DIY Decorative Lace Painted Dishes with Martha Stewart Glass Paints

by Kira @ Her New Leaf on September 12, 2012

Stencil dishes with a doily motif

I was recently asked to try out Plaid’s new Martha Stewart glass paint – these products are hitting the shelves of Michaels stores as we speak! I have done a few ceramic painting projects before and love the medium. It is so fun to create something that you can use or display in your kitchen every day! When I received my products from Plaid, I was almost overwhelmed with all of the possibilities – the glass paint can be used on glass as well as ceramic surfaces so there are tons of ways to work with it.

I decided to create some decorative plates using the lace doily silkscreens. This was my first time using stencils or silkscreens for painting ceramics, so it was a new experience for me, but I was really surprised at how easy the products were to use!

Painting supplies

To stencil your own ceramics, you will need:

Martha Stewart Crafts glass paint in several colors
Martha Stewart Crafts adhesive silkscreens (those shown come together in one package)
Martha Stewart Crafts foam pouncers (I used the medium and small sizes)
• ceramic or glass dish

Stencil painting on plates

Prepare your surface by cleaning your plate with soap and water and removing any price sticker residue with rubbing alcohol. Be sure that your plate has dried completely. The cleaner your plate is, the cleaner the transfer through the silkscreen will be.

Remove the silkscreen from the backing paper and position it on your plate, then press around the edges to adhere it to your surface.

Custom painted plates and mugs

Dip your pouncer into the paint (don’t you just love the word pouncer?), blot off the excess, and apply it to the silkscreen by dabbing the pouncer up and down. It’s important not to depress the sponge tip too much, because that may cause bubbles to form in your paint and will affect your transfer. Just gently tap-tap-tap it all around your silkscreen.

I created a gradient effect but using several complimentary colors of paint together. To do this, I painted one section of the stencil with one color, then painted the next section with a different color, overlapping some to blend the two. I really like this faded effect, and it was a great way to try out a few colors. Note that there are several finishes of the Martha Stewart glass paint – I used a combination of the “Gloss” and “Frost” finishes (Gloss is shiny, Frost has a little shimmer).

Stenciling printing on glass

Working quickly, fill in your silkscreen, then immediately peel up your stencil. This paint dries fast, and it is important to remove the silkscreen while the paint is still wet. Rinse any remaining paint off your silkscreen immediately with water because allowing the paint to dry in the mesh can damage the silkscreen. If you make any mistakes or smudge the paint while you are working, simply wipe it away with a damp paper towel and start over.

To create this layered effect, print with several stencils all over the surface of the plate, being careful not to touch any wet paint. Let dry completely (24 hours), or cure in the oven (directions in the next paragraph) before attempting to layer another silkscreen on top of your design. Be very careful when applying the adhesive silkscreens a second time, because they can sometimes peel up the paint that has already dried. This did happen to my plate in a few places but I think the imperfections blend in just fine.

Once your design is finished, you need to cure your piece to preserve your design – directions for curing are included with all of the paint products. Allow your paint to dry for one hour, then place your dish on a cookie sheet in a cool oven. Heat the oven to 350˚, bake for 30 minutes, allow to cool in the oven, then remove. For best results, you should hand wash these pieces. Please note that this paint is not food safe, so these plates should be used for display purpose only or as chargers in a dining set.

Martha Stewart Crafts glass painting

Have you ever used glass or ceramic paint? What would you make for your kitchen?

For more info on Plaid’s new Martha Stewart glass paint, you can check out Plaid on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Please note that I received product and payment via The Blueprint Social for this post, however, opinions are 100% my own. For more information, read my disclosure statement.

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Stephanie@meetmakelaugh September 12, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Love this! Definitely will have to try it out! :)
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Lori September 12, 2012 at 12:14 pm

So beautiful! And it looks fun, too!
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Erin @ DIY on the Cheap September 12, 2012 at 12:24 pm

So pretty! Love this.

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joanne September 12, 2012 at 2:09 pm

i love the design you made! looks like fun!

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Morena September 12, 2012 at 5:13 pm

I love the idea of layering the images. Beautiful colors, too!

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Jamie September 13, 2012 at 10:15 am

The plates look awesome. Seriously, I love them and would buy them :)

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karolien September 13, 2012 at 10:46 am

Looks great but…
Doesn’t the paint come of when you’re cutting your food on it? or at least scratch it? Can’t imagine this paint being so tough.

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Kira September 13, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Hi Karolien! As I mentioned in the post, these paints are not food safe so the plates are for decorative purposes only. I think they wood look great hung on a wall!
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karolien September 13, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Sorry Kira. I went through this article too fast. i missed that sentence. I actually just started working at Michaels this week and those paints really interested me. Your project is very nice. I’ll refer the customers to your website:)
Good luck with your future DIY-projects!

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Kristen September 18, 2012 at 4:22 am

These are absolutely gorgeous.

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Kristi September 18, 2012 at 5:40 pm

What a lovely idea! Such a beautiful creation!

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Lindsay - Shrimp Salad Circus September 19, 2012 at 6:19 am

I still haven’t used my screens yet, and this has me wanting to try! I’ve only done the stencils and the sprayer so far. I may have to go buy the doilies!
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Shellby September 19, 2012 at 7:22 pm

These turned out so wonderful! great idea for gifting.

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Danielle September 21, 2012 at 6:29 am

Wow! This is totally awesome, I want this!

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Adventures in Dressmaking September 21, 2012 at 6:48 am

Those are beautiful!! I’ve been stencil shopping lately and loved Martha’s adhesive silkscreens… way prettier patterns than the stencil options! I didn’t understand them, though–how many times will they adhere without loosing stickiness?

Crazy idea–do you think it would work to use them on a wall??? I want to do an allover pattern in our half bathroom, but stencils don’t stick to the wall enough so I was getting bleeding/seeping on the edges! Would one of these work on an orange peel texture wall??
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Kyla October 4, 2012 at 9:40 am

These are so pretty! What a great idea, I definitely see a diy in my future ;)
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Cecil C. Barry October 10, 2012 at 1:02 am

Wow! it’s fantastic! so beautiful, gorgeous! i still can’t believe this! i couldn’t wait to have a try!
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cv love October 18, 2012 at 3:21 am

Love ideia

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Gina Michele November 7, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Great DIY! Love your blog- now following on Bloglovin!

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Misha December 10, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Hi Kira! This is the first time I stumble upon your blog and I am so delighted to have found it! So much inspiration and great tips about anything and everything.

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Isla January 4, 2013 at 3:00 am

Those plates looks awesome! I haven’t tried anything like this before but I should try this! Looks so good!
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Stephanie January 10, 2013 at 5:53 pm

This looks so effortless and easy! Love this, so cute for parties!
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natalie @ pure&simple January 23, 2013 at 6:42 pm

I love this craft so much, thanks for sharing!! I recently stenciled using these supplies (and mugs) at a craft night I hosted with friends. I’m featuring it on my blog tomorrow & would love for you to stop by!
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Barbie Californiana February 13, 2013 at 6:05 am

I loved painting on pottery … is this a good tip.
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ANewBride February 14, 2013 at 8:54 am

Kira, your plates look lovely! But I just want to give a warning to others who may want to use these paints for other projects, I bought this paint to paint wine glasses as wedding favors for my guests. Even after following all instructions to a T (prepping and drying glasses) it was not even an hour into the reception that all of the paint was sliding off the glasses with condensation from a warm day (in January) and wine. I may as well have used dried ketchup to decorate the glasses, it would have stayed longer. Terrible product for a high price.

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elizabeth May 5, 2013 at 10:34 am

LOVE LOVE LOVE how these turned out.

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Kate May 19, 2013 at 6:06 am

Wow I really like this! such a pretty plate :D xx

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Holadiy June 16, 2013 at 8:08 am

Wooow,looks amazing!

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Susan August 7, 2013 at 10:18 am

These came out awesome! Martha Stewart craft supplies are going to be my downfall, I can feel it.
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Jessica August 31, 2013 at 11:51 am

Such a pretty plate. :) This sounds like a super easy craft that even I could do…

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francielle November 10, 2013 at 4:59 am

It lovely! I going to try here!
where are you? I miss some new leafs here =)

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marion bartlett March 15, 2014 at 11:09 am

I have used the martha stewart glass paint on white ceramics, following the directions carefully and gave them for gifts this year….however I got a call about
some mugs . The colours have stRted coming off and the friend insists that she only hand washes them.
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Dani April 6, 2014 at 7:08 am

I love that idea! I should’ve thought about something earlier before I bought my expensive design plates!
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Karissa September 10, 2014 at 9:38 am

These are beautiful! They’d be great christmas gifts!

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