Make Decorative Display Plates With Permanent Markers

Make Decorative Display Plates With Permanent Markers

Original Post By Jackie Sink, Seen at Row House Refuge Blog

I had seen a number of blogs about using permanent markers on ceramic dishes to create your own custom “painted  ceramics”.

While I liked the idea of using permanent markers,  I was concerned about their toxicity. Enter the Slick Writers. They are permanent, waterproof, non-toxic and they work great on slick surfaces – Yipes! I sound like an ad!

I found my markers at Michael’s in the scrapbooking section, but they are also available at Joann’s.I purchased several white platters at the thrift store, $2-$4 a piece. If you don’t want to to dig around the thrift store, Dollar Tree, World Market and the Crate and Barrel outlet are good sources for white plates and platters.Next,  I “doodled” with pencil on the platters –  Full disclosure: it is a little hard to see the pencil lines on the dishes – Then I traced over the pencil with the marker and added a few extras once I saw it ‘in black and white’. Different blogs recommended different baking times and temperatures. I originally baked mine for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Unfortunately, I discovered a problem with the permanence of the markers when the dishes were left soaking in water. So, I tried my own ‘Scientific’ experiment to see  what baking times and temperatures worked best. After the first round I was sure 375 degrees was the right temperature.
Make Decorative Display Plates With Permanent Markers
Make Decorative Display Plates With Permanent Markers
Before

Make Decorative Display Plates With Permanent Markers

After

My results? The longer you bake the ceramic the more permanent your ceramic painting will be and prolonged soaking is actually harder on the “ceramic painting” than the dishwasher.

My recommendation is:
1. Wash the ceramics with Dawn dish washing soap, rinse, wash again with vinegar and rinse.
2. Draw with the slick writers
3. Bake for 1 hour at 375 degrees
4. Allow to “dry” for 24 hours

I would still recommend hand washing and avoid prolonged soaking.

Here a couple of my finished products (below), which I used as Christmas presents this year.

About Jackie Sink: I am a wife, mom, real estate agent, and decorator. Like most people I know, I am constantly trying to create a refuge in the midst of all the chaos. I share design ideas and real estate advice on my blog Row House Refuge.Make Decorative Display Plates With Permanent Markers
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