M.A.K.E. - Sharpie Plates

I have seen a ton of tutorials about drawing on dollar store ceramics with sharpies and baking them to make it permanent. I had to try it, of course! I am planning on giving one to a friend, here in Okinawa, and one to Mark's sister. Yes, this is my solution to making all of these projects... give, give, give!!

You can find numerous tutorials online, like here and here, but I'm going to take you step by step through MY process. I'm sure everyone's is a little different.

Step 1:

  • Clean the ceramic piece, in my case a plate, to get all of the gunk from the store shelf off. Then, figure out what you want put on it. Once you've figured that out or you decide to just wing it, start drawing! 
At first, I imagined a simple flower in the corner that was drawn off the edges. Then, I finished it and it was entirely too plain for me. To be clear, I am not a master drawer. I can look at something and recreate it, but I can't do it just from my brain. So, I used this tutorial... and eventually, this one.

Within this step, you don't have to use pencil. Again, I'm just not 100% confident in my drawing so I wanted to have chance to start over if I needed to. If you'd prefer, you can use scrap paper and practice with a pen or pencil. Then, just go straight to the Sharpie markers. I, however, recommend my pencil method.

Step 2:

  • Choose what colors you want and trace over the pencil marks with your Sharpies.
I apologize that the whole tutorial isn't the same plate. I got carried away with the flower one and before I knew it, it was done! Ha! So, what you're seeing is a verse that I found on Pinterest. I thought it would make a nice display plate!

Step 3 & 4:

  • Put plates into the oven (before it's hot). Then, preheat the oven to 350.
  • Bake plates for 30 minutes once it's hot (not 29:41... hehe)
During this process, the colors darkened a little. Initially, the flower stems were lime green. After baking them, the stems were a more realistic stem color.

Step 5:

  • Enjoy your masterpiece! Then, test the permanence by hand washing it.
On my first try, it wasn't permanent. The tulips and other parts washed off. Uhhh, sad! I thought this would make a great cookie plate! Well, I re-Sharpied it and now we wait. Update coming soon on how that goes...

For now, my recommendation is to use this as a display plate only. You MIGHT get away with placing a doily over the plate before putting cookies on it, but that would be a personal decision made by the owner. I plan to add a clear coat to make them a little more durable. Spray paint or Modge Podge should do the trick. After that, maybe the garden is where it belongs? Hmmm... maybe next time I'll try this.

UPDATE: After the second baking session, no luck! Sealer it is....

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