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Ceramic Painting Guide

Welcome fellow painter to your quick start guide to painting ceramics!

Continue scrolling on this page for the basics or explore my how to & top tips page. Perfect for both beginners & those looking to take their painting to the next level! 

(Jump to colour mixing guide)

A few quick things to note before you get any arty project underway:

  • Putting a protective cover over your work surfaces (including the floor depending on the type of painter you are) & of course yourself is a must for when your creative juices really start to flow!

  • Despite appearances my paint (& packaging) aren't very tasty, so don't put them in your mouth.

  • Painting is fun for all, as long as you're over 3 years (due to small parts) & it's highly recommended that any children painting have adult supervision. Don't let the kids have all the fun.

  • If you do get in a mess don't worry. All of my paints are water soluble so can be cleaned with warm soap & water whilst still wet!

Now get those brushes out & get Painting!  

Painting can seem like a daunting task when faced with a blank canvas, even if that canvas happens to be a giraffe shaped ceramic.

Never fear because the best thing about painting is there is no wrong way of doing it. If you'd like to paint your ceramic true to life (meaning you're painting a tiger orange & black) then by all means go for it. My nature creations page or Google images is a great source of reference for wildlife photos. Getting all those details & markings up close.

If you have a favourite pattern or colour then again, nothing is stopping you. I've been known to paint a purple elephant in the past & a floral furred bunny too!

If you're really stuck then feel free to check out the inspiration gallery, which is chock full of pics shared by customers & myself, showcasing how they've chosen to paint their item. The bottom line is to have fun & paint your way.

For those of you who are looking to expand your colour palette then this is just for you. Within my paint strips you're supplied with every colour needed to make any colour you'd like. They are fully inter-mixable so feel free to experiment. Below is a colour mixing guide to help you on your way to having the whole rainbow at your painting fingertips.

Colour Mixing Guide

Colour Mixing Guide
Colour wheel  for paint mixing

Red, blue & yellow are your primary colours (cannot be made by mixing other colours). These 3 primary colours can be mixed together to get secondary colours such as orange (when red & yellow are mixed).  That's it, that's the basic principle of colour mixing. See below for a colourful diagram.


You can go more advanced by mixing different quantities of 2 colours to alter the shade you make. E.g. If mixing orange you can add more red to create a burnt orange shade or more yellow to produce a 'yolky' orange. Use white to lighten shades, black to darken (use a very small amount at a time!) and if you mix all 3 primary colours together you get brown.


There are much more advanced colour mixing guides out there if you want to dive into it, but for the purposes of knowing enough to get you started & it still being fun, this should set you on the right track.

Red (Primary Colour)

Yellow (Primary Colour)

Blue (Primary Colour)

Orange (Mix red & Yellow)

Greens (Mix yellow & blue. Add more yellow for a grassier green or more blue for a teal)

Purples (Mix red & blue. Add more blue for a deeper purple or add more red for a plum)

Don't forget when you're done painting to share your creation & get it added to my inspiration gallery.

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