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Okay, now back to a really fun project I worked on this week painting oversized plates. The plates were gifted to me by my brick & mortar store’s business partner, Ali. Her in-laws were so sweet and gave them to her to hang in her salon (ahem, have you taken a peek at the salon in our store. IT HAS A PINK COUCH. Check out her website here to see it.)
There are 3 plates in the set but they were so HUGE they didn’t fit in her space. Ali and her MIL decided to gift them to me.
Gifts that are in need of a little refunking just make my heart soar! They were so sweet to think of me! I also double checked to make sure they were okay with me painting them.
The plates are really heavy and feel more like expensive art work than just regular ole plates. I had a ping of guilt in my stomach thinking about altering them. BUT there were some scratches on parts of the plates so those little blemishes made me feel a little better about changing them.
To start this project I used the following supplies:
A Sponge Brush and a small paint brush for the gold leaf.
I painted two quick coats of the A La Mode on the plates and let them dry.
I mean, look how HUGE these babies are!
I taped off a geometric design using FrogTape for delicate surfaces. I sorta browsed around Pinterest for inspiration but ended up just winging it with a few measurements to make sure it didn’t turn out all wonky.
I then painted the Black Bean over the design. After it dried I peeled the tape off.
There is something SO SATISFYING about peeling off the tape and seeing a perfectly crisp line.
I painted the gold leaf on the edges. I wanted the gold leaf to add some texture so I just used a willy nilly motion to apply it.
I am so please with how all three of the plates turned out. I kept it simple with just four triangles on the largest plate.
The third plate dry brushed – which I plan to dedicate an entirely different blog post to that technique.
I really can’t decide which one is my favorite.
Anything Black + White + Gold = LOVE.
Which plate do you like best?
Would you have felt a little guilty painting such fancy pieces of art?
Check out the video to see the entire process of this project!