I absolutely love the vibrant colors found in authentic Mexican Talavera tile, and I have always wanted to find a way to replicate it myself. I have never tackled a porcelain painting project like this one, primarily because I was always turned off by the high price of the ceramic paints intended for this purpose. As a crafter, I hate investing a fair amount in a product, knowing it will only be able to put to one type of use. I prefer products that know how to multi-task as well as I do!
Enter the new Martha Stewart Crafts Decorative Paint Line by Plaid available now only at Michaels Craft Stores. These paints are incredible: with just one bottle, you can tackle just about any craft project your heart desires. Be the medium fabric, wood, plastic, metal or glass or porcelain, as I’m using here, these paints certainly earn their keep. I love that they can be used indoors or outdoors, and they are top-rack dishwasher safe! And with a color assortment that includes five different finishes (gloss, high gloss, glitter, metallic and pearl, which I’ve used here) in 160 gorgeous hues, you are certain to find just what you’re looking for to create the project you’ve envisioned.
I was recently sent a generous package of goodies from Plaid Crafts to take this new line of Marta Stewart Paint products out for a spin. Be still my crafting heart!!
Just look at those colors, and all of those fabulous tools! I can’t wait to try everything in this arsenal out. The fabric medium and spray painting system (turn any bottle of this paint into spray paint – so cool!) are two of my personal favorites. It was so hard to narrow down which goodies to try first!
For this project, I used the following:
Martha Stewart Crafts™ 2oz Multi-Surface Pearl Acrylic Craft Paint
White 4-inch Porcelain Tiles (just 16 cents apiece at Lowe’s!)
To embellish my tiles, I simply sprayed the back of my stencil with some spray adhesive to hold it in place as I applied the paint with the foam pouncers. I used a variety of colors here: orange, silvery blue, aqua and gold. I wanted these tiles to have a fallish feel.
Once I finished applying my paint, I removed my stencils while the paint was still wet. I placed each of my tiles onto a baking sheet in a 350-degree oven for 30 minutes, and then turned the oven off, leaving the tiles in the oven to cool.
My tiles are now ready to serve any number of purposes, but I really love the idea of coating them with a layer of polyacrylic and adhering a square of felt on the bottom of each one to make a lovely set of coasters. Another terrific stocking stuffer idea!
Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you'll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.
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