This dish is a super cute way to store little trinkets- I just plan on using it for the jewelry I use on a daily basis. The inspiration for the tutorial came from the Belle in the City blog that I found on Pinterest. You can visit her tutorial here: http://werejustlikeyouonlyprettier.blogspot.com/2012_01_01_archive.html.
All you need is:
A dish or plate (I got mine for $1 at Dollar Tree)
Acrylic Paint that is safe for glass/ceramics (I bought Multi-Surface craft paint from Martha Stewart for $2 at Michael's)
|Color: Pink Flamingo|
A clear acrylic spray paint to seal everything (Mine is Krylon from WalMart for around $4)
A regular white acrylic paint (Should adhere to the multi-surface acrylic for the monogram, mine is just Craft Smart from Michaels. It works well and is super cheap!)
Your own creativity!
First you're going to want to clean your dish with soap and water. The paint also says to rub your surface with rubbing alcohol, but I didn't have any on hand so I had to skip this step. Next you're going to want to figure out exactly where you are going to paint the main color. You could tape this with painter's tape if you are wanting a square or something with straight lines, but since I wanted a circle, I decided to trace a circle onto my plate with a washable marker. I just turned one of my cereal bowls upside down to get the size circle that I was looking for.
|I just used a pink washable Crayola marker to trace my circle|
|The brush I used, and the paint after one coat.|
The next step is what takes some creativity. Drawing your own monogram can be a little tricky, but it just takes a little practice and you will get the hang of it. Everything I own that has a monogram on it is in the script interlocking font, I absolutely love this look and can sketch my own monogram in this font in 15 seconds. But after seeing Belle in the City's circular block monogram, I was intrigued. I liked that it was different and decided to give it a go. I had never drawn my monogram in this font before so I used Google images to find a template to sketch my own. I sketched my own a couple times on a white sheet of paper to get the hang of it before I tried to on my dish.
|Use this to find your own personal monogram!|
|My block circular monogram on the left and my interlocking one on the right.|
Before I explain how I did my monogram I am going to tell you all- IT WOULD BE MUCH EASIER TO USE A COLORED SHARPIE TO DO THIS!! The paint was hard to use and took an extremely steady hand. It ended up looking ok but it took many coats and more time than I wanted to spend on it. Belle in the City used a silver metallic Sharpie and I think hers turned out really cute. If I decide to do this again, I will definitely be trying out that method. (I think it also creates a much cleaner look.)
I didn't know what to use to sketch onto my plate, luckily I had a white-ish paint marker in my craft supplies, so I used that. I tried to lightly sketch a rough draft of the monogram and kept tweaking it until I was happy with what I saw. It did NOT look pretty at this stage but that didn't matter.
|First stage- when sketched with paint marker|
|After 3 coats of the white paint.|
I realized I could fix this by using the pink and very carefully touching up all the places that needed it. I used the same brush, but mainly tried to use the edge of it to get a clean line. This process took some TLC and it was tedious. But after this stage I was FINALLY happy with what I saw.
|After touching up with the pink around the edges.|
|The glossy finish comes from the acrylic sealant.|
|Finished product :)|
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