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Old 02-09-2020, 12:16 PM
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Tips for painting on unfinished ceramic?

I bought some coasters from the art store that are meant to be painted on, but not sure where to start. They have kind of a chalky, dusty surface and will need to be cleaned... probably with a dry brush. But not sure if I should paint directly on it, or gesso first? Or even what to finish it with.

Anyone used this as a medium before?
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Old 02-09-2020, 01:20 PM
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Re: Tips for painting on unfinished ceramic?

I'd clean them , gesso ( to seal it a bit) and then paint, then a sealer or finish depending on use or exposure to elements..
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Old 02-10-2020, 02:12 AM
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Re: Tips for painting on unfinished ceramic?

If you're going to use them as coasters and want the original painting on them to last: polyurethane top coat, the hardware store should have it in a spray. If you like the challenge of changing them up once in a while, you can pretty easily soak the old battered paint off in hot soapy water, it will peel off in a layer. Scrub and start over.
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Old 02-11-2020, 12:08 PM
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Re: Tips for painting on unfinished ceramic?

Ah yes, polyurethane of course. Good tip.

I dry brushed them and applied a coat of gesso, we’ll see how it goes. Seems to go on smooth. Quite like these ones by Darice, got them at blick.
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