China Colour tests

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I’ve been running tests on my new china paints for the last couple of weeks, and I’m almost done! My plan is to finish and fire all my porcelain tiles by Sunday, so that on Monday I can go ahead and finally begin painting my new porcelain doll.

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I’ve been using white, matt porcelain tiles as ground for my paint samples. Saves me a whole tedious step of casting, cleaning and firing my own porcelain chips, which would have added up another two weeks to the testing phase. Why make life difficult for yourself when there’s an easier and better alternative?

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Also, tiles make it all look homogenous and organized, as opposed to loose porcelain chips.

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Aaaand as an added bonus, I’ve stumbled on another possible china-painting method with a quill, while labelling my colours! I’ll have to test it out more on an actual three-dimensional doll before I can try to integrate it into my own painting technique. I don’t know how this never occurred to me before!


Oh no-o-o! A firing casualty to fatigue fracture and thermal shock. On second thought, I think it’s now perfect.


17 Responses

  1. Ilona says:

    Simple. Genius. You create beauty even while organising and utilising. :)

  2. Merri says:

    It’s amazing to me how much ‘behind the scenes’ work goes into producing a porcelain doll, that most of us don’t even realise. Thanks for sharing and I agree, you create beauty even out of the mundane. :)

  3. Carolyn says:

    I love seeing the artistic process behind the creation of your dolls. So fascinating. Thank you!

  4. Anthony says:

    I love seeing the beauty in all you do… Even when creating something for reference or to make life easier, you take that extra step to make it as beautiful as it could possibly be!!! Never change Marina you artistic genius you ;-)

  5. Amal says:

    Is it going to be a colourful new doll?! Go on, give us some clues!! :D

  6. Amal says:

    Anyone know what is that mechanical spoon thingy in the first photo?!

    • Jacci says:

      i’m pretty sure its a weight and measure scale to get the right amount of color or paint mixture for each individual tile. instead of just slopping paint onto the tiles, with china paint being so liquid, its easier to measure it out and work from what’s in the dipper or “spoon”

      i’m totally guessing.

      • Jacci says:

        or its holding the ink for the quill, like what calligraphers use. again, guessing. it looks like its a vintage piece anyway. pretty cool.

        • Marina says:

          Bingo. It’s my ink holder for the quill. Nice work.

          • Jacci says:

            coolie, thanks. it took a second look to see it was sitting with the quill and ink. and that the liquid was ink, not paint.

          • Marina says:

            It is in fact black china-paint in the holder, Jacci, but it is diluted past the desirable goopy state which is required for brush painting, to the point when it becomes runny like ink. So, in a sense it is a ceramic china-ink.

  7. Jacci says:

    ah, ok. see, i don’t know anything about china paint. when i paint i literally use nail polish for my pieces.

    that makes sense though, that you would use a china paint to label your colored china paints. how else could it go in the kiln, ink can’t be put in there. i don’t even know what would happen, ink in the kiln. probably a fire.

    anyway, thanks for all the interesting info on the paints and your methods of getting them ready to use on this year’s dolls. i’ve been enjoying the creation of the case and the tile color pallet. happy painting with all the new equipment and dolls in the near

  8. Sonia Anne says:

    I am baffled here! Would not know, where to start here, with such a process, as this. Marina, you are amazing! Every time I go on your blog, I wonder what is new, in your unbelievably, creative mind! I wish you happy painting and a very successful and productive Year!

  9. Sharon Harmon says:

    Hello Marina!
    May I ask a question about your china paints? I see that your paints that have the name Willoughby on them. Are they similar to Seely powdered china paints? I have never seen Willoughby paints. I assume they have their own types of mediums to mix them with? The colors look very vibrant form the pastels to the darker range. Have you always used this brand? Thank you so much.

  10. sarah says:

    Oooh- I can’t wait to see who you are painting!

  11. Amber says:

    What medium are you using to dilute the paints? I’ve been using lavender oil and I’m just curious if its different.

  12. Anna says:

    I am just wandering around your blog wagging my tail!! I just love your process pictures!! I just love your work, :)

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