The idea of painting over existing patterned porcelain isn't a new one, but it's a really great concept. I am in awe of how easy it is to transform an old porcelain pattern into something contemporary and fresh. My favorite example has to be these hand painted ant dishes by German artist Evelyn Bracklow. They are so realistic looking and creative, I want all of them! But I've got my own stack of plates that need attention, so I'll just paint those instead.
Here's what you'll need:
1. Porcelain Dishes, wiped clean
2. Colorful Acrylic Craft Paint
3. Assorted paint brushes
I experimented with a few different stencils, but your success really depends on how flat the dish surface is. Most craft stores have a bunch of stencil options. I liked the Martha Stewart ones, especially this peacock feather silkscreen. Now, trying to paint clean lines on a dish with a curved surface isn't easy, so you'll have to practice a bit. But I had no problems with the taped designs. In fact, I prefer the simplicity and clean lines the tape provides. Just create a simple pattern with the tape and make sure the edges are sealed tight. Once the paint dries, carefully pull up the tape to reveal your pattern. Here, I tried simple stripes. I love the way the original blue floral pattern peeks through the vibrant yellow neon, but you could add more coats for an opaque finish.
|This triangle pattern was painted free-hand with gold paint and a fine paintbrush.|
|To seal the paint, spray an even coat of food safe shellac on the dish. |
Let the shellac dry completely before using, and only wash them by hand.
|Mix & Match your dishes, gift them, or even arrange them on the wall as art.|