Second Helpings: Painted Christmas Dishes

Painted dishes are a bit of a repeat for my Second Helpings posts, but then knowing “I paint everything!” you can figure I’ve painted quite a few dishes, and these are definitely in keeping with the season.

I painted an entire set of black glazed dishes including dinner plates, bowls, cups and saucers with winter evergreens, holly berries, ivy and acorns.

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I had fun with the cups and saucers, assigning 1, 2, 3 or 4 holly berries to each set. Just in cases.

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We needed more than four dinner plates however, and being out of the black glazed plates, I decided to paint four white ones, and I used another Pebeo product for added oomph.

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The new Pebeo product is the Pebeo Cloisonne Outliner. It comes in a bunch of colors — I’ve gotten it in black, white, red, and turquoise — and my favorites, the metallics: Copper, Vermeil and Gold.

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It’s a dimensional outliner, so after you paint with the Pebeo Porcelaine 150 then you apply this last. Make sure it sticks to the surface — don’t leave gaps between it and the plate, but don’t be too gloppy or it will fall off or get knocked off later when you are using the dishes.

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Have fun with it. It’s a little like icing a holiday cookie — only you bake it after you ice it, and I don’t recommend you take a bite (though I have certainly bitten into some Christmas cookies that were as hard and tasteless as I’d guess these plates would be) — Ok, ok I’m done.

Remember, you may not be able to play with your food, but you can always play with your dishes!