I’m a creative soul.
Not that I think I’m necessarily ‘artistic’, or even as skilled as I wish I was…but that I need to be able to do something creative at least once in a while, to feel inspired, and to unwind. Having said that, starting my amazing new job last year has meant I don’t have as much free time as I did when I was freelancing, and I’ve ended up getting stuck in a bit of a creativity rut in 2018.
Luckily, a few weeks ago, Reeves* got in touch with an exciting proposition – they’re looking to encourage us all to try and get more creative this year, without feeling the pressure to be ‘perfect’. Naturally, I jumped at the chance.
I picked up these plain cups and saucers from IKEA quite literally years ago, always meaning to do something with them, and never wanting to take the chance, in case I ‘ruined them’ (as if you can ruin plain crockery?), so naturally, when browsing Reeves’ range online, it seemed like the perfect excuse to buy some of their acrylic paint and finally get around to painting some porcelain.
I settled on two shades of the Reeves acrylic paint for my project: gold, and deep turquoise, and grabbed a brush set with a few different sizes in it, too…not that I had much of a plan, beyond ‘ooh, I’ll paint these plates’.
From there? Well, I pretty much let my inner creative take the lead: gold kind-of-squares and semi-straight lines in deep turquoise to contrast with the stark white of the porcelain, polka dots (because why not), and whatever else took my fancy, until I was happy with the result.
If you fancy giving this a go, I’d recommend layering any metallic paints a couple of times to make it truly opaque, then letting it dry before you go ahead with the next step – firing it yourself. AKA the part that terrified me, for some reason.
Once the acrylic paint is dry, pop your crockery into a cool oven (no preheating!), then set it to gas mark 3. Leave it at that heat for about 40 minutes (I did mine for 50 because…well, I forgot to take them out), then turn the heat off, and leave them to cool for at least an hour – I left mine overnight because I’m paranoid, obviously.
This process lets the treated porcelain re-fire, so you can actually use your new plates, cups, or bowls without worrying about paint-stained food. Always a bonus, eh?
How do you keep yourself inspired?
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