PLATE PRINTER

I wanted to share a fun project with you today. I am having fun with decorating plates..using porcelain paints. In the past I have been painting images and motifs on with brushes, but recently I started exploring new ways. I love stenciling and usually I do that on fabrics, but why not try that technique on plates too? It turns out it works real well. It takes a little finagling and a wee bit of practice, but if you pick simple and straightforward motifs you will master this project in a jiffy.

This is what you need for your project:

 

 

Porcelain plates Stencil brushes and or sponges Masking tape Stencils, motifs and or letters. (you can also cut your own stencils: using acetate paper and an x-cto knife) x-cto knife Pebeo porcelain inks What to do :

 

 

1 .Start with cleaning off your plates properly and dry them well.

2. Take your stencil and place it on your plate, secure the stencil with masking tape. Since the plate is slightly curved and the stencil is flat, you will experience a little bit of movement of the stencil while you print. Be aware of this and simply press down the stencil while you are printing to help it lay flat on the plate.

 

3. You might find that after you print there is a slight smudge or jagged edge of your motif, perfectly normal! There is an easy trick for that: Once the inks has dried :use your x-cto knife and carefully scrape the "mistakes" away.

 

 

4) you can use letters ..that's fun.

 

 

5) Or why not simply use the masking tape as the design tool? I love anything striped! - And this is SUPER easy to do.

 

 

6. Once the plates are dry you need to heat set them, to make the inks permanent, in your oven at home. Make sure to follow the instructions on the packaging of your ink. After you have done that you can wash your plates in the dishwasher and use them in your microwave..rather splendid right ?

So there..now you can make a stack of custom plates. You can create a lot of different motifs and patterns. I love when one mix and matches dishes. Very timely and festive for the holiday smorgasbord. Maybe stencil monograms for your guests and let them bring home the plate as a small gift?

This is where and get your supplies:

 

Pebeo Porcelain Inks:

They have a great and wide selection of wonderful colors and hues (some even sparkle) I love using these inks. Pebeo also have porcelain marker pens (Now, those pens are AMAZING). Find them here.

 

Stencils:

You can find some of my stenciles here and here. and here are some others that are fun!

 

Fabrics:

As seen in the shots are available by the yard/meter here

 

All other supplies you can find in most well selected arts and craft supplies stores.

 

Good luck..and have fun !

 

 

YOUR SUMMER SKIRT

 

Summer finally arrived In Brooklyn and it is here with a vengeance …today we are up to 97 degrees fahrenheit, oh dear! -Lots of lemonade drinking today.

 

A while back I found a lovely, simple cotton skirt on sale in a great bluish gray color -perfect for a stencil project. I love that I can so easily personalize a skirt with my designs, just by doing some simple stencil printing. I will have a skirt that is unique and fits me well and it is a project that involves exciting and fun printing process…and the best part is: I do not need that many tools or expensive supplies for this .

 

Feel free to use my two color floral design for your skirt or, create your own design and let your creativity shine!

 

Click here to download the stencil as a PDF

(And, if you have any problems with the download, please email us at questions@jansdotter.com and we will email it to you!).

 

Here are the simple steps on how to do it and this is what you need.

 

What you need:

- Permanent marker

- Clear plastic (acetate), or stencil paper for creating the stencils.

You can also use self-adhesive clear plastic (contact paper) for making stencils for fabric printing. (You’ll find it at craft stores and some stationery / paper stores)

- an X-Acto knife

- Heavy cardboard or a cutting mat to use as a cutting surface.

- Pebeo Setacolor Opaque Fabric inks.

For the blue skirt I used color no.79 Shimmer Jet Black and color no.10 Titanium White.

For the striped skirt I used no.73 Shimmer Ash and no.63 Shimmer Brick Red

- Old plate

- Masking tape

- Stencil brush or sponge: Stencil brushes will work best, but any flat stiff-bristle brush will serve the purpose.

- skirt to print on..cotton or linen

 

What to do:

1. Start with printing out the design and trace the design with your marker onto the clear acetate paper. It is a good idea to tape down the art when you trace…to prevent the art from moving.

(Some printers can print directly onto some acetate papers).

 

 

2. Cut out your designs with the knife. So, yes ok…the dots are a bit tricky to cut for a novice…but with a little time and patience you will soldier through this. And..you do not have to follow the line super exactly…the design will come out lovely anyway..promise!

 

 

3. Make sure to iron your skirt before you start printing on it. A flat, crease free surface is easiest to print on.

4. Pour a small amount of paint onto an old plate. Place your template (stencil) on top of your material. Secure the stencil to the material using masking tape so it will not move during the printing operation. (This is why using self-adhesive plastic as a stencil is so handy: You won’t need to secure the stencil with masking tape). Dab an even amount of ink through the stencil. Applying several thin layers of ink yields a better result than using too much ink at one time.

 

 

6. Now you should let the print dry before you print your second color. I like to use a hair dryer to help to speed that up. After that you are ready to repeat the same process with the second color.

 

 

7. Now you let the inks dry properly. You want to make sure that you heat set the inks, so you can wash your skirt over and over again. Simply use your iron and iron over the print and on the back of the print for about 5 minutes, using the highest setting. Now you are ready to wear your splendid skirt and you can wash the skirt in your washing machine (100 degrees fahrenheit or 40 degrees celcius).

 

And one thought, when you're out shopping for skirts keep in mind they don't have to be one color - they can be patterned skirts, like small florals or stripes. And also, it doesn't have to be a border design, it can be stenciled as a motif, like this:

 

I love working with these fabric inks, since they are very easy to use, will really adhere to the fabric and there are so many beautiful colors to choose from. You can find Pebeo Setacolor Fabric Inks in most well selected art stores as well as online.

 

Good Luck and have fun !

 

If you really want to get me tickled please share pictures of your skirt on my FaceBook page, that would be smashing.

 

Thank You.

 

Have a marvelous weekend,

Lotta

 

FIKA TIME

 

August and I met up with Paulina, my sweetest niece, for a fika at "Bagarstugan" last week. Bagarstugan is a lovely cafe and lunch place, probably my favorite cafe' on Åland. I have spent many hours in this place through the years; eating, sketching and more eating. The baked goods here are amazing, handcrafted and made with lot's of love.

 

 

I really liked this candelabra that is made out of stringed dried rönnbär berries and dried wheat. Now is that a masterpiece in patience or what ? Hm...is there a way to lend that idea and make something a tad bit more simple? -Have to think about that one a bit.

 

 

I decided to eat a "Fettisdagsbulle", and it was so incredible, did not disappoint. A sweet simple bun, with flavors of fresh cardemom, filled with almond paste and a ton of whipped cream. How can this not be good? This is a very seasonal pastry, made right before easter, the last festive food before Lent, well that is the old tradition, now we just eat them because they are so darn delicious. They are also called "semla" or "fastlagsbulle". We find many names for those we love I guess. And now you can make them too. Please find recipe below. Have a great weekend!