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How To Tuesday: Rainbow Bowls

September 3, 2013

Brighten up your morning breakfast routine with these fun and colorful bowls! With this simple technique you will add a splash of color to your morning cereal.

Materials Needed:

  • Traditional Bowls
  • Medium Square Brush
  • Black Paint Pen
  • “Lazy Susan” Pottery Wheel
  • Glaze Colors: Hot Tamale, Tang, Lemon, Kiwi, Blue Yonder, True Blue, Grape


  1. Wipe down the piece with a damp sponge to make sure that no dust or dirt has settled on the piece.
  2. Paint the inside of your bowl three coats your favorite of any of the colors listed above.
  3. Place the piece upside down on top of the Pottery Wheel. This will allow you to turn the bowl and paint the entire outside without having to touch it. Paint the bottom and bottom rim the same color as the inside of your bowl.
  4. It may help, before you start painting the sides, to use a pencil to section off where your stripes will be first. You’re using seven different colors, so try to divide it into 14 equal sections.
  5. Starting at the base rim of your bowl paint a half-inch stripe down the side in Hot Tamale. Follow right beside it with Tang, followed by Lemon, then Kiwi, then Blue Yonder, then True Blue, then Grape. Continue around the entire bowl. Paint a second coat of each color. Allow to dry.
  6. Use the Black paint pen to draw lines between each band of color. This will help clean up any stray brush strokes from the previous step).
  7. Turn your piece back over and clean up the edges along the top rim of the mug by dabbing a sponge with your inside glaze color and then running it along the top edge. The sponge will help even out the pressure and give you a nice straight, clean line.
  8. Write your name or initials on the bottom of your piece with a paintbrush or paint pen. (Please note: Pen or pencil will not show up after the firing process.)

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