Sunday, 9 August 2009

Making Ceramic Mural Art - African Mask

Hello everyone, as i promised I'm here back with the Ceramic Mural work.
I'm so happy that i completed my work and this was a gift to my sister. She is very much happy with my gift.

This work took almost 2 months to complete because of lot of delays and all. Anyways i felt very happy to see the completed work.

I would also be happy to share my Ceramic work with you all. This is a kind of an African art form with African masks and the real effect textures and all.

I hope you all will enjoy this work a lot.

So lets start with the tutorials. I hope you all wont be bored with the tutorials as its a too long one.

Materials used:

1. Whitening powder
2. DINK adhesive
3. Fevicol (White Glue)

If you have referred to my post on How to do Ceramic work on Cup?you might come to know what is DINK and the procedure to make it. But still i will let you know what DINK is all about.

DINK is edible gum crystals are available in small pieces especially meant for eating after being cooked. Brownish variety DINK is basically used for adhesive purpose.

You need to get 1kg of DINK grind it properly and make fine powder out of it. Now soak the powder in water. The water level and DINK powder level should be same, check out the next day and you can find it sticky and highly adhesive.

This was all he making of Ceramic dough.

Now to start with the actual making of Mural base. The Ceramic Mural base is made of plywood. I have used a reference for making the base. Using the base some cutout were made for the shapes and the same were cut on plywood.

Now arrange all those plywood pieces using hammer and nail. Yes some bit of Carpenter work too. :)

After you finish doing the base for plywood. Take Ceramic dough in required quantity and make it flat round any shape and plly it on the plywood shaped pieces.

Make sure you remove the excess quantity the comes out of the plywood pieces and the dough should be pasted on the all the pieces, or as you wish on some pieces.
On rest of the plywood pieces we can do some cone work as i did in some of the shapes.

Now I have the completed work. I can explain you what I did to get these effects. The colours are black, copper and golden colour effects.

Here i used some coloured stones on the middle big piece. The texture for four stick pieces on back side of Sun is some used doing old pen and toothpicks and just small quantity of ceramic pieces on the stick the and toothpicks.


Here the mask is made using a mask mould and some hand detailing too done to it.


One more mask using mould. This was the smallest mask i made for this mural.


Here the impressions are used with the help of some local tools. Let me tell you i used here is all kind of refills. Yes pen refills and unused pen. Bottom of some refills looks like a flower shape those are some of the impressions.


Here the complete work is cone work on all pieces. One piece is complete shells. with some gold powder effect. And rest all are tools and cone work.

Here the impressions are using knife. When the ceramic is not completely wet and not dry too. You need to give all possible impressions. If you want you can also use comb as one of the tool.. For that you need to use wet ceramic. It should not be a complete dough, should be a bit loose.


Here is a complete cone work with mask effect.


These all make my completed Ceramic mural with all those African mask art on it.


Note: The dough you make can be used for at least six months if you use it properly. Make sure you don't keep it open at all. It should be kept in wet cloth in an Air tight container. This will make your dough last for long.

I hope every one got an idea of making ceramic mural work. You can mail me if you find any difficulty.

Related Posts - Ceramic work

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Ceramic work on cup


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Anonymous madhavi said... of your best works :) just amazing and inspiring

10 August 2009 at 12:16  
Blogger Nithya said...

It looks awesome. superb work dear. you really rock. so much patience and love for art. I am amazed. Its such a huge and lovely piece. keep it going. God bless you.

10 August 2009 at 21:41  
Blogger farah said...

hi this is awesome. i have no words to praise your work . it is outstanding. the colours and combinations are great. what is the proportion of ingredients for your cone work?

11 August 2009 at 04:41  
Blogger Srigowri said...

hi reshmi,
this is amazing.mind blowing words to describe.lovely work.keep it up.

11 August 2009 at 06:28  
Anonymous Shalini said...

It looks really great..Its like a treat after a long gap.. You wont believe I went over the entire procedure just to understand how simple and difficult making this piece of art is!!!

Good WORK!!!

11 August 2009 at 08:43  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Reshmi,
The Gift you presented us, speaks itself???? the hard work you put in, the patience you have to create one, the unseen talent of creation you have, no words to say to appreciate your work.
This is a piece of love and effection you have given to us....every part of this mural work speakes the love , respect, and the highly dedicated effort.....
You can create wonders with this kind of art... go ahead , God bless you,
Satya, Abi, Dikhsika and Appu

12 August 2009 at 06:29  
Blogger Wedding-Calligrapher said...

This is amazing, and inspiring. I love it.

12 August 2009 at 11:05  
Blogger shanz said...

Very beautiful and fine detailed
I cant stop admiring it
well done

12 August 2009 at 11:24  
Blogger nagashree said...

Wow! this is amazing. You have tones of patience and creativity

12 August 2009 at 19:55  
Anonymous krithikaa said...

it is a wonderful job.god has blessed you with this talent of creativity.i this you must utilize it to its fullest.
i have a doubt,how was this wood shape was after nailing ? was it the same as the picture with no colour ie the skeleton.i am planning to try something similar.if possible can u answer in my mail id ''

14 August 2009 at 11:53  
Blogger dr.jyoti gupta said...

hey reshmi,creativity has no bounds.the art pieces are highly imterssive and complee finished effect.lovely pieces!

14 August 2009 at 22:06  
Blogger Pooja said...

REshmi i'm spellbound ! you have a great talent !

16 August 2009 at 04:42  
Blogger kiran said...

beautifull words actually.. :)

16 August 2009 at 23:47  
Blogger Rohan said...

Hi Reshmi,

That is great work.Keep it up.Looking forward to some more.Awesome.:)))))

Rohan Gokhale

17 August 2009 at 02:19  
Blogger Mitu said...

Nice work Reshmi..


23 August 2009 at 22:22  
Blogger Koks said...

Nice work.... keep sharing the ideas..


24 September 2009 at 07:18  
Anonymous poo said...

Hi Reshmi,
It is really very very good.I like it very much.I do such work but not so good, by watching ur work I want to do it. But it seems a difficult design if u've any simple one please send it to me on my e-mail id:-
on ur website

16 November 2009 at 04:18  
Anonymous Divya said...

Hi Reshmi,
the work u have done is wonderful...there is no word to describe the beauty of ur art...i m really impressed by ur creativity. I also have a doubt that how the wood u used in this art is shaped and which paint u used.

thanks for uploading
waiting for ue reply

4 January 2010 at 22:21  
Blogger nagalakshmi said...

Hi Reshmi,
excellent work...really love with this work.i do want create such murals,but no idea of material & how to pls send in detail the materials used,making procedure.
waiting for ur reply.

7 August 2010 at 02:59  
Blogger laxmi said...

Hi Reshmi,
gr8 with this work.can u pls send in detail the material used,making procedure,b'coz i'm so interested in this work,but have no idea of making.

will be waiting for ur reply..

7 August 2010 at 03:26  
Blogger santhi said...

Just great ican u please tell me what are those stones called?

1 October 2010 at 02:51  
Blogger Reshmi Nair said...

Shanti, those r un-cut stones u can get it in any art store.


1 October 2010 at 09:28  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great work.can u pls share how u made the mask mould.


14 October 2010 at 04:10  
Blogger Grishma said...

Hello Rashmi,
I loved this work alot. I want to gift similar kind of thing to my best friend. I m new in this area. Can you please tell me what material I need to make this and which colors we need to apply on this?

25 January 2011 at 04:47  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the site is really gud.......and it will surely help me to make those creative things in future or may even get me a prize in the scul.......!
thanx a ton and best of luck as u r progressing... :)

10 April 2011 at 04:12  
Blogger priyanka said...

great work reshmi ji
i want to ask u that can i use plaster of paris instead of whitening powder or ceramic powder?
or tell me any other powder which is easily available

22 November 2011 at 11:17  
Blogger Reshmi Nair said...

Yes u can use POP instead fo whitening powder

22 November 2011 at 19:56  
Blogger Proffesor said...

Great Work.... can u please guide for murals on siporex...pleeeease

27 April 2012 at 06:14  
Anonymous Ajay said...

Great Work.......
Can u please guide me about Murals on Siporex...pleeeeeease

27 April 2012 at 06:16  
Blogger Proffesor said...

Great Work.......
Can u please guide me about Murals on Siporex...pleeeeeease

27 April 2012 at 06:17  
Blogger neha said...

hi Reshmi,
good me moe about 3D ceramic murals...

8 August 2013 at 03:56  
Blogger JITIN RAWAL said...

Hi Reshmi ji
Could you pls tell where can I get the materialfor making DINK adhesive. I am based out of Delhi.
Pls mail me at
Thanks.... Jitin

23 January 2014 at 18:20  
Blogger JITIN RAWAL said...

Beautiful work Reshmi ji
Could you pls tell where to get material for msking DINK adhesive. I am based out of Delhi

23 January 2014 at 18:23  

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