PORCELAIN CANVAS - The tiles
are a transparent, very fine yet very strong porcelain tile. The smaller
tiles are cut with a Laser and the edges are perfectly straight. The larger tiles are cut by hand with a diamond
saw and some edges may not be perfectly straight. It is recommended these larger pieces be
framed. The larger sizes are also a
little thicker than the smaller tiles and not so transparent.
The Canvas tiles have a
satin look and can
be painted with our porcelain paints and enamels in exactly the same manner as
we paint our glazed porcelain. Either side can be painted on. Lustres will not fire shiny
as they require a glaze to show up their beauty.
Porcelain Canvas tiles are excellent for beginners as there is
more grip when painting.
Firing: Porcelain Canvas is
best fired at a lower temperature – about 750 deg C. No need to fire to
800 deg. Stand in plate rack or lay flat on your kiln shelf. Laying flat is my
They will tolerate multiple firings.
Bring the kiln up slowly and a slow cool down. They will take a high
firing. I took a test piece up to 1200
deg C with no problems
Colours: . All colours fire well except Brown Greens and
some Reds. Some Greens have a tendency
to fire brown. This can be a good look on leaves . Pure greens should be okay but be careful as
some Yellow Greens have brown in them. If in doubt TEST FIRE
first rather than ruin that "masterpiece". I also have
this problem with the brown greens on bisque porcelain.
Reds: Begin with Orange
Red e.g. Yellow Red and shade with Waratah Red or Blood Red.
Basically, stay with clean clear colours for the first firings
Sketch design on with a fine lead pencil very lightly. It should fire
out if not applied too heavy. Do NOT use your graphite pencil. If you want to take
pencil off prior to firing, use a cream cleanser (such as Jiff) very gently and
rinse in water.
The finished painting could be a little patchy. If so, wash
over with a Magnolia glaze. Be careful if you have reds in your painting
as if fired too high they could fire out.
Another alternative to the Magnolia Glaze (if you don't wish to
do another firing) is to spray the finished, fired canvas with a light application
of a spray sealer. DO NOT fire after applying the sealer.
I prefer this method to finish my canvas.
This will also even up any patchy areas and leave your canvas
looking very professional. The spray
sealer I recommend is “MICADOR” and can be purchased from most art shops. There are two types – Crystal Clear and
Matt. The Crystal Clear gives a shiny
surface to the finished Canvas and you will find your colours have more clarity
and brightness. Lovely
for reds. The Matt Micador Spray will leave a matt look to your canvas.
Decals can be applied. I would recommend warming up the
canvas first and floating the decal off in warm water. When applying, be very careful to smooth all air bubbles out with a
soft dry cloth. A little more care is required than on our highly
Acrylics and oil paints also work well on these tiles.