I had some idea for what I wanted before I went. The best advice I can give for painting pottery is arriving with some sort of plan, the last thing you want is painters block while your sitting in a kid-screaming-filled room. Just sayin'.
From looking around at other dog bowls and patterns, I knew I wanted a black and white herringbone design on the outside. I also love black and white with a hint of red somewhere.
Here is how they turned out: