Chalk markers only work on non-porous surfaces. Glass, metal, porcelain chalkboards, slate chalkboards, and other sealed surfaces all fall under this category—as do ceramic dishes. Before starting your next craft project, read through this guide for using chalk markers on ceramic dishes.
Choose a Blank Surface
Some ceramic dishes already have designs and patterns; others are completely blank. Those blank ones are the dishes you want—more space for your creative expressions.
You don’t want to deal with a clashing style or try to acclimate to what’s already there. A clear, blank surface is always preferable because the creative design possibilities are endless. Inspect the surface and make sure there are no scuffs or scrapes.
Clean the Slate
If the ceramic plates have been in storage, then you must thoroughly wash them. Remove all dust and residue before applying the chalk ink.
Leftover dirt could mix with the ink’s chemicals and ruin the design you plan to create. It could also make for a difficult and bumpy surface. Wipe away all water spots and allow the plate to dry before proceeding.
Collect Your Markers
Here comes the fun part. Collect a variety of chalk markers. You want to ensure the ones you select work will the current project. At Chalk Ink, we have fine-tip chalk markers that do an amazing job on ceramic plates. They’re perfect for precision work and detailing your designs. They offer finesse and subtlety.
Select a Pattern
What’s the purpose of this project? Do you want to create conversational pieces for your home? Is this a creative arts project you’re doing with your kids? Figure out the purpose behind the project. It will help you choose a design.
Maybe you plan to arrange the dishes to display a series of events unfolding. Deciding on a pattern will also help you decide how big or small you need the dishes to be. You may need different sizes to complete the illusion.
Let It Dry
Finally, let the chalk markers dry. If there are some smudges you’d like to clean up around the design or picture, use an antibacterial wipe.
You don’t want to use a rag because that could create a mess and ruin the entire pattern. Set the dishes in an area where children and pets can’t reach. After a few hours, the plates should be ready to display.
We have plenty of guides for using chalk markers on household items besides ceramic dishes. Visit our website for more information.