I must confess, I have many failed attempts at art. So many projects end up in the trash. This one was no exception. Not that I let my failed attempts stop me from trying again. It actually encourages me to ask why and what I can do differently. Fails help me learn from my mistakes. If I may get a bit Forrest Gump on you…my mother always says, I’m as hard-headed as a ton of bricks. When I want something, nothing is impossible. This project took me about a month to actually blog about it. I was planning on hand scrubs for Easter or other fun Easter crafts but I’ve spent weeks trying to make it work. So many different blog posts about this same craft. Who to trust?
So does baking sharpie on ceramics really work? Does it rub off? Most of the colors do. Don’t let anyone fool you. It does rub off and it does wash off. The ones that work best are silver, gold and black (sometimes)….I guess it depends on the type of ceramic.
But not all is lost. Applying a sealer after baking will do the trick. Here’s what I did….
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS FOR CERAMICS TO DISPLAY AND NOT TO BE USED TO EAT!!!!!!
I got a couple of different sets of Sharpies from Dick Blick. They also sell ceramic markers but the variety of colors is just not that great. Nothing like Sharpie. Especially the neon colors (takes me back to the 80s ). What I did notice is the fine marker tends to hold nicer than the thicker ones. Also, be aware that the light mint green will turn a dark olive green color. The other colors I used tend to vary very little (if that).
- Paint your plates. and let sit for 2 days.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes. Let sit in oven until it cools.
- Let stand for one more day.
Take outside in a well ventilated place and LIGHTLY spray evenly with Blair Spray Coating. DON”T OVERDO IT!!! If you spray too much at once, the sharpie will bleed. You can also get this from Dick Blick or any art supply store. I gave mine 3 coats. Wait until fully dry to spray between coats.
Here’s what my plates look like!
Perfect for an Alice in Wonderland Easter Themed Party!!!
So I went a bit crazy with the spray on this last one. Check out the pink flag how it’s a bit blurry on the edges. Make sure to spray lightly! Don’t spray on too thick!!!
Most of all have fun….it’s art!