I'm back in my hometown for a family reunion and a new little nephew who will soon be on his way. I just had to hit up The Painted Plate, a paint-your-own ceramics shop with a lot of heart. It was a wonderful day, and everyone had fun, even those of us who felt a little less "artistic." My son has made handprint plates in the past, but this was his first time manning his own brush. I think he did pretty dang awesome, don't you?
Here are our masterpieces after being glazed and fired!
Techniques used: My son painted his bowl after layering strips of contact paper on the sides, which we pulled up when the paint was dry. My husband used strips and punched out circles of contact paper, and then painted in the circles. My sister used contact paper for her flower silhouettes, and used a crystalized paint to create the cool effect on the turquoise inside of her cup. Her boyfriend used foam stamps for the rose and checker pattern. For the blue flower bowl, I gradually added water to my paint and used single brush strokes to create a petaled effect. For the henna-style elephant, I painted the entire plate yellow, then painted a solid red elephant, and scratched out the details with a toothpick while the paint was still moist.
I recommend the Painted Plate to anyone coming or going through Olympia, Washington. It's a comfortable, cozy place. You can even treat yourself while you work! They sell wine, cappuccinos, italian sodas (my favorite is Irish Cream), and locally made ice-cream! My son is eating "cake batter" flavored ice-cream in the video. It's ridiculously delicious. It even has rainbow sprinkles.
Thanks for sharing in my family's awesomely crafty day!
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