I've been really looking forward to sharing this DIY with you guys! I've never painted ceramics before (legit. so. much. fun.) it's perfect for updating plain old tableware and the possibilities are endless..


when we first moved in we stocked up on allll the basic ikea plates and accessories (we've all done that right?) but we're entertaining people more often so I wanted to jazz up our rather boring plate selection!

I had some mini ceramic paints in my craft stash which were long overdue an outing. I decided to paint a loose brushstroke effect on my white plates -you can't really go wrong with this design and abstract art is my fave.




I'm really pleased with how they turned out, the haphazard brushstrokes and bright shades were just what I had pictured, huzzah!

the best part? anyone can make them.




materials:

ceramic paint 
plain plates




there's no pattern to follow here- the more abstract the better in my book. use bold strokes to apply the colour and build up the layers.




the more colours you add the more depth you'll create, I found they came out best when I didn't hesitate and quickly swiped the paint over the surface. overlap the strokes in different directions and splatter on some paint to mix things up!




when you're happy with the plates bake them in the oven according to the manufactures instructions (if your type of paint requires this.) don't take them out of the oven when they're finished- just switch it off and let them cool down naturally on the shelf!




I decided to celebrate my new tableware with croissants- yep, forever finding new ways to sneak flaky pastry into my week.

if you're bored of your tableware this is a great DIY to play with- would you be tempted to try it too?

back soon!

caroline x




25 comments

  1. These look great, love the idea! x

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    1. thanks erin- glad you like them! :) xx

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  2. how cute are these! you make me want to do more DIY projects!

    Rose and Weston x

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  3. Wow, this is awesome! I totally want to try this out whenever I move in my apartment. What type of paint did you use?

    Peace & Love // Celestralite

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    1. These paints came from hobbycraft- they were multi surface paints you can use them on ceramics, pottery, plastic etc- you bake them in the oven to make them wash proof if painting on ceramic :) considering the pots were tiny they did these 4 plates no trouble- it was only the white than ran out so I had to grab a bigger one for next time! xx

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  4. I love them! Just gahh major goals x

    www.pintsizedbeauty.com

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    1. haha oh you- thanks sweetcheeks :) xx

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    1. arrr thanks so much- hope you try them sameena! : xx

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  6. These are gorgeous, you have a real eye for this kind of thing!

    Maria xxx

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    1. so pleased you like them! thanks m :) xx

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  7. these turned out so well

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    1. thanks katy- I was really pleased! so much fun splashing the paint around :) xx

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  8. I love the finished result! The colours work so well together~

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE

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    1. thanks v- hope you're well girl :0 xx

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  9. I love these, they are super vivid and fun! As soon as I get to live in my own apartment, I will definitely do this! <3

    Maria

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    1. yay- hope you do! thanks for stopping by maria :) xx

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  10. Such a simple idea but these plates look super cool!
    http://sophie-georgia.blogspot.co.uk/

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  11. These are so good, just like nail art on plates! Love it! May have to go to Hobbycraft soon! :)

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  12. Wow ! These are so gorgeous and definitely something I think I can manage to create. I even love the photo where you just started and have just those pink strokes. That in itself is brilliant . Thanks for sharing :)

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  13. I love these plates - they're beautiful! I can't wait to try this project. I looked through your post but I didn't see - where did you get the plates from? I really like them.

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  14. I'd love to know where your glass mugs/saucers are from (and if you like them)?

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  15. Like Emily, I would also like to know about your plates. From what type of material are they made?

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