on saturday evening i hosted a ceramic decoration pARTy, and it was so much fun! i supplied tiles and alcohol paints so we could make aimee’s drunken tiles, and i also had everyone bring ceramic goods that they could decorate with porcelain paint pens. a couple of people brought goods from ikea, and anna hit a 2nd hand shop down the street and picked up a bunch of good stuff to paint on for just $4.
my stuff is in the picture above: i drew orange, red, and blue circles on a large tile which i’ll use as a trivet; i drew canal houses (amsterdam) on one coffee cup, and dots on the other; and for the coasters, i punched the flower shape out of contact paper, adhered the contact paper to the tile, and then played with blending the alcohol inks.
kathryn brought a really great selection of ikea goods, and i love the simple flowers on these bowls. that square piece in the upper left corner of the photo? purchased as a toothbrush holder, kathryn turned a couple of them into flower vases, which you can see in the photo below:
a few weeks ago, jenn saw a tile set at a major retailer that had a design that carried through all 4 tiles — i knew there’d be a way we could do something similar, and thought we could try it with contact paper. jenn drew out the design, cut it out, painted over it, and when dry, peeled off the contact paper. it worked so well, kristin did a set, too:
the blue is so gorgeous!
anna drew ants on this planter — eeee!
here are more trivets made by jean, heather, and anna. it was really fun watching how the inks moved on the tiles, and how each drop of color dramatically changed the piece.
jenn used a paper punch with contact paper to decorate this canister, and then brushed on the inks. i wanted to steal this from her!
coasters! jean and anna made these great coasters out of the smaller tiles. jean’s poppies are superb, and the color combos of the other tiles are so fabulous!
it was a really great evening, and i’ve only shown you half of the work everyone created. it’s so wonderful when my friends leave with their arms full of great pieces that they get to keep for themselves or gift them to special people. thank you for coming, girls!
summer giveaway update: thank you, all, for entering! i really enjoyed reading about what you’re looking forward to this summer! and now the winner: comment number 6, danielle. yay!