i apologise for some of the photography in this. the light pretty bad and im trying to take most of the pictures with one hand
if anything is unclear please dont be afraid to ask
for this tutorial i am using 'gare' under glaze and clear dipping glaze and a premade bisqueware teardrop bauble from country love ceramics.
step one. i prefer to decant the colours into smaller bottles with fine nibs (you can dribble them from a bigger bottle but this is easier ). since im using white as a background colour a larger bottle is fine.
tightly wedge the baubles onto the end of a pencil (alternatively the end of an old paint brush, a stick etc...as long as its wedged reasonably tightly)
wipe the bisque with a damp sponge and using a large brush begin to cover the area in your background colour (you would usualy leave the paint dry between coats, covering the area in three layers....this is not what we are doing
) keep going, work quickly and ensure the bauble is covered in wet paint.
take a Bottle of the same background colour and pour it over the bauble , covering it entirely (so it looks a bit like a giant melting ice cream)
if you have 'pits' like this gently smooth them with your finger. what we are trying to create is a smooth surface to marble onto.
add a few lines of your chosen colours. strong colours (black, dark blues etc) will be over powering in large quantities.
the fun bit
begin to twist the pencil (stick/paintbrush end etc) quickly in your hands or bang (firmly but not really hard or will break the bisque) either the pencil or the teardrop tip onto the work top to encourage the paint to begin to move and marble.
when you are happy leave to dry
i wedge the end of the pencil in an old cardboard box ( you dont want anything to touch the surface otherwise it will spoil your design)
once dry dip your bauble in a clear dipping glaze and fire.
for inspiration here are a few i made last year (they are addictive!)
[black and white (i marbled the paint with my finger on this one)
a bowl of blue and white baubles
black white and red