Monday, November 17, 2014

doodle platter


I've been sharing a lot of traditional pottery and glazing inspiration but with the holidays rapidly approaching I wanted to share a more accessible (and even last minute) idea for creating unique dishes! I love using creative and personalized dishes for entertaining and  gift giving.

While there are a lot of tutorials floating around about using a Sharpie on dinnerware (and then baking in the oven to set), I've found that the Sharpie technique doesn't hold up to washing or wear and tear. My favorite pen to use for decorating dinnerware is the Pebeo Porcelaine 150. It is non toxic pen that is permanent and dishwasher safe once heat set.

IMPORTANT NOTE: there is mixed information about the Pepeo pens not being food safe- While Pebeo states that their pens contain NO toxic ingredients, they do not recommend using them on surfaces that come into contact with food (confusing). After some extensive research, apparently they do not recommended on surfaces that you would eat off of with silverware. This is because the paint can be scratched or chipped with metal utensils and bacteria can grow under the edges of the damaged paint, causing sickness. 

Short story- use the pens at your own risk :)

THESE PENS are promoted as food safe pens if you are looking for another alternative. But the safest option is to draw on dishes that are only decorative or on the outside (of cups and bowls) or parts of dishes that will not come into direct contact with food.

With all that said I went ahead and created my platter thinking it would be a fun to use for a candle scape, cupcakes or even lined with a colorful cloth napkin and then piled high with dinner rolls!

I purchased a plain white platter and then used my pen to doodle and draw all over the surface.

TIP: if you are not comfortable drawing or doodling off the top of your head, try sketching out your design in a light colored water soluble pen. Then draw over the top with the Pebeo pen. Any remaining lines from your preliminary sketch can be wiped away with a damp towel.

Filling the entire surface like I did can take a lot of time but the end result is SO fun!

The last step is to let everything dry for 24 hours and then bake in the oven for 35 minutes at 300 degrees F. Once cool, your dinnerware is dishwasher safe!

I've got a couple more dishes Thanksgiving table next week- I love that simple materials can add a little art and creativity to a holiday meal!



P.S. I've got a fresh batch of handmade art journals over in the shop HERE

10 comments:

Crooked Coop Farm said...

This is the perfect time of year to start platter decorating I love it! Thanks for the inspiration I will have to give it a whirl!

Sue Marrazzo said...

Nice work!!!
I love the journals, too ; )

lovelife said...

Hi Alisa, your plater looks beautyful! When I saw it I thought- cool she found a pen where you can draw all over... Had a look on the website... And unfortunately it also says: "These markers are not recommended for use on surfaces that come in contact with food."
What a shame!
All the best
Catrin

Alisa Burke said...

Thanks Catrin for bringing this to my attention! I just updated the post with a note about the the pens and the mixed info out there about whether or not they are food safe-

While Pebeo states that their pens are non toxic and safe- they do not recommended on surfaces that you would eat off of with silverware. This is because the paint can be scratched or chipped with metal utensils and bacteria can grow under the edges of the damaged paint, causing sickness. Short story- use the pens at your own risk :)

I've included a link for another brand that says they are 100% food safe pens if you are looking for another alternative. But the safest option is to draw on dishes that are only decorative or parts of dishes that will not come into direct contact with food

I hope this helps!

Doodlebug said...

Thank you for the inspiration! This platter looks so lovely (all your work does!) and I'd love to try to make one myself!! :) I wonder if a resin finish might work to seal the drawing??...but I don't know much about resin. ;) At any rate it strikes me that this could be an excellent item on the wall for home decor when not in everyday use. You could probably use it as a base for a fake floral arrangement...with candles, etc. Hoping to see what you decide to do with it! :)

bluetwigstudio said...

very fun gift idea. I haven't tried the Pebeo porcelain pens, but will have to go look for them now.

studioGypsy said...

love your platter! and the pebeo pens.. thx for the details about food.. i had used them to make mugs a few years back and got nervous when i found out about the food part.. so just used them as pen holders.. �� xo

Sharilyn Miller said...

Fantastic as always, Alisa! Thank you for sharing.

Lisa Oceandreamer Swifka said...

I've painted many, many things with these paints....preferring the pens to brushes. Many mugs, decorative plates, bowls....you name it. If Ido one where food would be involved (i.e. Plate/platter) I paint around only the edges only. Also, cleaning the object with paper towel and a bit of rubbing alcohol before hand gets rid of any oils and the paint adheres even better. I am still using items from years ago and dishwasher cycles and are still good as new. Also if a mistake is made or the design not right alcohol will remove it all thoroughly before baking.
Love your platter.

Brig said...

Lisa, thanks for that extra information. what a great find this post is! Saves a lof of unnecessary mistakes. Thanks Alisa!!!

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