Sharpies…The Real Truth Behind Those Works of Art

Sharpies…The Real Truth Behind Those Works of Art

So I posted some of our Easter projects last week…and well, there was one I didn’t post that was a bit of a fail…

My works of art using regular sharpies off my desk!

My works of art using regular sharpies off my desk!

Cute right? My husband walked by them on the counter and asked me where I got them! I really liked how they turned out and couldn’t wait to show the girls–but first I washed them…

You see I just grabbed a couple Sharpie’s off my desk and went to town. My beautiful work washed off with very little effort in the sink. So I decided to look into this Sharpie thing a bit more…

Regular Sharpies wash off with little effort...

Regular Sharpies wash off with little effort…

My project this week…Birthday plates for the girls. (Kinda funny since this is my birthday week, both girls having fall birthdays!) I was going to do this for Bug’s 1st Birthday (and well she’s gonna be 4 this fall), but never seemed to get it done. Better late than never right? Added bonus– it is a project out of my office! These plates have been sitting on my shelf for about a year and a half {husband dearest take note, project completed} :)

The Key Points of Designing with Sharpies:

  • Doesn’t seem to matter whether it is quality china or inexpensive dollar store porcelain.
  • Your design will not last with regular Sharpie’s. I used Sharpie OIL BASED PAINT markers. (A small note: We laugh about our children being impatient…it does take a few minutes for the paint to begin to flow. There are instructions on the side of the marker for getting them started.)
These are the Oil Based Paint Sharpies you need.

These are the Oil Based Paint Sharpies you need.

  • I washed/wiped my plate with glass cleaner to remove the year and a half of dust oil from my fingerprints, etc. prior to writing.
  • I used a pencil to sketch my design (it just gives a faint line to guide you) before putting the Sharpies to it.
  • When I kinda went off the rails with my writing, I used my still damp paper towel, wiped my mistake off and took a second attempt.
  • I let my design air dry for about 8hrs before baking.
  • They were placed in a cold oven. The oven was started to 350F and the plates baked for about 35mins. (NOTE: after about 15mins of baking you notice a funky smell). After 35 mins, I turned the oven off, but left the plates to cool down in the oven. (Totally going by the fact our guest book from our wedding several years ago was a porcelain tray that our guests signed, and this is how it was cured/baked.)
  • I still only hand-wash my works of art!
I love how these turned out!

I love how these turned out!

There are a couple things I wish I would have done:

  • I think a nice touch would have been to write their birth date on the back of the plate (or front, your preference)
  • I would have written “Hand-wash Only” on the back to remind everyone (well meaning friends and family helping at birthday parties, and maybe myself!) that this plate does not go in the dishwasher!
My Success!

My Success!

So I’m thinking I may stick the bunny dishes in the dishwasher and give them another try with the paint Sharpies this weekend…

It’s disappointing that you can’t just grab the Sharpie off your desk and go to town, but I will admit the paint markers are pretty cool to draw with. I just need to decide what to paint on these plates for round two? Do I do the bunnies again?

What are your design ideas? Have you tried Sharpie designing?

     

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