, you stamp onto your actual porcelain piece (or ceramic, in this case.) It comes out looking like this.
It’s actually not much to go on, and if you left the lightest parts as is they’d probably fire too light in the kiln. It’s more like a rough draft stage.
So then you mix a different batch of paint in the same color, using a different oil. This one is thicker than the stamping mixture. You dip a metal nib pen in it and trace over your lines.
This is what it looks like.
And here it is, all finished but still wet.
So that’s it! It’s a fun way of doing a project, but isn’t necessarily faster than other lettering.
In part 3, I’ll show you how calligraphy looks, which is a slightly different process.