When you have funny and creative friends who watch even more Bravo than you do, occasionally you get invited to Caftan and Rosè parties (for the record this has only happened once to me). When you’re me, and you get excited by making your own costumes (not that this was a costume party), the only thing to suitable has to be sewn yourself; only to get wrangled into making outfits for your friend who is visiting and your PIC. The result was three different caftans tailored for each of our personalities – the rocker, the fashionista and the prepster. There are some great step-by-step videos on YouTube that I used as a guide – here and here – and photos of the results below:
Flash forward a week and a hostess gift was needed! With great photos having taken place, I decided to reach back into the HelloKeltie archives to get inspired by a project from the first post on HelloKeltie. I present to you…Art Plates! This time around, I’ve taken the post to a new level with more in-depth instructions on how to create the project AND my very first online video! Enjoy! And don’t forget to like and share it!
TL:DR Version – I made Caftans, Art Plates, and a How-To Video. Directions below!
Art/Photo Plates How To
- Glass Plate – I have found them at Ikea, Target, Cost Plus and the Dollar Store
- Mod Podge
- Laser Printed Photos or other artwork
- A piece of lace, large enough to cover your plate
- 2 colors of spray paint
- Foam Brush
- Scissors, X-acto Knife, or cutting device of your choice
- Spray Adhesive – a low tack, repositionable style is preferred
- Glass Cleaner
- Paper towels
- Tailors Chalk
Using the Glass cleaner and paper towels, clean the glass plate of grease and finger prints
Cut out your photo or other clip art – for this project I used the bottom rim of the plate to create and tailors chalk to create a template for a photo that would fill the bottom of the plate. Another option is to print black & white clip art onto colored paper and create a collage of your artwork. Graphics Fairy has a great selection, or you can use Google Images. I recommend not using artwork printed on photo paper, as it doesn’t breathe and the Mod Podge won’t dry.
Working on the back of the plate, brush a moderate layer of Mod Podge on the area where you want your artwork to be placed. Place the artwork face down onto the Mod Podge. Let dry until clear, about 20 minutes.
Brush another layer of Mod Podge over the artwork and let dry. This not only seals the art, but protects the spray paint from leaking through in the next few steps.
In a well-ventilated area, spray a light coat of spray adhesive onto your lace and place it on the entire back side of your plate. Gently press down with your hands to make sure there is even contact on the plate.
With one of your spray paint colors, lightly paint the back of the plate with even coverage. Do not spray too heavily or the paint will leak through the lace and ruin the effect. Gently remove the lace, trying not to smudge any of the paint. Let dry.
Spray paint the entire back of the plate, using your second color. Follow the manufacturer’s suggestions and use light sweeping strokes to avoid drips. Let dry then spray and additional time with the same color for solid coverage. Let dry completely. If desired, you can also spray a layer of polyurethane for additional protection.
Turn over and enjoy your work!
**Note that these plates are not food or dishwasher safe.