In Calgary it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. There is snow everywhere, it is freezing cold (-20 degrees Celsius) and the Christmas lights are out in full force. EBN refers to this as Christmas creep. I choose to embrace the Christmas creep as demonstrated by my most recent tutorial. I will say it did not turn out as well as I would have liked and getting a professional look with the porcelain pen will take some practice.
To complete this tutorial you will need some basic supplies including: masking tape, my PDF template (you can download it for free here), a pencil, porcelain pen and an oven safe dish.
Print off the template and scribble on the back with a pencil until the entire back is covered in graphite. Using a graphite bar is easier but I did not have one so I used a pencil. Once this is complete and the backside of the paper is coloured dark with graphite, tape the template down on the dish (the graphite coloured side should be face down against the plate) and trace the image with a sharp pencil or a pen. This will create faint pencil marks on the dish that you can use as a guide for the porcelain pen.
Take out the porcelain pen and shake it to make sure the ink is consistent. I found this pen a little tricky to use and would recommend that you get a feel for it by practicing on a piece of paper. Once you feel confident, trace over the faint pencil marks on the plate. Allow the ink to set for 24 hours and bake in the oven for 35 minutes at 300F or 150C.
Voila! You have a dishwasher safe and oh-so festive plate to decorate your home for the holidays!
Please note: I used a Porcelaine 150 pen (yes, that’s how it’s spelled on the pen). The ink is supposedly non-toxic in liquid form, however the manufacturer notes that an application on the inner surface of a plate can be scratched with cutlery and altered by certain foods. I probably wouldn’t worry about serving cookies or baking on the plate but I would avoid eating a turkey dinner on it.