Since discovering primitive decorating, I have learned that there are many 'branches' to it.
It reaches out to include many arts and crafts, so many of which I have come to love such as quilting, punch needle, cross stitching, doll making, rug hooking which I'd love to learn. Then there's all the furniture and punched tin lamps, rugs and pottery, yellow ware and redware.
I admired some pieces on holiday but would not risk paying top dollar for a few pieces which would possibly be smashed in my suitcase on the plane journey home. But I'd toyed with the idea of painting some plates and seeing how they'd turn out. I
I've been on the lookout for flat, plain plates and the other day I dropped by our local goodwill store to leave in some clothes and spotted some plates and a pitcher. Yep, I thought, these will be perfect to experiment on as they cost mere pennies.
Surprisingly the whole process was quite easy and so much fun watching paint dry!!!
I already had some paint in the cupboard and got started right away with a rich red paint that was a sample pot from our local DIY store and I had some 'Papyrus' yellow in a tester pot as well as some varnish ~ here they are:
After making sure the plates were clean and dry I painted on the first coat of red. It took about 4 coats of paint to achieve a good coverage and each coat must be completely dry before adding the next.
Then I took the mustard/yellow paint and came up with this simple redware style pattern~
When this was all dry, I sealed it all with the antique pine varnish which stained it to a nice antique glazed finish and 'TA DAH' What do you think? I am really quite pleased with the end result.
So the other plate and jug were next. The plate was easy enough to do but the pitcher was tricky with all the curves and it's all to easy to chip off the underlying layers of paint but here's how I painted it~
Love stars so that went on this plate~
It really is fun to do! I'm heading back to the Goodwill store for more of those plates!
Let me know what you think! Thanks so much for your comments!
Have a great week!
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