I’ve teamed up with JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores® for their Celebrate the Seasons campaign once again. I’m thrilled to bring you another craft tutorial. I hope you’re able to have fun creating this while spreading some Christmas cheer to your family and friends. #fabulouslyfestive
Today I’m excited to share my tutorial for The Giving Plate using Crystal Gloss Enamels. I first saw this idea in our local Moms and Dads Today magazine. They only showed the poem in the center of the plate and I thought it would be beautiful with some added design around the text. My favorite has to be this tree with red berries. Be sure to keep reading for more design ideas.
MATERIALS (available at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores®)
- White ceramic plate (The cheaper the better as a thin glaze works best. I got mine at our local dollar store.)
- Rubbing alcohol
- Crystal Gloss Enamels
- Crystal Gloss Enamels Writers
- Porcelaine 150 pen (I got mine on Amazon. Others have used a Sharpie marker however the porcelain pen is suggested)
- Basic paint brush
- Sponge or foam brush
Clean your plate with rubbing alcohol and let dry. Draw your design around the outside of the plate being sure to leave plenty of room for the text in the center. (If you’re unsure of writing around the design you can of course write the text first and design around it.) See more design ideas below including a sketchy tree with red berries, Christmas lights, and a Christmas tree made from your child’s handprint!
Write this text in the center of your plate.
This plate shall have no owner for its journey never ends.
It travels in a circle of our family and friends.
It carries love from home to home for everyone to share.
The food that’s placed upon it was made with love and care.
So please enjoy what’s on the plate, then fill it up again.
Then pass along the love it holds to your family and friends.
Let your final piece dry for four days then bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Allow your plate to heat and cool with the oven to ensure no cracking on the ceramic.
Make a mistake? No problem. Simply wash off your wet paint/marker and start over as long as you haven’t baked it yet. Make a small mistake? Take a toothpick and carefully scrape the paint from the plate. Reapply your paint/marker. Shown above: The magazine example I was copying had a lower-case “t” where there should have been a new sentence. I scraped off the crossed “t” and turned it into an upper-case letter.
I love that the black and white tree with berries could be used any time of the year but if you’re looking for a holiday-specific plate design check these out. Draw a continuous strand of bulbs around your plate and fill in with your paint colors. If you have little hands helping you take advantage of the chance to document their size with the Christmas tree design made from the shape of your child’s hand. I added the look of ornaments with the enamel writer (hold the tip away from the plate and let the paint form a drop). I let the ornaments help create the shape of the tree. I also added gifts below the tree, a star on top, and the text “Cookies for Santa from the Wourms family” around the tree. Don’t forget to add the date so you remember the age of your child when that little hand print was created!
The marker won’t necessary create a perfect line. To add to the hand-made feeling of this piece I drew with a sketchy line and loved the result. The imperfect lines give more realism and character to the tree design. I actually drew two lines on the christmas light design to accent the sketchy feel of that as well.
Once your plate is baked and cool, fill it with treats for your friends and family to enjoy. Maybe some day you’ll get your lovely design back filled with something new to enjoy.
Joann Fabric and Craft Stores provides some great video tutorials on the enamel paints if you want to see more tips and tricks before you start your project. Here’s two more great enamel paint projects to enjoy!
CONFETTI DRINKING GLASS
SQUIGGLE ART STAINED GLASS
Don’t forget to check out more great craft ideas from the Celebrate the Seasons campaign. #fabulouslyfestive
You can shop for more great JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores® craft supplies and browse their holiday ideas in their catalog.
Disclosure: This post is part of the JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores® Celebrate the Seasons campaign. I received compensation for this review; however, this is my personal, honest opinion based on my experience.