I get TONS of compliments on my “plate wall”. They are super easy to make and lots of fun, especially if you think you are super funny, which I do. Because I am. No joke. Here’s the plate wall in the old house:
Here we go:
Get a plate. I have a ton of hand me down, semi-worthless china. If you aren’t fortunate enough to have a stash of “random-crap-that-you-don’t-need-but-could-maybe-use-one-day-for-crafting”, hit your local Goodwill and scope out the glassware section. Plates are usually a buck or two. Garage sales are great for this, too.
Find some inspiration, maybe you have an image or quote saved on your Pinterest board that you love… In this case, I am going to use this scene from one of my favorite movies of all time “The Jerk”. Steve Martin’s character is having a pants-off meltdown, is leaving his girlfriend and doesn’t need to take anything with him… with the exception of a couple things; an ashtray, a paddle game, a remote control, a lamp and a chair… and some matches, for sure. So, I searched on the internet for a drawing of each one of these things, put them in Photoshop, arranged them and then printed out my image at 5×5. Your image size will depend on the size plate you are using.
Print out your image/quote and flip the paper over. Using a lead pencil, color over the back of the image.
Now, when you flip the paper back over, you can trace the printed image using a ball point pen and the image will transfer to your plate and look like a faint sketch.
You can thank Michelangelo for that little trick. He did the Sistine using a similar method.
The more you color on the back of the image, the more you will be able to see the transferred “sketch”.
If you don’t like the transferred image, the lead will wipe off easily with your fingers and you can start over. Now, grab your paint pens and get to colorin’.
I use fine point Tree House brand from Hob Lob, they are about $3.97 each and last a while if you keep the cap on tight.
… and BAM! Look what you did! You made the most hilarious plate ever.
Don’t stop there, get crazy, get obscure, get weird. It’s YOUR plate wall! These are one of a kind pieces, only limited by your imagination… and supplies, I guess.
“Uhm, ride, please. Thanks”
I was recently informed that I say the word “crepe” like a Texan. “Craay-p”. I’m told it’s pronounced “crep.” As in “This flavorless fake pancake tastes like crep.”
Now, hang those bad boys on the wall. You have a couple choices. You can go with the kind that takes all dang day to adhere to your plate:
Or you can go with the instant, hang it now version:
Both can be found at Hobby Lobby or Joann’s. They may even have them at Wal-Mart now. If your plate isn’t super heavy, you can hang it with a push pin. This will minimize the holes. When it comes to arranging a plate wall, you can search Pinterest for tips all you want to, but it’s really pretty simple. It’s about balance and a little symmetry. Larger plates are visually “heavier” and hold more weight. The best tip is: Lay ’em all out on the floor, decide what you like, snap a pic and then transfer that configuration to your wall. Presto-Blam-o. Mix ’em up with some other heirloom or kitschy plates you might have around.
Here it is in the new house. I have several plates to add but haven’t picked up the hangers yet.
Please remember that these are for display only. There are other kinds of markers that are bake-able and what-not, just make sure that you get food-safe paint if you are making a plate for a some gift-cookies or something. I’d hate for you to accidentally kill someone by poisoning them with paint flecked cookies.