Monday, August 9, 2010


This is a plate that I decorated using a digi image from S2G. I'm going to show you how I did it!

You will need: a clear glass plate, a smaller plate, plain white copy paper, tape, rubbing alcohol, paper towels, Vitrea 160 Frosted (transparent) glass paint markers by Pebeo, and a black Sharpie (not pictured). The markers are available at Michael's.

Wash and dry the plate. Clean it again with rubbing alcohol and a paper towel. Place it on a cutting mat and mark the center of the plate using the black Sharpie pen.

 Next, choose a simple image that does not have too many fine details or lines that are too close together. Print the image on plain copy paper in a size appropriate for  your plate. This one is "Pansy", and it is available in the S2G Shop.

Place the plate, upside down over the digital image. I actually taped the plate to the paper to keep the image from moving. Once the plate is centered over the image, dip the end of a paper towel in alcohol, and remove the dot used to mark the center of the plate.

 I chose Mint Green, Gitone Blue, and Citron lemon markers for this project. Using the digital lines as a guide, make dots along the outline of the image. All painting is done on the back side of the plate.

On the center of the flower, I traced over the lines. Drawing dots looked too cluttered there. If you make a mistake all you have to do is dip the end of a paper towel in rubbing alcohol, and you can "erase" your mistake. 

Now for the border! I placed a smaller plate on a piece of copy paper, and taped it down. Then I removed the glass plate from the digi paper, placed it (upside down) on top of the smaller plate, and taped it to the paper.

Use the smaller plate as a guide to make clusters of decorative dots around the edge of the plate.
Allow the plate to dry for 24 hours. Set the plate on a cookie sheet (painted side up) and place in a cold oven. Preheat to 170 degrees, and then bake for 35 minutes. Allow the oven to cool for at least an hour after baking before opening the door. I cracked the oven open a few inches and allowed the plate an additional 20 minutes to cool before removing it.

You now have a beautiful hand decorated plate that is dishwasher safe! 

Add a matching card, and you have the perfect gift: handmade and from the heart!

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