Painted Ceramics

Customize plain, inexpensive pottery—and make it look absolutely artisanal—with a little ceramic paint and these techniques.

What You'll Need



  1. Cover work surface with newspaper. Set ceramic item on top. Pour paint into container(s). For splatter pattern, dip brush in paint and wipe on inside of container to remove excess, then flick paint onto item from above. Let dry, then flick on dots in a second color, if desired. For line pattern, draw lines along rim of item in pencil, then paint over them. Let dry 24 hours.

  2. Heat-set paint and make your item washable by baking in oven on a sheet at 300 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.

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