ceramic decoration pARTy

my stuff
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's goods
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:

jenn's tiles
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:

kristin's tiles
the blue is so gorgeous!

anna's ants
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's canister
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!

22 responses to “ceramic decoration pARTy”

  1. Rebecca says:

    This is all so fun!! I especially like the idea of using contact paper to get the effect on the tiles. And you make me want to go out and buy some pens to decorate a set of mugs :)

  2. Fiona says:

    what a great idea. I’d love to get a group of friends together to do this.

  3. jess says:

    oh. my. god. these are fantastic!!!! Where do you find the alcohol inks? I want all of this.

  4. aimee says:

    all right, that does it! you must get yourself a studio, quit this other full-time nonsense and get grooving. i love what you did with the tiles and inks and paint pens here – and the contact paper idea is just genius!

  5. jenn says:

    It was a blast. Kristin’s blue is amazing. I should have added another coat. Next time.

    (and yes, aimee is right)

  6. Anna says:

    Even though the alcohol paints wouldn’t listen to me and stop expanding when I’d say and even though I still have one fingernail edged in watermelon red, I had a GREAT time. I want to do more! Especially of the alcohol paints. And Seth wants me to draw monsters on the bottoms of all of the bowls in our house.

  7. Asiye says:

    what a fabulous idea! and what gorgeous creations!

  8. Florcita says:

    These are so cool! great work!!!!! I don’t know which inks you use… I don’t know if it’s the same thing I use, but yours give excellent effects!

  9. regina says:

    love this! I have used the paint pens, they are fun, but this takes it to a whole new level.

  10. cindy says:

    oh wow, what a fun party! everything looks absolutely wonderful. now, that’s how to spend time together with your friends. those kooky tv housewives could learn a thing or two from all of you!

  11. kristin says:

    this was just too much fun…next time, more painting, less wine. or maybe just more painting. thanks again jen for a perfectly hosted pARTy!! xx

  12. sara says:

    WOWZA! This looks like you guys had a blast!! I wish I could have come :D

  13. jackie says:

    crazy. cool. fun. it’s all the rage. (I’m trying to sound like a 70′s commercial) Dang, dang, dang – wish I had been there. I just bought a porcelain pen not too long ago, and have been trying a couple of designs out. didn’t like them though and washed them off. but this is inspiration galore! will continue to try!

  14. alex sunday says:

    clever stuff! i really wish i could come to a pARTy but alas, too far.

  15. Susie says:

    these all turned out spectacularly beautiful. holy moly. I love them all.

  16. Monika says:

    Love the things everyone made. What a fabulous idea. Especially ❤ all the mugs & the tiles Jenn & Kristin did.

  17. la ninja says:

    mucho love.
    my absolute faves are “ants in your p(l)ants” and blue-poppied bowl :)

  18. martha says:

    wow -you guys made so much!
    so cool.

  19. rachel awes says:

    wowieeeeeeee! i remember aimee’s rockin’ post on this! how much FUN is your post too? LOVE this party!
    espec. love the ikea bowls with simple sweet flowers. ahhhhhhh. the whole collection heart soars!

  20. Chandler says:

    Completely adorable. I love the stenciling idea!

    Okay, now you and Jenn both have to come visit together, because we could set up one of your pARTies at King’s Books here, on their monthly craft night. People would be so into it.

    See how I keep scheming to get you out here? I gotta million of ‘em.

  21. Heather's Garden says:

    Hi, I just wanted to let you know that this post inspired me. A group of girlfriends and I planned a trip to the local pottery painting place and since I’m not great at free hand painting I needed a technique. I googled, found your post, and ran with your bird stencil idea. A photo of my beautiful platter is at the bottom of a recent post on my gardening blog: http://heathersgarden.typepad.com/heathers_garden/2011/03/its-seed-starting-time.html. Thanks for the inspiration!

  22. Holly says:

    Hi! We recently made tiles (inspired by Aimee’s drunken tiles post as well) and I was wondering if you sealed your beautiful pieces at all? And what process you used?

    Absolutely BRILLIANT idea to use contact paper. I used painter’s tape to try and block off part of the tile. But contact paper would work so much better!