When my dad and I repainted the entire interior of The Mad House, we used very little painter’s tape. We are kind of competitive about who can freehand the straightest edges where the ceiling meets the wall. We are dorks. Freehanding a straight paint line is one thing, trying to freehand repetitive shapes is another. Fortunately for those situations, FrogTape® makes a line of clever Shape Tape™!
Instead of using the scalloped shape tape on a wall or a piece of furniture, I decided to see how it worked with craft paints on porcelain. I love the look of graphic cloud shapes, but my freehanded clouds end up looking like big blogs. The scallop tape was just the thing to help give my raincloud a clean, sharp outline. Read on to find out what I did.
To make a Painted Raincloud Platter, you will need:
multi-surface craft paint
scalloped FrogTape® Shape Tape™
These materials can be found in craft and home improvement stores. If you’d like to buy materials to make this project now, click HERE.
I used a Target Threshold porcelain platter, but you could use a plate you already have or you could buy a large tile sample from a home improvement store. FrogTape® will work on any of them.
STEP ONE: Begin by cleaning the surface of the platter with rubbing alcohol to remove any dust or grime. Tear off short segments of Shape Tape™ and apply them to the platter in a cloud shape. Run your finger over the tape to seal it down.
FrogTape® is designed to react with paint to create a leak-proof seal. You can paint over the edges of the tape without worrying about bleed though.
STEP TWO: Layer the different colors of blue paint within the border of the tape. Blend the colors together to create a painterly look.
STEP THREE: Peel the tape off while the paint is still wet to reveal the crisp outline of the cloud shape. The painterly strokes within the cloud look cool within the sharp silhouette.
STEP FOUR: Add in a few dabs of paint raindrops falling from the cloud and the plate is done.
The whole project took about 20 minutes to complete. While I used this process to make just one cloud shape, you could repeat the cloud shape over an entire wall to create a very cool focal wall.
The paints I used for this project are NOT food-safe or dishwasher-safe, so this platter will be purely decorative. The colors do look very nice in our dining room, and the painterly raincloud fits right in with the Impressionist print that I used to create my Anthropologie-Inspired Plate Collage.
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