Watercolor dreamin. Hands down, this is one of my favorite DIYs to date. I'm borderline obsessed with all things watercolor. Paintings, prints, ceramics, pillowcases, scarves - you name it, if it's watercolor then I am diggin it! This project was so incredibly easy and fun to do. The inspiration came from this watercolor mug by Free People Blog. I think my eyes nearly popped out of my head when I first saw it. Yeah, I know - crafty nerd alert.
Being the ceramic dish junkie that I am, I wanted to make a small version to hold my rings and other delicate jewelry in. I also picked up a slightly larger plate for a different color combo to hold my keys and other knick-knack-patty-wacks that get tossed around the house.
- Porcelain/ceramic paint (I used Martha Stewart opaque glass paint, but you can use any paint suitable for ceramics)
- Ceramic of your choice
- Water dish and palette to mix water/paint
- Choose your color combo. You'll probably want to stick to 2-3 colors depending on how large your piece is. I then started painting with the darkest shade. The paint itself is thick so you'll need to add a good amount of water in order to get the watercolor effect.
- Remember, a little bit goes a really long way so start off with a small amount. Starting from the top, dab/swipe some of the watered down paint and let it drip down.
- From here, slowly swivel the plate back and forth to get it to stream to different areas of the plate. Repeat with the other colors.
- Fill in any holes that you would like with your paintbrush. I also used a paper towel to dab areas too concentrated and to catch excess paint/water that dripped off the plate.
- Once you're done, place the ceramic piece in the oven. Preheat to 350 degrees and then set the timer for another 30 minutes. Be careful when removing the plate as it will be hot.