Talavera Inspired Gecko

Products Used

  • MB-714 Medium Gecko
  • SC-3 Wine About It
  • SC-6 Sunkissed
  • SC-8 Just Froggy
  • SC-12 Moody Blue
  • SC-15 Tuxedo
  • SC-16 Cotton Tail
  • SC-24 Dandelion
  • SC-71 Purple-licious
  • SC-84 Dee John
  • SC-88 Tu Tu Tango
  • FN-226 Squash Blossom
Decorating Accessories
  • CB-110 #10/0 Liner
  • CB-404 #4 Pointed Round
  • CB-406 #6 Pointed Round
  • CB-604 #4 Soft Fan
  • BT-910 Synthetic Sponges
Additional Materials
  • Pencil
  • Palette
Project Info
  • Designer: Musette Young
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Time: 2 hours


  1. Begin with properly fired shelf cone 04 bisque.  Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust.
  2. Using a CB-604 #4 Soft Fan, apply 2 coats of FN-226 Squash Blossom to the entire gecko.
  3. Use a pencil to lightly sketch a semi-circle into each of the gecko's eyes.
  4. Use a pencil to lightly sketch a design all over the gecko. To create the flower area, draw a small circle for the flower center, then five spokes that radiate from the circle. The spokes act as the center "spine" of each flower petal. For leaves and vines, draw a curving line for the vine, and spokes radiating out from the vine. Again, the spokes act as the "spine," this time for the leaves. (Remember that the pencil lines only act as a design suggestion.).
  5. Pour out dime sizes of all the Stroke & Coats onto the palette
  6. Mix a darker version of SC-84 Dee John by pulling aside a small amount of SC-84 Dee John, and adding a couple of drops of SC-15 Tuxedo, and mixing together.
  7. Flood each of the semi circles in the eyes with SC-84 Dee John.
  8. Using a CB-404 #4 Pointed Round, load the brush with water, touch the brush tip on a paper towel and then touch the tip into the darker version of Dee-John. Position the CB-404 #4 Pointed Round almost parallel to the outside of each semi-circle, and float the outer part of each semi-circle with the darker Dee John. This may require a couple of reloads of water/touch/touch with darker Dee John to accomplish the shadow look around the eye. Allow to dry.
  9. Load the CB-110 #10/0 Liner with SC-15 Tuxedo, and create a sliver center in each of the eye's semi-circles.
  10. Mix intermediate colors of greens by mixing either SC-16 Cotton Tail or SC-15 Tuxedo into a separate little pile of SC-8 Just Froggy. These will act as darker and lighter greens later on in the project.
  11. To place color onto the flower petals, start by choosing the round brush of choice. Dip in one Stroke & Coat color, tipping or side loading in another. Use a press/wiggle/pull lift stroke to fill each petal with color. Always start from the outside edge of the petal, and use each spoke as the center of each flower petal. Apply 2 coats to each Petal.
  12. To the leaves, use round of choice, dip in one of the Stroke & Coat greens, then tip or side load in another green. Starting from the base of the leaf, press/pull/lift stroke each leaf. If the leaf is not full enough, commit to another stroke next to the already created stroke.
  13. Using a CB-110 #10/0 Liner to pull in all of the vines and lines, using the color of choice. No need to rinse out the brush. Use the existing color in the brush and load into a different color, creating multiple colors through the lines.
  14. Once completed, allow the piece to completely dry.
  15. Stilt and fire to cone 05/06.