Design Your Own Watercolor Plates

Create summer-perfect customized plates with porcelain paints and simple instructions. The bright colors and whimsical floral motifs will add vintage-inspired color to your table.


Materials Needed:

  • white porcelain plates
  • medium paintbrush
  • thin paintbrush
  • porcelain paint in a variety of colors
  • porcelain paint thinner
  • paint palette

Mix Paint

Fill the paint palette with the porcelain paint thinner. Mix porcelain paint of each color into the paint thinner. Tip: You want the paint to be the consistency of melted ice cream.

Paint Largest Flowers

Start with your largest flower. Using the same color, paint a few around your plate, even off the edge. Keep your brush loose and organic.


Add Second Color

Move onto the next color. These lilacs were made by grouping together little dots of blue paint.


Fill in With Smaller Flowers

Add some accent flowers. Put some in groups, and some by themselves. Don’t forget the edges of the plate.


Add Petals

Use your lightest color to fill in the holes with starburst petals. Pull the paint from the center of the flower outwards to create a sweeping effect.


Add Leaves

With the small brush, fill in all the holes with leaves and stems.


Dry and Bake

Let the paint dry for 24 hours then bake for 30 minutes at 400 degrees. Your plates are now food and dishwasher safe.

Experiment and Enjoy

Try different types of flowers on each of your plates. Using the same colors, but different designs, make your plates look like a matching set even though they are all different.


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