Maiolica designs can be rather complex. It is easier to make matching sets by using the pouncing technique using a variety of patterns. Patterns created for the pouncing technique can be a single motif, a detailed design or a generic template. A pattern can be reused many times for such things as a large set of matching tiles or a set of dinnerware.
A single motif can be something as simple as a flower. Using a single motif pattern ensures all similar items on the same piece are the same size. A photocopier or scanner can be used to scale a pattern in order to decorate vessels of various sizes.
A detailed design is best for complicated designs or designs that may need to be reused. It is easier to draw on paper than it is to draw on a glazed plate or tile. A pattern prepared for pouncing like the one below can be reused to make a matching set of tiles.
A generic template is a geometric grid that helps with freehand decorating of a unique item. This is an example of a generic template used to evenly divide circular items like plates and bowls. It was drawn with a compass, ruler, protractor and a mechanical pencil. The circle of 360° is divided into even sections of 5°. It is useful to have generic templates in a variety of sizes. Small ones are useful to evenly divide the inside of a plate or bowl. Large ones are useful for evenly dividing plates and platters.