are a transparent, very fine yet very strong porcelain tile. The
smaller tiles are cut with a Laser and the edges are perfectly
straight. The larger tiles are cut by hand with a diamond saw and
some edges may not be perfectly straight. It is recommended these
larger pieces be framed. The larger sizes are also a little thicker
than the smaller tiles and not so transparent.
Canvas tiles have a satin look and can
be painted with our porcelain paints and enamels in exactly the same
manner as we paint our glazed porcelain. Either side can be painted
on. Lustres will not fire shiny as
they require a glaze to show up their beauty.
Porcelain Canvas tiles are excellent for beginners as there is more
grip when painting.
Porcelain Canvas is best fired at a lower temperature – about 750
deg Celsius. No need to fire to 800
deg. Stand in plate rack or lay flat on
your kiln shelf. Laying flat is my preference.
will tolerate multiple firings. Bring the kiln up slowly and a
slow cool down. They will take a high firing. I took a test piece
up to 1200 deg C and it fired perfectly.
Colours: All colours fire well except Brown Greens as they have a
tendency to fire brown. This can be a good look on leaves. I also
have this problem with the brown greens on bisque porcelain. Pure
greens should be okay but if in doubt TEST FIRE
first rather than ruin that "masterpiece".
Sketch design on with a fine lead pencil very lightly.
It should fire out if not applied too heavy. Do NOT
use your graphite pencil. If you want
to take pencil off prior to firing, use a cream cleanser (such as
Jiff) very gently and rinse in water.
finished painting could be a little patchy. If so, wash over with a
Magnolia glaze. Be careful if you have reds in your painting as if
fired too high they could fire out.
Another alternative to the Magnolia Glaze (if you don't wish to do
another firing) is to spray the finished, fired canvas with a light
application of a spray sealer. DO NOT fire after applying the
sealer. I prefer this method to finish my canvas.
will also even up any patchy areas and leave your canvas looking
very professional. The spray sealer I recommend is “MICADOR” and
can be purchased from most art shops. There are two types – Crystal
Clear and Matt. The Crystal Clear gives a
shiney surface to the finished Canvas and you will find your
colours have more clarity and brightness.
Lovely for reds. The Matt Micador
Spray will leave a matt look to your canvas.
Decals can be applied. I would recommend warming up the canvas
first and floating the decal off in warm water. When applying,
be very careful to smooth all air bubbles out with a soft dry
cloth. A little more care is required than on our highly glazed
Acrylics and oil paints also work well on these tiles.