Try paint pouring and create the beautiful Marbleized Appetizer Plates! You’ll love how easy it is and the unique patterns you will create with each pour!
Thank you to DecoArt for sponsoring my first Paint Pouring experience!
Have you been as mesmerized by all of the paint pouring videos popping up on Facebook and YouTube lately? I absolutely love the marbling achieved through this painting technique and the high gloss finish that these beautiful pieces of art work boast. But truth? I was kind of scared to try it. I mean, it’s just so out of my control! What if I didn’t like the design that poured out of the cup? What if I couldn’t get the paint to drip the way I wanted it to? There were just so many variables that I was worried about the outcome.
Not only was it not scary, it was so incredibly easy and I am in love with the result!
What is paint pouring and how do you do it?!
I’m going to show you!
Let’s do this! There are so many surfaces you can try paint pouring with so this tutorial can be applied to any of them.
Marbleized Appetizer Plates Paint Pouring Tutorial
- Clear glass small plates
- Americana Acrylic Paints in Bahama Blue, Sapphire and Wisteria
- DecoArt Extreme Sheen Metallic Paint in Amethyst
- DecoArt Dazzling Metallics Paint in Splendid Gold
- DecoArt Pouring Medium
- DecoArt Clear Pouring Topcoat
- DecoArt Dishwasher Safe Decou-Page
- Plastic cups
- Stir sticks
- Protected work surface and gloves
Thoroughly wash glass plates and ensure that there is no sticker residue left behind. Wipe the backs of the plates down with alcohol and allow to fully dry.
Mix your paint colors with pouring medium. For acrylic paint pouring, the acrylic craft paint to pouring medium ratio is 1:1.
Inspired by those dirty pour painting videos I decided to give this technique a try for my marbleized appetizer plates. For my dirty pour, I simply poured each color of thinned paint into a small cup. You don’t want to mix the colors in the cup in order to get the best marbleized result.
Elevate your appetizer plate by placing it on a cup on your protected work surface. I wanted to make sure that the metallic gold paint showed through so I added a couple of splatters of my thinned gold paint onto the plate surface.
Now it’s time for the dirty pour! Put those gloves on because this gets messy (part of the fun!) Pour the contents of your cup over the surface of your appetizer plate. I love the way the dirty paint pouring creates cells throughout the paint, so cool!
Once most of the plate is covered, tilt it at different angles to create the marbleized effect and also to ensure that the paint pour doesn’t puddle on the base of the plate since it isn’t at an angle once in drying position.
Place the appetizer plates back on the cup (holding from underneath to avoid wiping off any paint from the sides). Periodically clean the drips off of the sides with a stir stick or small brush. Allow to dry overnight.
Inevitably you will have a little bit of under drip on the surface of the plates. Simply run a craft knife along the outer rim of the appetizer plate and peel off the excess paint that landed on top of the plate. If there is any paint remaining that didn’t peel up, gently remove with a fingernail.
Place the appetizer plates back on the cups on your protected work surface and pour the Clear Pouring Topcoat over the entire surface of the plate. Propping up the plate with your hands from the underside, tilt the plate to make sure the entire surface is covered and that the topcoat doesn’t pool onto the top of the plate. Allow to dry overnight and finish with 2 coats of Dishwasher Safe Decou-Page so that they can be washed after use and you don’t lose your beautiful paint. *Note: these plates should only be hand washed.
I admit I was a little nervous to flip the plates over to see how they looked from the top but I absolutely LOVE them! I love all of the different patterns that the paint pouring technique provided.
I have a feeling these marbleized appetizer plates will overshadow whatever yummy apps might be served on them. 😉
Have you tried paint pouring yet? What colors and technique would you want to try first?