DIY Calligraphic Plates

One of my favorite design trends is calligraphy and handwriting on ceramic pieces. On a mission to create my own pieces I rounded up my materials. 

For less than $10 I was able to make my own artistic calligraphic plates with two simple materials -

  1. Inexpensive white porcelain plates available at any store that sells plates. I was able to purchase mine for $1.29 each.
  2. Black china paint intended for porcelain. I was able to find a Porcelaine 150 China Paint by Pebeo in Anthracite Black at Michael's for $5.99
Wash and dry the porcelain plates to remove any grease. Shake the paint pen well. Press tip repeatedly to start ink flow. Tip: Experiment with the pen before using. But don't worry the paint is removable if you make a mistake. Apply pen to porcelain plate. To ensure you are writing straight use removable tape to align your writing. After you are happy with your design allow it to dry for 24 hours. Bake plate in oven for 35 minutes at 150C (300F).

The great thing about designing your plates yourself is you can include personal elements. For me I included my favorite lyrics. It looked so great that Daniel even created his own plate with personal lyrics. You could always take this project further and create custom plates with names, illustration, or special occasion designs.


Editing Luke January 15, 2012 at 2:22 PM  

I really like the idea of using text as a pattern too - my bulletin boards are kind of like this. Cool project.

Anonymous,  January 28, 2012 at 8:05 AM  

You can't eat off of them though right? lol


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