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Sunflower design tea set


Here is one of my favourite designs that I have painted many times, in many colours, on plates, platters, mugs, and bowls, over the years…

I started with a plain white serving plate, tea pot, and mug. I use the Porcelaine brand of paint. It is water based, so washes up with water. It is about 5-$6 per bottle. It needs to be left to set for 24 hours, then cooked in the oven at 300 degrees for 1/2 hour. But after that, it is on for good. I even put my painted dishes in the dishwasher.

Then I started by painting the flower centers, leaving enough space between each one for the petals.

I used an orange paint to paint around the centers to make the petals.

I filled in the background with a royal blue colour. Note that the Porcelaine paint is not totally opaque, so I purposely let my brush strokes show. With this paint, even if you let the first coat dry and try to paint another coat on top, it tends to pull off the first coat and make a bit of a mess.

I used the Porcelaine pen to outline all of the flowers first, then I made a grid for the center of the sunflowers, and added a dot in the center of each square to finish it off.


That’s it! The pattern looks a lot more difficult than it actually is.