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M A K E :: Painted Dipping Bowls

To say I have a little bit of an obsession with dishes is kind of an understatement. Maybe it would be better to say this: I have a problem with dishes. Antique stores, flea markets, and places like Homegoods just encourage me to get more. I have many orphans, or just little sets of two to four plates or bowls, in addition to three sets of everyday dishes, a set of china, and a crazy amount of green depression glass. This is great for entertaining, or even just for food photography, but the truth is that I just love beautiful things. I like to think it is in my genes, because my parents also own a lot of dishes and china.


About four years ago, my parents gave me a set of Pebeo Porcelaine 150 paint. This stuff is amazing – you can paint ceramics, let it air dry, and then you bake it and it becomes permanent – food safe, dishwasher safe, oven safe, and wonderful. The stuff is amazing. I’ve never had any paint come off, and I wash a lot of what I’ve made over and over again in the dishwasher. My outliners have since dried up, and the only place I can find them is on amazon. However, there are other brands of paint markers out there for dishes.


I’m always on the lookout for dishware that I think would be cool painted. Over a year ago, I painted a set of beautiful little spouted dipping bowls I found at Homegoods. Bread & great olive oil is a staple in our weeknight meals, and so we use dipping bowls constantly. My parents were in town this past weekend and while at Homegoods, we found an adorable set of scalloped dipping bowls for $3.50. My Mom has always liked mine, so I told her I’d paint her her own set.


These bowls are inspired by black and white botanical drawings and feature some favorite flowers. I love black and white – it goes with just about anything – but you could paint similar dishes in any color.

You’ll probably notice between the two, one design is finer. The round bowls with scallops were painted with the DecoArt marker and the ones with handles were painted with the Pebeo outliner tube. I was able to get a much finer tip with the Pebeo tube. I plan to try out Pebeo’s fine-tipped markers as well – I have a feeling they’ll be easier to create detail.

When painting any ceramic, start on a clean, dry surface. If using Pebeo, allow to dry 24 hours before baking. With DecoArt markers, you only have to wait 8 hours. Bake according to your paint or marker’s packaging – don’t skimp! If you don’t bake correctly, the chance that your design will chip and wear is higher. Pebeo and DecoArt ceramic markers are food safe! Until you allow the paint to dry it is very easy to “erase” most places you make a mistake with a q-tip. If you’ve allowed the paint to dry but haven’t cured it, you may be able to use a q-tip with some of pebeo’s special paint thinner to remove the design.



If you’re inspired, there are a host of other ideas on Pinterest. Lots of people are doing cool things with ceramic paint, from guestbook style plates at weddings to painting their own tea sets. I plan to post some more of my painting projects here in the future. It is so fun to paint something you can use every day that is one-of-a-kind.

Happy Monday, friends! ❤ I hope everyone’s week is off to a great start!

4 comments on “M A K E :: Painted Dipping Bowls

  1. these are beautiful!! x


  2. I love these! I don’t know how you drew so well on curved surfaces…


  3. Pingback: M A K E :: Painted Corn Mugs | dream make repeat

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