Behind every project of mine is a story, most times a simple and short one like “Oh that’s beautiful, but way too expensive. I bet I can do it for less” or “I have no idea which brand this is, but I’ll just make my own version”. This one here started with another project I did about two years ago (gosh, I’ve been doing this for a long time now) concerning two cups I designed with a special porcelain marker, and they were so popular (for my standards) that I said to myself that when I would move into my own place I would design every piece of porcelain I had.
But as always I bought the porcelain and then forgot about it or thought other things to be more important, I don’t know. Long story short: I finally brought myself to buy another two of these porcelain markers and attacked my dishes. And what can I say? My mum and my boyfriend thought I had bought them this way, I guess that counts as a good sign.
It’s a really easy and quick DIY, all you need to do is to be a bit creative in designing the whole thing. Here goes:
- simple dishes
- porcelain markers
Look up some porcelain designs on the internet or think of some yourself. You can draw abstract designs, funny quotes or words or anything you like, maybe your monogram. I’d recommend sketching them out beforehand so you won’t make any mistakes later on and can test out different designs before choosing them.
I worked with black plates and white soup bowls, so I used both black and white porcelain markers. I chose three designs and drew them on the soup bowls, dessert plates and normal plates. Starting with the first design (if you want the same), take the white marker and spot the middle of the plate, then draw a straight line from there to the edge of the plate. It doesn’t have to go all the way to the edge, just as long as you like. Now draw another line of a different length, going on radially from the starting line. At the end, draw small dots at the end of each line.
For the second, a bit trickier, design: Start with a triangle in the middle of the plate, then connect more and more triangles and squares with different angles, so that in the end you have an abstract geometric shape.
Easy peasy, I’d say. I think that designing dishes is an ideal gift for someone because you can adjust the design to their personality, like drawing Star Wars designs for someone who loves Star Wars, or drawing quotes of somebody’s favourite author or poet or whatnot. The possibilities are endless with this one. I hope you are inspired!