How to Paint Porcelain Plates for a New Look

by Thomas McNish
Turn an ordinary porcelain plate into a work of art.

Turn an ordinary porcelain plate into a work of art.

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In a 1970 interview with "Rolling Stone" magazine, John Lennon said "I'm an artist, and if you give me a tuba, I'll bring you something out of it." Creative minds know that art can be made from anything, and porcelain plates are no exception. Using the right paints and following a few simple steps, you too can unleash your inner artist on seemingly ordinary porcelain plates. When you're finished, you can use the plates for serving food or hang them in a decorative fashion throughout your home.

Items you will need

  • Porcelain plate
  • Grease pencil
  • Paintbrushes
  • Porcelain paints
  • Cup of water
  • Damp cloth
Step 1

Wash your plate thoroughly to remove any residue, grease or markings, and dry it thoroughly.

Step 2

Sketch your design onto the plate with a grease pencil. If you plan on using the plate for food after it is decorated, refrain from sketching on the portion of the plate that will hold food. If you plan to use the plate for decorative purposes, you can make the design anywhere on the plate.

Step 3

Paint the design over the outline you created in the previous step using porcelain paints. Rinse your brush in a cup of water each time you change colors. If you make a mistake, quickly wipe the paint away with a damp cloth.

Step 4

Set your plate somewhere safe and allow it to dry for 24 hours.

Step 5

Put your plate in a well-ventilated cold oven and bake it at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 25 minutes. Don't be alarmed if you smell an odd aroma when it's baking; this is normal. After the 25 minutes is up, allow the plate to cool. Your porcelain plate is now painted and ready for serving or display.

Tips & Warnings

  • Although oven-curing will help keep the finish of the paint, it may still be best to hand wash the plates, just as you would with any other hand-painted porcelain object.

About the Author

Thomas McNish has been writing since 2005, contributing to Salon.com and other online publications. He is working toward his Associate of Science in computer information technology from Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Fla.

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