When I got married, my in-laws presented my husband and I with a set of dessert plates that were hand-painted by my father-in-law’s mother in the early 1900s. Every time I entertain and display the vintage plates, someone is astonished that the plates were actually hand-painted AND each one is a different design!
A few years ago, I noticed a resurgence of hand-decorated pottery being created at storefront pottery studios. These studios popped up in malls and even my little town had one.
When I read over at Apartment Therapy that they had teamed up with Etsy for a February Jump Start Project contest, I was intrigued. Then I saw this project with instructions for decorating your own tea set and it reminded me of my vintage set of hand-painted dishes.
This provided the inspiration for the DIY Decorated Dish project. Find your inner artist, use your imagination and you can create one-of-a-kind hand-painted plates at home.
What you need:
• Water-based marker.
• Damp cloth.
What to do:
1. Prepare the dish for painting by washing it and drying it well.
2. Sketch the design out on paper first. If you don’t draw, try writing a poem or a quote. Here’s some plate design inspiration from Etsy.
3. With a water-based marker pen draw the design on the plate or just start painting.
4. The paint will dry fast, so if you make a mistake repair it quickly with a damp cloth.
5. Once you finished your masterpiece, leave it to dry for 24 hours.
6. Bake in a regular oven at 300 degrees.