Monday, November 07, 2011
A really simple project and you can go wild on the Russian Doll design. But allow up to a day or 2 to complete the whole project and you do need to get some craft pens meant for porcelain/glass/ceramics. What I have are the Marabu Porcelain Painter pens:
The materials that you need are the following:
1. Blank Russian doll template. Download
2. Porcelain plates. (Clean them first with some methylated spirit)
3. Soft 2B pencil
4. Tracing paper cut to size
5. Porcelain painter pens
First, download and print out the blank Russian Doll template. Fill in the empty parts with designs that you like. If you are doing this for the first time, I suggest going with a relatively simple design.
I should have tone down my design a little as my pen nib is too thick! Next trace out the design onto the tracing paper. After tracing, flip the tracing paper, and go over the design again:
Place the traced paper on your porcelain plate and secure it to the plate with sticky tape.
Pressing your pencil down firmly on the tracing paper, go over the design once more to transfer the pencil mark to the plate.
The fun part now. Following the transferred markings on the plate, go over your design with the porcelain painter pens. A little tip: If you have messed up, quickly clean the messed up area with a Q-tip. If the paint is already drying, dip a clean Q-tip into a little methylated spirit/nail varnish remover, and carefully clean up the messed up area.
As you can see, the pen nib for my reddish-brown painter pen is too thick for the design. Once you have completed your drawing, follow the manufacturer's instructions in fixing the paint onto the plate. Once fixed, voila, you have a customized Matryoshka porcelain plate ready to giveaway!
If you are confident enough, you can transferred just the empty Russian Doll template to the plate and fill your design in directly, just like I did for the blue Matryoshka doll. My blue painter pen has a thinner nib, so the doll turned out much better. =)
I also did another design for this porcelain tart plate.
The doily lace design and lacy letter "R" were all done free-handed.
Have fun and be creative!