Canadian self-proclaimed “plate artist” Jacqueline Poirier, aka The Crazy Plate Lady, uses plain white plates as her canvas for pop culture-inspired paintings of food, animals, celebrity and character portraits, and more. Poirier’s plate paintings have become such a sensation that she’s now the Resident Artist at the Ritz-Carlton, Toronto.
When it comes to purchasing dish ware, there’s no doubt that white is reached for more so than graphic and colourful alternatives. Seen as a classic and safe option, the white dinner plate is a staple household item.
When we look to introduce splashes of colour to our homes, we often overlook items that aren’t frequently displayed. No longer! It’s time to bring out (or purchase another cheap set) those white plates and give them a new lease of life! Eden from Sugar & Charm uses porcelain paint with a paint thinner on oven-safe porcelain plates to create these eye catching addition to anyones homeware collection.
You will need:
Water-based porcelain paint
Porcelain oven-safe plates
Small glass jars for mixing
Add a small amount of color into each glass jar. Then add in the thinner until you reach a watercolor consistency. Mix using a wooden stick or spoon.
Using a dropper and brushes, drop the paint onto a clean plate. Swirl, brush, dot… use whatever technique you want to achieve your desired look!
Let the plates dry for 24 hours.
Once the paint is dry, bake for 35 minutes in a 300 degree oven.
They will be fully cured and ready to use. Also, your DIY watercolor plates will be microwave and dishwasher safe!
The options of patterns and colour combinations are endless, and regardless of what you choose the textural effect is simply heavenly.
A belated Christmas gift arrived today! I cannot get over how cool these book plates are. I need to host a dinner party or something now :)
**EDIT: I guess my parents found these at http://www.webstaurantstore.com/ which is a restaurant supply store– Just looking around online though, it seems like you could find them a few different places.**
I am of decidedly two minds about these. My first impression: OMG GORGEOUS!!!! They are heavy duty porcelain and (mostly) vivid and realistic, and dishwasher and microwave safe (unlike these planetary plates).
At first it seems like they might be to (at least a representative) scale, with the Sun as the largest piece and a little Callisto dessert plate. And even more awesome, the set includes non-Earth moons! Titan and Callisto! SQUEEEEEEEEE!
But then, my scientist heart sank. After the Sun (and the Moon, which is in fairness appears as the second largest object in the sky as seen from Earth, but is actually only the 14th largest object and fifth largest moon in the Solar System), the sizes are arbitrary. Wouldn’t it be cool to have Jupiter & Saturn as dinner plates, Uranus & Neptune maybe slightly smaller, and the rocky planets and moons for the dessert plates? No, you don’t care because you’re not a persnickety professor? Okay!