DIY Plates with hand-Painted Minimalist Patterns // Love entertaining and having people over? Head on below to get some inspiration on leveling up your entertaining game by introducing some fun patterned plates on the table. Everything served on a fun plate looks all the more delicious! (But don’t serve your guest paint brushes, kay, this just for the photo shoot, kay?)
Have you ever tried Martha Stewart’s Multi Surface Satins on ceramics, like plates, or stuff like that? Tell me how that went for you in comments, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this… Here’s how I used these paints (or actually just the black, but same same) to make these awesome patterns on my otherwise plain white and well, boring, plates.
I’ve stumbled upon these plates that are the perfect size, shape & price – 1 euro each, and I only got 2 cause they are cheap, but also I’m kinda broke at the moment, so… Hey hey, c’mon, now don’t feel bad about me, it’s kinda on purpose, I have a plan, and a (great) sense of humor, so.. It’s all good, c’mon laugh now, yes?
Anyways… I actually bought them with a firm intention to turn them into more fun/less boring, spice things up on the dining table, know what I mean? And I’ve been kinda convinced that the paints from Martha Stewart I already have will get the job done. I wasn’t sure about the part after painting them, tho, like what’s gonna happen when I wash the plates, will the color last, and how about washing them in the washing machine..? Had a lot of questions, and decided to try and answer them all.
First, how I actually wanted them to look? I am a fanatic about colors, I love them all, and I can’t pick a favorite (okay, but red is definitely my least favorite for some reason). But I also love keeping things, at least some, kinda neutral, minimal, you know, so that it’s easier to pair them with other (colorful) stuff later on. So, trying to make a decision a little quicker (besides broke, I can sometimes be indecisive, and I’ve just realized, my dating profile, should I ever decide to have one, will not look goooood – with a little high-pitched emphasis in the o’s there), I went for simple black patterns. Head on below for the What-s and How-To-s.
DIY Plates with Hand-Painted Minimalist Patterns.
– Martha Stewart Multi Surface Satin Paint
– Brushes (Thin and Thick)
– Jar with Water
– Painting Palette or what have you
– Toilet or something something (you’ll need this for corrections and shit)
– Masking Tape or Washi (in case you only want a certain area to be painted)
– Beer cause, you know, beer’s good.
the Not-So-Straight Lines Plate.
Dip you thin brush in the color and start “drawing” a somewhat straight line. Don’t you worry at all about your lines not coming off entirely ruler-straight, that’s not the point here. Do this until your plate looks like you wanted it. Let it dry at least 2 hours before doing anything with it.
the Black Brush Patterns.
Easy as fuck. You’ll need a, let’s just say, medium thick brush. Dip it in the paint (of course it doesn’t have to be black, duh) and then just start making the patterns with it. Do I need to explain this step more? Kinda don’t think so, it’s super duper simple!
Tip 1. In case you accidentally messed the lines up (like on the photo below), just grab the toilet or paper tissue, make like a little hat on your index finger with it, and with the help of your nails gently wipe the extra paint. This is of course only possible while the paint is still wet, so make sure to check for unwanted paint marks as you go.
Tip 2. I’ve searched tons of instructions out there for using these paints on ceramics, like what to do after, how to wash them without the color coming off. I really don’t remember where I read this, but it said that you can either leave the painted objects for around 21 days (this is the amount of time the paint needs so that it’s nicely settled it, for like ever)… Or, another option was to bake the plates. For some reason, I decided to just leave them air dry completely for the suggested number of days (more or less). I actually first tried washing them with hands (several days after I’ve painted them) and some of the lines did wash off, which kinda pissed me of to be honest. So, I corrected the lines, and then let them just dry on their own.
To try if this 21 days thing works, I decided to wash the plates in the washing machine (actually just the brush patterns, cause those are much easier to do, again, obviously). I was thrilled beyond reason when the machine finished and I took out my plate with the patterns undamaged. So, the 21 days thing worked! Yay!
What d’you guys think? I encourage you to give this a try, and then come back here and share how that went!
Also, here’s yet another awesome DIY I did using Martha’s paints.