Handpainted ceramic tiles design ideas

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Handpainted ceramic tiles design ideas template

Handpainted ceramic tiles are a traditional Chinese porcelain art form, known for their colourful colours and exquisite patterns.

In this blog we will discuss the design ideas of handpainted ceramic tiles, including the choice of materials, pattern conception, and the use of colours, aiming to provide some guidance and inspiration for artists.

1. Glaze: the glaze of handpainted ceramic tiles is one of the keys, the commonly used glazes are mason jar glaze, loess glaze, quartz glaze and so on. Artists can choose the right glaze according to their own creative needs to achieve the desired effect.

2. Porcelain plate: Porcelain plate is the carrier of handpainted ceramic tiles, common porcelain plate has white porcelain plate, celadon plate, black porcelain plate and so on.
Each kind of ceramic tile has its own unique texture and characteristics, the artist can choose the appropriate ceramic plate according to the theme and creative intent.

3. Theme selection: In the design of handpainted ceramic tiles, theme selection is crucial. Artists can start from the natural landscape, figures, traditional culture and other aspects, through the pattern to express their creative ideas.

4. Pattern composition: The pattern composition of handpainted ceramic tiles should pay attention to the balance and sense of hierarchy. Artists can use symmetry, repetition, mirroring and other techniques to build an interesting pattern structure, and at the same time pay attention to the formation of contrasts between light and dark and a sense of rhythm in the whole picture.

5. Detailed treatment: handpainted ceramic tiles pay attention to the treatment of details, the artist needs to pay attention to every detail of the performance, precise and delicate depiction.

6. Colour matching: Artists can use rich colours to express emotions and atmosphere in the creation of handpainted ceramic tiles. In terms of colour matching, they can choose strong contrasting complementary colours or gradient colours of similar shades to increase the visual impact of the picture.

7. Colour levels: Artists can make the picture richer and more diversified through the use of colour levels. You can use the light and dark changes in colour, the contrast between warm and cold colours and the transition of hues and other techniques to show the three-dimensionality and layering of the picture.

8. Glistening effect: The uniqueness of handpainted ceramic tiles lies in its glistening texture. Artists can use transparent glazes and clever brushing techniques to create this glistening effect.

9. The use of lines: the artist can use different thicknesses of lines to express the texture and outline of the picture, but also through the interlacing of the lines, back to increase the dynamism of the picture and interesting.

10. Embellishment elements: Artists can add some embellishment elements, such as flower petals, leaves, snowflakes, etc., to increase the vividness and interest of the picture.

Before firing, all the coloured glazes are shades of orange. During the whole process of creation, the real colours cannot be reflected on the porcelain plate, and need to be transformed through observation and imagination, and only after leaving the kiln can we appreciate the real face of the work’s splendour and colourfulness, and therefore destined to make each piece of work unique.


This article summarizes the design ideas of handpainted ceramic tiles, including the choice of materials, pattern conception, use of colours and creative techniques.

It is hoped that artists in the creative process according to their own needs and creative intent, the use of these design ideas, to create more exciting works. handpainted ceramic tiles as a unique form of porcelain art, will continue to be inherited and developed, to bring people more beauty to enjoy.