This project has been on my back burner for literally years. I asked for a plain white plate set for Christmas I think 4 years ago, with the genius idea of decorating them myself (at the time I hadn’t seen this done before, and it felt like a super original and awesome idea). But the months and then years passed, because I couldn’t ever figure out how to do it. I had even talked to the local ceramic shop who gave me a couple of ideas, but nothing that seemed super practical. Then over the last say, six months maybe, I’ve seen several similar projects pop up on the internet, and that’s when I discovered that this project could be as cheap and easy as hopping over to Michael’s and picking up a Pebeo Porcelaine 150 paint pen. So I finally had a game plan for that plate set! But then I remember my delicate white 18 piece tea service I picked up a couple years ago whilst thrifting (25 cents a piece), I thought maybe it would make a good trial run. I’ve loved this tea service as-was, but I thought it could really be special with some added razzle-dazzle.
So onto my design process. I had a few ideas, and spent a couple months just doodling on the service with washable kid’s markers (what I call magic markers). It took me a long while to come up with this design, and meanwhile my kids and I had a blast drawing all over the saucers, and then wiping them clean with a wet wipe. Actually now that I think about it, I need to make sure that they understand that that was a temporary pleasure–I can already imagine the potential tragedies… In the end I came up with this scribbly design that struck me as an Ikat pattern, which I’ve been loving lately.
Once I decided on the my final design it was quick and easy. I finished the whole set in a couple hours. The how-to is super basic. Draw your design on, and then allow to dry for a minimum of 24 hours. Place the decorated item in a cold oven and set the temp to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the oven is heated, bake your custom dinnerware for 35 minutes. It should now be dishwasher safe. NOTE: the baking instructions were not found on the pen or in the packaging; I found them elsewhere. It says on that website that the paint pens are not recommended for food, but it doesn’t say that anywhere on the pen or packaging. I know that I read a tutorial somewhere else that said it was fine, I just can’t find it again. I’m willing to take the chance, especially with a tea set that won’t have much contact with food. Call me crazy.