Peony and Parakeet

Imitate Ceramic Art!

An art journal page by Peony and Parakeet. See the instructions on how to imitate ceramic art and ceramic tiles with correction pen and watercolors

A strange cat in the shadows.
Too many apples for the tree to bear.
A blackbird complains: Dry mouth!
Still, it’s a paradise: my garden.

This is an art journal page where I wanted to achieve two things:
1) imitate Scandinavian ceramic artists of 1940-1960s
2) write a poem and illustrate it

Scandinavian Ceramic Art

Annikki Hovisaari, a Finnish ceramic artistLet’s start with the artists: Annikki Hovisaari from Finland and Lisa Larson from Sweden. They are women who made beautiful ceramic art in 40s-60s. Annikki Hovisaari died in 2004 but Lisa Larson is still alive and she has a website too.

Me and my husband own a couple of Annikki Hovisaari’s work. We have bought those from antique fairs.

I found out about Lisa Larson in Scandinavian Retro magazine nr 1/2014. You can also see the best work of hers by searching from Google with the search term “Lisa Larson tile”

When I examined the work of these two artists, it was clear that a white correction pen would be perfect to imitate the lines. I made a couple of small pages by combining the correction pen with acrylic paints and PITT Artist Pens. However I was not fully satisfied with the outcome. These did not have the liveliness in color that I wanted to achieve.

An art journal spread by Peony and Parakeet

But after making these I realized how I would use the correction pen and what I would combine it with: watercolors! Here’s how you can create your own ceramic tile look!

1) Doodle with correction pen

Instructions on how to imitate the look of ceramic tiles, by Peony and Parakeet

2) Use watercolors for coloring

Instructions on how to imitate the look of ceramic tiles, by Peony and Parakeet

The correction pen works as a resist. You can watercolor over the white doodles. After painting add some water and wipe the paint off from the doodles.

3)  Add contrast and draw thin black lines

Instructions on how to imitate the look of ceramic tiles, by Peony and Parakeet

When you are done with watercolors, don’t stop yet. Add color variation and contrasts to doodled shapes. You can also work with colored pencils when finishing if it feels easier. Finally, take a thin black marker and add thin lines in the center of white doodles or both sides of the doodles. These lines will make your work look sharper and more dimensional.

Instructions on how to imitate the look of ceramic tiles, by Peony and Parakeet

Here you can see the difference that finishing makes. At this stage, I have also added the poem. Actually, my process began by writing the poem. I have discovered that if I want more depth in journaling, it’s better to write it first.

Have fun with this simple technique!

Instructions on how to imitate the look of ceramic tiles, by Peony and Parakeet

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20 thoughts on “Imitate Ceramic Art!

  1. How interesting! Thanks to you i discovered Lisa Larson’s art work and it is a revelation! I especially love her tiles with animals they are awesome! Thanks for explaining how you did your tile, i give it a try right now, it’s so temting! Best wishes!

    1. Jeanne-Sylvie, thanks! I am glad you like Lisa Larson’s work. They are simple, yet decorative! Have fun with designing tiles!

  2. I am so appreciative of the instructions for this technique. I really like the pictures of the process as well as your beautiful finished pages. You get inspired by the art of others, and we get inspired by you!

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