We have been fascinated by painting and drawing for a long time. Many take it as a meditative hobby or simply as a relaxing, creative activity in which you can completely let yourself go. Painting different objects and everyday objects is also a lot of fun and can even be seen as real art. In addition to stones, flower pots, vases and cups, you can also paint porcelain or ceramic plates. You don’t have to be advanced to try it. Take a look below to see which are the most popular painting techniques for this and what else you should consider. In the picture gallery you will also find an extra helping of fresh inspiration for your own DIY projects with painted plates.
Painting plates with botanical motifs
Paint the plate with porcelain paint
Some porcelain paints need to be glazed, that is, kilned. But it is even easier with a suitable water-based acrylic paint, which you ultimately only allow to dry out in the air. There are also porcelain paints that are made of synthetic resin and only harden in the oven at a low temperature.
A few important tips when painting plates with acrylic paint:
- As soon as you no longer use the ceramic marker, cover it with a lid, even if it is a short break from work. The tip can dry off and become clogged.
- Acrylic paints are translucent, so it is better to use them on white or light-colored porcelain.
- If you want the color to be less transparent, mix it with white.
- Acrylic paint is resistant to washing in the dishwasher and heating in the microwave. Please note that this color must be marked as non-toxic.
Graphic, black and white motifs for real minimalists
Paint plates using these 5 techniques
There are countless techniques and ways to paint your plates. Here we briefly describe our five favorites, which are also perfect for beginners. You only need a few utensils and the selected colors and motifs.
# 1 painting technique with brush
Traditionally painting plates, that is, with brushes and paints, is the best way to create a real masterpiece.
To do this you will need:
- Artistic synthetic brushes of various shapes and sizes;
- Acrylic paints for porcelain and ceramics on a water basis.
First you need to create the underpainting, that is, draw large parts of the composition that will form its basis. Next, add volume and depth to the drawing using dark and light colors. And then look into the details. At the end of the work, fix the color. Mix colors and play with halftones to create unusual colors and effects. Painting a ceramic plate with a matte glaze is easier than painting on glossy ceramic or glass because the color is thicker and more even.
Excellent painting idea for beginners and purists
These are the most common ways to fix the color:
- Natural way – let it air dry for a day as normal – if you rarely want to use a plate or even only want to use it as a decoration.
- Dry the paint with a hairdryer and let it set naturally for 10-12 hours.
- Bake for half an hour at a temperature of 150-170 degrees, then let the dishes cool without removing them from the oven. After firing, it is advisable not to wash the painted dishes for 20 days so that the paint lasts longer.
Below you will find simple but interesting ideas for painting plates with brushes and acrylic paints, even for beginners.
Advanced students can also paint plates without the background painting
# 2 painting technique with marker
We have all been familiar with drawing with markers and felt-tip pens from childhood. With the help of special markings for painting, you can quickly and easily decorate the plates with inscriptions, as well as present a graphic and very detailed picture.
To do this you will need:
- Degreaser and cotton wool;
- Felt pens for porcelain in different colors and thicknesses.
It’s that easy:
- Do not forget to degrease the surface before you start drawing on the dishes.
- The main rule: try to draw lines and outlines of the picture in small, frequent strokes. This way you are less likely to make a mistake.
- Also, try to keep the drawing from the general to the specific.
- Mark the outline of the picture in advance, use a template if necessary.
Most markers dry out within 24 hours, do not need to be burned and are not washed in the dishwasher.
How about a magical feather?
# 3 painting technique with stencils
Another method that anyone can use is with stencils.
To do this you will need:
- Acrylic paints for porcelain and ceramics or markers for painting utensils, which are available in different colors and thicknesses.
- Appropriate size artistic synthetic brushes (optional) or a sponge to dab;
- Alcohol for removing paint, degreaser;
- Everything you need to draw and cut out a stencil or template: paper, cutter, pencil.
That’s how it works:
First you need to draw a stencil yourself or print a finished one, and then cut out the holes with a cutter. Perhaps, with this technique, only this phase can be described as labor-intensive. After that, everything is much easier: degrease the surface and stick the stencil on the surface to be painted with adhesive tape.
Then you start to fill the pattern on the stencil with color. You can add accents, draw details or outlines on your picture.
If you’ve painted with acrylic paints, you can dry them naturally, with a hair dryer, or in the oven, following the recommendations above.
A great idea for stencils are lace doilies made of paper or nylon
# 4 Bubble-look painting technique
This is a unique technique for painting the pottery. It’s a kind of texturing of the surface. You should use soapy water for this technique.
It’s that easy:
- Dilute your paints in soapy water, then make bubbles.
- Let these bubbles sit on the pot and pop on their own.
- When the paint dries out, you get a beautiful, bubbly painting.
This effect is even stronger, especially in green and blue
# 5 Sponge painting technique
You should use different shapes of sponges in this technique. If you put different amounts of pressure on the sponge, you will get different types of textures. You can use acrylic or oil paints for this. Decide what kind of design you want on the pot. If you are a beginner try painting some clouds on it. This way you will understand how to use the sponge.
Tip: To add class to your ceramic or porcelain painting, try creating an ombre effect on the surface.
You can combine geometric patterns with dots or other elements
Take a look at the remaining inspiration examples from our picture gallery and implement your own projects. Painting plates is a lot of fun and is very suitable for both advanced and absolute beginners. It is a creative activity that is also often used in occupational therapy. We wish you every success and a lot of fun!
The dot technique is also popular with many painting fans
How about such a colorful heart, for example?
Or do you prefer a subtle mix of patterns?
Build your own insect hotel – detailed building instructions for environmentally conscious hobby gardeners!
Back in the 1990s, people in Western Europe came up with the clever idea of building a comfortable and cozy insect hotel for the beneficial insects in the garden. This particular idea quickly made its way from Germany and the Netherlands to the Nordic countries and became a popular method for preserving the biological diversity of the world and avoiding a serious ecological crisis. As a result of the uncontrolled use of pesticides and the destruction of the natural habitats of the flying insects, their population dropped drastically at the end of the 20th century – this endangers the survival of numerous animal and plant species and could have long-term harmful effects on nature and the landscape. That is why the protection of insects is becoming more and more important nowadays – every household could contribute to their well-being and attract beneficial insects into the garden through a unique insect hotel.
The hut should, however, be well suited for the most common insect species in the corresponding terrain. The beneficial insects house should be adapted to their needs and fully meet their “high expectations”! In recent years, insect hotel building has become a favorite activity for children in Norway and a popular educational material on environmental protection. The little ones learn in an entertaining way the functions within an ecosystem and the primary role of insects in maintaining balance in nature.
The materials and tools required:
Spruce or cedar wood for the entire construction (length x width x thickness):
Building an insect hotel step by step:
The insects are always welcome in the hotel
What insects check happy to go to the hotel?
Most of the Wild bees have their nest in the ground, so these beneficial insects do not need a “hotel room”. If you dig up the ground at the beginning of spring, you will most likely come across the bumblebees’ wintering place! Honey bees survive the winter by cuddling with power and shivering warm, so they don’t even leave their hive for months. The lonely bees, However, those who do not live in colonies prefer to build their nests in hollow logs during the cold months. These insects will move into the hotel with other lonely bees, seal the opening of the wood with mud and stay in this cozy atmosphere for months. The beneficial insects will then thank you warmly for the accommodation in spring by fertilizing the plants in your garden by transferring pollen and pollen!
Marian pine overwinter in groups between different dried plants and branches. On warm spring days, these insects will help you fight aphids and really do an excellent job against the uninvited guests!
Beetles, spiders, lacewings and other beneficial insects need different living conditions depending on their living needs. Due to the varied filling material, however, your insect hotel attracts numerous useful insects. By securing them a unique “apartment”, you will gain enviable fighters against the pests by your side. In this way, nature and people benefit from each other! Perhaps a few harmful insects will move into the newly built hotel, but don’t worry and leave everything in the hands of Mother Nature, because only she herself can ensure the ecological balance in the environment!
In order to attract as many insects as possible to the hotel, you can use different strategies. In any case, you should choose a quiet and sunny location in the garden for the “guest house”, which is also well protected from wind, rain, rodents and birds. There should be different flowering plants in the vicinity. A bowl of sweetened water could serve as another attractant. You should keep an eye on hygiene and change the dried grass, moss, straw and twigs at least once a year.
In the attached video you will find further detailed building instructions for a somewhat larger beneficial insect house that could accommodate several insect species at the same time!
If you paint the insect hotel in any bright color, you will lure even more useful insects into your courtyard
Countless insects find shelter in this luxurious one hotel
The shape doesn’t matter – the filler material is the most important thing
Hang the insect hotel on the tree and attract its residents
If the insect hotel is stable enough, you can place it directly on the ground near flowering plants
In our gallery you will find a few more clever ideas for the unique design of your insect hotel!
Everything at a glance – from small beneficial insect houses to very large insect hotels!